Government Fleet – Issue

October 2013

Cover Story By Barbara Bonansinga
Fleet Consolidation: When 1 Operation is Better than 2 — or More

Separate departments, and even separate government agencies, can join forces for operational and cost efficiency. In one case, a fleet consolidation plan is expected to save up to $5 million over five to six years.

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Features

As part of its managed competition, this City of San Diego parts room will be “double decked” to accommodate fire apparatus maintenance parts. Photo courtesy of City of San Diego 15 Ways to Improve Your In-House Parts Room

By Thi Dao

Looking to improve your in-house parts room? From re-evaluating your parts purchasing methods to reviewing inventory management, here are some best practices and new initiatives for parts room management.

OSHA Injury & Illness Recordkeeping: Major Challenges, Big Benefits

By Travis Rhoden

In addition to compliance, there are many benefits to a good injury and illness recordkeeping system. Agencies can see how they are doing in efforts to keep workers safe, pinpoint weaknesses in safety-related issues, and prevent problems in the future.

Roger Weaver (front row, in white shirt and tie), fleet management director for San Bernardino County, Calif., said the County fleet staff has grown to become a great team. Not all staff are pictured. Photo courtesy of San Bernardino County. San Bernardino County Attains CFMO Certification

By Thi Dao

San Bernardino County in California joins a growing list of fleets that have obtained the Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification.

Ascension Parish’s fleet staff members are pictured here with Department of Public Works employees. Fleet manager Bill Depew is in yellow. Photo courtesy of Ascension Parish. Parish’s Technology Use Ascends to New Heights

By Grace Suizo

Ascension Parish in Louisiana has made great strides in improving its fleet operations by maximizing all available resources and technology.

Survey Shows The Industry’s Parts Management Practices

By Donald Dunphy and Dr. A. Patricia Murrin, D.B.A.

By surveying working fleet managers about their practices, NAFA can obtain information that reflects the industry. NAFA’s parts survey defined how fleets are managing parts and concluded that simple and uncluttered management processes yield the best results.

At the City of Glendale, Calif., Fleet Manager Karl Vogeley said equipment rentals have helped the City fleet eliminate underutilized equipment. Pictured are some of the City’s off-road assets. Photo courtesy of City of Glendale. Roadmap for Renting Off-Road Equipment

By Shelley Mika

For fleets with infrequent, specialized jobs, renting off-road equipment can make for a wise investment. To benefit from renting, fleet managers need to make strategic choices about what to rent, when to rent, and from whom to rent.

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Blog

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
Does Police Vehicle Testing Still Matter?

By Paul Clinton
Each fall, the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department evaluate the current crop of police vehicles with a battery of road tests and provide a mountain of data about their performance, braking, and vehicle dynamics.

Can EVs Work as Patrol Vehicles?

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara
Goals don’t need to happen next month or right now. I recommend they don’t. In fleet management, things rarely happen overnight. So creating that list of goals might help you keep your eye on the prize.

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Chris Brown
2017 VW Golf Alltrack SEL

By Chris Brown
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is a Golf SportWagen, but brawnier, with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive as standard.

2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 4Matic

By Chris Wolski

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Five Unpredictions for 2017

By Sherb Brown
We may not be able to predict the future here at Automotive Fleet, but we can confidently predict that 2017 will be very interesting.

Fleet Success Comes From Sticking to Just the Facts

By Sherb Brown

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Fleet Greening in Trump's America

By Thi Dao
Whatever your political opinion, there’s no doubt Trump’s agenda on the environment is vastly different from President Obama’s.

How Are Your Customer Interactions?

By Thi Dao

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