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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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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Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Don’t Expect Different Results with the Same Strategies

By Facundo Tassara
I would argue we have all faced this at some point in our careers: We get stuck, and the underlying problem is that we take the same approach and expect different results.

Recognizing Your Success

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Thi Dao
2017 Volkswagen Passat R-Line

By Thi Dao
The 2017 Passat comes with more features offered on lower trims. Forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking are now standard across all trims, and blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert is now standard on both R-Line and SE trims.

2017 Nissan Titan Half-Ton Pickup

By Paul Clinton

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Focusing on the Vehicle Delivery Process

By Sherb Brown
The fleet industry is evolving at an ever-increasing pace, but the one area that hasn’t evolved and never seems to improve is the actual vehicle delivery process. It would seem to be the easiest part of the whole business, but it is the one area that everyone struggles with.

Game-Planning for the Fleet Technology Expo

By Sherb Brown


Thi Dao
Rethink Existing Policies & Procedures

By Thi Dao
Is something done a certain way because it was always done this way? Was a policy created due to one negative event, and is it still necessary or has it become too restrictive?

Cheering the Industry On

By Thi Dao