Government Fleet – Issue

October 2014

Cover Story By Thi Dao
How to Streamline the Procurement Process

New tools and technologies have made fleet procurement faster and more streamlined. Fleet and procurement professionals discuss how their organizations have worked to improve fleet purchasing.

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While online training has its benefits for experienced technicians that need either a refresher or a look at a manufacturer's updated products, it will never replace the need for hands-on training both in the classroom and at the shop. Photo via Keeping Up With Off-Road Training

By Stephane Babcock

While the basics are as fundamental of the tools they use, technicians need to continuously train to keep ahead of the technological curve, at work, at home and anywhere they can connect.

Photo courtesy of Report Your Way to Improved Productivity

By Shelley Mika

Whether you're managing the shop, equipment, or the budget, fleet reports can help identify efficiencies and make your job easier in the meantime.

At a fleet meeting, John Hunt, CPFP, the city’s fleet manager, awards Dan Adamson, a vehicle and equipment technician, with a Safety Recognition Award. Photo courtesy of the City of Portland. Portland Fleet Certification Makes it the Service Provider of Choice

By Kelsey Nolan

By making several adjustments over eight years, the City of Portland, Ore., was able to become a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), improve efficiency, and make the organization shine.

The City of Anaheim, Calif., fleet became certified in June, becoming more efficient and reducing costs for taxpayers. Photo courtesy of the City of Anaheim.  Anaheim’s CFMO Certification Saves Taxpayer Money

By Kelsey Nolan

By becoming a Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO), the City of Anaheim, Calif., was able to create a motor pool and save $300,000 annually.

Photo by Vince Taroc. Ram ProMaster City: An Option for Right-sizing

By Staff

With eight different configurations for the newest and smallest Ram van offering, the 2015 ProMaster city can be used by agencies looking to right-size and reduce costs.

Taking the right steps when embarking on a CNG fleet project can lead to success and a return on investment. The site pictured here shows a well-designed fueling station. A Case Study in CNG: What Not to Do

By Anonymous Author

While CNG can be a cost-efficient alternative fuel, it's also an expensive investment that needs to be implemented correctly. Here, a fleet manager discusses lessons learned from mistakes made with a real CNG fleet implementation and the expensive results of the these mistakes.

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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