SAN DIEGO - With shrinking budgets, state and local governments are mandating fleet vehicle reductions as a way to cut costs. Networkfleet, Inc., offers a new ePaper, "Meeting Government Mandates to Reduce Fleet Size," which provides details on how wireless fleet management can help governments exceed fleet optimization goals.

Written for government fleet managers, the ePaper addresses specific actions that managers can take to analyze fleet operations and reduce costs. For most jurisdictions, an overall fleet-size reduction of at least 5-10 percent is achievable by using an online fleet management system to monitor fleet vehicle usage, according to the company.

As described in the ePaper, by continuously monitoring a vehicle's location and engine status, detailed information on each vehicle's usage for specific periods of time, including miles traveled, engine hours, days utilized, number of trips, and idle time can be provided. This allows fleet managers to analyze both under- and over-utilization of vehicles to maximize fleet productivity. Government fleet managers can also determine if vehicles are being used for personal reasons or if they can be shared by multiple workers.

"San Bernardino County has always monitored vehicle utilization in order to optimize fleet size and mix, but current economic conditions and the resulting budget pressures have made this even more critical," stated Ron Lindsey, fleet services manager, County of San Bernardino, Calif. He added the county uses vehicle reports to improve utilization and efficiency, and reduce fleet operational costs.

A complimentary copy of the white paper "Meeting Government Mandates to Reduce Fleet Size" can be downloaded online.