Anonymous Public Fleet Manager

Controversial, insightful commentary from an anonymous public fleet manager. This blog expresses candid opinions from a working fleet manager about some of the challenges and demands of running a fleet operation day-to-day, as well as topics that affect the industry.

Sign of the Times

Recently, my staff and I concluded a meeting that I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to. Our meeting concerned our utter frustration with having to maintain a constantly aging fleet with limited labor resources. We found ourselves meeting to discuss extending the PM intervals not because it’s optimal for the equipment, but to cope with an increasing labor requirement and a reduced labor force.

Tone Down The Anger

Have you begun to notice that your employees are becoming more tense and uptight? Do they fly off the handle at even the most insignificant of issues? As I talk to my fleet friends from around the country I am getting a sense of employee frustration at levels I have never seen before in my fleet career.

R.O.I or B.S. (Case 1 – Analysis)

First, and to put it rather bluntly, virtually everything they listed is subject to interpretation and variation. While there are some variables that appear very reasonable, nearly all of them could be altered positively or negatively. Let’s look at the each variable individually.

PM Service Intervals

With todays reduced manpower and funding levels, several fleet managers that I know have extended their PM Service intervals as a means of coping with their new reality. If you have the time, please respond to the brief questions listed below.

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