With many public sector fleet budgets straining in difficult economic times, leasing construction equipment can provide a financially viable option to purchasing for short-term needs.
The Southern California city’s solid refuse fleet is now 100-percent CNG-fueled. While the move to CNG required an infrastructure capital investment, the benefits include lower fuel and maintenance costs, and reduced emissions.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations employs a “smart GPS” system to track and monitor its far-flung 4,500-unit fleet.
Seattle moves full-force toward a 100-percent advanced technology and alt-fuels fleet. The initiative has resulted in better gas mileage, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and a reduction in annual petroleum fuel use.
Surface planer operation requires multiple considerations, such as choosing the right equipment, using the correct flail, and plugging into the right power source.
After reinventing its accident management program and moving to automated reporting, the City of Tacoma, Wash., dramatically improved customer service ratings and lowered fleet operating costs.
The City of Columbus, Ohio, fleet organization centralized operations in 2008. The fleet manager’s first-person account relates challenges, pitfalls, and rewards experienced in the process.
Second only to depreciation, fuel is the second-largest public sector fleet expense. Municipal, county, and state fleets share best practices in reducing fuel expenses.