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Iowa Municipality Debates Selling Ads on Vehicles

The City of Waterloo, Iowa, is debating whether it should sell advertising on fleet vehicles such as police cars, fire trucks, and garbage trucks. The plan could bring in as much as $100,000 annually.

Fleet Budgets Continue to Rise

Nearly three of four respondents to Government Fleet’s 2016 financial survey said budgets have returned to 2010 levels, and low fuel cost was one of the biggest contributors to operating budget reductions.

Analyzing President Obama’s Highway Plan

A “Budget Highlights” document issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation details how the $478 billion apportioned for spending on surface-transportation infrastructure over the next six years would be put to work.

Thank God for Hard Times

Hard times present the opportunity (or necessity) to make needed changes in fleet management that would otherwise have never occurred during good times. Too often, change is difficult to implement in the government sector as the status quo reigns supreme. However, in an environment of dwindling resources and shrinking budgets, the “status quo model” no longer works. Business as usual is a recipe for disaster.

Everything Fleet Does Revolves Around Money: The Problem is the Lack of It

Every function of a fleet operation is centered on money: acquisition of vehicles/equipment, fuel, maintenance, facilities, salaries, parts inventory, shop supplies, tools, etc. As we all know, the No. 1 problem today (and for the foreseeable future) is the lack of money due to depressed sales and property tax revenues. In an era of belt tightening, there are a number of unintended consequences of efforts to stem budgetary shortfalls.