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Government Fleet - March/April 2010

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In the long-term organizations risk increasing overall fleet costs by extending replacement cycles in pursuit of short-term budget savings.


The Recession Need Not Cripple Fleet Replacement Programs
Rather than simply defer replacement purchases to meet short-term budget-balancing goals, fleet managers, should use today’s fiscal challengers to re-evaluate their organization’s approach to fleet replacement.

Six Sigma Improves Fleet Operations
Through Six Sigma use, several public sector fleets instituted new processes and roadmaps to reduce operating costs and increase staff productivity.

24 Vie For 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year
The 2010 award, sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services, recognizes the best in public sector fleet management and will be presented April 25 in Detroit. An expanded version of this article is available at

Are Pre-Bid Conferences
Many public sector fleet managers have eliminated the pre-bid conference in purchasing vehicles and equipment, citing the greater benefits of piggybacking on state contracts or joining purchasing cooperatives.

It’s Not Just “Black and White’
By varying police vehicles tradition black and white exterior colors, fleets can significantly impact the unit’s overall look and demonstrate it’s not all “black and white".

Group Buying Power Saves Time & Money
Through cooperative procurement, group buying power saves government fleets time and ensures better pricing for flee units and equipment.

GFX 2010 ‘Takes the Reins’ in Austin
Pledging to “take your fleet to the next level,” the annual conference targeting public sector fleet managers is scheduled June 21-23 in Austin, Texas.

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6 Steps to Analyze Street Sweeper Lifecycle Costs
A lifecycle cost analysis will help fleet managers present a solid case for sweeper purchases. The task includes gathering the right data, researching the equipment application, and consulting the experts.

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