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Inside The NYPD Fleet

3/19/2019 - Donald Dunphy and Bill Romba

Nearly six years ago, New York City was hit by Superstorm Sandy’s sustained winds of 80 mph, tearing through homes and flooding subways and streets. In November, the lights were switched on for Rockefeller Center’s 75-foot Christmas tree, an annual draw for millions of visitors. On this morning, the cars are triple-parked and tractor trailers idle in the middle of the road, waiting for passage while backing up traffic in the process. Somewhere else, a crime is being committed. The New York City Police Department, like any law enforcement entity, deals with these extremes each day, and its fleet must be at the ready throughout. This is a look into how they do it.

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Fleet Policies: The Two "E"s of Policy Implementation: Education and Enforcement

3/19/2019 - Katherine Vigneau, CAFM
IN THE THREE PREVIOUS articles in the Fleet Policy series, we covered the policy framework and how it is nested in an organization’s strategic plan. We learned that the fleet management manual should describe the guiding principles, responsibilities, and regulations regarding the use of fleet vehicles and most recently, what that manual should look like. The fact remains, however, that you can develop the best policy framework in the country, but it will fail without an appropriate education program and enforcement mechanism.
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Fleet Policies: Help Has Arrived

1/19/2019 - Katherine Vigneau, CAFM

IN THE TWO PREVIOUS parts of the Fleet Policy Series, the policy framework and how it is nested in an organization’s strategic plan was covered. Your fleet management manual should describe the guiding principles, responsibilities, and regulations regarding the use of fleet vehicles. This installment will cover what that manual should look like and will provide a policy outline as well as sample policy statements on various topics.

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Fleet Policies: Creating a Robust Framework

12/19/2018 - Bill Romba and Katherine Vigneau, CAFM
A BASIC TENET OF fleet management is to have a policy framework that supports the full range of fleet operations.
This is listed as one of the eleven essentials of fleet management, yet, many fleets have no formally adopted policies and many others have weak or ambiguous statements. NAFA defines policy as “the principles, rules, and guidelines formulated or adopted by an organization to reach its long-term goals.” Procedures, on the other hand, are the specific methods employed to turn policies into action in the organization’s day-to-day operations.
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Fleet Policies: Nesting Fleet Policies In Your Strategic Plan

12/19/2018 - Katherine Vigneau, CAFM
AN ORGANIZATION WITHOUT A strategic plan is like a ship without a compass; it will lack direction and the ability to fulfill its purpose. In a similar vein, the organization lacking a robust policy framework is like a ship without a competent crew; it may have a known direction, but is lacking the basic ingredients to get where it needs to go. An organization’s size and structure, management philosophy and the nature of its business or operations all factor into its strategic plan. That plan, and the surrounding structure of regulatory compliance drive the need for formal policies in all aspects of the business, including fleet management.
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Bill Toth Jr., Director Of GSA’s Office Of Fleet Management

12/19/2018 - Donald Dunphy
THE SHEER NUMBER OF vehicles and drivers managed by the federal General Services Administration (GSA) is enough to make a fleet manager’s head spin: 50,000 vehicles procured every year, 215,000 vehicles leased, and more than 1 million drivers. How does any one person begin to put their arms around an operation that large? FLEETSolutions went to the one person that knows – NAFA Member Bill Toth Jr., Director of GSA’s Office of Fleet Management – to get his perspective on the special challenges of managing a fleet of such proportions.
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Bruce Chesson, Transportation Officer, Kennedy Space Center, NASA

12/19/2018 - Donald Dunphy
BRUCE CHESSON FACES THE kinds of challenges all fleet managers deal with. His fleet, on the other hand, is anything but typical. “When I speak to people and say that I am with NASA, everyone kind of raises their head and perks up a bit,” Chesson said. “They look at you a bit differently.” Chesson is Transportation Officer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, which has the equivalent size and operational requirements of a small city: 700 facilities span the center’s 144,000 acres.
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Predictive Analytics: Get the Most Out of Your Data and Your Vehicles

11/19/2018 - Bill Romba
When it comes time to replace certain vehicles in your fleet, many organizations use mileage and/or months in-service to determine when to cycle their assets. This method, however, doesn’t take into account the great variation in vehicle usage that can occur across a fleet or how the vehicle may have been driven. 
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Sam Graves, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

9/19/2018 - Donald Dunphy

VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED (VMT) is a funding mechanism that charges drivers according to how many miles the vehicle has been driven, as opposed to current point-of-purchase fuel taxes. The primary beneficiary of the fuel taxes, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), struggles annually to stay solvent and continue to pay for projects to build and repair the country’s roads and bridges. Additionally, alternate fuel vehicles and more efficient gas and diesel engines make fewer trips to the station to pay fuel taxes, and some vehicles don’t visit gas stations at all. Sam Graves (R), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 6th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a leading proponent for VMT as a funding source for the Highway Trust Fund.

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Is Green the New Gold?

8/19/2018 - Fiona Soltes
Investing in a new technology or initiative for the sustainability benefits alone is a noble idea with long-term benefits—but not necessarily one that upper management will gravitate toward. These days, with budgets being crunched to squeeze out every dime, those efforts might also require cost savings.    
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