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Succession Planning is Key to Professional Continuity

7/19/2019 - Sandy Smith
Everyone wants to think they’re irreplaceable. Yet when the lottery hits new heights, the lines are long—with many dreaming of quitting their day job. Retirement parties come around frequently. And no one likes to think about it, but people die every day—and many of them are still in the workforce when it happens. 
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Six Key Steps When You Are Required to Pull Driving Privileges

5/19/2019 - Kathy Wellik, CAFM
Pulling driving privileges from fleet drivers is not one of the more exciting duties of a fleet manager, but it is an absolute necessity at times. When drivers are not driving safely or have bad driving habits, it puts your employees, other drivers on the road, and your company or organization at extreme risk. When evaluating if you should suspend driving privileges from a driver, it is important that you collaborate with other departments in your organization or institution such as Risk Management, Human Resources, and Legal.
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FMCSA’s Raymond P. Martinez Looks to Champion Safety for Drivers and the Public

5/19/2019 - Donald Dunphy

"EVERYONE WANTS TO GET home safely at the end of the day," said Raymond P. Martinez, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). "And it’s my job to help make sure that happens by regulating and monitoring motor carriers and enforcing rules related to their operation. "It is also my job to make sure that the few who have not fully [rallied] to this cause are educated and guided to safer practices or that further measures are taken to mitigate their impacts," he added.

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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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