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In May 2022, NAFA and AES jointly launched a survey of fleet operators to better understand typical public and private fleet operating patterns across a variety of vehicle use cases.

Succession planning was identified by 21% of the 2022 100 Best Fleets as the second most important general initiative they took on over the last year. An analysis of the contest data shows that succession planning in fleets encompasses six specific initiatives.

Asset usage is a metric that can heavily impact several other fleet data insights, including maintenance and fuel. And with the rise of connected vehicles, there are more ways than ever to collect usage data.

by Michael Brennan, Chief Judge of the 100 Best Fleets.  Once again, Operational Efficiency was identified as the No. 1 general initiative of the 2022 100 Best Fleets. About 30% of the 2022 100 Best Fleets are concentrating on operational efficiency, which is slightly lower than recorded in 2021 (36%). This does not indicate operational efficiency being any less important…

Mike Pitcher, former CEO of LeasePlan USA, a NAFA I&E conference keynoter, and author of the 7 Elements of Leadership for a New Breed of Leader, says fleet managers focusing on their leadership skills is important now than perhaps ever. “Leadership matters,” Pitcher says. “What you do matters. What you say matters.” Pitcher acknowledges that there are many things keeping…

Ready to solidify your EV strategy? These university and municipal fleet managers have some advice organized around planning, preparing, and policy.

A catalytic converter can be stolen from a vehicle in under a minute, but the problems it can heap onto fleet managers can last weeks or even months in cost, lost time, and the inability to find replacement parts. Fleet managers report incurring substantial financial loss due to catalytic converter theft, a crime that has increased 300% year to year….

If fleets are allowing drivers to rush through their pre- and post-trip inspections, they are putting themselves at risk for costly repairs, fines, or service interruptions, says Jeff Jenkins, vice president of sales and marketing for RTA. “A pre-trip inspection is required to take 15 minutes, but a good one should take closer to 30,” says Jenkins. “Almost 100% of…

Fleet managers seeking expert advice on navigating through the fleet vehicle shortage are hearing the same refrain over and over: Hang on to what you have. “Our catering department needs a new refrigerated van, and we reached out to our normal vendors, and they have nothing,” says Jason Davenport, CAFM, assistant director, fleet services, for University of California, Merced. “They…

Here are some ways to reduce fleet spend from Patricia Alonso, CAFM, fleet manager at Boehringer-Ingelheim. “It’s not impossible to cut spending, but it’s very challenging right now. Fleet evolved with new challenges every day.” Tip #1: Driver Education: Don’t Skip the Basics Regardless of their experience level, every new driver should get an education packet that includes information on…