Posts by Chris Hill

Greener Transit

Greener Transit
Many municipal fleets are replacing diesel buses with electric models, and more are likely to buy into the idea in the years to come. Transit fleets are emerging as early leaders in electrification of their vehicles. I am fortunate to have a front row seat to view the bold efforts…

Resistors vs. Enablers

Resistors vs. Enablers
Where do you stand on issues that impact our environment? The 2019 federal election is now over. I was privileged to have a front-row seat as a candidate (unsuccessful) and saw the growing commitment of voters to pushing the new government to take stronger action on climate change. Two-thirds of…

Managing Materials

Does your fleet team have the know-how to manage all the supplies and parts needed to run your department smoothly? What is the process that we call “fleet management”? Essentially, four inputs are required: labour, material, contracted services and overhead. The expected product is a trip. If the fleet includes…

Virtual Whiteboards

This virtual spreadsheet can save fleet managers both time and effort when communicating with stakeholders. I have been trying a new way to communicate the status of fleet management processes to my superiors, my co-workers, and the users of fleet vehicles and equipment who rely on them for their operations.…

Changing Faces of Fleet

With younger fleet professionals joining the more mature amongst us, now is the time to share our knowledge and experience with the up-and-comers. It’s about time I got around to recognizing the many accomplished people who make up the fleet management community served by this magazine. I also see new…

The Disruptors

With technologies changing so quickly, will any of us recognize the fleets of tomorrow? Electric and self-driving vehicles face obstacles in the early 21st century not dissimilar to other technology changes as the following examples illustrate. They also have the potential to be disruptive. Cable TV A 2017 report by…

The “Just in Case” Fleet

Does your fleet really need “spare” vehicles, or are you fooling yourself? The subject of spare vehicles is a thorny issue for many fleet managers. The most effective ways to reduce fleet expense is to have only the vehicles you need, pay less for the ones you have, and manage…

What Would You Do? (Part 3)

Solving the problems of a fictional fleet continues. This column continues to look at new issues in Operations and Information technology faced by Bob Bertram in his new job as a municipal fleet manager at a fictional city. Meeting with key users Bob Bertram was invited to a meeting with…
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