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FLEET MANAGEMENT

// Long Beach credits its employees for the
Fleet Services Bureau's recognition as one of
the top fleets in the country.

But these locations, he notes, were
operating with an antiquated system.
Drivers would pull their vehicles up
next to the pumps and insert keys into
a terminal. "They would [then] insert a
pin number and get fuel," he recalls.
The city has started switching to a
system that relies far less on human
input, leaving it less vulnerable to theft.
"The controls are much stricter," Berlenbach says, noting that the system
uses radio frequency identification.
"So when you drive up next to the
pump, there's a data exchange," he
explains. "The pump knows what the
[vehicle] is and knows the limit for the
hours per day it is allowed to fuel."
This helps reduce fuel usage, Berlenbach says. The system also requires
the driver to swipe a city ID badge,
representing "stage two of identification to get the fuel," he explains.
"While that electronic handshake
takes place, it also downloads all the
data from the vehicle," he says, noting
that the system uses telematics and
determines if the vehicle is experiencing any maintenance malfunctions.
"We're just in the process of installing the system now on our vehicles
throughout the city."

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The bureau also is in the process of
upgrading many of its vehicles that
were overdue for replacement. "We're
catching up a backlog of 800 vehicles
or so," Berlenbach says. "We're in the
process of recapitalizing the fleet and
that has huge benefits. Our fleet had
aged and that lead to increased labor
and parts costs as well as downtime
for our customers. As we renew the
fleet, we see our operational costs and
downtime decreasing significantly."
Motivational Challenges
The Fleet Services Bureau regularly
encounters its share of challenges, but
they "are challenging in a good way and
not an overwhelming way," Berlenbach
says. "It's motivational in having those
sorts of challenges."
One is to be as green and sustainable as possible while managing the
fleet and supporting city departments.
"There's a lot of fun and interesting
challenges in trying to spec out vehicles for our customers that will do the
job for them and have a minimal effect
on the city's environmental footprint."
Another is meeting the aggressive
vehicle replacement schedule. "It's a
challenge to process so many vehicles


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