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Meeting Government Mandates to Reduce Fleet Size

With shrinking budgets, state and local governments are mandating fleet vehicle reductions as a way to cut costs. Fleet managers are being asked tough questions about how, why and by whom their vehicles are being used. Reducing fleet size yields big gains in cost savings. With wireless fleet management technology, costs can further be reduced by lowering fuel consumption and reducing maintenance on the vehicles that remain in the fleet. Read how you can exceed your fleet’s optimization goals.

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Business Fleet - July/August 2013

In This Issue:
Here are some of the Highlights:

  • Clean Cities: A Small Fleet’s Green Fleet Guide
  • Enter the New Van Generation
  • How C-SPAN Manages a Cross-Country Fleet
    And much more…