A recent article published by Government Fleet highlights three states that deal with harsh winters. In the article, the Utah, New Hampshire, and Missouri Departments of Transportation fleet managers recently discussed what it takes to keep their fleets viable. The entire article can be read here.
Below is an excerpt from the article about funding:
Requesting Vehicle Funding
State DOT truck replacement budgets are generally controlled by state legislatures, special legislative committees, and governors. DOTs face tough competition and are up against other crucial health and safety needs in the search for truck funding.
Fleet managers agree that the key to persuading legislators, governors, and other officials to support efficient fleet replacements is making a business case based on good data to educate leaders on the cost efficiency of timely replacement. Like Utah’s example, bringing in reinforcements in the way of expert fleet consultants can help build credibility and get officials’ attention.
All three fleets used competitively bid contracts for their cash truck purchases. New Hampshire does supplement cash purchases with bond funds. Niederhelm said Missouri uses a multi-vendor award process, with a mix of manufacturers and configurations.
Snow Removal Stats
|Fleet Size & Composition: Heavy Truck Snow Removal Fleet|
|MoDOT||1.600||3- and 6-Ton||83|
|NHDOT||400||3- and 6-Ton||3|
|Recommended Replacement Cycles|
|The Replacement Challenge (Most Recent Fiscal Year)|
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