APWA Book Review

Vehicle Replacement Guide
30 pp * 2001 * APWA

We have all found that a sound vehicle and equipment replacement program is important to government agencies and public entities of all sizes. Reliable vehicles and equipment in good working order are essential to the community service team to maintain streets, keep utilities in proper working order, ensure public safety officers are on the streets, and perform countless other activities that ensure public services of all sorts are available to citizens in a timely and professional manner.

Cars, trucks, tractors, motor graders, and other equipment that break down frequently due to age or excessive use interfere with workforce planning and can lead to disrupted and failed services. In today's rapidly changing technological world, equipment may become obsolete and difficult to maintain. Certainly good, working equipment contributes to positive employee morale. All of these factors combine to make a first-class vehicle and equipment replacement program an important part of the public manager's tool kit.

Vehicle Replacement Guide aims at assisting public works and fleet managers establish and improve your vehicle replacement program. It will help you:

  • Establish an effective program and determine replacement criteria.
  • Develop budgets and plan appropriate financing.
  • Select units to be replaced and determine optimum disposal methods.
  • Specify and purchase replacements.

While a sound maintenance program is an important part of the management equation, there comes a time when maintenance costs, downtime, and inefficiency become excessive and detract from the organization's ability to function effectively. Without a viable and comprehensive replacement program, managers will be unable to replace vehicles and equipment when needed, or for that matter, may even be unable to recognize the optimum time to replace these items.

Vehicle Replacement Guide is designed to provide public managers at all levels including fleet managers, public works directors, and equipment operators with the basic guidelines to determine when and how to replace vital equipment. It will introduce finance strategies as well as outline ideas on how to dispose of and achieve the maximum residual value from vehicles and equipment that are selected for replacement. This booklet is divided into the following sections:

  • Importance of an Effective Vehicle Replacement Program
  • Purpose of Establishing Replacement Criteria
  • Process of Developing a Replacement Budget
  • Vehicle Replacement - Financing
  • Process of Selecting Units to be Replaced
  • Vehicle Specifications
  • Salvaging Municipal Vehicles/Equipment

It is intended to aid users in making sound economic decisions concerning when to replace vehicles and equipment. It will serve as a guide in establishing an effective equipment management program and show that there is more to vehicle/equipment replacement decisions than simply age or condition of the item being replaced.

Maintaining a sound vehicle/equipment fleet will cost the least in the long run and will allow your activities to be the most efficient and produce the best results for an agency's constituents—the citizens.

For more information on purchasing this book and other American Public Works Association books, please visit the APWA Bookstore online at www.apwa.net/bookstore or call the APWA Bookstore at (800) 848-APWA, ext. 5254.