In the News - Leading the Way
Fleet is in the news and leading the way in a constant effort
to improve services to the community and to further the industry
of fleet management. With numerous awards and recognition, as well
as important initiatives that protect the environment and provide
better service, Fleet Management has become a leader in the field.
Division news, articles and announcements are posted here as Fleet
continues to set standards and raise the bar. See below for recent
events, articles, recognition and announcements that describe what
Fleet is doing in the County and in the fleet management industry.
Silver Spring Highway fuel site will be down for repairs on July 24th Tuesday from 9am-4:30pm.
We anticipate the site being re-opened once the repairs are completed.
On Wednesday June 20, 2012, Montgomery County Division of Fleet Management Services hosted the Washington
Area Fleet Association (WAFA) monthly meeting at its Division Headquarter at 16630 Crabbs
Branch Way, Rockville, MD 20855. The meeting was attended by over 30 attendees of the Fleet
Community from 13 Local Government and Municipal Fleets in the Washington Metropolitan Region. For more details, please check here.
Bill Griffiths serves as the new Chief of Fleet Management Services
Mr. Griffiths comes to Montgomery County with over 20 years experience in managing Federal
Government fleets, most recently with the Smithsonian Institution, and service in the United States Air Force where he began
as a heavy equipment mechanic. His fleet management career has had particular focus in preventive maintenance best practices,
logistics, budgeting, contracting and safety. He was recognized in a recent edition of Government Fleet magazine for his successful efforts in reducing the Smithsonian fleet while increasing overall performance, improving on-time preventive maintenance, lowering greenhouse gas admissions across the fleet, and raising customer satisfaction. Bill is also an active member in the National Association of Fleet Administrators and serves
on the Federal Motor Vehicle Executive Council and INTERFUEL, the Federal government alternative fuel committee.
All Fleet staff are welcoming our new chief.
Maryland cell phone ban for drivers takes effect
Maryland Senate Bill 321 prohibiting all Maryland drivers from
using a cell phone without a hands free device while operating a
motor vehicle goes into effect. In addition, the new law would
prohibit "a holder of a learner's instructional permit or
provisional driver's license who is 18 years of age or older from
driving a motor vehicle while using a handheld telephone".
The fine for a first offense would be $40 and subsequent offenses
would be $100.
Brookville Commencement Of New Fuel Station And Access Restriction
Effective Monday August 9, 2010 the new fuel station at the Silver
Spring Brookville Service Park will commence operation. However,
part of the Brookville Road will be closed for up to 90 days due
to construction activities involving demolition of the old fuel
station and road improvement. A flagman will be directing traffic
during the week from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Except for public
safety vehicles; the Fuel Station will not provide service from
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM during weekdays. The flagman will allow
access to the new fuel station only to Public Safety officials (public
safety vehicles or unmarked vehicles with public safety ID) during
day time on weekdays. County staff is encouraged to use
other County fuel stations until the construction work is completed.
If you have any question please call Calvin Jones at 240-777-5623.
County’s Fleet Services Wins Second Place for its Green Fleet
The Montgomery County Department of General Services, Division
of Fleet Management Services, recently won second place for the
2009 Government Green Fleet Award, a national competition open to
all federal, state and local government fleets in North America.
The recognition is awarded to fleets that meet a comprehensive set
of environmentally focused evaluation criteria as judged by all
the U.S. Department of Energy's "Clean Cities" program coordinators.
"Despite the current economic challenges facing local governments
and increasingly stringent environmental requirements, Montgomery
County remains firmly committed to expanding our use of alternative
fuel vehicles and planning for the future to meet our aggressive
climate protection goals," said General Services Director David
Dise. "I am very proud to receive this recognition, and congratulate
our Fleet Management Services employees for their dedication and
Competing fleets were judged in the areas of fleet composition,
fuel and emissions, policy and planning, fleet utilization, education,
executive and employee involvement, and supporting services.
Clean Cities is part of the Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Program, and
consists of a network of about 90 volunteer coalitions across the
country. Its goal is to advance the nation's economic, environmental
and energy security by reducing dependence on petroleum. Clean Cities
supports local decisions by developing public/private partnerships
to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends,
fuel economy, hybrid vehicles and idle reduction.
For more information about the Government Green Fleet Award, go
On February 25, 2009, Fleet Management Services hosted 26 employees
of several different agencies of the District of Columbia government
for a training presentation and tour of Fleet Management’s EMOC
facility at 16630 Crabbs Branch Way. The presentation concerned
storm water management; and the D.C. government attendees came to
learn about Fleet Management’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention
Plan, our best management practices to control storm water runoff,
and our pollution prevention initiatives. Fleet Management was proud
to host this intergovernmental cooperative event.
Idle-Free Zones Policy
In order to reduce unnecessary
fuel usage as well as unnecessary pollution and additional wear
and tear on County vehicles the Division of Fleet Management Services,
Department of General Services has established "Idle-Free Zones"
around the County. Idle-free Zones are located at each of the County
Fuel Sites as well as each of the Bus Depots. Unnecessary vehicle
idling is prohibited at
each of these locations.
Additionally vehicle operators in the County should refrain from
idling vehicles unnecessarily wherever possible. Unnecessary vehicle
idling wastes fuel, pollutes the air, causes excess engine wear
and needless noise, and is prohibited by Maryland State Regulation
Article ?2-402(c)(3). In pertinent part, Maryland Transportation
Regulation Article ?2-402(c)(3) states the following:
(3) A motor vehicle engine may not be allowed to operate for more
than 5 consecutive minutes when the vehicle is not in motion, except
(i) When a vehicle is forced to remain motionless because of traffic
conditions or mechanical difficulties over which the operator has
(ii) When it is necessary to operate heating and cooling or auxiliary
equipment installed on the vehicle;
(iii) To bring the vehicle to the manufacturer's recommended operating
(iv) When it is necessary to accomplish the intended use of the
This regulation is enforceable by fines of not less than $500.00.
Two Fleet Management employees, Chris Broschart and Frank Grzymala,
volunteered and were accepted to participate in the development
of a new Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test. They participated
in a work group with other subject matter experts developing questions
for the new (H1) Transit Bus Compressed Gas (CNG) Certification
Test. This is the final test in the development of a new Transit
Bus Maintenance Master Series. Fleet Management is proud to have
their employees participate in this process.
The Council Office Building
fueling site 255 East Jefferson St. will be closed for modifications
on Monday August 18th and will reopen on Monday September 1st. If
you have any questions please call Customer Service 301 279-8111.
In the meantime, please use one of the following nearby locations
§ 16640 Crabbs Branch Way Gaithersburg, Md.
§ 1283 Seven Locks Rd. Rockville, Md.
In March 2008, the Division of Fleet Management Services started
piloting Biodiesel in its heavy equipment fleet. Since then DFMS
has started using Biodiesel in the transit fleets that supports
Gaithersburg and Silver Spring with the remainder of the County’s
diesel sites transitioning to Biodiesel in the near future. Biodiesel
is a blended fuel that is domestically produced. Biodiesel displaces
foreign oil and is a suitable replacement for petroleum diesel in
vehicles with new “clean diesel” technology.
of Fleet Management Services - Department of General Services
16630 Crabbs Branch Way - Rockville, MD. 20855
240.777.5730 - 240.777.5652 (fax)
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