By Mark Boada, Executive Editor
A “perfect storm” is forcing government fleets to outsource an activity that the overwhelming majority still complete in-house: routine vehicle maintenance.
That’s the outlook from Steve Saltzgiver, a 30-year-plus fleet management executive who for the past six years has been a consultant with Mercury Associates, in an hour-long interview with Fleet Management Weekly. Mr. Saltzgiver had previously been the fleet manager for one city, two states and two corporations, executive director of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators and is currently a member of the NAFA Board of Directors.
The interview came on the heels of the release last week of a report by OmniGov IQ, a fleet market intelligence company, stating that RFPs and bids for government outsourcing of routine maintenance increased by 40 percent in 2017, from 2,227 to 3,181. The report explained that as vehicles have become more technologically advanced “the work of maintaining government fleet vehicles has become more high-tech and specialized, and many government agencies don’t have specialists on their staffs that can do this work.”