Doug Bedell — April 29, 2013, 8:41 am

Smithsonian No Ancient in Vehicle Management

You don’t often hear of a museum managing its fleet of motor vehicles impressively to save gasoline and dollars. How many museums even have fleets? Well, Nextgov.com advises, the Smithsonian Institution does – 1,500 vehicles to go with facilities in more than 80 countries. And in 2006 it decided to manage them aggressively via a fleet management information system and vehicle telematics.

The result has been impressive – an 18 percent reduction in light-duty vehicles and a 44 percent decrease in petroleum consumption.  The heart of the program is effective measurement of vehicle use – “You can’t manage what you don’t measure” has become a Smithsonian  byword, at least in the fleet department.

Always and everywhere, attentiveness pays.

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