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February 27, 2017 - Press Release

Snap-on Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos Available

Screencapture courtesy of SnapOn

Snap-on has recently added three new Diagnostic Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

Tags: Snap-on, Technician Training, Diagnostics

February 17, 2017 - Industry News

Audit: U.S. State Dept. Failed to Maintain Armored Vehicles

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security failed to properly maintain its fleet of armored vehicles, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

Tags: Audits, Federal Fleet, Armored Vehicles

February 17, 2017 - Press Release

VSG Awarded NASPO Contract for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Equipment

Vehicle Service Group (VSG) has been awarded the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Master Agreement for Vehicle Lifts and Garage Associated Equipment.

Tags: Maintenance Management, Rotary Lift, Shop Equipment, Cooperative Procurement, Vehicle Service Group, WSCA/NASPO

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

Mechanical Problems Plague S.C. County’s Fire Trucks

Photo via Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr.

Mechanical problems are forcing the Horry County (S.C.) Fire Rescue to keep more than $2 million worth of new KME trucks off the streets.

Tags: Maintenance, Warranty, Fire Equipment, First Responders, KME

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Colo. City Earns ASE Blue Seal

The City of Lakewood fleet consists of about 650 vehicles. At least one technician must be ASE certified in each area of service offered by the shop to qualify for the Blue Seal program. File photo

The City of Lakewood, Colo., has earned its first Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Tags: Maintenance, ASE certification, Technician Training, ASE Blue Seal

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. County Insources Fleet Maintenance

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Bergen County (N.J.) has added another customer to its insourced fleet operations. Officials approved a shared services contract with the Bergen County Board of Social Services.

Tags: Insourcing, Mutual Aid, Maintenance Contract

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. Sheriff Signs $4M Fleet Management Contract

Photo courtesy of Vector

The Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has entered into a multiple-year agreement with Vector Fleet Management for fleet management and maintenance. The contract is valued at $4 million per year.

Tags: Outsourcing, County Fleets, Vector Fleet Management, Maintenance Costs

January 24, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Offers Replacement Parts for Non-Ford Vehicles


Ford’s Customer Service Division has launched Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts that will be available to all Ford dealers.

Tags: Ford, Parts and Service

January 24, 2017 - Press Release

ASE Launches New Practice Tests

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) launched four new ASE practice tests for the Medium/Heavy Truck series.

Tags: Maintenance, ASE, Technician Training, ASE Blue Seal

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

Miami-Dade Creates Technician Trainee Program

(L-R) Pictured are Pete Moolah, heavy fleet service manager, and Daniel Gasca, auto parts specialist, from the Miami-Dade Internal Services Department fleet. Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade County

The Miami-Dade County (Fla.) fleet has a new program to help it overcome its heavy equipment technician recruitment problems. Fleet Director Alex Alfonso explains how fleet staff created the program and how it works.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Maintenance Management, Technician Training, Miami Dade County

January 17, 2017 - Press Release

Snap-On Releases Full-Line Catalog

Photo courtesy of Snap-On.

The new Snap-on full-line catalog showcases its wide range of diagnostic platforms to help customers find the perfect tool for them, whether they are just getting started or are the top technician in the repair shop.

Tags: Snap-on, Hand Tools

January 13, 2017 - Industry News

Louisville to Build Consolidated Public Works Facility

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Louisville Metro in Kentucky will soon begin construction on a public works facility that will be used to park and maintain vehicles, store salt and brine, and house other operations.

Tags: Consolidation, Fleet Facility, Louisville

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ga. City Considers In-House Maintenance

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The City of Augusta, Ga., may take on maintenance in-house in an effort to cut costs. Currently, the city outsources fleet maintenance but city commissioners want to know if it would be cheaper bringing maintenance in-house.

Tags: First Vehicle Services, Outsourcing, Maintenance Costs, In-house Maintenance, Elected Leaders, Maintenance

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Safety Tip: Cooling System Maintenance

When coolant freezes, it expands and poses a danger to your vehicle's engine block. Here's advice from NHTSA on how to protect your cooling system and avoid vehicle breakdowns in frigid temperatures.

Tags: Vehicle Maintenance, Winter Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Antifreeze

January 6, 2017 - Press Release

Automotive Lift Institute Releases Lifting Points Guide

Photo courtesy of Automotive Lift Institute

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. has released the 2017 edition of its “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.” This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

Tags: Automotive Lift Institute, Lift Guide

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. County to Spend $300,000 on Fire Fleet Repairs

Photo via Flickr/Floris Oosterveld

Polk County, Fla., will spend about $300,000 due to a structural flaw on all of its fire trucks. Commissioners voted to fix a loose suspension on all 12 of the county's trucks, at a cost of about $25,000 per truck.

Tags: Polk County, Fire Trucks, Vehicle Repairs, Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Suspensions, Elected Leaders

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Government Fleet's Top 10 Articles for 2016

(Clockwise from top left: 2016 Explorer and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford, renewable diesel photo courtesy of City of Oakland, file photo)

Police-related articles continue to dominate as the most popular topic for 2016. Popular stories about law enforcement cover patrol vehicles, equipment, and upfitting.

Tags: Upfitting, Police Vehicles, Retirement, Outsourcing, Leadership

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Sonoma County Opens Fleet Facility

Photo courtesy of Sonoma County

Sonoma County, Calif., has unveiled a $6.4 million Fleet and Materials Lab Facility. The 21,000-ft. facility houses the county's General Services Fleet Operation Division and Transportation and Public Works Materials Lab and will be used to service vehicle and equipment for Sonoma County and other jurisdictions.

Tags: New Facility, Fleet Facility, Sonoma County

December 23, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa County Approves Tire Equipment Purchase

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Scott County, Iowa's Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to purchase tire maintenance equipment. The county will purchase a new alignment machine, tire changer, and wheel balancer for its fleet of 98 vehicles.

Tags: Tire Changer, Tire Alignment, Tire Balancing

December 23, 2016 - Industry News

Texas City Implements Asset Management System

The City of Burleston, Texas will implement an asset management system to improve driver safety, reduce idle time, and streamline maintenance operations. It has chosen a system from ThingTech to keep track of all city fleets and over 270 assets through its Public Works Department.

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Philadelphia Fleet Supervisor Sentenced to House Arrest

A former fleet supervisor for the City of Philadelphia has been sentenced to six to 23 months of house arrest for stealing $400,000 from the city's Office of Fleet Management.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, City of Philadelphia, Contract Management

December 5, 2016 - Industry News

FDNY Mechanic Saves Dept. $750K Annually

Jomar Pichardo, a mechanic who helped save about $750,000 by rebuilding and restoring costly ambulance components, was among the honorees at the annual FDNY Administrative Medals and Awards Ceremony.

Tags: Recognition, New York City, Cost-Cutting, Awards

November 25, 2016 - Industry News

N.J. County Shares Services with Municipalities

Photo via Flickr/Arvell Dorsey Jr.

The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (N.J.) approved a shared services contract with the Borough of North Arlington for the rental and usage of a county-owned street sweeper.

Tags: Outsourcing, Insourcing, Street Sweepers, Mutual Aid

November 22, 2016 - Industry News

New API Diesel Engine Oil Categories Arrive Dec. 1

API has developed two visually different API Service Symbol Donuts so that consumers can distinguish between the two new categories of oils. Image: API

The American Petroleum Institute's new diesel engine oil-service categories, API CK-4 and FA-4, will begin appearing in the marketplace on Dec. 1.

Tags: Oil, American Petroleum Institute, Diesel Engine Oil, CK-4, FA-4

November 18, 2016 - Industry News

City Should Hire Fleet Superintendent, Study Advises

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An efficiency study of the City of Pekin, Ill., recommended the city create a fleet superintendent position to consolidate all the duties performed by other departments.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, reorganization, Centralizing Fleet, Fleet Consolidation

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