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September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Fleets Spared from Hurricane Irma Damage

Flooding at a City of Jacksonville fire station. Photo courtesy of City of Jacksonville

Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage and flooding across the State of Florida. As agencies begin recovery efforts, public fleets are reporting minimal damage to vehicles and facilities.

Tags: Florida, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

GFX Opens Submissions for 2018 Expo

Prospective presenters can submit a topic and abstract for a session at next year's Government Fleet Expo & Conference. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 13.

Tags: GFX, GFX 2018

September 13, 2017 - Industry News

Ind. City Tightens Take-Home Vehicle Rules

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The City of Portage, Ind., has tightened its rules about take-home vehicles, giving the city council more say over who gets to take home municipal vehicles.

Tags: Take-Home Vehicles

September 8, 2017 - Press Release

Minn. City Hiring Fleet Manager

The City of Bloomington, Minn., is searching for a fleet manager to lead, manage, and direct the fleet maintenance section of the city's public works department. The deadline for applications is Sept. 17.

Tags: Recruiting

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. Utilities Gear Up for Hurricane Irma

With 6.2 million utility customers without power as of Monday morning, utilities across the State of Florida have prepared their fleets to minimize damage and respond in a timely manner.

Tags: Utility Fleets, Duke Energy, Storm Response, Hurricane Irma

September 7, 2017 - Industry News

Pa. City Faces Fire Equipment Shortage

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Five of the eight trucks in the city’s frontline fleet were more than 10 years old and two trucks in the reserve fleet were more than 20 years old.

Tags: Fire Trucks, Aging Fleet

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

Tags: FMCSA, Florida, Regulations, Natural Disaster, Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, Hurricane Irma

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Audit: 69% of W.Va. Agencies Lack Written Fleet Policies

Photo courtesy of State of West Virginia

A West Virginia audit reviewed written fleet management policies related to maintenance, commuting, and fleet-size optimization from 93 agencies.

Tags: West Virginia, Audits

September 1, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. County Benefits From Fleet Internship Program

Picture are Ventura County General Services Agency Director David Sasek (far left), Fleet Services Manager and Oxnard College Advisory Board member Peter Bednar (far right), and program students Anahe Partida, Heather Evjen, Daniel Calderon, Matthew Gallegos and Esteban Rodriguez (L-R front row).

The Ventura County (Calif.) fleet has benefited from its internship program with Oxnard College, optimizing duties at its operation while helping to address the technician shortage.

Tags: Technician Shortage, Ventura County, Technician Training, Internship Program

August 31, 2017 - Industry News

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, Natural Disaster, Cox Automotive, Black Book

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Ga. Inmate Escapes From Fleet Maintenance Shop

Photo via facebook/Georgia Department of Corrections

A Jackson County, Ga., prison inmate has escaped from outside grounds detail at the county fleet maintenance shop, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced.

Tags: Inmate Work

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

N.H. Colleges to Establish Fleet Policies Following Audit

Photo of Nashua Community College via Flickr/John Phelan

The report found that the Community College System of New Hampshire did not have established fleet policies or procedures, and relied on informal practices when making decisions.

Tags: Fleet Policies, New Hampshire, Colleges and Universities, Audits

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

Calif. Legislature Saved $650K Switching to Reimbursement

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The California Senate and Assembly spent nearly $1.4 million on vehicle leasing, maintenance, and fuel in 2011. In the 2015-2016 session, the agency spent about $750,000 on mileage reimbursement.

Tags: Reimbursement, California, Elected Leaders

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Wash. Public Works Facility Lost in Fire

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The City of Toppenish (Wash.) Public Works Building caught fire last week, leading to the loss of six city vehicles and various equipment.

Tags: Fire, Vehicle Damage

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. Fleet Facility Damaged in Storms

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More than eight inches of rain fell in Manatee County, Fla., and a suspected tornado caused structural damage to several buildings, including the county’s Eastside Fleet Maintenance building.

Tags: Fleet Facility, Natural Disaster, Flooding

August 27, 2017 - Industry News

Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

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With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Tags: Hurricanes, Disaster Relief, FEMA, Texas, Natural Disaster, Hurricane Harvey

August 25, 2017 - Industry News

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

Tags: Hurricanes, Louisiana, Storm Response, Texas DOT, Hurricane Harvey

August 23, 2017 - Industry News

Ohio Fleet Employee Resigns After Hit-and-Run

A City of Toledo, Ohio, fleet employee has resigned after an administrative hearing for crashing a city-owned Jeep twice and leaving the scene of an accident.

Tags: Resignations, Misconduct

August 21, 2017 - Industry News

University of Nebraska Halves Reimbursement Rate

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The lower reimbursement rate matches the average cost for the university to rent a vehicle using private rental or pool vehicles and is expected to save up to $500,000 annually.

Tags: Nebraska, Mileage Reimbursement, University Fleets

August 18, 2017 - Press Release

Wis. Fleet Management Seminar Set for Nov. 14

A fleet management seminar for public and commercial fleet managers has been set for Nov. 14 to 15 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tags: Continuing Education, Fleet Events, Seminars

August 17, 2017 - Industry News

N.J. City Considers Creating Fleet Manager Position

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The City of Plainfield, N.J., council is considering creating a “manager motors” position to manage the city’s fleet of 253 vehicles valued at $7 million.

Tags: Fleet Consolidation, New Hire

August 16, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Executive Order Aims to Speed Infrastructure Projects

According to the White House, President Trump’s Executive Order will make the environmental and permitting processes needed for major infrastructure projects more efficient and effective. Photo: ATA

According to the White House, regulatory red tape routinely holds up major infrastructure projects for years at significant cost to the economy.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. DOT, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Neb. Fleet Superintendent Retires After 44 Years of Service

Jim Chiles, superintendent of fleet service for the City of Lincoln, Neb., will retire on August 31. He began his career with the city 44 years ago as a fleet technician.

Tags: Retirement

August 15, 2017 - Industry News

Wyo. County Fires Fleet Operator for Misuse

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Sublette County (Wyo.) Waste Management's former lead operator has been accused of borrowing fleet vehicles and equipment and having county employees work on his personal projects during business hours.

Tags: Personal Use, Vehicle Misuse, Crime & Fraud, Refuse Fleets

August 14, 2017 - Press Release

Okla. Association to Hold Annual Convention in October

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) will hold its annual convention Oct. 10-11 in Tulsa. OPFMA is partnering with Public Fleet Summits (PFS), which will provide speakers for this event.

Tags: Industry Event, Associations, OPFMA



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