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July 20, 2017 - Press Release

Sarasota County Celebrates 35-Year Fleet ‘Enforcer’

Vincent Hall is pictured at center with General Services Director Jeff Lowdermilk (left) and Fleet Manager Ron Kennedy (right). Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

Vincent Hall, lead technician for Sarasota County, Fla., celebrated 35 years of service at the fleet this year. Hall started working for the county in 1982 as a front end alignment specialist.

Tags: Recognition, Technicians

July 14, 2017 - Industry News

Battelle to Host Webinar on Connecting in the Connected Vehicle Environment

Battelle will discuss how an open platform software works and can contribute to the evolution of connected vehicle programs, including enabling connected vehicles to talk to traffic management systems, dynamic message signs, traffic signal controllers, and other ITS devices.

Tags: technology, Software, Basic Safety Messages, Battelle, connected vehicles, open platform, Signal Phase and Timing, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure

July 12, 2017 - Industry News

Water Utility Van Falls into Sinkhole

A Cleveland Water employee was investigating a possible water main leak when the street started to collapse, his van sinking with it.

Tags: Sinkhole, City of Cleveland, Water Utility

July 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ill. Forest Preserve to Build $9M Fleet Facility

Rendering courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., is moving forward with a $9 million fleet facility after years of delays.

Tags: Fleet Facility, Forestry Fleets

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Iowa City Repurposes Old Trucks

Photo courtesy of City of Muscatine

The City of Muscatine, Iowa, repurposed two old trucks to build a new dump truck. The completed vehicle was inspected by the Iowa Department Transportation and approved for over-the-road use.

Tags: Cost-Cutting, Refurbished Vehicles, Dump Trucks, Vactor

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Last Week to Participate in the Public Fleet Industry Survey

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry trends survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes to the industry. Surveys are due July 27.

Tags: Industry Research, Survey

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Texas City Dump Truck Catches Fire

The City of Corpus Christi, Texas, is working with one less vehicle after one of its dump trucks caught fire.

Tags: Fire, Vehicle Damage

July 10, 2017 - Industry News

Audit: NYC Needs to Improve Parts Contract Oversight

File photo

An internal audit recommends that the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) tighten oversight of its parts management contract with NAPA.

Tags: New York City, Parts Management, Contract Management, NAPA IBS, Audit

July 5, 2017 - Industry News

Miss. County Faces Garbage Truck Shortage

Photo via Wikimedia/Jason Lawrence

Simpson County, Miss., has only three of its refuse trucks working after four trucks were disabled in June — two from lighting strikes.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Procurement, Vehicle Damage, Refuse Fleets

July 3, 2017 - Industry News

Ohio DOT Opens Fleet Garage

The Ohio Department of Transportation held a dedication ceremony for its new $8.2 million maintenance garage on June 27. The 21,600-square-foot facility is twice as large as the building it replaces.

Tags: Road Salt, Fleet Facility, Ohio, Ohio DOT

June 30, 2017 - Industry News

Trump's DOT Retools Infrastructure Grant Program

The new grant program will emphasize projects that stretch federal highway funding. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The Department of Transportation has retooled the federal Fastlane infrastructure grant program to better align with the Trump administration’s goals of using more public-private partnerships.

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

June 28, 2017 - Industry News

Colo. City Considers Mobility Options to Ease Traffic

Photo via Flickr/Mark Goebel

The Aspen Mobility Lab would ideally compete with personal vehicles as a means of transportation and could mean high-tech changes to the fleet.

Tags: Traffic Congestion, Mass Transit, Mobility

June 26, 2017 - Press Release

Zonar Count App Tracks Passengers

Photo courtesy of Zonar

Zonar Count is an app designed for Zonar tablets that enables users to accurately count passengers who get on and off a vehicle, and track average travel time, average passenger trip length, and operating costs per passenger trip.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Zonar

June 23, 2017 - Industry News

NYC Sanitation Completes Efficiency Initiatives

Photo via Flickr/Jason Lawrence

The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) published an update to its four-year Strategic Plan to modernize fleet and facilities and improve safety.

Tags: New York City, Alternative Fuels, Anti-Idling, Refuse Fleets

June 21, 2017 - Industry News

NYC to Pay $1.3M in Racial Bias Lawsuit

Photo via Flickr/Karen Neoh

The New York City Department of Transportation has agreed to pay $1.3 million to 14 employees to resolve a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination within its Fleet Services unit.

Tags: New York City, Lawsuits, Discrimination Complaint

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

GM's Government Sales Manager Bowden Retires

Following a tribute from Bobit Business Media, Brian Bowden gave a speech at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) on June 13. Photo: Natalia King

General Motors' government sales manager, Brian Bowden, will retire in July. He will be replaced by Dana Hammer, GM's existing manager of law enforcement product sales, GM has announced.

Tags: Retirement, GFX, General Motors

June 16, 2017 - Industry News

Neb. Utility Expects to Save $50,000 on Insurance

Photo via Wikimedia/Ammodramus

Consolidating its insurance policies will increase the value of the Metropolitan Utilities District’s insured property while lowering premiums and fees.

Tags: Insurance, Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District, Utility Fleets

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Ivers Named 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Photo: Natalia King

Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, was named the 2017 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference on June 13 during The Honors Celebration.

Tags: GFX, Fleet Manager of the Year, The Honors Celebration

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

5 Fleets Recognized for Earning Operational Certifications

Za Farley from Government Fleet magazine hads an award to Darryl Syler from the City of Dublin, Ohio at GFX. Photo: Natalia King

The CFMO certification benchmarks fleet practices against private-sector companies. The CLEANFleet certification ensures fleet operations are energy-efficient and environmentally responsible.

Tags: Certification, GFX, GFMA, CFMO, CLEANFleet, The Honors Celebration

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Saltzgiver Receives Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award

Photo: Natalia King

Steven Saltzgiver, CAFS, consultant with Mercury Associates, received the 2017 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award today at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX).

Tags: Public Fleet Hall of Fame, Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award, The Honors Celebration, Recognition, GFX, GFX 2017

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

Public Fleet Hall of Fame 2017 Class Honored

The three Hall of Fame inductees present at GFX were (l-r) Keith Leech, Sr., Lisa Bernier, and Steven Saltzgiver. Photo: Natalia King

Four public sector fleet professionals joined Public Fleet Hall of Fame this year, joining a group of fleet professionals who have made a significant impact to the industry.

Tags: Recognition, Public Fleet Hall of Fame, The Honors Celebration, GFX

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

2017 Elite Fleets Honored at GFX

Pictured left to right are John Milhon, City of Mesa, Ariz.; Craig Croner, CPFP, City of Boise, Idaho; Paul Condran, City of Culver City, Calif.; and Kelly Reagan, City of Columbus, Ohio

The Elite Fleets are former No. 1 fleets that continue to maintain excellence within their operations. Each fleet is honored with a plaque.

Tags: GFX, The Honors Celebration, Elite Fleets

June 13, 2017 - Industry News

House Members Push for Long-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The Highway Trust Fund will again run out of money in 2020 if no long-term solutions are found. Photo: HDT file photo

More than 250 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Monday sent a letter to Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady, calling for a long-term fix to the Highway Trust Fund.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, Highway Trust Fund, Infrastructure Funding

June 12, 2017 - Industry News

GFX Opens in San Antonio: Live Updates

Photo: Thi Dao

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference opens today in San Antonio with a record-breaking number of public fleets expected to attend.

Tags: GFX, GFX 2017

June 9, 2017 - Industry News

Audit: 42% of W.Va. Vehicles Did Not Meet Minimum Mileage

Photo courtesy of State of West Virginia

The Fleet Management Office only had odometer data collected through its fuel vendor, and not all agencies are required to utilize the fuel contract, so it only had data for approximately 50% of state vehicles.

Tags: Utilization, West Virginia, Audits

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