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January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Four West Coast Cities Seek to Purchase up to 24,000 EVs

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San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray are seeking feedback from OEMs and upfitters regarding electrified transportation and port equipment.

Tags: San Francisco, City of Los Angeles, City of Portland, City of Seattle, RFI, Elected Leaders, Battery-Electric Vehicles

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Michigan State Police Celebrates 100 Years with Black and Gold Cars

Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Michigan State Police deployed 50 special edition black and gold patrol cars. The fully equipped 2016 Dodge Chargers are painted to resemble the department's 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

Tags: Michigan State Police, Dodge Charger, Patrol Cars, 100th Anniversary

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Fla. County Purchases $2.4 Million in Fire Rescue Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Osceola County

Osceola County, Fla., is modernizing its fleet with four new Pierce Fire Engines and two new Braun Rescue ambulances, worth $2.46 million. This purchase is part of the county's efforts to standardize its fleet operation by purchasing vehicles with common parts.

Tags: Vehicle Standardization, Parts Inventory, Parts Management, Fire trucks, Ambulances

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Ohio City to Spend $1.2M on Fire and EMS Fleet

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The City of Dayton, Ohio, will spend $1.2 million for its aging fire and medical services fleet in 2017. It will purchase at least two fire engines and a new medical transport unit.

Tags: Vehicle Replacement, Fire trucks, Aging Fleet, Medical Fleets

December 30, 2016 - Industry News

Kennedy Space Center Deploys Polaris GEM Utility Vehicles

Photo courtesy of Polaris

The Kennedy Space Center is using nearly 50 GEM vehicles for security, facility maintenance, and landscaping tasks at its Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Tags: Security, Polaris GEM, Polaris

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Tucson Police Need $21M to Replace Aging Fleet

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Tucson, Ariz., is considering a half-cent sales tax to help replace the 260 vehicles in its aging police fleet. The Tucson Police department estimates that around 63% of its patrol vehicles are beyond their recommended service life and up to 80% are due for replacement.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Aging Fleet, Police Fleets

December 27, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. City Approves $5.9 Million to Replace Aging Fire Fleet

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Modesto City Council (Calif.) approved $5.8 million to lease five pumper trucks and two tiller trucks at a meeting earlier this month. Replacement purchases were pushed back during the recession, and the average age of its fleet is 12 years, with the oldest vehicle 27 years old.

Tags: Fire trucks, City Council, Pierce Manufacturing

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 19, 2016 - Industry News

Colo. City Adds Plows to Reduce Citizen Complaints

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The City of Centennial, Colo., is hoping five additional snow plows added to the fleet will boost its citizens’ reviews on snow removal.

Tags: Snow Removal, Customer Service, Contract Management

December 16, 2016 - Industry News

Purdue University Leases Subarus for Motor Pool

Photo courtesy of Subaru

Purdue University in Indiana is leasing 78 Subaru Legacy sedans and 12 Dodge Grand Caravans from Enterprise Fleet Management to replace its aging fleet.

Tags: Leasing, Subaru Legacy, Procurement, Motor Pools, Enterprise Fleet Management

December 14, 2016 - Press Release

Spartan Motors Acquires Smeal Fire Apparatus

Spartan Motors USA, has entered into an agreement to acquire Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., a manufacturer of fire apparatus in North America.

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Ind. City Reviews Police Take-Home Policy

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The City of Anderson, Ind., council has approved funds to purchase 19 new patrol cars for the Police Department, but also said it wanted to amend its police take-home car policy.

Tags: Police Vehicles, Take-Home Vehicles, Procurement

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Texas City Eliminates New Fleet Replacement Fund

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The City of Killeen (Texas) has terminated its newly created fleet funding program due to a budget shortfall. City Council voted to terminate it on Dec. 6.

Tags: Fleet Budget, Financial Planning, Internal Service Fund, Fleet Replacement Fund

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

Wis. Fire Department Adds Aerial Ladders

Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing

The Oshkosh Fire Department (Wis.) has added two Pierce Quantum quint 105-ft. heavy-duty aerial ladders to its fleet.

Tags: Fire trucks, Pierce Manufacturing

December 2, 2016 - Industry News

Fleet Sales Increase 5.6% in November

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD courtesy of GM.

Sales of vehicles from five manufacturers to government agencies increased 5.6% to 20,625 in November and remain solidly positive for 2016, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Tags: Fleet Sales, Light-Duty Vehicles, Trends, Passenger Cars

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Conn. Invests in Tow-Behind Plows

Photo via Flickr/Dannel Malloy

The State of Connecticut debuted three tow-behind plows capable of clearing snow and ice from two full highway lanes in a single pass. These plows are expected to help improve efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, State of Connecticut

November 30, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa County Officials Debate Fleet Centralization

Scott County, Iowa, officials debated the county's fleet management plans at a recent board meeting. The debate came up after the county's director of budget and administrative services recommended to purchase a system to balance and align tires.

Tags: Centralizing Fleet, Scott County

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Dallas Fire Receives Donated Trucks, Station Makeover

Photo courtesy of Ford

This Thanksgiving, the Dallas Fire Department received a donation of a new brand-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty from Ford and a pledge of $50,000 donation to purchase equipment from Leary Firefighters Foundation.

Tags: Fire Equipment, First Responders, Donation, Ford Super Duty, City of Dallas

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Austin Responds to Fleet Audit Claiming Waste

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The City of Austin (Texas) Fleet defended itself after a special report from the Auditor’s Office stated that the fleet had wasted $45,000 in purchasing an incorrect vehicle.

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, City of Austin, Policy Compliance, Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, Audits

November 23, 2016 - Industry News

Fleets Prepare for Snow with Vehicle Upgrades

Photo via Flickr/Oregon Department of Transportation

As winter approaches, government fleets all over the country are preparing for the snow with increased staff, larger vehicles, and more preventive measures to minimize snow's impact this season.

Tags: Snow Removal, Snow Plow, City of Tulsa, Louisville, City of Cleveland, Airports

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

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

Fla. County Modernizes Fleet Ops

Pictured is one of Osceloa County's new service trucks. Photo courtesy of Osceola County

A modernization effort at Osceola County (Fla.) Fleet Management has led to equipment and facility upgrades as well as new tools for the fleet. In FY-2017, the county is investing an additional $1.4 million in fleet improvement projects.

Tags: FASTER Fleet Management System, Vehicle Upgrades, Fleet Facility, Mobile Column Lift, Technician Training, FuelMaster, Mobile Service Truck

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

'Outdated and Broken' New Orleans Fire Trucks Discussed

Many of the New Orleans Fire Department's trucks are "outdated and broken" and need to be replaced, the head of the city's firefighting union said during a presentation to the city's elected leaders.

Tags: Fire trucks, Aging Fleet, City of New Orleans, Labor Unions, Elected Leaders

October 31, 2016 - Industry News

Iowa DOT Changes Replacement Schedule for Snow Plows

Keith Scheibe and Sree Nilakanta, associate professors of information systems, and David May, Iowa Department of Transportation fleet manager. Photo: Christopher Gannon, Iowa State University

Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) is changing its replacement schedule after a study found that the fleet could save $2 to $7 million annually by replacing its snow plows earlier.

Tags: Snow Removal, Replacement Cycles

October 17, 2016 - Industry News

Ill. DOT Asks Local Agencies for Plowing Help

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking some local government agencies for help plowing specific state routes while it awaits the delivery of its plow equipment.

Tags: Snow Plow, intergovernmental agreement, Illinois Department of Transportation

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