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February 26, 2015 - Industry News

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Tags: Pedestrian Safety, GHSA, Road Deaths

February 26, 2015 - Press Release

Safe Fleet Expands Portfolio with Elkhart Brass Acquisition

Safe Fleet has announced the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, of Elkhart, Ind. Since 1902, Elkhart Brass has manufacturing firefighting and fire protection equipment.

Tags: Emergency Response Vehicles, Fire Equipment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Safe Fleet

February 26, 2015 - Press Release

Wash. PD Adopts New Technology for Propane Autogas Fueling

The City of Edmonds (Wash.) Police Department has adopted new propane autogas fueling technology, the Stäubli fueling nozzle and dispenser.

Tags: Alliance AutoGas, Propane Autogas, propane autogas fuel station, City of Edmonds

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Tags: J.D. Power, Vehicle Dependability Study, Lexus

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Telematics Study Finds Waste In N.C. State Fleet

Chart courtesy of Verizon.

A telematics study analyzing a sampling of North Carolina's vehicle fleet showed many state vehicles aren't being regularly used and others suffer from excessive idling that reduces fuel efficiency.

Tags: North Carolina, Vehicle Tracking, Verizon Networkfleet, Idling, Driver Behavior

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

N.Y. County Official Calls Propane Autogas Plan a ‘Step Backwards’

File photo

Ulster County (N.Y.) Executive Mike Hein vetoed a resolution to spend $25,000 to convert five transport vans from unleaded gasoline to propane autogas. The resolution had been passed by the county legislature.

Tags: Propane Autogas, Fracking, Ulster County

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

Tags: CNG Fueling Stations, State Grants, Natural Gas Vehicles

February 25, 2015 - Industry News

NYPD Replacing Scooter Fleet with Smart Cars

Photo courtesy of NYPD.

The New York Police Department has begun using Smart cars for parking enforcement in the five boroughs and patrol in Central Park as a possible replacement for existing three-wheel scooters.

Tags: Smart Fortwo, NYPD, Parking Enforcement

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

GM’s Car-to-Car Communication Named 'Breakthrough' Technology

Photo via Safercar.gov.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected General Motor's vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for its annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2015.

Tags: General Motors, NHTSA, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications, Cadillac CTS

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Tags: Diesel Engines, 2009-MY, 2010-MY, Recalls, Ford F-350, Ford F-250, 2008-MY, Ford

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Altec Recalls Crane Jibs for Injury Risk

The recall, set to begin March 3, will permit dealer installation of a retrofit kit designed to help operators place the limiting pin properly so jib movement is restricted.

Tags: Recalls, Utility Fleets, Altec Industries, NHTSA, Cranes

February 24, 2015 - Industry News

Crash Fatalities Per Mile Fall to Record Low

The National Safety Council’s estimated annual mileage death rate for 2014 sank to 1.18 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, matching the council’s lowest preliminary estimate on record.

Tags: National Safety Council, Highway Fatalities, Driver Safety Tips

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

EPA Tweaks Fuel Economy Testing for Automakers

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is setting new guidelines for automakers conducting fuel economy testing in the wake of several automakers having to restate their mpg numbers.

Tags: Vehicle Testing, EPA, Fuel Economy

February 23, 2015 - Press Release

Lytx Hosts DriveCam Users’ Group Conference

Lytx, a provider of video-based driver safety solutions, is hosting its third annual Lytx DriveCam Users’ Group Conference Feb. 23-25 in San Diego.

Tags: DriveCam, ATA, Staff Training, Industry Event, Lytx

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reporting a Drunk Driver

Here is some advice from both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Tags: Drunk Driving, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Kentucky, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Biodiesel Helps N.C. City Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

The City of Asheville, N.C. cut its carbon footprint by 4.5% from the prior year largely due to switching from B-5 to B-20 biodiesel for its city and transit vehicles.

Tags: Biodiesel, Carbon Footprint, City of Asheville, B-20, Emissions Reduction

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

N.M. Sheriff's Aging Fleet at 'Crisis' Point

Dona Ana County Sheriff Enrique "Kiki" Vigil, who took office in January, said he's concerned that many vehicles have been driven past 100,000 miles and pose a risk to deputies.

Tags: Aging Fleet, Dona Ana County, Police Fleets, Driver Safety

February 23, 2015 - Industry News

Clean Cities Releases 2015 Vehicle Buyer’s Guide

Clean Cities has released its 2015 Vehicle Buyer's Guide, a comprehensive source of information for evaluating alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) options.

Tags: Biodiesel, Clean Cities, Propane Autogas, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, CNG, Battery-Electric Vehicles

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

GFX Named Among Top 50 Fastest Growing Trade Shows

Government Fleet Expo & Conference 2014 earned a spot in Trade Show Executive magazine’s list of 50 fastest-growing trade shows.

Tags: GFX, Industry Event, Awards

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Ford F-150 with Plow Prep Option Arrives

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford is providing additional details about the snow plow prep option that's now available with the 2015 F-150 pickup.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Snow Plow, 2015-MY

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

Photo: Jim Park

Highway-safety lobbies have petitioned the NHTSA to require forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking systems on all new trucks and buses rated at 10,000 pounds or more GVW.

Tags: Highway Safety, Collision Avoidance Technology, Forward Collision Warning, NHTSA

February 20, 2015 - Industry News

Landi Renzo to Offer CNG 2016 F-650 Truck

Photo of 2016 F-650 by Chris Brown.

Landi Renzo USA plans to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of Ford's 2016 F-650 truck that will appear at NTEA's The Work Truck Show in early March.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Ford F-650, 2016-MY, Landi Renzo, Work Truck Show

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Feds Provide $232.5M for Emergency Road Repairs

Road damage in Jamestown, Colo., caused by Boulder County flooding in September 2013. Photo by Steve Zumwalt/FEMA via Wikimedia Commons.

The funds from the Federal Highway Administration reimburse states for the repair of roads and bridges damaged by storms and other unexpected disasters.

Tags: Natural Disaster, U.S. Department of Transportation, FHWA

February 19, 2015 - Industry News

Ohio City Opens Public Works CNG Station

IGS CNG Services and the City of Dayton, Ohio, have opened their compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the city’s existing fueling station at the Department of Public Works. The station will be available for both Dayton city fleet vehicles and the public, according to IGS CNG Services.

Tags: Ohio, CNG Fueling Stations, Public-Private Partnership

February 18, 2015 - Industry News

Calif. Offers Funding to Fleets With Worst Air Pollution

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Public fleets serving disadvantaged communities in California can apply for up to $15,000 in rebates for each green light-duty vehicle purchased. Plug-in hybrids, battery or range-extended electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles are eligible.

Tags: CARB, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Grant Funding, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Battery-Electric Vehicles, State Grants, Air Pollution

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