Government Fleet News

Parts Technician Arrested for Child Porn Charges

A City of Dallas automotive parts technician was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess child pornography.

Renewable Diesel Coming to Washington

Targa Sound Terminal in Tacoma, Wash., will become what is believed to be the first terminal in the state to offer renewable diesel (R99) in early 2017. The terminal, which sells to distributors, is making the fuel available due to increasing demand from government agencies.

Pittsburgh Renews Maintenance Contract Despite Complaints

The City of Pittsburgh has approved a five-year, $46 million contract with service provider First Vehicle of Cincinnati despite complaints about the high price tag and insufficient service.

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Santa Fe Police Upgrade Vehicle Video Systems

The Santa Fe Police Department, N.M., has ordered new in-vehicle cameras as part of its plan to upgrade its entire fleet to an integrated solution from Digital Ally, including in-car, motorcycle, and body-worn cameras.

Green Commuter Awarded Calif. Tax Credit to Expand EV Sharing

The California Competes Tax Credit Committee has approved a $250,000 tax credit for Green Commuter to assist the Los Angeles-based company with continued expansion of its electric vehicle car sharing, vanpool and fleet replacement service.

Apollo Video Technology Honored for Revenue Growth

Apollo Video Technology has been ranked number 68 on Puget Sound Business Journal list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington for 2016.


Charlotte Airport Hires First-Ever Fleet Manager

Scott Kincaid was recently named Charlotte Douglas (N.C.) International Airport’s first ever fleet manager to oversee fleet growth. He started on Aug. 1.

Feds Release Vehicle Cybersecurity Guidelines

The proposed, nonbinding guidance stresses protection of critical vehicle controls and consumers’ personal data.

Diesel Prices Taper Off After Surge

After two straight weeks of price increases, diesel prices have tapered off with a slight decline last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Responding to the TPMS Light

Here are tips on how to respond to the tire pressure monitoring system warning light.

IronPlanet Sells $99M in Gross Merchandising Volume

IronPlanet announced that it sold 9,890 items from auction events in the month of September, which sold for more for more than $99 million in GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume).

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell Rated at 366-Mile Range

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell sedan provides 366 miles of driving range and 68 miles per equivalent gallon of gasoline in combined driving cycles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Graph courtesy of NLC

Report Shows City Revenues Nearing Pre-Recession Levels

A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that cities are in a better fiscal condition than the year before, with city revenues nearing pre-recession levels.

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CARB Approves $363M Clean Vehicle Funding Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a revised funding plan for $363 million in proceeds from the cap-and-trade program. It includes $133 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

Jacobsen to Combine with Textron Specialized Vehicles

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and Jacobsen, both Textron Inc. companies, will combine their operations by the close of 2017. Jacobsen manufactures turf care equipment, while Textron Specialized Vehicles manufactures vehicle and equipment lines for commercial use.

Used Pickup Sales Weakening

A rising supply of used pickups coupled with aggressive pricing for new models is expected to cause a weakening in values in the wholesale market, according to new data from Black Book.

Fla. County Hires New Fleet Manager

Sarasota County, Fla., has hired a new fleet manager to take over for its retiring fleet manager. Ron Kennedy, CEM, CPFP, started as fleet manager at the county on Sept. 16.

State Fleet Association Elects New Officers

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) celebrated 30 years and named its new officers and award winners at the annual State Fleet Manager’s Workshop in September.

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

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Chevin Passes 1M Vehicle and Asset Milestone

More than 1 million vehicles and assets are now being managed using Chevin Fleet Solutions' FleetWave software, the company has announced.

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FCA Recalls Ram Trucks, Police Cars for Alternator

The recall covers an estimated 74,833 2007- to 2013-MY Ram trucks and chassis cabs as well as 2011- to 2014-MY Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars.

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NHTSA Official Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Tech at FTX

In his keynote address at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo, the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center provided an overview of vehicle safety technologies, covering systems that have recently been introduced to the market as well as technologies currently being developed, such as autonomous vehicles.

Photo of F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

'Parts Issues' Slow Super Duty Rollout

Unspecified "parts issues" slowed shipments of Ford's 2017 Super Duty pickups in late summer, but Ford is ironing out these issues at its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, according to a union official.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices

The recall, tied to faulty boom tip covers, affects 219 aerial devices in the 2014 and 2015 model years.


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