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The university reduced its preventable collisions in 2017 compared to the prior year. Image courtesy of New Jersey City University.

N.J. City University Reduces Preventable Collisions

The New Jersey City University has reduced its preventable collisions by 54% in calendar-year 2017 compared to the prior year.

Photo of 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn with 5.7L V-8 by Paul Clinton.

2019 Ram 1500 Goes on Sale

The 2019 Ram 1500, which is entering its 15th generation, will include a combination of three engines and three powertrains, including a 5.7-liter V-8, V-8 mild hybrid, 3.6-liter V-6 mild hybrid, and 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

Chevin Offers Cloud-Based Fleet Management Software

Chevin Fleet Solutions, a leading global provider of fleet management software, has launched a new SaaS package designed to support essential fleet, maintenance and compliance management responsibilities.

The City of Columbus will add 16 more CNG refuse trucks to its fleet. Photo courtesy of City of Columbus

Columbus Adds 16 Grant-Funded CNG Refuse Trucks

The City of Columbus, Ohio, will be purchasing 16 compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks to add to its fleet, partially paid for with $371,600 in grant funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Autocar's ACX Xpeditor

Autocar Xpeditor Trucks Recalled for Steering Issue

Autocar, LLC (Autocar) is recalling an estimated 541 2018-2019 Autocar Xpeditor vocational trucks because the pinch bolt on the clamp for the adjustable length drag may not have been tightened properly.

Photo of police car courtesy of Pixabay

Hawaii PD to Purchase First New Cars in 10 Years

The Hawaii Police Department is looking to purchase its first patrol vehicles in 10 years to replace a fleet that averages 200,000 miles. A decade ago, it purchased 35 2008-MY vehicles.

Photo of 2018 Ford F-150, which achieves up to 25 mpg combined, courtesy of Ford.

Diesel F-150 Reaches 30 MPG Highway

The 2018 Ford F-150 fitted with its first 3.0L Power Stroke diesel engine will deliver EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg on the highway, 22 mpg in the city, and 25 mpg combined.

Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan. Photo courtesy of Ford

Ford Hosts Police Responder Ride-and-Drive Tour

Law enforcement agencies and government officials will have the opportunity to drive the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and the F-150 Police Responder. The tour begins April 23 and stops in 14 major cities.

Photo of the Wilmington Police Department's ice cream truck courtesy of Wilminton PD

N.C. Police Acquires Ice Cream Truck

The City of Wilmington, N.C. Police Department has acquired an ice cream truck as part of its community policing initiative.

Photo of a drone via Pixabay

Drones Deployed for Patrolling Coachella Music Festival

In an effort to boost security at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, local law enforcement has deployed drones. The event promoter will cover the cost of the drones.

Joe Lane will lead GovPlanet's government sales team.

GovPlanet Expands Government Sales Team with 3 New Hires

Ritchie Bros. has hired Joe Lane as its first-ever director of state and local government sales. Lane has hired two government sales representatives to join his team.

OMNIA Partners Purchases U.S. Communities

OMNIA Partners, parent company of National IPA, is purchasing U.S. Communities, which will merge two national government cooperative purchasing groups.

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Bill Griffiths

Chevin Hires Former Fleet Manager of the Year

Bill Griffiths, the 2015 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, has joined Chevin Fleet Solutions as its VP of global consulting & client services.

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference is the largest annual gathering of public sector fleet professionals.

GFX Hotel Discounts Expiring Soon

Time is running out for Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) attendees to get a discount rate for a hotel. One hotel option is still available that provides the government rate.

Photo of 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans by Paul Clinton.

Mercedes-Benz Details 2019 Sprinter's Telematics Offering

Mercedes-Benz will offer eight factory telematics packages with its third-generation 2019 Sprinter that allow fleet managers to better track preventive maintenance, routing, and driver behavior with the full-size van, the company has announced.

File photo of unleaded gasoline dispenser

Fuel Contamination Believed to Cause Engine Failures in Florida

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., has 36 police cars with engine failure, and fleet staff are pointing to diesel fuel found in the city’s unleaded gasoline tanks.

Photo of Chicago's Goose Island fleet facility via public domain

Chicago Breaks Ground on New Fleet Facility

The City of Chicago has broken ground on the construction of its new Fleet and Facility Management headquarters.

(L-R) Berlenbach, Ivers, Lentsch

2018 Public Fleet Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Three fleet professionals have been named to the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. Honorees are recognized industry leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the public fleet profession.

Jeff Booton

Denver Airport Promotes Fleet Director

Jeff Booton, director of fleet management for the Denver International Airport, has been promoted to senior director of maintenance for Airport Infrastructure and Maintenance, overseeing fleet, field, high tech, and facilities maintenance.

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Calif. City Relaunches Fire Dept., Builds Fleet

The City of Victorville, Calif., has purchased five command vehicles for its newly relaunched Fire Department and plans to expand its fleet even further.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Boosts Tech on 2019 Focus

Ford's redesigned Focus will go on sale in North America in 2019 with a suite of new driver assist features, and will be available in Europe and China later this year.

Photo of Caltrans truck via Coolcaesar/Wikimedia

Caltrans to Use Existing Fleet for Road Repairs

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) doesn’t plan on purchasing any additional vehicles for its fleet, despite its goal to hire 2,000 employees in the next few years for transportation infrastructure repair.

Photo of a police vehicle via Pixabay

Dealership Issues Refund Checks After Overcharging for Police Vehicles

A Minn.-based car dealership is issuing refund checks to law enforcement agencies after it was discovered the dealership overcharged for its vehicles.

On-road testing of the new Silverado HD prototypes will begin in the near future and production is expected to start in the third-quarter of 2019. Photo courtesy of General Motors

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 Enter Next Generation in 2020

The next-generation Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups will debut in late 2019 as 2020 models, General Motors has announced.

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