Government Fleet News

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Police Depts. Add Armored Vehicles

Police departments from around the country are adding armored vehicles to their fleets. Some are receiving military surplus equipment while others are purchasing new vehicles with donations or federal funds.

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FCA Launches Officer Protection Package for Charger Pursuit

All 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit law enforcement vehicles will come with technology that detects potential ambushes from the rear while a vehicle is parked. It will come at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies.

N.J. City Seeks to Replace 3-Year-Old Sweepers

The City of Paterson, N.J., is seeking $1 million to purchase new street sweepers only three years after it spent $1.24 million on the last batch.

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Fleet Mechanics Fired for Working on Private Vehicles

Two Howard County (Ind.) Highway Department employees were fired for working on non-county vehicles during work hours.

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Audit: W.Va. Has High Utilization Minimum

A utilization audit of the State of West Virginia fleet found that it has the highest minimum mile requirement of the 10 states reviewed. The state’s minimum utilization is set at 1,100 miles per month.

Md. Employee Steals $13K in Fleet Equipment

A Montgomery County, Md., fleet employee was caught stealing $13,000 in equipment and reselling it on the black market.

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Audit: U.S. State Dept. Failed to Maintain Armored Vehicles

The U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security failed to properly maintain its fleet of armored vehicles, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

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Mechanical Problems Plague S.C. County’s Fire Trucks

Mechanical problems are forcing the Horry County (S.C.) Fire Rescue to keep more than $2 million worth of new KME trucks off the streets.

(from l. to r.) Peter Rander, Mark Fields, Bryan Salesky, and Raj Nair

Ford Invests $1B Toward 2021 Autonomous Vehicle

Ford will invest $1 billion in Pittsburgh-based Argo AI, a startup focusing on artificial intelligence, to develop a software platform for a fully autonomous vehicle it plans to make available for ride hailing in 2021.

Sheriff Delays Scheduled Transfer of Patrol Trucks to Public Works

The Labette County (Kan.) Sheriff is delaying the transfer of patrol trucks to the Public Works Department despite the departments’ agreement to transfer ownership of the trucks at a certain time.

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Ind. City Approves $2.3M for New Fire Trucks

Gary Common Council (Ind.) approved $2.3 million to purchase five new fire trucks in an effort to replace the fire department's aging fleet.

2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV courtesy of GM

Tenn. City Speeds Up Replacements to Order Caprice PPV

The City of Spring Hill, Tenn., is getting a head start on its vehicle purchases for the year to meet the deadline for Chevrolet Caprice PPV orders.

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Beverly Hills Adopts Renewable Diesel

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the latest public fleet to adopt renewable diesel. Currently, the city is using renewable diesel in its central fuels station, which fuels all public works vehicles.

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Ariz. Official Urges for Uber Over State Vehicles

An Arizona congressman is proposing the state reduce its fleet by 20% and launch a pilot program where employees would use ride-hailing or rental car services for transportation.

PERC Launches Quarterly Newsletter

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is launching a newsletter for transportation professionals interested in propane autogas.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado courtesy of GM.

Pickups Show Lowest January Depreciation

Small and large pickups were among the top performing segments in January with a 1.1% depreciation rate among two- to six-year-old vehicles sold in auction lanes, according to Black Book.

The 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab offers available 6-person seating, wide-opening rear doors and a “rear seat delete” option for commercial use with its flat floor and secure in-cab storage space. Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Adds Extended King Cab for Titan Pickups

Nissan will offer King Cab versions of its 2017 Titan and Titan XD pickups, which allows Nissan to offer three cab options to buyers, along with the previously announced Single Cab and Crew Cab Titan models.

Stertil-Koni Awarded NASPO Valuepoint Contract

Heavy-duty vehicle lift manufacturer Stertil-Koni has been awarded the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint Master Agreement for Vehicle Lifts And Garage Associated Equipment.

Nominate the 2017 Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The annual award, now in its 13th year, recognizes an individual fleet professional for excellence in fleet management.

Safety Tip: Driving in Thick Fog

Here's advice from AAA and Ford on how to drive in heavy fog conditions.

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Pa. Halves Treasury’s Vehicle Pool

Pennsylvania's new treasurer will reduce the treasury fleet, forgo using a dedicated state car, and end the practice of assigning cars to staff members.

IronPlanet to Hold Four-Day Equipment Auction

IronPlanet is organizing a four-day auction featuring a wide range of late-model, low-hour equipment from Caterpillar, Volvo, John Deere, Komatsu, JLG, Genie and more. The event will run from Feb. 13 to 17 and take place in Kissimmee, Fla.

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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Rated at 52 MPG Highway

Chevrolet's 2017 Cruze Diesel sedan provides 52 miles per gallon in highway driving when equipped with a manual transmission, making it the most fuel efficient non-electrified vehicle sold in the U.S., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Md. County Council Criticized for Take-Home Cars

The Prince George County (Md.) Council has drawn criticism for costing the county $110,000 a year on automobile allowances and take-home cars.

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Arizona Uses Road Sensors to Spot Ice Before It Forms

Sensors installed at three locations along Interstate 40 west of Flagstaff, Ariz., are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation detect and address icy road conditions before they are present.

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