Government Fleet News

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Calif. City’s Climate Plan Focuses on Vehicle Electrification

The City of San Jose, Calif., released its Climate Smart San Jose, which includes a goal to expand fleet electrification as quickly as possible and further research the implications of autonomous vehicles on the fleet.

Braun and Demers Ambulances Merge, Expanding North American Reach

As two of the largest independent ambulance manufacturers in North America, this merger will create the second largest ambulance manufacturer in the region with greater scale to grow and pursue innovation.

A John Deere Gator burned inside a storage box. Photo courtesy of City of Ventura

Behind the Scenes During California’s Thomas Fire

The City of Ventura's Mary Joyce Ivers was called to the Emergency Operations Center the night the Thomas fires began. She talks about her fleet department’s experience and response during the fire.

Photo of the city’s new street sweepers courtesy of City of Newark

Newark Brings Street Sweeping In House

After an unsatisfactory experience with a vendor, the City of Newark, N.J., has decided to bring street sweeping services in house, and has purchased eight new sweepers.

Graphic courtesy of Esurance.

Driver Assist Tech Can Increase Distraction

Drivers with access to semi-autonomous features such as automatic braking or a lane keeping system say that they're significantly more distracted while driving than drivers without the technology, according to a new study.

Photo of the FJR1300P police motorcycle courtesy of Yamaha

Yamaha Introduces FJR1300P Police Bike

Yamaha Motor Corp., announced that a new police version of its FJR1300 Sport Touring motorcycle will be available for use by law enforcement and municipal organizations in the U.S.

Mich. City Turns 15-Year-Old Dump Truck Into Safety Vehicle

City of Wyoming, Mich., fleet staff refurbished a Public Works dump truck, turning it into a crash attenuator vehicle for the city’s Fire Division.

Fleet's can now order and take delivery of XLH-upfitted Chevrolet and GMC vans (pictured) starting with 6.0L models. (Image courtesy of XL Hybrids)

XL Hybrids Offers Ship-Thru Codes on GM Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc., announced that ship-thru codes are available for its XLH hybrid-electric system on the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans and cutaways.

Jose Gallardo, fleet manager, City of Concord, Calif.

Calif. City Hires Fleet Manager

Jose Gallardo was named the fleet manager for the City of Concord, Calif., starting his new position Dec. 4, 2017.

Photo of snow plows in Chicago via Pixabay

Chicago Agencies Respond to Snow Storm

Twelve days into the month, the City of Chicago is already experiencing its snowiest February in three years. Following last week's snow storm, city agencies have begun response efforts.

PERC will demonstration propane autogas emissions reductions at the Work Truck Show.

PERC to Demo Emissions Reductions of Propane Autogas at Work Truck Show

PERC will host an interactive activity with prize giveaways for attendees in its booth that will help participants visualize the emissions reductions offered by propane autogas vehicles at the NTEA Work Truck Show from March 6 to 9 in Indianapolis.

The Wichita Police Department showed off its fleet of seven new Harley-Davidson motorcycles on Feb. 1. Photo courtesy of Wichita PD

Wichita Police Relaunches Motor Unit

The Wichita (Kan.) Police Department has relaunched its motor unit after a 15-year hiatus, purchasing eight Harley-Davidson motorcycles and putting seven into service in February.

Photo of the fleet's new electric vehicles via State of Delaware

Delaware DOT Pilots Electric Vehicles

The Delaware Department of Transportation has added two battery-electric vehicles to its fleet as part of a new pilot program to assess the sustainability, ease of use, and maintenance of these vehicles.

Government fleet facility file photo

Iowa City Approves $844K Upgrade of Public Works Facility

The Iowa City facility will include a shop and vehicle washing facility for the Equipment Division, and would allow the city to protect fleet vehicles better with indoor storage.

Photo of the Detroit Fire Department's new ambulances courtesy of Braun Ambulances

Detroit Fire Department Adds 49 Ambulances

Braun’s Chief XL units are mounted on Ford F-550 chassis and feature customized interior console layouts, customized exterior compartment sizes, and customized interior cabinets.

Brian Reynolds

Texas County Hires Administrator to Centralize Fleet

Smith County, Texas, has hired its first ever fleet administrator to oversee the newly formed Vehicle Equipment Services Department.

FleetguardFit is a real-time filtration monitoring system offering full visibility to filter and oil life. Screenshot via Cummins Filtration

Cummins Offers Real-Time Filtration Monitoring

Cummins Filtration has announced FleetguardFit, a real-time filtration monitoring system that provides customers full visibility to filter and oil life through the use of intelligent sensing and advanced data analytics.

H.I.G. Capital Acquires Wastequip

Wastequip, a North American manufacturer of waste equipment, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a global private equity investment firm. Wastequip has been owned by Centerbridge Partners, L.P. since 2012.

A rendering from Ford's patent application depicting wireless communication between the offending vehicle and the autonomous police vehicle.

Ford Patent Would Allow Autonomous Police Vehicles to Issue Traffic Tickets

The patent argues that autonomous police vehicles can take over routine police tasks, such as issuing tickets for speeding or rolling through a stop sign.

Screencapture of Boise Police Department video of its domestic abuse and sexual assault awareness specialty vehicle unveiling.

Boise Patrol Car Raises Awareness of Domestic Violence

The Boise (Idaho) Police Department's new specialty car features purple graphics that bring attention to domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Police motorcycle photo via Unsplash

Ohio Agency to Disband Motorcycle Unit

Safety and cost were driving factors in the Toledo Police Department's decision to disband its police motorcycle unit. All 10 of the agency’s motorcycles were due for replacement.

Louisiana State Police has added Dodge Chargers to its fleet, including semi-marked, marked, and unmarked vehicles. Photo via Louisiana State Police/Facebook.

Louisiana Adds Marked, Unmarked Chargers to State Police Fleet

The Louisiana State Police has added Dodge Chargers to the patrol fleet, including marked, semi-marked, and unmarked vehicles.

Photo via NCDOTcommunications/Flickr.

Mich. City Updates Green Fleet Policy

The City of Ann Arbor's new Green Fleets Policy promotes the use of plug-in electric vehicles, which can be charged with solar-powered chargers, and supports continued fleet right-sizing.

Photo of a fire truck via Pixabay

County May Consolidate Fire Districts, Aging Fire Fleet

Consolidating 13 local fire districts in Pickens County, S.C., into one operation may come with challenges. The average age of the districts’ 31 pumper trucks is 16.5 years old, and some districts are in debt due to vehicle purchases.

Culver City Hiring Fleet Technicians, Assistant

The City of Culver City, Calif., is hiring a fleet assistant and technicians to join its Transportation Department. The filing deadline is Feb. 23.

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