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Chevrolet Impalas Recalled for Fire Risk

The action affects 1,177 2014 model-year vehicles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014.

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U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

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Lenco Introduces 'MedCat' Armored Tactical Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc., has introduced the BearCat MedEvac armored tactical vehicle. Lenco designed the law enforcement version of the MedCat to meet the combined requirements of SWAT and tactical EMS teams.

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California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

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.

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.

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.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

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.

Chart courtesy of Verizon.

Telematics Study Finds Waste In N.C. State Fleet

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.

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

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.

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Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

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.

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NYPD Replacing Scooter Fleet with Smart Cars

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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EPA Tweaks Fuel Economy Testing for Automakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Ford F-150 with Plow Prep Option Arrives

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

Photo: Jim Park

NHTSA Urged to Mandate Truck Crash Avoidance Technology

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.

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