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N.C. County Takes Delivery of Medical Transport Helicopter

Dare County, N.C., has taken delivery of an Airbus H145 helicopter for its air medical transport service that covers the Outer Banks region. It will be the first H145 operating in the U.S., according to Airbus.

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San Francisco May Expand Telematics Use

The City and County of San Francisco is considering increasing its use of telematics devices in its fleet as a way to improve management and safety of the nearly 8,000 vehicles and heavy equipment.

Announcing the 2015 Leading Fleets

Government Fleet magazine has announced the Leading Fleets for 2015. The awards program, sponsored by Ford Motor Company, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level.

Wash. County Passes Unmarked Vehicle Ordinance

Lewis County (Wash.) this week passed an ordinance that allows the Sheriff’s Office to use unmarked vehicles for confidential activities and to conduct traffic control in certain instances.

City’s New Shredder Allows for Tire Recycling

The South Central Solid Waste Authority in New Mexico has purchased a new mobile tire shredder that allows it to recycle old tires.

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Last Chance to Vote for the Public Fleet Hall of Fame

Cast your ballot for the 2015 inductees of the Public Fleet Hall of Fame! Voting for the nominees ends Friday, April 24.

Vincennes University Utilizing FleetCommander

Vincennes University are utilizing fleet data through the FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software. This data will be used for future vehicle purchasing decisions.

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City of Orlando Gains Nine Hybrid Refuse Trucks

The City of Orlando has added nine hydraulic hybrid refuse trucks to its fleet, bringing the city’s total to 18 hybrids.

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Ohio Drops Biofuel Mandate for State Fleet

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's $7 billion state transportation budget drops long-running requirements for the use of biodiesel and ethanol in the the state's vehicle fleet.

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Police Fleet Mobile Computers Match Vehicle Lifecycles

New mobile data centers (MDCs) for its emergency response vehicles have allowed the City of Oceanside, Calif., to match computer lifecycle to police vehicles’ six-year lifecycles.

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Tampa Fleet Hosts Propane Fuel Event

On Feb. 4, the Tampa Bay Clean Cities Coalition (TBCCC) held Tampa Bay’s first ever propane fuel event. It was hosted by the City of Tampa fleet maintenance facility.

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Vans Lead March Depreciation in Tax Buying Season

Used vehicles in the 2009-2013 model years fell 0.7 percent in value in March in a market bolstered by tax buying season and strong residual values of full-size vans, according to Black Book.

Terex Recalls Aerial Devices, General Digger Derricks

Defective bolts in 2014-2015 models may result in the boom falling, posing a safety risk.  

Mich. County Adds Tandem-Axle Plow Trucks

Hillsdale County, Mich., will purchase four fully-equipped tandem axle snowplow trucks for a price tag of $788,000 following approval by the county road commission, reports Hillsdale Daily News.

Bill Encourages Fed Fleet to Use Remanufactured Parts

Two Michigan federal elected leaders have introduced a bill requiring federal agencies to prioritize re-manufactured parts for federal fleet vehicles.

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Ford Details 2015 F-150 Weight Reduction

Ford has given additional details about how it achieved an approximately 700-pound weight reduction on its 2015 F-150 truck beyond its use of military-grade aluminum in the body panels.

Diesel Price Falls to Lowest Level in 5+ Years

On-highway diesel prices are continuing with their recent round of declines with the national average falling again over the past week and hitting its lowest level since February 2010.

Refurbished Ambulances Halve City’s Vehicle Replacement Costs

The West Valley City (Utah) Fire Department is refurbishing its ambulances rather than replacing them in order to save money, KSL.com reported.

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Mass. State Drivers Had 900 Crashes in 3 Years

Massachusetts state employees were involved in 931 crashes over a three year period that caused 187 injuries, according to a report by the Boston Herald.

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IronPlanet Merges with CAT Auction Services

IronPlanet and CAT Auction Services announced the completion of the merger of the two companies working in the heavy equipment and truck auction industry.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Windy Conditions

In recent days, high winds have created dangerous driving conditions in a number of cities. Here are some tips, provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation and Idaho State Police, about how to compensate for windy conditions.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan is due to hit U.S. roads in the fall. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Website Offers Fuel Cell Emergency Training

The Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resource website is designed to eliminate duplicative efforts among various government and private training groups.

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New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improves to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy for new vehicles increased 0.2 mpg to 25.4 mpg in March, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

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Ga. County PD Takes Delivery of Electric Motorcycles

Cobb County, Ga., has added two Zero electric motorcycles to its police fleet for high-visibility patrol and high profile events. The DSP models replace two 2004 Yamaha dirt bikes and were delivered March 27.

Photo of 2015 F-150 Lariat by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Fall 4.7% in March

Sales from nine car and truck manufacturers to government fleets slowed in March, falling 4.7% to 17,832 vehicles after a 12% growth spurt in February, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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