Government Fleet News

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Ga. Police Agency's High-Tech Device Helps End Pursuits

The Duluth (Ga.) Police Department has begun using a GPS launcher device to help end high-speed pursuits before they turn deadly.

Photo courtesy of Dane County

Wis. County Deploys Its First CNG Snowplow

Dane County officials say that by using renewable natural gas, the county will save $6,000 in fuel costs per CNG plow per year.

Illinois Honors Fallen Snowplow Fleet Driver

Government buildings are flying their flags at half-mast through Friday in tribute to a state snowplow fleet driver killed in the line of duty Feb. 14.

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

GM Plans Aluminum Pickup Trucks for 2018

General Motors is moving toward producing an aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018, after securing supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc.

Webinar: Telematics Pushes Trucking Fleet's ROI

An upcoming Web seminar hosted by Bobit Business Media will address a trucking fleet's implementation of Spireon's FleetLocate telematics system.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Expedition Gets V-6 EcoBoost

The 2015 Ford Expedition large SUV will arrive with a new 3.5L direct-injected twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine, the automaker announced Tuesday.

Educational Session Lineup for 2014 GFX Announced

Some topics that will be discussed at the 2014 GFX include parts room management, fleet accounting, improving communication, and fleet greening.

CEI: Camera Violations Pose Fleet Liability Threat

Fleets that don't make red-light, speed, or school bus stop arm safety camera violations part of their drivers' safety profiles are running the risk of multi-million dollar liability costs, according to The CEI Group, Inc.

Photo via Ramberg Media Images/Flickr.

Obama Energy Trust Would Fund Alternative Vehicle Technologies

President Barack Obama has proposed setting up a federal energy security trust to fund development of alternative vehicle development by repealing subsidies to the oil and gas industry.


Obama Orders Higher Fuel Standards for Trucks

President Barack Obama will direct federal agencies on February 18 to develop higher fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks over the next two years by March of 2016.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Headlamp Alignment

Headlamp misalignment is a surprisingly common problem that can compromise a driver's ability to clearly see the road at night. Here's a tip you may want to pass along to your drivers to help them identify the problem when it arises.

NH Town Gets Subsidized High-Tech Salt Trucks

The Town of Windham, N.H., is using grant money to purchase new trucks that regulate the application of road salt, a change from its previous method of purchasing surplus used state Department of Transportation trucks, the Eagle Tribune reported.

Pa. City Considers Privatizing Sanitation

The City of Harrisburg, Pa., is considering a new home for its public works department, one that will accommodate the city’s fleet until it can decide whether it will outsource sanitation services, the Patriot News reported.

Photo courtesy of Freightliner.

Freightliner S2G Propane Autogas Truck in Final Testing Phase

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is completing final testing of pre-production S2G propane autogas trucks and expects to begin production of the vehicle in the summer, according to a company spokesman.

Photo courtesy of NCDOT.

DOT Fleets Cope with East Coast Polar Vortex

State transportation fleets worked to clear heavy snowfall dumped on roadways by Winter Storm Pax in a coordinated effort with law enforcement authorities to address the wintery havoc leading into Presidents' Day weekend.

Feds Release Updated Fleet Management Handbook

The Federal Fleet Management Handbook provides best practices and strategies for meeting requirements related to reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, using alt-fuel, and acquiring alt-fuel vehicles.

Photo of bi-fuel van courtesy of INDOT.

Ind. DOT Halts Propane Autogas Use Amid Energy Crisis

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue filling its bi-fuel propane autogas trucks with gasoline through March 1 to help residents coping with the propane shortage in the region.

Toyota Prius. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Recalling Prius Hybrids for Software Update

The recall involves about 700,000 2010-2014 MY Prius vehicles and about 300,000 RAV4, Tacoma and Lexus RX 350 vehicles in the U.S.

Iowa Auditor Seeks Reduction in Corrections Fleet

Iowa's state auditor is cracking down on a local correctional fleet, suggesting its managers reduce the number of vehicles and refrain from allowing a non-profit from using them.

Wis. State Energy Program Encourages Alt-Fuel Use

Three government fleets have signed up for a Wisconsin State Energy Office program that encourages alternative fuel usage by setting up a network of early adopters and a recognition program.

Ind. Town's Fleet Director Resigns

Keith Condra, fleet management director for the Town of Fishers, Ind., resigned from his position earlier this month for personal reasons. Condra has worked for the town for 35 years, 31 of which were in the fire department.

Photo of 2010 Ford Ranger pickup via Wikimedia.

Used Car Market Sees Turbulence In January

The used-vehicle market weakened in January, as 2008-'12 model-year vehicles depreciated 1.9 percent compared to the 1.4 percent depreciation in December, according to Black Book's monthly reporting.

All 11 public propane-autogas refueling stations will be in service by July. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Gas.

Propane Autogas Fueling Network Comes Online in Wash.

The state of Washington will have one of the nation’s largest privately funded propane autogas refueling networks when the last of 11 stations opens in July.

Screencapture via Central Illinois Proud.

Ill. Agencies Fund Fleet Purchases with Drug Money

In Central Illinois, money from drug busts is often being used to fund fleet purchases. That’s the case in McLean County, where many of the Sheriff’s Department’s fleet of marked vehicles is paid for by federal asset forfeiture money, according to Central Illinois Proud.

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