Government Fleet News

Kelley Platt is succeeding Michael Jackson as the Western Star general manager. Photo courtesy of DTNA

Western Star Names New General Manager

Michael Jackson is retiring as general manager of Western Star Truck Sales after 10 years with Daimler Trucks North America. He is being succeeded by Kelley Platt.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Update Police Interceptor Utility

Ford will unveil a redesigned version of its Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, Ford has announced.

Photo of Ford Transit by Vince Taroc.

Ford Records Best Van Sales Month in 14 Years

Ford sold more vans in January than any other January since 2001 on the strength of its new 2015 Transit full-size van and redesigned Transit Connect compact van, Ford announced.

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.

Obama Proposes NHTSA Funding Boost for Recall Probes

President Barack Obama has proposed a funding increase for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would boost the agency's funding by 9 percent to expand investigations into vehicle safety defects.

Photo of Prince George's County motor pool courtesy of Agile Access Control.

Md. County to Add Motor Pool, PHEVs

The Prince George's County, Md., Fleet Management division is adding a second motor pool location and introducing plug-in hybrids as two right-sizing initiatives for 2015.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Post-Snowstorm Vehicle Prep

This week’s tip focuses on safety measures that fleet drivers can take before they hit the road after a snowstorm. AAA provides helpful advice.

Average Diesel Cost Falls to Near 5-Year Low

The average cost of on-highway diesel continues falling in most of the country, declining another 3.5 cents over the past week.

Will the President's budget force real conversation on the state of the nation's roads and bridges? Photo by Deborah Lockridge

Obama Ups the Ante on Highway Spending

President Obama has proposed $478 billion in spending on transportation infrastructure over the next six years in his $4 trillion budget proposal.

All-New Fleet Technology Expo Set for August

Replacing Green Fleet Conference & Expo traditionally held in October, the first annual Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types looking for ways to improve operational efficiencies.

Photo courtesy of City of Sand Springs.

Okla. Grant Helps City Acquire Bi-Fuel CNG Pickup

The Sand Springs Fire Department has a new bi-fuel truck in its fleet thanks to INCOG’s Clean Cities Program with Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality public fleet conversion funds, according to a city press release.

This illustration from the American Gas Association's 2014 Playbook, shows that gasoline prices rely on crude oil by 70 percent.

Oil Price Volatility Makes Case For NGVs

With the price of oil being highly unpredictable it only makes sense for commercial and government fleets to choose natural gas-powered vehicles, according to NGVAmerica President Matt Godlewski.

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility in Development

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services, Inc., is developing a bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Police Interceptor Utility model that will be available to law enforcement agencies in the spring.

VIA TRUX (Photo: Via Motors)

Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

Maryland Adds Telematics to State Highway Fleet

The Maryland State Highway Administration has awarded Webtech Wireless a $2.3 million contract to implement a GPS and Automatic Vehicle Location fleet management system in more than 2,300 vehicles.

Map showing proposed locations of new fleet facilities courtesy of Sonoma County.

Calif. County Approves $10M Fleet Facility

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a new $9.95 million maintenance facility for the fleet operation that's being displaced by a new state courthouse, according to county records.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

Photo of Ford Police Interceptor courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalls Police Interceptors for Door Springs

The recall, which affects certain 2010-2013 models, will allow dealers to address a problem that can lead to doors becoming unlatched during side-impact crashes.

City's Fuel Reduction, Other Moves Save $1M

The City of Columbus, Ohio, reduced its operating costs by more than $1 million in 2014 by reducing its fuel use, implementing a GPS telematics system, adding alternative fuel vehicles, and reducing the number of under-utilized vehicles in the fleet.

Photo via Flickr/Chet Williams.

City Reviews Sole Sourcing After Vendor Complaint

The Casper (Wy.) City Council is reviewing its sole-sourced purchase of two pieces of equipment after a vendor asked why he and others weren't given an opportunity to bid.

Photo via Flickr/order_242.

City May Eliminate Jobs to Pay for Garbage Trucks

Mason City, Iowa, is considering eliminating two sanitation positions so it can replace its aging sanitation fleet, as one of four options presented by the mayor and City Council.

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GSA Renews Onspot Contract for Automatic Tire Chains

Onspot of North America announced that the company’s GSA contract has been renewed for another five years.

Sioux Falls Public Health Director Jill Franken issues the notice of intent to negotiate a contract with Paramedics Plus, photo courtesy of City of Sioux Falls.

City Moves Toward New Ambulance Provider

The City of Sioux Falls is one step closer to settling contract negotiations for a new ground ambulance service provider, after an independent hearing from the city verified that the selection process was fair.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol uses a Bell 407 helicopter like this one. Photo courtesy of Bell.

Auditor Questions Missouri's Use of Aircraft Fleet

The state of Missouri's fleet of 19 aircraft hasn't been used to its full capacity, Auditor Tom Schweich has determined.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With School Buses

Drivers need to be especially cautious and attentive when driving near a school bus, so they’re prepared to stop suddenly as the bus loads and unloads its passengers.

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