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Va. County Rehires Equipment Chief

Chris Allison became the Equipment Bureau chief at Arlington County, Va., late last year. He returns to the position after two years of working in a nearby county.

Photo of F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Dallas Adds 99 CNG Trucks, Vans

The City of Dallas is continuing its transition to a greener fleet with the recent purchase of 99 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans. These vehicles being purchased are 65 Ford F-150 trucks, four F-250 trucks, and 30 E-250 vans.

Fire Trucks Collide in Calif., Injuring 15

Two Southern California fire trucks collided Wednesday in Monterey Park while responding to a house fire in a crash that caused one truck to smash into a restaurant.

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Charger Redesigned for 2015

Dodge has reworked the Charger's front end and brought Challenger-like touches to the interior for the 2015 model year of a vehicle shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.

Government Fleet Announces Leading Fleets for 2014

Government Fleet magazine has announced the Leading Fleets for 2014. The awards program recognizes operations that are performing at a high level, particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future, and overcoming challenges.

26 Nominated for Public Fleet Hall of Fame

Twenty-six fleet professionals were nominated for the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. The award recognizes fleet leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the profession.

Texas Public Fleet Summit: One-Day Pass and Two Tracks Available

Attendees to the Dallas-Fort Worth Public Fleet Summit, produced by Government Fleet and GST, will have the benefit of two tracks to choose from — one for new and aspiring public works fleet managers and the other for those with more experience.

Pictured is a preliminary rendering of what Hamilton's CNG station may look like. Photo via facebook/City of Hamilton

Ohio City Starts CNG Fueling Station Construction

The City of Hamilton, Ohio, began construction of a publicly accessible CNG fueling station. The city plans to expand its CNG fleet of four vehicles and has letters of intent from other local public fleets to use the station.

CAFM graduates are pictured here at the NAFA I&E in April.

NAFA Announces 2014 CAFM Graduates

The NAFA Fleet Management Association recently announced its newest Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) graduates for 2013-2014. There were a total of 42 graduates in the group, and 20 work in the public sector.

Photo courtesy of U.S. DOE.

Nine National Parks Get Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Nine of the 13 National Parks will begin using alternative-fuel vehicles this summer under the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program to improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle idling.

Photo of Chevrolet Express CNG upfitting courtesy of GM.

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit with medium roof and regular wheelbase courtesy of Adrian Steel.

Adrian Steel Shows Ford Transit Upfit Products

Upfitter Adrian Steel has announced a line of new products developed for the Ford Transit that will roll out when the full-size vans start hitting the market in June, a company spokesman told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Ill. State Patrol Cars Wait in a Parking Lot for Upfitting

While they have at least 85 new Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars, state officials have not yet figured out how to get the electronics installed, offering explanations that varied from the budget crisis to an inability to find workers in the state with the skills to do the job.

Santa Ana Wins Green California Leadership Award

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., Finance Department Facilities-Fleet-Central Stores (FFCS) Division is the 2014 Green California Leadership Award winner in the Transportation category.

File photo by Thi Dao

La. Police Chief to Resign Following Fuel Theft Indictment

The police chief from the Town of Brusly, La., was accused of using a fleet fuel card to fuel his personal truck and personal boat, with charges totaling $1,120 between January 2013 and January 2014.

Photo via Wikimedia.

San Francisco FD's Aging EMS Fleet Rolls On

The San Francisco Fire Department's attempts to replace ambulances with more than 200,000 miles of service have fallen prey to a county budget process that has sidelined the agency's $28.1 million funding request.

Ga. County PD Adds 40 Take-Home Vehicles

The Dekalb County (Ga.) Police Department has added 40 new police vehicles to its take-home vehicle program. The additional vehicles will allow the police department to keep vehicles longer, since they won't be running them around the clock as pool vehicles.

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IronPlanet Bids for U.S. Dept. of Defense

IronPlanet is the apparent high bidder pending final confirmation and award for a contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to manage and sell rolling stock surplus assets of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

Used vehicles sold at auction lost a scant 0.3 percent of their value in March, a month known for strong retention as tax-refunded buyers come out in droves, according to Black Book.

U.S. Bank Extends Fleet Card Payments

U.S. Bank is expanding its fleet card payment program to include cardless single-use accounts with U.S. Bank Fleet Virtual Pay, so fleet drivers can pay for fuel or unexpected repairs without a fleet fuel card, the company announced.

Photo of 2015 Focus courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Photo: File

Tampa Beefs Up CNG Refuse Fleet

The City of Tampa has begun rolling out a new fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks to help reduce the city's fuel bill, which has reached $1.6 million annually.

Mich. Sheriff Adds Mine-Resistant Military Truck

The Saginaw County (Mich.) Sheriff's Department has acquired a military surplus truck for some of the toughest situations deputies may encounter. Sheriff William Federspiel has taken delivery of a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle once used by the U.S. Army.

Photo of 2014 Power Wagon courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram Power Wagon Revived for Off-Road Work

Ram Trucks has introduced the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, a 2500 Heavy Duty-based work truck with enhancement designed for off-road work, Chrysler has announced. It will be shown at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Highest Overall Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the vehicle a five-star overall safety score for crashworthiness and crash-prevention features.



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