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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.

Photo courtesy of Goodyear.

Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith

Northeast DOT Fleets Brace for Winter Storm

State DOT fleets in the Northeast are mobilizing their army of snow plows and other snow-clearing equipment ahead of a storm that's expected to bring snowfall of one to three feet, while strong winds combined with snow is expected to create blizzard conditions along the coast.

Unsafe Driving Caused Calif. Fire Truck Crash

Unsafe driving caused a collision between two southern California fire trucks responding to the same fire that injured 15 people after one of the trucks headed into a restaurant, according to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Mo. County Settles Lawsuit with Former Fleet Employee

Stone County (Mo.) has settled with a former fleet employee, agreeing to pay him $12,500 after he sued the county for not being reinstated to his previous position following deployment in the National Guard.

Photo of leased vehicles courtesy of Webb County.

Texas County Hires Enterprise Fleet Management

Webb County, Texas, has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease and management of 30 vehicles. If expanded to its entire fleet of 500 light-duty vehicles, the county could save $170,000 each year.

Photo of Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of GM.

GM to Sell Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland

The Spark EV will retail for $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits and features a locally-sourced electric motor and drive unit that's built at GM's Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh on the outskirts of the city.

Photo courtesy of Toyo.

Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes

Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.

Ala. PD Replaces Fleet Via Grant, Federal Loan

The Roanoke (Ala.) Police Department is replacing 11 of its vehicles using a federal grant and loan, as well as simplifying the design scheme to improve maintenance efficiency.

Audit: Pa. County Must Improve Fleet Inventory, Fuel Management

A fleet audit by the Allegheny County (Pa.) controller reveals gaps in data, lack in oversight, and vehicle misuse, according to a release from the controller’s office.

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California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects

The California Energy Commission has approved $12 million for three alternative fuel projects that support green-vehicle initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure." Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

2015 F-150 Rated Lowest Lifecycle Carbon Footprint

The 2015 Ford F-150 has been rated to have the lowest impact on the environment, lowest cost of ownership, and the top-rated production chain in terms of social justice among full-size pickup trucks, according to an automotive research firm.

Fuel Price Competition Provides Savings Opportunity, Says Chevin

Increased competition in oil and fuel prices is providing fleets with a real opportunity to make new operational savings, according to fleet software provider Chevin Fleet Solutions.

Fleet Supervisor Fired for Taking Home City Equipment

A veteran fleet supervisor for the City of Knoxville, Tenn., has been fired after equipment from the fleet garage was found at his home.

Diesel Costs Post Double Digit Declines Over Past Week

Fuel prices continue a big decline with diesel posting its biggest weekly drop in recent memory, according to U.S. Energy Department figures.

Photo of Santa Cruz crossover truck concept courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Floats Compact Truck Concept

Hyundai revealed a compact truck concept vehicle designed for urban settings that includes an extendable bed that would give the truck a similar size to a mid-size pickup at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: More Winter Driving Advice

Here’s some winter driving advice from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and AAA.

Photo of Cleveland police cruiser via Wikipedia.

Cleveland Plans $20M Fleet Upgrade

A privately offered $100-million municipal bond approved by the Cleveland City Council this week would set aside $20 million to upgrade the city's emergency response fleet.

S.D. City Begins Fleet Assessment

The City of Sioux Falls, S.D., hired Mercury Associates to conduct a comprehensive review of fleet operations. The goal of the project is to determine the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide fleet services.

Image courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon to Offer New Connected-Vehicle Service

Verizon Vehicle will include diagnostic technology, push-button live assistance, and roadside assistance using GPS to hasten the tow truck’s arrival.

Photo courtesy of Zenith.

Zenith Motors EV Shuttle Approved for Calif. Funding

Fleets in California now have access to a voucher for up to $50,000 toward the purchase of a Zenith Motors shuttle van.

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Lower Fuel Prices Save Fleets Money

Gasoline prices have been decreasing since July 2014, and fleets have been seeing savings in fuel costs.

Colo. City Invests in Biogas Fueling Plant

The City of Grand Junction, Colo., has jointly invested in a biogas conditioning system and pipeline project that will provide a biogas-based fuel to municipal fleet vehicles, including 30 refuse trucks, dump trucks, pickups, and sedans.

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