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J. J. Keller Awarded OSHA Training Services Contract By TCPN

J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has been awarded a contract for OSHA training services by The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN), serving state and local government entities, schools, and nonprofit organizations.

Photo courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan Announces Pricing for '14 LEAF

Nissan will offer three trim levels — the S, SV, and SL. Retail prices will start at $28,980, $32,000, and $35,020 respectively.

N.J. County Records 450 Carjackings in '13

The 450 carjackings in Essex County, N.J., in 2013 set an all-time record for a county that includes the crime-ridden city of Newark and an upscale shopping center that draws suburbanites.

Photo via Elliot Plack/Flickr.

Diesel Fuel Gelling Stalls Trucks as Temps Drop

Fleet managers overseeing snowplows and diesel trucks in several states reported fuel gelling as a result of frigid temperatures in the Midwest and eastern U.S.

Ohio City to Build Propane Station, Convert Fleet Vehicles

The City of Springfield, Ohio, is converting 10 high-mileage fleet cars to run on propane autogas and will construct a fueling station at the city's service center.

Photo courtesy of Encana.

Colo. Approves $30M for Natural Gas Infrastructure

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced the availability of $30 million in funding for the state's natural gas fueling infrastructure through the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program.

Photo of MCFRS Silver Spring ambulance via Adam Fagen/Flickr.

Md. County Updating Fleet with Ambulance Fee Revenue

Montgomery County, Md., plans to add as many as 14 new fire and EMS vehicles by July 1 with funding from a newly collected ambulance transport fee expected to generate $18 million a year.

Ford Sponsors Leading Fleets Award

Ford Motor Co. has signed on as a sponsor of the Leading Fleets award, a recognition program for public sector fleet management launching this year.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Snowplows

Here is some advice from the Minnesota DOT and the North Dakota DOT. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers.

N.Y. City Buys Police Tahoes, Malibus

The $500,000 outlay is the first since 2008 for new police vehicles and will be funded by casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Photo via McHenry County.

Ill. Conservation District's Green Fleet Honored

The McHenry County (Ill.) Conservation District has earned a state designation for its green fleet of vehicles that use flex or alternative fuel. The district has converted 50 of its 63 vehicles to run on clean-burning fuels.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Kan. City to Delay Natural Gas Fueling

City commissioners in Lawrence, Kan., are expected to vote against installing a natural gas fueling station for its transit fleet and other city vehicles due to the cost of construction.

Photo of City Hall courtesy of City of Modesto.

Calif. City's Consolidated Garage to Save $500K Annually

The City of Modesto, Calif., is expanding a bus maintenance facility so it can handle the city's entire vehicle fleet in a consolidation expected to save the city $500,000 a year.

A rear-view camera system in a Toyota Camry.

White House Reviewing Proposed Rear-View Camera Mandate

Despite multiple delays and cost concerns, legislation aimed at requiring rear-view cameras in all new cars may soon take effect.

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Video: NHTSA Recommends Ignition Interlocks for All DWI Offenders

The federal agency releases guidelines on how state governments can improve the use of ignition interlock devices to prevent impaired driving.

Chevrolet Spark EV photo courtesy of GM.

EVs Lose Value Quicker Than Gasoline Vehicles, KBB Reports

Most plug-in electric vehicles will depreciate more dramatically over five years than their conventional gasoline counterparts, according to a new report from Kelley Blue Book via USA Today.

Hankook Gives Winter Tire Safety Tips

With frigid, snowy weather gripping most of the Midwest and Northeast, Hankook is offering tips to stay safe and on the road during the most severe winter weather.

2013 Escape photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Predicts It Will Lead U.S. Sales for '13

The automaker is reporting a 15% increase in retail sales compared to 2012, when it outsold Toyota by 329,677 vehicles in the U.S. Through November, Ford held a lead over Toyota of 396,041 vehicles sold.

Photo via Christopher Rice/Flickr.

Pittsburgh's Mayor-Elect Pushes Snowplow Tracking

The City of Pittsburgh's mayor-elect is pushing ahead with an initiative to equip municipal snowplows with global positioning vehicle trackers and publish the locations online.

Photo via West Virginia State Police/Facebook.

W.Va. Police Add In-Car Video Systems

The West Virginia State Police will begin installing in-car video systems in its police vehicles in 2014 under a new deal with in-car video provider Digital Ally.

Ill. City Selects AssetWorks Fleet Management Software

The City of Springfield, Ill., has contracted to purchase FleetFocus, AssetWorks' flagship fleet management software application, the company announced.

Photo via Alexandre Prevot/Flickr.

App Helps Prevent Heavy Equipment Accidents

A University of Missouri researcher has developed a mobile app that helps prevent deaths caused by heavy equipment accidents.

First-time offenders of the new Illinois law will face a $75 fine.

Illinois' Handheld Phone Ban for Drivers Starts Jan. 1

Because the ban is a "primary" law, police can ticket a driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place.

Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.

Orlando Rolls Out Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Nine new refuse trucks using Parker Hannifin's RunWise hybrid drive system headed out on Thursday to help handle the city's most demanding waste-collection shift after Christmas Day.

The NYPD began using Ford P.I. sedans in the fall. Vehicle shown is not "smart car." Screenshot via Acepilot2k7/YouTube.

NYPD's Next-Gen Cruiser Gets High-Tech Tools

The high-tech tools were outlined in a long-term strategic plan known as NYPD2020 presented to Commissioner Ray Kelly in November by consultant McKinsey & Co.

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