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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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Fontaine Modification Sets Up Fleet Truck Divisions

Truck modifier Fontaine Modification has established two new business units, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services and Fontaine Modification Vocational Services, to respond more nimbly to its customers’ needs in these key market segments.

C2Logix, WIH Resource Introduce Public Works Routing Software

A new partnership between C2Logix, Inc., and WIH Resource Group has resulted in the creation of FleetRoute by C2Logix, a high-density routing solution for the solid waste & recycling, street sweeping, and snow plowing industry.

NY State Employee Arrested for Alleged Gas Theft

A former New York Power Authority (NYPA) employee has been charged with using NYPA-owned gasoline credit cards to purchase gasoline for his personal vehicle. He is alleged to have taken $2,918 in gasoline.

Nominations Open for Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, which recognizes excellence in fleet management. Nominations will be accepted until March 10.

GM's Ed Peper introduces the 2015 Chevrolet City Express. Photo by Robert Brown.

2015 City Express Cargo Van Publicly Unveiled

General Motors debuted its 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van to the public at the Chicago Auto Show, after showing it to fleet buyers at several events in the past year.

Ford Adds Snow Plow Prep Option to F-150

Ford has added a new tool to fight snow accumulation. The new snow plow prep option, available on the all-new 2015 F-150. Ford will be the only manufacturer to offer a light-duty snow plow prep option across all cab configurations – Regular, SuperCab and SuperCrew.

The MY-2015 bi-fuel CNG Chevrolet 2500 HD.

Silverado HD Models Now Available as CNG-Capable

Chevrolet has announced that its MY-2015 HD models will be available with a CNG-capable, bi-fuel 6.0L engine. The move gives fleet managers and consumers more options when choosing a 2500HD or 3500HD model, according to the automaker.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Gets 30 MPG Highway

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect compact van achieved 30 miles per gallon highway in ratings released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week.

GPS tracking allowed City of Pampa, Texas, to optimize routes and reduce idling. Photo courtesy of GPS Insight.

Texas City's GPS System Drastically Cuts Idling

By optimizing routes via GPS Insight's tracking system, the City of Pampa, Texas, Public Works division has reduced fuel costs and increased staff productive work time.

Construction of Timco's public-access CNG fueling station began in December 2013. Photo courtesy of City of Santa Ana.

Calif. City's Fleet Gets CNG Backup Station

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station scheduled to open in the City of Santa Ana, Calif., in the spring will serve as a back-up plan for city vehicles.



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