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GAO Highlights Shortcomings in CSA Program

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA safety enforcement program has been successful in some respects but needs improvements, says the Government Accountability Office. CSA has helped the agency expand its reach, among other benefits, but because of data shortcomings it is not as strong a predictor of crash risk as it could be, the watchdog agency said.

With safety data such as speed and location flowing from nearby vehicles, vehicles can identify risks and provide drivers with warnings.

Feds: Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Mandate In the Works

This technology is aimed at improving road safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other to avoid crashes.

Agreement Formally Ends 'Right to Repair' Debate

A national agreement signed this month extends Massachusetts' Right to Repair law across the country, essentially ending a two-decade fight between independent repair shops and the automakers.

Agile Releases Motor Pool Metrics Whitepaper

Agile Access Control, Inc., the creator of FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software, has released a new 19-page white paper that identifies specific fleet metrics that are crucial to motor pool cost-cutting initiatives.

Ohio Fleet Association Holds First Meeting

The Ohio chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA-OH) held its first meeting on Jan 16 in Dublin, Ohio, bringing together 35 members.

Calif. Provides Guidance on EV Equipment

California's Department of General Services has released a guide designed to help fleet managers with electric vehicle charging infrastructure in state-owned areas.

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Mohawk Launches Automotive Lift Blog

Mohawk Lifts rolled out its new blog, the Lift Automotive Lift News & Journal blog. Contributors include industry professionals and automotive enthusiasts covering a variety of interests.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Resisting the Urge to Multitask

Here's a video from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that explains the dangers of cognitive distraction while driving.

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2015 Silverado and Sierra HD Get Heavier Payload, Towing Capacities

GM has released the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD lineup. The vehicles feature a number of updates over the previous model, including higher payload and towing capacities and alternative-fuel options.

Retired Ore. City Fleet Manager Searches for Replacement

The fleet manager with the City of Eugene, Ore., is working with the city to find a replacement for his position, after retiring in December.

Telogis Introduces Upgraded Fleet Tracking Software

With Telogis Fleet 11, companies achieve significant gains in operational efficiency by more easily analyzing and utilizing the data gathered from workers, vehicles, and assets in the field.

Photo courtesy of White House.

Obama: Natural Gas Is ‘Bridge Fuel’ for U.S.

President Obama urged the nation to shift more cars and trucks to natural gas as "the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change."

Photo of 2014 Transit Connect Wagon courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2014 Transit Connect Van, Wagon Arrive

Ford is offering the 2014 Transit Connect as a panel-side cargo van and a passenger wagon it describes as a "spacious and fuel-efficient people mover."

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Clean Cities Launches Improved ROI Tool for CNG Investments

The Department of Energy's Clean Cities program launched an improved tool that helps fleet managers evaluate the financial soundness of investments in compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and/or fueling infrastructure.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV courtesy of General Motors.

UCLA Adding 13 EVs to Fleet

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is adding 13 Chevrolet Spark electric vehicles to its fleet for use in various departments.

Manheim’s 2014 Used-Car Report Predicts Declining Margins

With labor market and credit conditions continuing to improve and expected to maintain an upward trajectory in the year ahead, the environment is ripe for sustained vitality in the new, used, and wholesale marketplaces.

Photo of 2014 Civic Natural Gas courtesy of Honda.

Honda Announces Pricing for 2014 CNG Civic

Honda has announced retail pricing for its 2014 Civic Natural Gas compact sedan that it mostly sold to corporate and government fleets during the 2013 model year.

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Ill. County’s Car Sharing Saves $250K

Cook County, Ill., has saved about $250,000 with a car sharing program in its first year by downsizing the vehicle fleet by 10 cars, cutting mileage reimbursement, and salvaging older vehicles.

G2 photo courtesy of Azuga.<br />

Azuga Fleet Tracking Solution Reduces Emissions

Azuga's G2 technology provides an accurate idling and carbon footprint report that can reduce a fleet's carbon emissions by at least 600 pounds per vehicle each year, the company announced.

Photo courtesy of Portland Fire and Rescue.

Portland Fire SUVs Keep Apparatus in Station

Portland Fire and rescue crews have been using large SUVs as rapid response vehicles rather than a full-size fire truck for traffic collisions and other calls.

Conn. Town Considers Bundled Vehicle Lease

Elected leaders of the town of Oxford, Conn., say they'd like to shift to leasing all service vehicles or perhaps bundle the vehicles into a lease-purchase package across all departments.

Photo via Carbon Motors.

Carbon Motors E7 Prototype Sells at Auction

The Carbon Motors E7 prototype, and one-time "patrol car of the future," sold Thursday to an online buyer at an Indiana auction for $74,000.

Ariz. City Hires Equipment Management Superintendent

Montana Stack, Ph.D., CAFS, was named equipment management superintendent for the City of Glendale, Ariz., in December 2013.

Kan. City Names Public Works Director

Doug Whitacre was named public works director for the City of Topeka, Kan. in May 2013. Previously, Whitacre was director of public works/assistant city administrator for the City of McPherson, Kan.

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PERC Offers Online Fleet Video Series

To commemorate the records set for light- and medium-duty vehicle use of propane autogas in 2013, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released an online video series featuring interviews with top fleets.



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