Government Fleet News

The 2014 Zero DS appeared at the Cops West trade show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Zero Adds Trio of Fleet Electric Motorcycles for '14

Zero Motorcycles is offering three new fleet motorcycles for the 2014 model year. The company will offer the Zero SP, Zero DSP, and a military spec motorcycle for special forces operators.

Fleet-Only Chevrolet Impala Extended To 2016

General Motors will continue producing its Chevrolet Impala Limited for fleet buyers through the 2016 model-year, as it rolls out the revamped 2014 Impala for retail customers.

Photo courtesy of Isena Garcia.

City of Sacramento Hires Procurement Specialist

The City of Sacramento, Calif., hired Isena Garcia, CAFM, as its fleet fleet contracts and procurement specialist in October. Garcia was previously administrative specialist at the City of Virginia Beach's fleet division.

A 2013-MY Ford P.I. Utility was tested in 2012. Photo by Paul Clinton.

L.A. Sheriff Tests 21 Police Vehicles for 2014

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is evaluating almost two-dozen 2014 model-year police pursuit vehicles this week as part of the agency's annual testing.

Webinar: Introducing GPS Tracking to Employees

The GPS Insight-hosted Nov. 13 webinar is intended for fleet managers who fear employee pushback when introducing GPS into the fleet and are looking for tips on how to successfully introduce this technology to their company or agency.

Screenshot via Fox 13 News.

Utah Mayor Bought City Vehicle for $1,800

Mayor Mike Daniels of Plesant Grove, Utah, faced increased scrutiny while seeking reelection for purchasing a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer from the city in 2008 for only $1,800.

Photo via Steeleman204/Flickr.

Wis. Sheriff's Propane Initiative to Lower Fuel Cost 6%

The Winnebago County (Wis.) Sheriff's Office will covert eight agency patrol cars from gasoline- to propane-powered vehicles and build a propane fueling station to reduce fuel costs.

Logo via GSA.

Federal GSA Considers Car Sharing

The federal General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to incorporate car sharing government-wide in order to reduce the federal fleet size over time. This initiative includes the launch of a car-sharing pilot program in Washington, D.C.; Boston; New York City; and Chicago.

NJPA Newsletter Highlights Fleet Efficiencies

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has released its third-quarter fleet newsletter that focuses on how fleets around the country are saving money or improving their operations.

Photos courtesy of GM.

4WD Pursuit Chevrolet Tahoe Arrives for 2015

General Motors will begin producing a four-wheel-drive pursuit-rated Chevrolet Tahoe PPV for the 2015 model year for law enforcement agencies, the automaker announced Tuesday from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Image via YouTube.

ALI Introduces Online Vehicle Lift Safety Training

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has developed an interactive, online vehicle lift safety course based on its popular Lifting It Right DVD. It will be available in early 2014.

Photo via Ford.

Ford Recalls F-Series Ambulances

Ford has recalled nearly 3,100 F-Series ambulances, after determining the engines could stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty ambulances are powered by 6.7L engines. They are from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

Screenshot via Lytx.

DriveCam Renamed As Lytx

DriveCam, Inc. has changed its name to Lytx, Inc. The Lytx brand represents a significant evolution of the DriveCam business and reflects the company's mission of harnessing the power of data to change human behavior, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of City of Venice, Fla.

Fla. City Considers Automating Garbage Trucks

Venice, Fla., elected leaders are considering equipping city garbage trucks with mechanical arms to take the burden off drivers who now load each trash can by hand.

Screenshot via NBC San Diego.

San Diego Shuns In-House Ambulance Fleet

A bid by San Diego's disgraced mayor to offer city ambulance service rather than allowing outsourced management by a private company has been shelved by the city's interim mayor.

Photo courtesy of Zero Motorcycles.

Calif. College Purchases Electric Motorcycles

A northern California community college has added two electric motorcycles to help the agency's patrol fleet meet sustainability goals. Foothill–De Anza Community College in Los Altos Hills purchased two 2013 Zero DS Police Motorcycles.

Screenshot via AFLEET tool.

Feds Develop Alt-Fuel Analytical Tool

Several federal environmental agencies have developed an online calculator for fleet managers that helps estimate gasoline usage, greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutant emissions, and the cost of ownership of vehicles.

Pictured at the Oct. 29 awards ceremony in Peoria, Ill., are (l-r): Chris Lyon, assistant to the fleet manager, Forest Preserve District; Michael Webster, fleet manager, Forest Preserve District; David Thomas, interim director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Conference. Photo courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

Ill. Agency Wins Sustainability Award

Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., was one of the 27 organizations honored with the Governor’s Sustainability Award, partially for its fleet greening efforts.

The DC Water fleet consists of more than 690 units that range from executive cars to commerical trucks.

D.C. Utility Rolls Out Fleet Management Software

A new fleet management information system has helped the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (D.C. Water) not only improve its fleet operations efficiency, but also improve its ability to make informed decisions.

Photo via Wikimedia.

W.Va. Official Resigns for Tire Purchasing Extortion

A West Virginia county elected leader resigned earlier this month, after pleading guilty to a federal extortion charge involving tire purchasing as the county's purchasing agent. Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden pleaded guilty on Oct. 1, and resigned a week later.

Photo via facebook/Prince George's County Police Department

Md. County PD Unveils New Police Cars

Prince George’s County Police Department unveiled 24 new police cruisers on Oct. 31 with a new color scheme. The six-cylinder all-wheel-drive Ford Police Interceptors are part of the first group of vehicles rolling out.

Photo courtesy of Raymond Holt/MSP.

BMW Offers F800 GT-P Police Motorcycle

BMW has begun offering the F800 GT-P sport motorcycle to law enforcement agencies as a compact and more affordable option to the R1200 RT-P touring cycle.

Logo via PFS.

Public Fleet Summit Comes to Austin

The next Public Fleet Summit will take place in Austin, Texas, Nov. 20-21, focusing on leadership. Public Fleet Summits are regional education and networking events that will take place around the country.

Conn. City Auditor Proposes Vehicle-Sharing Pool

The chief auditor of the City of Hartford, Conn., has recommended a vehicle-sharing pool and GPS trackers to reduce the cost of take-home vehicles in the city's fleet.

Screenshot via WFTV.

Fla. County's Fuel Audit Follows Employee Theft

Orange County, Fla., officials are preparing an audit of its two largest users of fuel after an employee was caught stealing more than $6,300 in gasoline.

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