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Tenn. City to Replace Vehicles with $2M Grant

The City of Gallatin, Tenn., plans to replace several vehicles in its aging fleet after being awarded a $2.7 million state grant. The city plans to replace 19 vehicles and equipment, including refuse trucks, dump trucks, knucklebooms, and box vans.

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Fla. County to Spend $300,000 on Fire Fleet Repairs

Polk County, Fla., will spend about $300,000 due to a structural flaw on all of its fire trucks. Commissioners voted to fix a loose suspension on all 12 of the county's trucks, at a cost of about $25,000 per truck.

Last Week to Apply for the Leading Fleets

The Leading Fleets award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership. The deadline is March 3.

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Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Montgomery County Transitions to CNG Refuse Fleet

Montgomery County, Ohio, has converted its refuse fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The county expects to save $150,000 annually in fuel.

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Ohio City to Spend $1.2M on Fire and EMS Fleet

The City of Dayton, Ohio, will spend $1.2 million for its aging fire and medical services fleet in 2017. It will purchase at least two fire engines and a new medical transport unit.

Hawaii Utilities Hope to Boost EV Adoption

Eight key organizations have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawaii as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.

NYPD Allies with Sanitation Department

In preparation for New Year's Eve, the New York Police Department is enlisting the help of its Sanitation Department. For added security around Times Square, the city is deploying garbage trucks loaded with sand.

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Kennedy Space Center Deploys Polaris GEM Utility Vehicles

The Kennedy Space Center is using nearly 50 GEM vehicles for security, facility maintenance, and landscaping tasks at its Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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10 Snow Plow Trucks Destroyed in N.Y. Fire

The Town of Irondequoit, N.Y., is taking snow plow loans after a Christmas Eve fire destroyed one-third of its plow fleet and its DPW building.

Clockwise from top left: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD courtesy of GM, 2017 Dodge Charger courtesy of FCA, 2016 Police Interceptor Utility and 2016 Explorer courtesy of Ford

Top Police Fleet Stories in 2016

Law enforcement stories dominated government-fleet.com this year. Here are 10 of the most read police fleet stories in 2016.

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Tucson Police Need $21M to Replace Aging Fleet

Tucson, Ariz., is considering a half-cent sales tax to help replace the 260 vehicles in its aging police fleet. The Tucson Police department estimates that around 63% of its patrol vehicles are beyond their recommended service life and up to 80% are due for replacement.

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Cleveland Police Seeks to Modernize Fleet

An independent team hired to reform the Cleveland Police Department is asking a federal judge for help in creating a fleet replacement plan. Currently, the department lacks a sufficient vehicle replacement plan and uses outdated equipment, according to a court filing.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo PD Commissioner Daniel Derenda with the new Chargers. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo

Buffalo PD Rolls Out Dodge Chargers

The Buffalo (N.Y) Police Department has added 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Chargers to its fleet. The 61 marked and unmarked Chargers cost over $2 million.

(Clockwise from top left: 2016 Explorer and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford, renewable diesel photo courtesy of City of Oakland, file photo)

Government Fleet's Top 10 Articles for 2016

Police-related articles continue to dominate Government-fleet.com as the most popular topic for 2016. Popular stories about law enforcement cover patrol vehicles, equipment, and upfitting.

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Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

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Calif. City Approves $5.9 Million to Replace Aging Fire Fleet

Modesto City Council (Calif.) approved $5.8 million to lease five pumper trucks and two tiller trucks at a meeting earlier this month. Replacement purchases were pushed back during the recession, and the average age of its fleet is 12 years, with the oldest vehicle 27 years old.

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60% of Americans Unaware of Electric Cars

About 60% of Americans remain unaware of battery-electric vehicles and 80% have never driven or ridden in one, according to a new survey from Altman Vilandrie & Co.

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Sonoma County Opens Fleet Facility

Sonoma County, Calif., has unveiled a $6.4 million Fleet and Materials Lab Facility. The 21,000-ft. facility houses the county's General Services Fleet Operation Division and Transportation and Public Works Materials Lab and will be used to service vehicle and equipment for Sonoma County and other jurisdictions.

Average Diesel Prices Increase 1.3 Cents

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. climbed again last week, continuing a month-long streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

(Clockwise from top left: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD courtesy of GM, 2017 Dodge Charger courtesy of FCA, San Diego facility photo by Thi Dao, aerial device photo courtesy of Terex)

Government Fleet's Top 10 News for 2016

Police continues to dominate the most popular news stories of the year. News items about law enforcement vehicles make up half of the 10 most read stories on government-fleet.com, including stories about new vehicle models and police vehicle care.

Photo by the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Not Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Here's seasonal advice on when to override instructions from a navigation system or app, and what to do if you're stranded in the snow.

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