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N.Y. Municipality Moves to Fuel Cards

The City of Ogdensburg, N.Y., is removing its two 6,000-gallon fuel tanks used for storing diesel and gasoline and will begin using fuel cards for its 90-vehicle fleet.

Loveland Fire Rescue Authority Operations Division Chief Greg Ward, left, and Fleet Services Technician Corey Lane go over documentation for a truck in the “heavy fire apparatus” category. Photo via City of Loveland

Loveland Technician Earns National Award

The City of Loveland, Colo., has announced that Corey Lane, fleet technician and 22-year city employee, has been recognized with the “Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year” award from a national publication.

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2018 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Gets New Safety Features

Chevrolet is adding new safety features and options to the 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV), including technologies designed to help reduce potential crash speeds or help avoid a crash.

Photo of 2017 Jeep Patriot courtesy of FCA.

These Vehicles Have Been Discontinued for 2018

Vehicle manufacturers are adding a slew of new utility vehicles to their lineups for the 2018 model year, and ceasing production of some of their cars as fleet and retail buyers shift their tastes toward SUVs of all stripes.

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Ford Recalls F-150, Explorer for Loose Seats

The pickup truck and SUV recall covers more than 177,200 2016-MY vehicles in the U.S.

NYC Promotes Agency Fleet Managers

New York City has promoted three employees to various fleet management roles at three departments. Two of them transition out of the New York City Police Department fleet.

CASE Extends Full-Machine Warranty on Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

The new full-machine warranty applies to all models in both product lines.

John Deere Launches New Website

The global launch included 33 John Deere sites in 16 languages and approximately 2,300 product pages.

Pictured: One of the sheriff's office vehicles equipped with Derive Efficiency. Photo courtesy of Dakota County

Minn. County Increases Fuel Economy With Vehicle Software

In a pilot of vehicle calibration software, Dakota County, Minn., fleet vehicles saw an 8% average drop in fuel consumption.

Ga. City Hires Calif. Fleet Manager

Peter Bednar has taken a new position as the fleet management director for the City of Albany, Ga. He was previously the fleet operations manager for Ventura County, Calif.

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Ford PIUs Return to Service in Austin

The City of Austin, Texas, has begun transitioning its fleet of Ford Explorers and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles back into service. Its 439 vehicles were removed from service in July after suspected carbon monoxide exposure, and 44 are back on the road.

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Maintenance Costs Prompt La. City Police to Consider Leasing

The Opelousas (La.) Police Department is advocating for a five-year lease agreement for 20 new vehicles, with the main reason being rising maintenance and fuel costs of its aging cars.

Agency Hosts Fundraiser for In-Vehicle Video Systems

The Rockford (Ill.) Police Department hopes to install dashboard cameras on all 105 vehicles in its fleet. Only a quarter of the fleet is equipped with cameras.

Jeep's 2018 Wrangler Rubicon on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

2018 Wrangler Enhances Connectivity, Open-Air Options

Jeep revealed its newly designed 2018 Wrangler at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It features more fuel-efficient powertrains and is loaded with safety features and technology.

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Buying Mustangs for Traffic Enforcement

There aren’t any “ghost cars” in the Lubbock, Texas, Police Department. When the motorcycle fleet retires in the evenings, clearly-marked Ford Mustangs take their place.

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Ind. First Responders Advocate for Fleet Raises

A study commissioned by the LaPorte County Council in Indiana found the county’s mechanics were paid $18,000 below the industry average.

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S.C. City Collects Cooking Oil to Power Fleet

Since launching in 2009, the City of Columbia, S.C.'s cooking oil recycling program has collected an average of 1,000 gallons of used oil per year, which is converted to biodiesel and used to power the city fleet.

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Ariz. County Fleet Requests Rate Increase

The Mohave County, Ariz., fleet has requested to increase the rate to maintain county vehicles from $75 a month to $150 a month. The rate includes fuel and repairs.

Safety Tip: Guarding Against Wrong-Way Drivers

Each year, about 360 people in the U.S. die in wrong-way crashes. Here's advice on how to limit the risk.

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Ind. City Debates In-House Refuse Collection

Officials at the City of Lake Station, Ind., recently voted to keep refuse collection in house rather than outsource it. The aging fleet needs to be replaced, which may require a rate increase.

Ga. City Manager Misused Police Vehicle, Evidence Bay

The city manager for Riverdale, Ga., used an unmarked police vehicle multiple times to move personal belongings to his second home, among other misuses of government property.

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Ga. County's New Vehicles Will Reduce Maintenance Costs

The closure of a nearby state hospital has Thomas County, Ga., officers driving longer distances to drop off individuals requiring mental health services, resulting in increased maintenance costs.

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New York Municipality Adds EVs, Charging Stations

The City of Yonkers, N.Y., recently completed $400,000 of clean energy projects, including the purchase of hybrid electric city vehicles and the construction of nine charging stations.

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Highway Deaths Responsible for Rise in Transportation Fatalities

The National Transportation Safety Board has released data showing that 2,030 more people died in transportation accidents in 2016 than in 2015, with highway deaths accounting for 95% of all transportation fatalities.

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Pittsburgh Expands EV Charging with Solar Stations

The City of Pittsburgh is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging options with the addition of five transportable solar-powered EV charging stations.

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