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Calif. FD Shifting to Smaller Trucks for Medical Response

The Napa Fire Department plans to use squad trucks for medical calls rather than larger fire engines to reduce wear and tear on its fire engines and extend the life of the pricier vehicles.

Diesel Prices Expected to Jump 15% Next Year

A new government forecast is calling for double-digit gains in diesel prices next year, although gasoline is expected increase by only half as much.

Chevin Launches Online Training Resource

Chevin has launched a new online training resource site, Chevin Academy, to help fleets learn how to get the most of their software investment, the company has announced.

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XL Hybrids Vans Granted Voucher Eligibility in Calif.

Fleets who deploy XL Hybrids vans for delivery or service uses in California can now defray the cost of the conversion with a $2,500 voucher, the company has announced.

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2017 F-150's Turbo V-6 Adds Power

The new turbo V-6 Ford is adding to the 2017 F-150 will provide even more power than initially expected, Ford has announced.

Diesel Prices Fall Slightly for the Third Week in a Row

The average price of diesel fuel dropped by nearly 1 cent last week, the fourth straight week of small price decreases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Enterprise Fleet Management Named ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year’

Enterprise Fleet Management is a Gold Stevie Award winner in the category of "Most Innovative Company of the Year – Up to 2,500 Employees" for the 2016 American Business awards.

Video Safety Tip: Preventing Wrong-Way Crashes

In response to a recent spike in wrong-way crashes, Florida designates July as Wrong-Way Driving Awareness Month and offers safety tips to prevent such collisions.

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Federal Audit Faults N.J. Oversight of Ambulance Provider

A U.S. Department of Health audit found that few trips met state and federal standards. Some were due to gaps in record keeping, while others were due to failures to ensure that drivers were properly licensed, vehicles met requirements, or patients weren't determined eligible for the service.

Audit Analyzes Wash. City's Utilization Patterns

A self-commissioned audit of the fleet operations of the city of Mercer Island, Wash., found that dump trucks were underutilized and police vehicles should be used for 10 years for non-patrol vehicles and four for patrol vehicles.

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Used Vehicles Depreciate 1.7% in June

The average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated 1.7% in June, following light depreciation in May. These vehicles fell 15.4% in value from year-ago-levels, according to Black Book.

Calif. Sheriffs Use Drone to Bust Illegal Casino

One of the suspects fled the scene, but sheriffs were able to follow the suspect with their drone and capture him.

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Ford Super Duty to Offer Driver-Assist Technologies

Ford has announced 17 new driver-assist features for its 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup.

Nominations Open for FTX Sustainability and Efficiency Awards

Nominations are open until Friday, Aug. 12, for the all-new Fleet Technology Expo awards. which will recognize fleets for their sustainability and efficiency practices.

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N.Y. Municipality Debates Outsourcing Trash Collection

The City of Middletown, N.Y., is debating whether to privatize refuse collection or invest $2.1 million to streamline services and cut the workforce.

How Does Your Fleet Compare to Others?

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry trends survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes to the industry. Surveys are due July 15.

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Carlsbad, Calif. Moves to Renewable Diesel

The City of Carlsbad, Calif., is one of a growing number of West Coast fleets fueling its diesel vehicles with renewable diesel.

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Ky. Utility Opts for Leased Vehicles

The Morehead Utility Plant Board in eastern Kentucky has approved its general manager's plan to enter into a partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management to shift the fleet to a leasing funding model.

Diesel Prices Plateau While Oil Markets Evaluate Brexit

The price of diesel fuel remained relatively unchanged for the third straight week and the energy markets are still feeling the effects from the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.

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Fleet Sales Increase 37% in June

Sales of vehicles to government agencies from five manufacturers increased 37% to 29,999 in June with trucks outnumbering passenger cars almost five to one, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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Northern Calif. Group Hosts Alt-Fuel Focused Event

The Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA), in partnership with the East Bay and Sacramento Clean Cities Coalitions, will be holding a day-long fleet event at Sonoma Raceway on July 12.

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Denver Airport Expands Telematics

Denver International Airport is expanding its use of telematics this year in an initiative that would double the number of units equipped with the technology.

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Pa. County Reduces Take-Home Fleet

Commissioners from Armstrong County (Pa.) have adopted a policy to reduce the county's take-home fleet by 75% to reduce operating costs.

Ala. City to Install GPS Tracking in its Fleet

The City of Daleville is considering adopting telematics to boost efficiency and productivity. Daleville's city council and water board have approved a trial period to test GPS tracking.

Video Tip: Regaining Control in a Skid

AAA offers advice on how to regain steering control during a skid.

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