Government Fleet News

Code Enforcement Officer Melanie Adkins uses the Nissan Leaf. Image courtesy of City of Kingsport.

Tenn. PD Adds Nissan Leaf to Police Fleet

The Kingsport (Tenn.) Police Department recently added a unique new vehicle to the fleet — a fully marked black-and-white Nissan Leaf police car. The new Leaf is being driven by the department's code enforcement officer.

ECCO Acquires Code 3 Brand

ECCO Group has acquired Public Safety Equipment (PSE), which includes the following well-known international brands: Code 3, Premier Hazard, Britax PMG, PSE Amber, and PSV.

Verizon Networkfleet Expands GPS Coverage with Satellite Integration

Verizon Networkfleet is now offering Networkfleet Satellite Coverage, an expanded communications capability that provides continuous connectivity for uninterrupted fleet management.

Chevin Fleet Appoints Bradley Furie West Coast Account Manager

Bradley Furie has been appointed as national account manager, responsible for sales development across the Western United States, at Chevin Fleet Solutions.

Photo of Prius Plug-In courtesy of Toyota.

Calif. Zero-Emission Stickers Running Low

California is expected to run out of single-occupant carpool lane stickers for drivers of zero-emission vehicles nearly five years before the program expires, the Air Resources Board has announced.

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SpitzLift Upgrades Lightweight Portable Crane

SpitzLift is now offering a shut-off mechanism that can be set to the exact weight being lifted. This load limiter switch increases user safety and ensures that the maximum load capacity is not reached.

Passtime Enters Expands its Telematics Offerings to Fleets

Passtime Fleet Finance and Telematics has entered into the fleet telematics space by partnering with Driving Force Vehicle Rentals, Sales & Leasing. The company has historically offered telematics services to the automotive lending industry.

Photo of 2013 C/V courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram to Eventually Phase Out Cargo Van

Ram Trucks will offer the Ram Cargo Van alongside the ProMaster full-size van during the initial roll-out of the ProMaster and phase out its commercial minivan at a future date, a Ram spokesman said.

Photo courtesy of Panasonic

Denver RTD Transit Police Division to Deploy New Transit Security Solution

Panasonic has partnered with the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) Transit Police Division to develop and deploy a transit security solution built on a foundation of Panasonic i-PRO network cameras.

La. Parish Selects AssetWorks Fleet Management Software

Lafayette Consolidated Government, the governing authority for Lafayette Parish in Louisiana, has selected AssetWorks’ flagship fleet management software solution ― FleetFocus ― to manage all aspects of its fleet.

Map image via Wikimedia.

Mass. Provides Alt-Fuel Fleet Grants

Massachusetts will provide state grants to help municipal fleets replace gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles and add EV charging infrastructure, Gov. Deval Patrick announced this week.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

GM to Retire Express/Savana 1500 Vans

General Motors will cease production of its Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana 1500 full-size vans after the 2014 model year as the automaker turns its attention to more fuel-efficient models.

CEI Group to Unveil Fleet Accident Management Technology

The CEI Group, Inc., will introduce a new accident reporting app, updated risk manager app, and additional accident reporting technology at NAFA's 2014 Institute & Expo starting April 8.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Preventing Driver Distraction

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so here are two videos that focus on the leading cause of crashes and near crashes -- distracted driving.

A rear-view camera system in a Toyota Camry.

Feds Require Backup Cameras By 2018

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has required rear-visibility technology, otherwise known as backup cameras, in light-duty vehicles by May of 2018.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

GM Recalling Nearly a Half-Million Trucks, SUVs to Remedy Fire Risk

General Motors is recalling nearly 500,000 2014 and 2015 model-year trucks and SUVs, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Photo courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram Revises ProMaster Cargo Volume

Ram Trucks will adjust the stated cargo volume for its ProMaster van so it complies with U.S. specifications rather than the European specifications of its Fiat counterpart.

Image via DOE

DOE Eases Alt-Fuel Vehicle Purchasing Mandate

The U.S. Department of Energy has made it easier for state and utility fleets to comply with alt-fuel vehicle purchasing mandates by giving them credit for hybrid vehicles, alt-fuel fueling infrastructure, alt-fuel non-road equipment, and emerging technologies.

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Sacramento County Fleet Manager Retires

James Collins, fleet and parking chief of Sacramento County, Calif., will retire after March 28. He has worked at the county for 32 years. Sacramento County will hold a competitive open examination for his position, expected to take several months.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-150 V-6 Sales Exceed V-8 Trucks

Sales of V-6 engines with Ford's F-150 pickup trucks this year have surpassed V-8 engines at a level not seen since the late 1960s, according to the automaker.

DEF Prices Continue to Rise

U.S. and Canadian bulk diesel exhaust fluid prices continued to rise in March, even as feedstock prices declined slightly, according to Integer Research's March DEF price tracker.

PocGPS Offers Lifecycle Service Management

Coordinating service times, needs and costs in a network of vehicles can be managed with a central suite of tools that comes with many features and benefits.

Photo: Peterbilt

Peterbilt Unveils All-New Model 220 Medium-Duty COE

Peterbilt Motors Company has introduced an all-new Model 220 to its medium-duty COE lineup that features numerous interior and exterior enhancements designed to increase driver productivity, safety and durability.

Photo via TruckingInfo.com.

Cummins Releases 25th Anniversary Package for Turbo Diesel Rams

A 25th anniversary package commemorates the first offering of the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine in Ram pickup trucks in 1989, the engine maker announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Boston's fleet internship program has been a success, resulting in two technician hires so far and praise from the mayor. Pictured l-r are: Emmanuel Estremera, former intern and now full-time fleet employee; Susan Lambert, cooperative educational coordinator from Madison Park Vocational High School; Junior Cherenfant, current intern from Madison Park; Boston Mayor Martin Walsh; Tom Rafferty, automotive instructor, Madison Park; and Hector Ramirez intern from Madison Park.

Internship Program Solves Boston Fleet’s Recruitment Problem

When the City of Boston fleet found itself short on technicians in 2013, fleet staff began an internship program that allows technical students to train at the fleet facility. So far, the program has led to two new technician hires.

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