Government Fleet News

Miss. City Turns Away Refuse Outsourcing Bids

The City of Hattiesburg, Miss., has decided to keep its refuse collection in-house after receiving two bids from private companies for the service that were higher than the city’s costs.

Buffalo PD Adopts Black-and-White Color Scheme for New Tahoe SUVs

The Buffalo (N.Y.) Police Department has taken delivery of the first batch of 49 black-and-white Chevrolet Tahoe PPV SUVs to replace blue-and-white Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.

NYC Mayor Rips FDNY for Delayed Ambulance Response

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week that a 14-minute delay in the dispatching of city ambulances to a Queens fire that claimed the lives of two children is "not acceptable."

N.J. Fire Captain Suspended After DWI Firetruck Crash

A fire captain who crashed the Elmwood Park, N.J., borough's only ladder truck has been suspended from the department because he was under the influence.

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EPA: Automakers Exceeded Tailpipe Emissions Standards

Automakers mostly exceeded 2012 federal tailpipe emissions standards in the first year of the program with only Jaguar Range Rover falling short, according to an EPA report.

CEI to Show New Traffic Camera Violation Capability at Risk Management Conference

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) will demonstrate the new traffic safety camera violation capability of its DriverCare online fleet safety and risk management system at the insurance industry's largest trade show in Denver.

American Traffic Solutions Reports Government Sector Growth

More than 30 municipalities, counties and school districts selected or continued with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) as their partner to improve traffic safety at intersections, along speed corridors, bus lanes and around stopped school buses in the first three months of 2014.

Pa. to Auction 360+ Former State Fleet Vehicles

Pennsylvania will auction more than 360 former state fleet vehicles at the Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction set for April 29, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services announced.

Pictured from left to right are: Pam Allen, fleet assistant; Barry Blackett, mechanic III, ASE Master automobile technician; Virgil Kelly, mechanic II, ASE Master automobile technician; Kelly Davies, mechanic III, ASE Master medium/heavy truck technician; and Thomas Volt, fleet manager, ASE Master automobile technician and Master medium/heavy truck technician.

Utah City Earns ASE Blue Seal, Maintains with Recertification

The City of South Jordan, Utah, fleet team earned an Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), with the all three technicians certified.

Ala. City to Spend $3.1M for 93 Police Vehicles

The expenditure will bring 68 Chevrolet Caprice PPVs and 24 Chevrolet Impalas to the Mobile Police Department for administrators and detectives.

Pictured l-r are Condran, Scarafiotti, and Weaver

Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award are Paul Condran, Culver City, Calif.; Pete Scarafiotti, City of Mesa, Ariz.; and Roger Weaver, San Bernardino County, Calif.

Fla. Fleet Manager Moves to Va. Fleet

Facundo Tassara, fleet operations manager for the City of Ormond Beach, Fla., has been named the new fleet maintenance manager at the City of Norfolk, Va. His first day will be April 28.

Calif. City Tightens Take-Home Police Vehicles

The Riverside (Calif.) Police Department's officers will no longer be able to use their city-issued patrol cars to run errands or take their family to dinner following a change in the agency's take-home vehicle policy.

Fla. Public Works Employee Arrested for Fuel Theft

A City of Hialeah (Fla.) Public Works employee was arrested April 17 and charged with stealing fuel from the city's fleet fuel pump.

Va. County Rehires Equipment Chief

Chris Allison became the Equipment Bureau chief at Arlington County, Va., late last year. He returns to the position after two years of working in a nearby county.

Photo of F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Dallas Adds 99 CNG Trucks, Vans

The City of Dallas is continuing its transition to a greener fleet with the recent purchase of 99 compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks and vans. These vehicles being purchased are 65 Ford F-150 trucks, four F-250 trucks, and 30 E-250 vans.

Fire Trucks Collide in Calif., Injuring 15

Two Southern California fire trucks collided Wednesday in Monterey Park while responding to a house fire in a crash that caused one truck to smash into a restaurant.

Photo of 2015 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Charger Redesigned for 2015

Dodge has reworked the Charger's front end and brought Challenger-like touches to the interior for the 2015 model year of a vehicle shown for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.

Government Fleet Announces Leading Fleets for 2014

Government Fleet magazine has announced the Leading Fleets for 2014. The awards program recognizes operations that are performing at a high level, particularly in fleet leadership, competitiveness and efficiency, planning for the future, and overcoming challenges.

26 Nominated for Public Fleet Hall of Fame

Twenty-six fleet professionals were nominated for the Public Fleet Hall of Fame. The award recognizes fleet leaders and pioneers who have significantly contributed to the profession.

Texas Public Fleet Summit: One-Day Pass and Two Tracks Available

Attendees to the Dallas-Fort Worth Public Fleet Summit, produced by Government Fleet and GST, will have the benefit of two tracks to choose from — one for new and aspiring public works fleet managers and the other for those with more experience.

Pictured is a preliminary rendering of what Hamilton's CNG station may look like. Photo via facebook/City of Hamilton

Ohio City Starts CNG Fueling Station Construction

The City of Hamilton, Ohio, began construction of a publicly accessible CNG fueling station. The city plans to expand its CNG fleet of four vehicles and has letters of intent from other local public fleets to use the station.

CAFM graduates are pictured here at the NAFA I&E in April.

NAFA Announces 2014 CAFM Graduates

The NAFA Fleet Management Association recently announced its newest Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) graduates for 2013-2014. There were a total of 42 graduates in the group, and 20 work in the public sector.

Photo courtesy of U.S. DOE.

Nine National Parks Get Alt-Fuel Vehicles

Nine of the 13 National Parks will begin using alternative-fuel vehicles this summer under the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities program to improve fuel efficiency and reduce vehicle idling.

Photo of Chevrolet Express CNG upfitting courtesy of GM.

GM Announces Pricing for CNG Pickups, Vans

General Motors will offer its bi-fuel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks starting at $9,500 and dedicated compressed natural gas vans starting at $10,825, the company has announced.

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