Government Fleet News

Merchants Fleet Management Hires Neve as Government Sales Manager

Maria Neve has joined Merchants Fleet Management as its government sales manager. Neve joins Merchants with more than 12 years of experience in sales and operations roles in the government fleet management marketplace.

Kennesaw, Ga., Outsources City Sanitation Services

The City of Kennesaw, Ga., issued an RFP for outsourcing in May and ultimately selected Republic Services as its vendor.

Hartford, Conn., Eliminates Select Take-Home Vehicles

Hartford, Conn.'s, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra gave the need to reduce costs and the liability associated with vehicle use as reasons for the reduction.

Texas DOT Expects to Save $40M by Eliminating 1,500 Vehicles

The reduction is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Fleet Forward effort to reduce its fleet by 6,000 vehicles and save $500 million over 10 years. Since launching the program in January, TxDOT has tagged 1,500 vehicles for sale.

Minneapolis Public Fleet Summit to Feature Industry Leaders

The Government Solutions Team (GST) and Government Fleet will host a second Public Fleet Summit (PFS) in Minneapolis. The event will take place Oct. 9-10.

The 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor is currently in use by the City of Sierra Madre, Calif. It will be transferred to another city next month. Photo courtesy of SCAQMD.

SCAQMD Unveils Natural Gas Police Pursuit Vehicle

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is conducting a compressed natural gas (CNG) police vehicle demonstration program, which allows police departments in Southern California to use a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria police interceptor converted to run on CNG.

PennDOT Employees Receive Awards for Innovative Ideas

A number of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) employees received the agency’s IdeaLink Award, which is a PennDOT system designed to allow employees to share ideas that improve operations and workplace safety.

Redlands, Calif., Takes Delivery of New LNG Heavy-Duty Side Loaders and Plans to Purchase More

The City of Redlands, Calif., took delivery of two new heavy-duty side loaders that run on liquefied natural gas in August. This vehicle joins another heavy-duty front loader the City acquired in April.

Houston Expands Car Sharing Motor Pool Program

The City of Houston is expanding its car-sharing program for its employees, created through a partnership with ZipCar, to a second location.

Mecklenburg County, N.C., Receives Award for Diesel Emissions Reduction Efforts

At the Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s (SEDC) 8th Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Mecklenburg County, N.C., received SEDC Visionary Champion Leadership Award for its diesel emissions reduction efforts, including completing 176 retrofit and replacement projects.

Buffalo, N.Y., Receives 10 New Firefighting Vehicles

The City of Buffalo, N.Y., has purchased 10 new firefighting vehicles, including a rehab/mass casualty incident vehicle, one EMS response vehicle, five command response vehicles, an urban search and rescue vehicle, and two Segways.

Ford now offers a non-pursuit-rated sedan based on its Taurus platform for police agencies. Photo courtesy Ford.

Ford Introduces Taurus-Based, Non-Pursuit Special Service Police Sedan

The new special service police sedan features a 2.0L EcoBoost engine that Ford expects will achieve 30 highway mpg.

Fleets can rent Rotary Lift's MCH418 mobile column lifts as part of the company's new rental program.

Rotary Lift Introduces Mobile Column Lift Rental Program

Rotary Lift announced the industry’s first mobile column lift rental program, allowing fleets to rent select lifts for six to 30 months.

A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems Opens Elkhart, Ind., Facility

A-1 Alternative Fuel Systems announced its expansion to Elkhart, Ind., as part of its national growth strategy. The alternative fuel conversion company, based in Fresno, Calif., can install CNG, LNG, and LPG systems on most EPA & CARB certified vehicles.

San Mateo County Issues RFP for Telematics

San Mateo County in California issued a request for proposal (RFP) for an automated fleet monitoring system. With the system, the County hopes to reduce the cost of managing and maintaining the fleet, optimize fleet use, and “right-size” the fleet.

Fleetcon: Las Vegas Valley Water District Obtains 5th Consecutive CFMO Certification

The Las Vegas Valley Water District recently obtained its fifth consecutive Certified Fleet Management Operation (CFMO) certification. James Morwood, fleet services manager, accepted a crystal award at fleetcon on Sept. 12 in Reno, Nev.

DOE, EPA Release Online Tool for Creating Printable Used-Vehicle Fuel Economy Labels

The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the EPA now offer an online tool that allows users to create digital and print fuel economy labels, for example for use when selling a used vehicle.

Marion, Iowa, to Use Biogas From Waste Recycling Facility for Fleet Vehicles

The City of Marion, Iowa, has given a company called Fiberight LLC permission to build a solid waste recycling facility that will provide biogas for the City’s fleet, according to The Gazette.

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Higgs to Retire From City of Conroe

Tom Higgs, ACFM, fleet manager, City of Conroe, Texas, will retire from the City on Sept. 26. He will join Faster Asset Solutions as a senior fleet consultant on Oct. 1.

California Passes Bill That Continues Funding State Clean Transportation Programs

The State of California’s Assembly has passed AB 8 on a 29-6 bipartisan vote, which extends the State’s clean transportation incentive programs through 2023, according to non-profit group CALSTART.

Fleetcon: RMFMA Awards Members & Announces New Leadership

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) announced its national awards recipients and also recognized various industry awards honorees at its awards banquet at fleetcon.

Rick Longobart, fleet, facilities, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif.

Fleetcon: GPS is Not About ‘Big Brother,’ Fleet Managers Say

GPS units on public fleet vehicles are not about “big brother,” but about savings, fleet professionals said in a panel on “Fleet Manager Perspectives on GPS.”

Up to $75,000 Available for Medium-Duty Battery-Electric Trucks in California

The total funding fleets may be eligible to receive includes approximately $75,000 per electric truck, as well as $4,000 per unit for installation of charging infrastructure for trucks operating in certain areas of the South Coast Air Basin in California.

Long Beach, Calif., Auditor Finds Harbor Department Fleet Has Effective Fuel System Controls

The City of Long Beach, Calif.’s auditor conducted an audit of the City Harbor Department’s fuel expenditures, finding that 97 percent of the Harbor Dept.’s fuel transactions have adequate controls.

Toledo, Ohio, Revamping Police Dept. Fleet With $3.5 Million in New Vehicles

The City authorized the purchase of the marked and unmarked vehicles from its capital-improvements fund earlier this year. The vehicles were unveiled this week and several have been issued to patrol officers, Sgt. Joe Heffernan told Government Fleet magazine.

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