Government Fleet News

In Memoriam: U. of Tennessee's Michael Moneymaker

Michael Moneymaker, director of transportation services at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, passed away on March 22. He was 66.

The Chicago Police Department is one agency that has adopted the P.I. Utility. Photo: File

Ford P.I. Utility Now America's Top Police Vehicle

The police version of Ford's Explorer SUV has become the top-selling police vehicle among the crop of law enforcement vehicles competing to fill the void left by the retirement of the Crown Vic Police Interceptor.

Photo of 2014 Ram 3500 courtesy of Chrysler.

Vincentric Names 'Best Value in America' Vehicles

Toyota leads the way with eight awards, followed by Audi with five. Chevrolet and Honda each earned four. The awards cover the retail market.

Pennsylvania population map via Wikimedia.

Pa. Gives $7.7M for Natural Gas Conversions

Twenty-five companies and organizations received $7.7 million in grant funds from Pennsylvania to covert fleet vehicles to run on natural gas, Gov. Tom Corbett announced March 21.

Photo of 2014 LEAF courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan LEAF Reaches Top-Selling EV Milestone

The LEAF has reached global sales of more than 100,000 vehicles and U.S. sales approaching 50,000 vehicles since its introduction in late 2010 as a 2011 model-year vehicle.

Report: Telematics to Dominate Non-Trucking Fleets By 2019

Telematics technologies and services, which were first adopted by the long-haul trucking industry, should reach 50 million vehicles in the coming five years, ABI Research predicts.

Screenshot via Daily Press.

Va. City's Replacement Vehicle Budget Falls Off Pace

The Newport News, Va., City Council has approved $1 million toward replacing fleet vehicles at least nine years old. The expenditure is the second lowest for new vehicles in seven years.

Photo via iStockphoto.com/VM

Off-Road Telematics Data Standard In Development

This standard could mean the end of signing into numerous heavy equipment manufacturer sites to get telematics data. Instead, all the standardized data could be exported to a single fleet management software system.

Ford Brands Electrical Switches As Motorcraft

Ford Motor Co. has begun branding as Motorcraft a trio of electrical switches, including door lock, seat, and window switches. The switches have been manufactured with a high-quality design and strict attention to detail, exceeding typical aftermarket part specifications in both function and ease of installation, according to Ford.

Diesel Filter Maker SK Innovation Fined, Initiates Recall

The California Air Resources Board has fined SK Innovation Co. Ltd. $790,000 for selling non-verified diesel particulate filter systems, the board announced.

Hawaiian County Reduces Take-Home Vehicle Perk

Maui County has cut the number of employees eligible to take home a county-owned vehicle by 52 percent to 80 in response to media scrutiny that the program fell prey to poor record-keeping.

Photo courtesy of PGCFD.

Md. County Adds 21 Ambulances to EMS Fleet

The Prince George's County Fire Department has begun replacing its fleet of aging EMS vehicles by adding nine new ambulances and purchasing 12 more.

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CEI to Give Presentation to Okla. Public Fleet Managers

Kathi Croze, CEI's national sales manager for the government fleet market, will speak at the Oklahoma Public Fleet Managers Association (OPFMA) meeting in April about the topic of "Fleet Best Practices, Success Stories and Current Challenges."

Photo courtesy of Lytx

Ala. City Reduces Vehicle Incidents by 62%

The City of Mobile, Ala., has experienced a 62% decrease in incidents since deploying the DriveCam powered by Lytx program in 2009. It has also improved driver behavior, reduced claims and risk, and exonerated drivers.

GM Adds 74 Dealers to Business Elite Program

By adding 74 dealers, General Motors’ commercial dealership-based Business Elite program has grown 16% in its first year.

Photo of high-roof 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Transit Arrives in June

Ford Motor Co. will roll out its new full-size 2015 Transit van in at least four phases starting in June with three versions based on the long wheelbase, Ford fleet executives said Wednesday at an advance planning meeting.

The Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition Program Plaque was awarded to Charleston County Fleet Operations in front of Charleston County Council during its Dec. 10, 2013 meeting. Photo by Shawn Smetana

S.C. County Receives State’s First Public Fleet ASE Blue Seal

The National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence certified Charleston County (S.C.) Fleet Operations as an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Certified Shop. A plaque was awarded to Charleston County Fleet Operations in front of Charleston County Council during a recent meeting.

Photo by Thi Dao.

N.M. County Employee Charged for Fuel Theft

A former Bernalillo County (N.M.) Parks and Recreation employee is accused of stealing about $6,500 worth of fuel. To do so, he allegedly used stolen employees' Social Security numbers and stolen vehicle gas cards.

Hertz Spins Off Equipment Rental Company

Hertz Corp. is spinning off its Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. (HERC) as a separately traded entity that will remain one of the largest global equipment rental companies.

Photo via Flickr/veggiefrog.

Calif. Air Regulators Release Calculator for Off-Road Equipment

The California Air Resources Board has updated its Fleet Average Calculator to help large fleets meet new repower/repurchase regulations for off-road diesel equipment starting this summer.

Chart courtesy of U.S. EIA.

Biodiesel Seeing Wider Adoption in U.S.

Soybean oil remains the leading feedstock in biodiesel in 2013, making up more than half of all biomass resources used to produce biodiesel, according to federal data released this week.

Shell, Jiffy Lube Announce Maintenance Discount

Users of Shell's fuel card for medium and large fleets will receive a 20 percent discount at Jiffy Lube service centers under a new partnership between the companies starting April 1.

Photo of 2014 Chevrolet Express courtesy of General Motors.

New GM Recall Pulls In Express, Savana Vans

General Motors will recall 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from six model years amid a broadening internal and external evaluation of the company's handling of vehicle safety.

Photo via LAPD/Twitter.

LAPD Lambo to Serve Charity Events

The LAPD has outfitted a Lamborghini Gallardo as an agency black-and-white for use as a community relations vehicle rather than a patrol car.

Public Fleet Hall of Fame Nominations Due March 31

Nominations for the 2014 Public Fleet Hall of Fame are now being accepted and are due Monday, March 31. The award recognizes leaders and pioneers who have contributed significantly to the public fleet management profession.

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