Government Fleet News

Photo of 2014 Power Wagon courtesy of Ram Trucks.

Ram Power Wagon Revived for Off-Road Work

Ram Trucks has introduced the 2014 Ram Power Wagon, a 2500 Heavy Duty-based work truck with enhancement designed for off-road work, Chrysler has announced. It will be shown at the New York International Auto Show later this month.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon photo courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon Earns Highest Overall Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the vehicle a five-star overall safety score for crashworthiness and crash-prevention features.

Photo of 2014 Super Duty F-250 courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's Ford Bi-fuel System Certified

Landi Renzo USA has received EPA certification to produce bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 pickup trucks for fleet buyers, the Torrance, Calif., company announced.

Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Teases All-New Charger, Challenger for 2015

Chrysler will introduce a new Dodge Charger and Challenger for the 2015 model year at the New York International Auto Show on April 17, the automaker has announced.

Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

States Join National Push to Fight Distracted Driving

In April, most states are ramping up enforcement efforts as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Photo of GMC trucks on dealer lot courtesy of GM.

GM, Ford Top Vincentric's Best Fleet Value Awards

General Motors and Ford Motor Co. provided the most value to light-duty fleet vehicle purchasers, according to Vincentric's Best Fleet Value in America awards for 2014.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Changing Lanes

Here's some advice from State Farm and the California DMV on changing lanes safely. You may want to pass along these tips to your fleet drivers.

Chart courtesy of UMTRI.

New Light-Duty Fuel Economy Rises to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy of new light-duty vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 miles per gallon to reach its highest level is more than seven years, according to University of Michigan researchers.

Video: Feds Launch First-Ever Distracted Driving Ad Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation is launching its first-ever national advertising campaign to bring greater awareness of the hazards of distracted driving starting April 7.

Alldata Launches Mobile Repair App for Android

Alldata LLC, a provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information for the professional automotive service industry, launched the Android version of its Alldata Mobile app, previously available only for the iPad.

Alldata Adds VIN Decoder Enhancement to Core Products

Alldata LLC, a provider of manufacturers' automotive repair information for the professional automotive service industry, has added a VIN decoder to its core products, Alldata Repair S3000 and Alldata Collision S3500.

Public Fleet Summit Coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

Public Fleet Summits is heading back to Texas, this time to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The event will be held at the DFW Airport Marriot South in Fort Worth May 7-8.

Pictured are fleet staff from the City of New Braunfels (back row, l-r): Fernando Herrera, fleet technician; Jon Pilgrim, fleet manager; Jon Matocha, senior fleet technician; Russell Trevino, parts technician; Cesar Garza, assistant fleet technician; Shane Knudson, fleet technician; Rojelio Torres, assistant fleet technician; and (kneeling) Jose Lopez, assistant fleet technician.

Texas City Fleet Receives ASE's Blue Seal

The City of New Braunfels (Texas) fleet has earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence. It is one of 12 municipal maintenance shops in the state to have a Blue Seal.

Board members pose for a photo at the March meeting. Pictured left to right are: Scott Perry, sergeant at arms; John King, treasurer; Kelly Reagan, chair; Daryl Syler, vice chair; Jim Durand, secretary; and Terri Smith, association coordinator. Photo courtesy of MEMA-OH

New Ohio Fleet Assn. Continues Growth Trajectory

The MEMA-OH Regional Chapter had its second meeting at Ohio State University with good attendance. The board and membership continue to grow, with more than 55 members.

Calif. County's New Fleet Manager Focuses on Increasing Utilization

Dennis Scamardo, CAFM, joined Monterey County, Calif., as its new fleet manager on Jan. 27. He will be assisting with the county's fleet restructuring and focusing on increasing utilization.

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.

Image courtesy of Spitzlift

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.

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