Government Fleet News

ARI Awarded NJPA National Contract for Vehicle Maintenance & Related Services

ARI was recently awarded a national contract by the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) Board of Directors under the category of Vehicle Maintenance & Repair with Related Equipment, Supplies & Services and is available nationally to NJPA Members.

One of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's new Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. Photo courtesy Brandon Qualls.

Las Vegas Chooses Ford P.I. Utility for Patrol

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department chose Ford's Police Interceptor Utility as its new standard patrol vehicle, after more than two years of research, testing, evaluation, and feedback.

NASPO Forms National Cooperative Purchasing Organization

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) has formed a subsidiary entity, the WSCA/NASPO Cooperative Purchasing Organization with the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) to manage its national cooperative purchasing program.

Pictured is an Auto Crane on an El Camino. Photo courtesy of Auto Crane.

Auto Crane Commemorates 55 Years of Invention & Innovation

Ramsey Industries, Inc. (Tulsa, Okla.) announced that its Auto Crane subsidiary is celebrating 55 years since the company’s invention of the original field service crane.

Management of Guilford County Fleet Moves to Social Services Dept.

The Guilford County, N.C., Sheriff’s Department is handing over control of the County fleet to the Department of Social Services, but retaining management of its own 375-vehicle fleet, according to the Rhino Times.

Oakwood, Ga. Implements New Anti-Idling Policy

The City of Oakwood, Ga., has implemented a new anti-idling policy for its fleet vehicles and equipment. The policy prohibits idling for gasoline-, diesel-, and natural-gas-fueled vehicles.

D.C.’s Sustainability Plan Would Require Low Emissions Fleet Vehicle Purchases

The District of Columbia’s Mayor Vincent Gray announced new initiatives to reduce emissions as part of the District's Sustainable D.C. plan, including a policy that would require the District to only purchase low-emissions fleet vehicles.

West Va. Task Force Says State Should Convert Vehicles to Natural Gas and Propane Autogas

A new report from the State of West Virginia’s Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force says the State should transition part of its fleet to natural gas and its bus fleet to propane autogas.

ROUSH CleanTech Reveals 3 New Ford Stripped Chassis Powered by Propane Autogas

ROUSH CleanTech expands alternative-fuel technology product offerings with new propane-autogas fuel systems for Ford F-59, F-53, and E-450 stripped chassis.

One of the vehicles the Unified Government converted to run on propane autogas is an 13 E-450 paratransit bus.

United Government Converts Fleet to Propane-Autogas

The Unified Government (UG) of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, is converting 13 paratransit buses and two pickup trucks to run on propane-autogas. With these conversions, the UG expects to save at least $100,000 in annual fuel costs.

Colorado Senate Passes Bill Requiring Alt-Fuel Fleet Vehicle Purchases for State Entities

Colorado Senate Bill 13-070 requires State entities to purchase vehicles that operate on compressed natural gas (CNG), or other alternative fuels, as long as the increased cost of the vehicle is not more than 10% of the cost of a comparable dedicated petroleum vehicle.

New York City’s Mayor Wants to Add 50 EVs to Fleet

In his final State of the City address, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg highlighted a plan to increase the number of electric vehicles operating in the City’s fleet.

Muncie PD Leasing 17 New Police Vehicles

The City of Muncie, Ind., Police Department is leasing 17 police vehicles to replace its aging cars, some of which are approaching 300,000 miles, according to The Star Press.

Cook County Undergoing Fleet Assessment

Cook County, Ill., has hired CST Fleet Services to evaluate and assess the operations and maintenance of the fleets owned and managed by the County. The project is expected to be completed by April.

One of the new solid waste vehicles received by the City of Tampa, Fla. The City crew stands next to the vehicle with Tampa's Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Photo courtesy City of Tampa.

City of Tampa, Fla., Receives 5 New CNG Solid Waste Vehicles

The City of Tampa, Fla., recently received five new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste vehicles on Feb. 12 at the Tampa International Airport’s CNG station.

California DGS Details Zero Emissions Fleet Plan Requirements for State Agencies

The California Department of General Services' directions outline the three-year implementation plan that State agencies must submit to DGS’ Office of Fleet and Asset Management (OFAM) when those agencies want to purchase new fleet vehicles.

Cook County and Zipcar Launch Shared Fleet Program

Cook County, Ill., and Zipcar Inc. are launching a new sharing program called “Shared Fleet” that brings existing County fleet vehicles into a car sharing network and gives County employees discounts when accessing Zipcar vehicles in the Chicago area.

GF Congratulates Newest CAFM Graduates

Twenty-eight fleet professionals have already earned their CAFM certification during the first half of the year. Of these, 17 work in the public sector.

The 2013 Ram 1500. Chrysler's Ram Truck brand plans to offer a 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel engine on the 2014-MY version of the Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Ram Truck to Offer Diesel Engine for 2014 Ram 1500

Chrysler’s Ram Truck brand plans to offer a small-displacement diesel engine for its 2014 model-year Ram 1500 pickup truck. The automaker said the engine will be a new 3.0L V-6 EcoDiesel.

Little Rock to Refurbish Fire Truck

The City of Little Rock, Ark., Fleet Services and Fire departments have decided to refurbish a reserve aerial fire apparatus. The cost of refurbishing the unit is $250,000; a new unit would cost between $850,000 and $1 million.

Germantown, Tenn., Constructing New Fleet Services Facility

The City of Germantown, Tenn., broke ground on a new fleet maintenance facility on Jan. 23. The new facility is east of the City’s existing public services complex. The City stated construction should be complete by October.

Rochester to Install AVL System in Public Works Vehicles

Government Fleet spoke with Michael Quattrone, assistant director for the City’s Bureau of Operations & Parks, about the new system and how it will help the City better manage its fleet.


Alvarado Moves to Tacoma Public Utilities

Aaron Alvarado, previously fleet manager at the City of Tempe, Ariz., is now fleet manager at Tacoma (Wash.) Public Utilities. He began his new position Feb. 11.


Thomson to Retire from City of Salem, Ore.

Don Thomson, CAFM, will retire from the City of Salem, Ore., March 31. He is the City’s fleet/warehouse superintendent and is responsible for providing and maintaining all fleet equipment used by City departments.

Detroit Diesel Approves EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM

Safety-Kleen Systems announced Feb. 11 that Detroit Diesel has approved EcoPower Heavy-Duty Diesel 10W-30 CJ-4/SM for use in Detroit Diesel engines.

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