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Ford Sponsors Leading Fleets Award

Ford Motor Co. has signed on as a sponsor of the Leading Fleets award, a recognition program for public sector fleet management launching this year.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With Snowplows

Here is some advice from the Minnesota DOT and the North Dakota DOT. You may want to pass this along to your fleet drivers.

N.Y. City Buys Police Tahoes, Malibus

The $500,000 outlay is the first since 2008 for new police vehicles and will be funded by casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians.

Photo via McHenry County.

Ill. Conservation District's Green Fleet Honored

The McHenry County (Ill.) Conservation District has earned a state designation for its green fleet of vehicles that use flex or alternative fuel. The district has converted 50 of its 63 vehicles to run on clean-burning fuels.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Kan. City to Delay Natural Gas Fueling

City commissioners in Lawrence, Kan., are expected to vote against installing a natural gas fueling station for its transit fleet and other city vehicles due to the cost of construction.

Photo of City Hall courtesy of City of Modesto.

Calif. City's Consolidated Garage to Save $500K Annually

The City of Modesto, Calif., is expanding a bus maintenance facility so it can handle the city's entire vehicle fleet in a consolidation expected to save the city $500,000 a year.

A rear-view camera system in a Toyota Camry.

White House Reviewing Proposed Rear-View Camera Mandate

Despite multiple delays and cost concerns, legislation aimed at requiring rear-view cameras in all new cars may soon take effect.

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Video: NHTSA Recommends Ignition Interlocks for All DWI Offenders

The federal agency releases guidelines on how state governments can improve the use of ignition interlock devices to prevent impaired driving.

Chevrolet Spark EV photo courtesy of GM.

EVs Lose Value Quicker Than Gasoline Vehicles, KBB Reports

Most plug-in electric vehicles will depreciate more dramatically over five years than their conventional gasoline counterparts, according to a new report from Kelley Blue Book via USA Today.

Hankook Gives Winter Tire Safety Tips

With frigid, snowy weather gripping most of the Midwest and Northeast, Hankook is offering tips to stay safe and on the road during the most severe winter weather.

2013 Escape photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Predicts It Will Lead U.S. Sales for '13

The automaker is reporting a 15% increase in retail sales compared to 2012, when it outsold Toyota by 329,677 vehicles in the U.S. Through November, Ford held a lead over Toyota of 396,041 vehicles sold.

Photo via Christopher Rice/Flickr.

Pittsburgh's Mayor-Elect Pushes Snowplow Tracking

The City of Pittsburgh's mayor-elect is pushing ahead with an initiative to equip municipal snowplows with global positioning vehicle trackers and publish the locations online.

Photo via West Virginia State Police/Facebook.

W.Va. Police Add In-Car Video Systems

The West Virginia State Police will begin installing in-car video systems in its police vehicles in 2014 under a new deal with in-car video provider Digital Ally.

Ill. City Selects AssetWorks Fleet Management Software

The City of Springfield, Ill., has contracted to purchase FleetFocus, AssetWorks' flagship fleet management software application, the company announced.

Photo via Alexandre Prevot/Flickr.

App Helps Prevent Heavy Equipment Accidents

A University of Missouri researcher has developed a mobile app that helps prevent deaths caused by heavy equipment accidents.

First-time offenders of the new Illinois law will face a $75 fine.

Illinois' Handheld Phone Ban for Drivers Starts Jan. 1

Because the ban is a "primary" law, police can ticket a driver for the offense without any other traffic violation taking place.

Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.

Orlando Rolls Out Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Nine new refuse trucks using Parker Hannifin's RunWise hybrid drive system headed out on Thursday to help handle the city's most demanding waste-collection shift after Christmas Day.

The NYPD began using Ford P.I. sedans in the fall. Vehicle shown is not "smart car." Screenshot via Acepilot2k7/YouTube.

NYPD's Next-Gen Cruiser Gets High-Tech Tools

The high-tech tools were outlined in a long-term strategic plan known as NYPD2020 presented to Commissioner Ray Kelly in November by consultant McKinsey & Co.

Long Island City Approves GPS Fleet Tracking

The Glen Cove, N.Y., City Council has approved installing GPS transmitters on its 250 city vehicles to ensure they are used only for official business.

Photo courtesy of City of Little Rock.

Ark. City Finalizes CNG Station

The City of Little Rock, Ark., is putting the finishing touches on its first compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for public and private vehicles. The fueling station should be open for business by Feb. 1.

Top 10 GovernmentFleet.com Articles of 2013

The top GovernmentFleet.com feature articles of the year focused on ways to improve fleet operations with ideas to improve fuel management, reduce idling, and explore the use of alternative fuels.

A new law on bicycle passing distance will take effect in September 2014. Photo: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

New Calif. Driving Laws Go into Effect in 2014

New laws set to go into effect in 2014 regulate everything from commercial drive tests to bicycle passing distance.

A scene from a NHTSA public service announcement.

Video: Feds, States Crack Down on Impaired Driving

Police tighten enforcement during the holiday season, and agencies begin studying ignition interlock best practices.

Ill. City's Consolidated Garage Helps Save $1.3M

The City of Springfield, Ill., opted to consolidate four separate maintenance garages following a study by CST Fleet Services that recommended the move among $1.3 million in cost saving initiatives.

Top 10 GovernmentFleet.com News Stories of 2013

GovernmentFleet.com readers had a strong interest in updates about police vehicles that pushed many of these stories to the top of our list of the most well-read news stories of 2013.

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