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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.

Report: Gasoline Vehicles to Remain Dominant in 2040

The vast majority of vehicles on U.S. roadways in the year 2040 will still use gasoline, according to a projection from the U.S. Department of Energy. A whopping 78% of light-duty vehicles will still be sold with gasoline engines.

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Photo courtesy of Michigan State Police.

Oakland Police Get 82 Ford P.I. Utility Vehicles

The Oakland Police Department has unveiled its new Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. The department is receiving 82 of the new vehicles, marking the largest fleet purchase in more than a decade.

Photo courtesy of City of Houston.

City of Houston Saving $110,000 a Year With EVs

The City of Houston expects to save about $110,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs by issuing 27 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles to city workers as part of a broader sustainability initiative that also includes car sharing.

CNG Fueling Infrastructure Coming to Boston

NSTAR and VNG.CO LLC have entered into a joint initiative for the installation of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling facilities by VNG, which will support NSTAR’s deployment of light-duty natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the Greater Boston Area.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Hydroplaning Prevention and Recovery

On wet roads, a fast-moving vehicle can rise up and start gliding over a thin layer of water. Hydroplaning is one of the scariest things that can happen to a driver. Here's some advice you can pass along to keep your fleet drivers safe.

Ill. City Searches for Funding to Replace Refuse Fleet

City of Quincy, Ill., Mayor Kyle Moore hopes raising refuse collection prices and charging private haulers to work in the city will allow the city to replace seven of its nine refuse trucks and set aside $100,000 per year for vehicle replacement.

A motor pool driver picks up his vehicle 15 minutes before the reserved time and inputs his ID number and password on a touch-scree. Photo courtesy of State of Michigan.

Automated Motor Pool Increases Vehicle Utilization In Mich.

Since launching motor pool technology on 400 of its vehicles three years ago, the State of Michigan has increased vehicle utilization to as high as 80% on most work days.

Texas City Spends $1.3M for Trucks, Equipment

The Conroe, Texas, City Council approved $1.3 million for five pieces of heavy equipment for the Public Works Department and 20 trucks for the 2013-'14 budget year.

Map via U.S. EPA.

Study: Louisiana Has Nation's Worst Drivers

Louisiana has claimed the top of a list of states with the worst drivers for the second year in a row, according to a study by Car Insurance Comparison.

N.J. Township Recoups $6K From 1981 Fire Truck

Clinton Township, N.J., collected $6,100 at auction for a 1981 Mack CF686F12 fire pumper truck, which will head to New England.

Vehicle Allowances Replace Take-Home Cars In Ga.

Douglas County, Ga., commissioners are set to approve a new vehicle policy that would implement vehicle allowances instead of take-home vehicles, as a cost-savings method.

Photo via Michelin.

Michelin Recalling 1.2 Million Tires

The tires, which can experience tread separation, are used as original equipment on some Ford vehicles and as replacement equipment on a number of trucks and vans of various brands.

Fla. Cities Cancel Contracts In Towing Imbroglio

Public agency contracts with a Florida towing company are being canceled after a class-action lawsuit against the City of Sweetwater claimed more than 100 people’s vehicles were seized, towed, and auctioned after motorists were detained on trumped-up charges.

Screenshot via Ford.

Ford: 70% of Lineup to Get Stop-Start By 2017

The Ford Motor Co. will offer auto stop-start technology on 70% of its North American vehicles by 2017. Ford is also researching dynamic cruise control, which predicts road conditions to optimize fuel economy.

2013 Nissan Leaf. Photo courtesy of Nissan

Washington City Leases Nissan Leaf EVs

The City of Olympia, Wash., is the first city in the state to join Nissan’s Leaf electric vehicle lease program by leasing six Leafs. This helps the city comply with state law, with requires local agencies to use biofuels or electricity for fleet vehicles by 2018.

Photo via Wikipedia.

Report: Half of Officers Don't Wear Seatbelts

Roughly half of officers don't wear seatbelts even though traffic accidents are now the leading cause of police duty deaths, according to a study by a California police training board.

Chart via EPA.

EPA: Vehicles Reach Historic 23.6 MPG

Model-year 2012 vehicles achieved an all-time high fuel economy of 23.6 miles per gallon, representing a 1.2 mpg increase over the previous year, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

IRS Dings Tenn. County for Unmarked Take-Home Vehicles

The Internal Revenue Service has notified Putnam County, Tenn., officials that they must either mark take-home vehicles or begin paying taxes on them.

W.Va. City's Truck Struck By Train

A train struck a City of Charleston, W.Va., work truck early Wednesday as city workers attempted to cross the tracks to pick up garbage, reports WSAZ.

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