Government Fleet News

Santa Ana Wins Green California Leadership Award

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., Finance Department Facilities-Fleet-Central Stores (FFCS) Division is the 2014 Green California Leadership Award winner in the Transportation category.

File photo by Thi Dao

La. Police Chief to Resign Following Fuel Theft Indictment

The police chief from the Town of Brusly, La., was accused of using a fleet fuel card to fuel his personal truck and personal boat, with charges totaling $1,120 between January 2013 and January 2014.

Photo via Wikimedia.

San Francisco FD's Aging EMS Fleet Rolls On

The San Francisco Fire Department's attempts to replace ambulances with more than 200,000 miles of service have fallen prey to a county budget process that has sidelined the agency's $28.1 million funding request.

Ga. County PD Adds 40 Take-Home Vehicles

The Dekalb County (Ga.) Police Department has added 40 new police vehicles to its take-home vehicle program. The additional vehicles will allow the police department to keep vehicles longer, since they won't be running them around the clock as pool vehicles.

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IronPlanet Bids for U.S. Dept. of Defense

IronPlanet is the apparent high bidder pending final confirmation and award for a contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency to manage and sell rolling stock surplus assets of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Photo of 2010 Transit Connect courtesy of Ford.

Strong March Resale Values Kick Off Auction Buying Season

Used vehicles sold at auction lost a scant 0.3 percent of their value in March, a month known for strong retention as tax-refunded buyers come out in droves, according to Black Book.

U.S. Bank Extends Fleet Card Payments

U.S. Bank is expanding its fleet card payment program to include cardless single-use accounts with U.S. Bank Fleet Virtual Pay, so fleet drivers can pay for fuel or unexpected repairs without a fleet fuel card, the company announced.

Photo of 2015 Focus courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Focus Aims for Best Compact Fuel Economy

Ford is hoping to raise the bar in fuel efficiency among non-hybrid compact cars with its updated 2015 Focus by adding a new 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Photo: File

Tampa Beefs Up CNG Refuse Fleet

The City of Tampa has begun rolling out a new fleet of compressed natural gas refuse trucks to help reduce the city's fuel bill, which has reached $1.6 million annually.

Mich. Sheriff Adds Mine-Resistant Military Truck

The Saginaw County (Mich.) Sheriff's Department has acquired a military surplus truck for some of the toughest situations deputies may encounter. Sheriff William Federspiel has taken delivery of a Mine Resistant Ambush Proof (MRAP) vehicle once used by the U.S. Army.

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.

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