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N.C. City Begins Leasing Its Police Motorcycles

Several North Carolina cities including the City of Raleigh will begin leasing police motorcycles through Sparta Commercial Services as a cost-saving measure, the company announced Tuesday.

Photo courtesy of Current Motor.

Current Motor Debuts Solar-Charging Electric Scooters

Current Motor has introduced a small fleet of four electric Super Scooters docked to a solar-charging station that have been designed for business, campus, event and municipal use.

The Orlando Police Department put 35 new police motorcycles into service earlier this year after a successful trial to extend motorcycle replacement cycles to four years. Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.

Orlando Extends Police Motorcycle Replacement to Four Years

The City of Orlando's police department replaced 35 of its Harley-Davidson motorcycles earlier this year, after moving to a four-year replacement cycle implemented as a result of the economic downturn.

Paul Condran now serves as MEMA's interim president.

SoCal Fleet Association Expands to Ohio

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA), headquartered in Southern California, chose to expand its membership base by allowing fleets in other areas to create MEMA regional chapters. The association’s first regional chapter will be in Ohio.

2012 marks the second year federal agencies have reduced overall fleet costs.

Fed Agencies Lower Fleet Costs by $88M

Federal agencies reduced their fleet costs by $88 million in fiscal-year 2012, a 1.98% decrease over FY-2011 levels. A 10,000-vehicle reduction helped contribute to the reduced fleet costs.

Photo of 2012-MY Frontier courtesy of Nissan.

Pickup, SUV Auction Values Strongest In Nov.

Compact pickups and compact SUVs retained the most value in remarketing sales during November, according to a Black Book report released Monday.

Screenshot via WTHR.

Ind. Chief Takes TASER to Raise Money for Vehicles

The Knightstown (Ind.) Police Department raised $30,000 for new vehicles, when Chief Danny Baker agreed to a fund-raiser in which he took a hit from a TASER stun gun.

Photo courtesy of NOPD.

New Orleans' 100 New Police Vehicles Arriving

The New Orleans Police Department began issuing the first batch of new patrol vehicles to officers in four years, after the City Council provided vehicle replacement funds.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith

Utah City Reconsiders Outsourced Snow Removal

The City of Cottonwood Heights in Utah is reconsidering its contract with a private snow removal company after the company failed to adequately provide services after the city's first major snowfall last week.

Photo courtesy of City of Wasilla.

Sarah Palin's Former City Vehicle Auctioned

The 1999 Ford Expedition driven by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while she was mayor has been sold on eBay by the City of Wasilla, Alaska.

Lytx to Give Fleet Safety Awards

Lytx, Inc. (formerly DriveCam, Inc.) is calling for entries for its first "Driver of the Year" and "Coach of the Year" awards honoring drivers and coaches from across 500 organizations currently using the DriveCam Program to improve overall fleet performance.

Screencapture of www.fueleconomy.gov

Feds Release Fuel Economy Guide for 2014-MY Vehicles

The 2014 Fuel Economy Guide helps car buyers identify vehicles that are the most fuel efficient and emit the lowest amount of greenhouse gases.

Conn. City Limits Take-Home Cars

The City of Hartford council agreed to limit the number of employee take-home cars to the mayor, police chief, fire chief, and anyone who has a take-home car as part of a collective bargaining agreement.

Manufacturers and distributors brought equipment to display. The Scag Power Equipment STT61V-25CHLP propane mower uses liquid withdrawl.

Public Fleet Summit Connects Fleet Managers in Texas

Public fleet professionals interacted with peers and learned about new technologies at the Public Fleet Summit, a two-day November fleet event in Austin.

Pictured l-r are: Derek Whaley, Don Manfredi, Joe Rudolph, and Steve Whaley. Photos courtesy of Roush.

ROUSH CleanTech Doubles Sales Team for Propane Autogas Vehicles

Five recently hired business development executives increase ROUSH CleanTech’s staff to 80, up from six in 2010.

Photo via 92Carpenter29/YouTube.

Sutphen Recalls Fire Trucks for Ladder Glitch

Sutphen Corp. is recalling four models of fire trucks from various model years after determining that the extending ladders could unexpectedly retract.

Mich. Commissioners Deny Sheriff Full Vehicle Funding

Lenawee County, Mich., commissioners authorized $120,000 for four new patrol vehicles rather than the $500,000 the sheriff requested to replace additional units.

The City of Richmond's fleet consists of 2,622 units. Photo courtesy of City of Richmond.

Va. Public Works Director Pushes Fleet Replacement Initiative

The public works department of the City of Richmond, Va., has begun a comprehensive fleet study to analyze asset utilization and lifecycle planning for its vehicles.

Photo by Thi Dao.

Calif. Rolling Out $200M for Hydrogen Vehicle Infrastructure

The California Energy Commission is seeking proposals to spend $200 million starting in 2015 to build out fueling stations and other infrastructure to support hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Using Chevin's new motor pool module, a driver can book an vehicle online and enter a code to access the key control locker.

Chevin Adds Online Motor Pool Module

Chevin Fleet Solutions added a new motor pool and key control module to its fleet management information system, FleetWave. The module allows drivers to book a vehicle or piece of equipment through an online portal.

Photo via Autocar.

Autocar Introduces CNG Refuse Truck

Autocar Industries introduced a natural gas version of its Class 7 cabover Xpert refuse truck at a alternative-fuel symposium in late November. The "baby 8" Xpert ACMD is now available with the Cummins Westport CNG/LNG engine.

Photo via BDA Global.

D.C. Fire Audit: Hire Civilian Fleet Director

An audit of District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) fleet recommended the FEMS hire a professional civilian fleet director to oversee assets, change the overall structure of fleet operations, and to outsource some or most fleet work.

The Ram ProMaster City will bring familiar Ram Truck styling cues to the Fiat Doblo. Photo via Fiat.

Ram to Offer Compact Cargo Van

The 2015 Ram ProMaster City, which will be available for order in late 2014, will compete with the Ford Transit Connect and the Nissan NV200.

Take the GF Financial Trends Survey

Government Fleet magazine is conducting a survey to determine financial trends among public-sector fleets. The 15-minute survey closes at 5 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 4.

Feds Offer Flex-Fuel Compliance Training Online

The 15-minute online course for drivers and fleet managers helps participants identify flex-fuel vehicles and locate alternative-fuel stations.

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