Government Fleet News

NYPD Steps Up Towing of Official Cars

The New York Police Department has been towing public safety fleet vehicles, especially FBI cars, in the past few years, rather than allowing latitude for parking violations as it did in prior years.


Current Motor Hires Mich. Fleet Manager for EV Cycle Sales

Bob Mossing, fleet manager for Washtenaw County, Mich., and business manager for the Sheriff’s Office, is resigning from his position effective Feb. 28. He accepted a new position as vice president of fleet sales with Current Motor.

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Legislation Restoring Federal Biodiesel Incentives Introduced

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. to reinstate a tax incentive that expired at the end of 2013 when it comes to the production of domestic biodiesel fuel.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of GM.

Fuel Economy Up 10% on GM's 2015 Large SUVs

General Motors has raised the fuel economy on its lineup of large SUVs by at least 10 percent on the highway for the 2015 model-year, the automaker announced.

Photo courtesy of Fairfax County Police Department.

Video: Fairfax County, Va., Vehicle Spreads Safe-Driving Message

Concerned about 2013 traffic data trends, the local police agency tightens enforcement and adds to its fleet a police car wrapped in driving safety messages.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Focus 2015 Gets More Fuel Efficient Engine

Ford Motor Co. will offer a more fuel efficient engine with its Focus compact car as an option for the 2015 model-year, the automaker has announced.

Businesses donated $8 million last year for the city to purchase new public safety vehicles. Photo courtesy of Detroit PD

Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Calls for Fleet Modernization

The City of Detroit filed its plan of adjustment with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, detailing how it would reduce its $18 billion debt and reinvest in the city. Some of this reinvestment funding is set aside for fleet replacements.

Va. Fire Truck Thief Had Stolen Ambulance

A Chesterfield County, Va., man with a penchant for stealing emergency service vehicles has been charged with a second vehicle theft in less than six months.

Screenshot via WSB-TV.

Ga. Police Agency's High-Tech Device Helps End Pursuits

The Duluth (Ga.) Police Department has begun using a GPS launcher device to help end high-speed pursuits before they turn deadly.

Photo courtesy of Dane County

Wis. County Deploys Its First CNG Snowplow

Dane County officials say that by using renewable natural gas, the county will save $6,000 in fuel costs per CNG plow per year.

Illinois Honors Fallen Snowplow Fleet Driver

Government buildings are flying their flags at half-mast through Friday in tribute to a state snowplow fleet driver killed in the line of duty Feb. 14.

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Concern About Possible Natural Gas Measurement Changes for Vehicles

A group dedicated to the development of a market for natural gas powered vehicles has issued a call to action over possible changes in the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas are priced and sold.

GM Plans Aluminum Pickup Trucks for 2018

General Motors is moving toward producing an aluminum-bodied pickup truck by late 2018, after securing supply contracts with Alcoa Inc. and Novelis Inc.

Webinar: Telematics Pushes Trucking Fleet's ROI

An upcoming Web seminar hosted by Bobit Business Media will address a trucking fleet's implementation of Spireon's FleetLocate telematics system.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

2015 Ford Expedition Gets V-6 EcoBoost

The 2015 Ford Expedition large SUV will arrive with a new 3.5L direct-injected twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost engine, the automaker announced Tuesday.

Educational Session Lineup for 2014 GFX Announced

Some topics that will be discussed at the 2014 GFX include parts room management, fleet accounting, improving communication, and fleet greening.

CEI: Camera Violations Pose Fleet Liability Threat

Fleets that don't make red-light, speed, or school bus stop arm safety camera violations part of their drivers' safety profiles are running the risk of multi-million dollar liability costs, according to The CEI Group, Inc.

Photo via Ramberg Media Images/Flickr.

Obama Energy Trust Would Fund Alternative Vehicle Technologies

President Barack Obama has proposed setting up a federal energy security trust to fund development of alternative vehicle development by repealing subsidies to the oil and gas industry.


Obama Orders Higher Fuel Standards for Trucks

President Barack Obama will direct federal agencies on February 18 to develop higher fuel economy standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks over the next two years by March of 2016.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Checking Headlamp Alignment

Headlamp misalignment is a surprisingly common problem that can compromise a driver's ability to clearly see the road at night. Here's a tip you may want to pass along to your drivers to help them identify the problem when it arises.

NH Town Gets Subsidized High-Tech Salt Trucks

The Town of Windham, N.H., is using grant money to purchase new trucks that regulate the application of road salt, a change from its previous method of purchasing surplus used state Department of Transportation trucks, the Eagle Tribune reported.

Pa. City Considers Privatizing Sanitation

The City of Harrisburg, Pa., is considering a new home for its public works department, one that will accommodate the city’s fleet until it can decide whether it will outsource sanitation services, the Patriot News reported.

Photo courtesy of Freightliner.

Freightliner S2G Propane Autogas Truck in Final Testing Phase

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is completing final testing of pre-production S2G propane autogas trucks and expects to begin production of the vehicle in the summer, according to a company spokesman.

Photo courtesy of NCDOT.

DOT Fleets Cope with East Coast Polar Vortex

State transportation fleets worked to clear heavy snowfall dumped on roadways by Winter Storm Pax in a coordinated effort with law enforcement authorities to address the wintery havoc leading into Presidents' Day weekend.

Feds Release Updated Fleet Management Handbook

The Federal Fleet Management Handbook provides best practices and strategies for meeting requirements related to reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, using alt-fuel, and acquiring alt-fuel vehicles.


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