Government Fleet News

Calif. ARB Offers Free Courses on Diesel Vehicle Regulations

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is offering free training courses in June-July across the State to help operators, maintenance personnel, and fleet managers understand requirements and technologies for complying with California's diesel vehicle regulations.

Intern Felipe Maldonado (in white) stands with fleet staff (l-r) Ulice Contreras, fleet manager Rick Longobart, and Ruben Esparza.

Santa Ana Creates Fleet Internship Program

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., has created a fleet maintenance internship program that offers internship opportunities to Santa Ana College (SAC) Automotive Department students.

The City of Jacksonville's  online auction patnership will allow the City to sell surplus items quicker.

City of Jacksonville Begins Online Auctions

The City of Jacksonville, Fla., has partnered with internet auctioning company GovDeals to sell surplus vehicles and products. Previously, the City held physical auctions once or twice per year.

Connecticut Bill Would Increase State Fleet Vehicle Fuel Economy Requirements

A bill in the Connecticut legislature would raise the minimum fuel economy a vehicle would have to achieve before being eligible for operation by the State’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS).

Rob Martin, Darryl Rice, and Kevin Haughinberry stand next to one of the City's CNG-powered pickups. Photo courtesy City of Asheville.

Asheville, N.C. Fleet Division Employees Receive Certifications to Inspect CNG Vehicles

The City currently operates a total of 35 CNG vehicles and eight departments use them, including the City’s public works department and its fire department.


NCSFA Awards Distinguished Member & Environmental Leader

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) awarded Ken Miller, fleet manager with the State of Illinois, with the Environmental Leadership Award and Kathi Croze, national sales manager for the Government Fleet Market for The CEI Group, with its Distinguished Member Award.

Altec Recalling Some Cranes With Telescopic Jibs

To remedy the problem, Altec dealers will install jib bracket reinforcement kits.

Amarillo, Texas, to Buy Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs

The City of Amarillo, Texas, plans to purchase 10 new Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to replace existing patrol cars in its fleet.

Santa Clara County to Construct CNG Fueling Station & Convert Fleet

Santa Clara County in California will construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the fleet management facility in San Jose and has plans to convert 25% of its vehicles to CNG within 10 years.

Pictured is the DPS' newly acquired Humvee ready for deployment. Photo via Iowa DPS.

Iowa Dept. of Public Safety Adds 8 Humvees to Fleet

The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added eight Humvees to its fleet through the military’s 1033 Program. The 1033 program allows a transfer of military equipment to law enforcement agencies at no cost to the agency.

Cummins Announces 2013 Engine Lineup for Refuse Market

Cummins Inc. announced its 2013 engine lineup for refuse vehicles. The company is offering a complete range of both clean diesel and natural gas engines.

Navistar's International TerraStar 4x4.

Navistar Begins Shipping International TerraStar 4X4

Navistar, Inc. said it has started shipping its first International TerraStar 4x4 units. The company originally launched the International TerraStar in 2010 in a 4x2 configuration.

Terex Recalling Select Aerial Devices and Digger Derricks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that Terex is recalling a total of 118 model-year 2012-2013 Aerial Devices and Digger Derricks manufactured September 2012 through February 2013.

Monmouth County, N.J,. Earns More Than $95,000 From Online Auction

Monmouth County, N.J., earned $95,205 from a recent surplus auction, which included a total of 99 items for bid, 50 of which were vehicles. The County also sold heavy construction equipment and lawn equipment, in addition to other items.

Jacksonville Mayor & Union Announce Agreement on Retirement Reform

Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Alvin Brown’s retirement reform agreement with the AFSCME union will modify retirement benefits for new employees hired on or after Oct. 1 and increase pension plan contributions for current AFSCME employees.

Springfield, Ill., Converts 24 Vehicles to Propane Autogas

The City of Springfield, Ill., has converted a total of 24 patrol cars and pickup trucks to propane autogas. They began operating in mid-May, 2013.

GM made a number of changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, from a new surveillance mode to new front seats. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Details 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Updates

One major change to the Caprice PPV that GM made for 2014 was to relocate the shifter from the center console to a column-shift design. GM said this change makes room for a new center console equipment mounting platform.

The City of Columbus, Ohio, is using solar power for its fleet facility. Photo courtesy City of Columbus.

Columbus, Ohio, Using Solar Array to Reduce Fleet Facility Costs

The City of Columbus, Ohio, has installed solar panels on its fleet facility to provide power for the building. Government Fleet spoke with Kelly Reagan, administrator for the City, about this project and how it benefits the City and the fleet department.

KME Recalling 695 Emergency Vehicles

Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corp. (KME) is recalling 695 emergency vehicles, including Predators and Panthers.

The Chevrolet City Express will be produced by Nissan for the U.S. and Canadian markets.

GM to Source Small Cargo Van from Nissan to U.S. & Canada

General Motors Co. (GM) and Nissan announced the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada.

Illinois Senate Passes Bill to Reduce State Fleet Size

The State of Illinois plans to sell vehicles with 7,000 miles or less on them as surplus by Jan. 1, 2014, according to the text of a bill that has passed Illinois' House and Senate.

GFX 2013: Join Us at the Largest GFX Ever

Public-sector fleet employee registrations for the 2013 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) are higher than they've ever been in the history of GFX. As of May 14, full conference pass registration is up 45% compared to the same time last year.

Temple, Texas to Build CNG Station and Convert Solid Waste Fleet to Natural Gas

According to the City, the new station will fuel 14 CNG solid waste fleet vehicles and will be publicly accessible.

Pennsylvania Awards $6.7 Million in Natural Gas Fleet Conversion Grant Funds

From the initial round of Act 13 grant funds, $5 million went to local transportation organizations, including Centre County, the Rose Tree Media School District, the Eerie Metropolitan Transport Authority, the Borough of Chambersburg, and the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority.

City of Miami to Save 19K Gallons of Diesel Annually with Hybrid Refuse Trucks

The City of Miami’s purchase of four hybrid refuse trucks is expected to result in significant fuel savings – the trucks consume on average 51% less diesel fuel than a non-hybrid truck.

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