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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.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Caprice PPV's Future Uncertain After GM's Aussie Exit

General Motors hasn't made a decision about the future of its Chevrolet Caprice PPV, following the company's decision to discontinue vehicle production in Australia where the vehicle is made.

Municipal CNG fueling station in Riverside, Calif. Photo: GF file

Philly Considers CNG to Replace 'Gas Guzzlers'

A City of Philadelphia economic committee is investigating a proposal to replace aging city vehicles with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas or other alternative fuels.

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CEI: Municipal Fleets Should Outsource Collision Work

Municipal fleets can save time and money by outsourcing accident management services such as collision repair, a CEI Group's executive told the Oklahoma Fleet Management Association.

Verizon Networkfleet Adds More Frequent Tracking Info

Verizon's Networkfleet telematics system is now offering Configurable Update Rates (CUR) in its GPS devices to provide more frequent location information on fleet vehicles and assets, the company announced.

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.


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