Government Fleet News

Spartan Says New MPA 65-ft. Emergency Response Apparatus Now Available

Spartan ERV said that although it previewed the vehicle in April, the MPA 65’ has undergone more development based on input and feedback, in addition to more testing and certification.

Officials from the City of Columbus and others break ground at the site of will be the City's second publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station. Photo courtesy City of Columbus.

Columbus, Ohio, to Build Second Publicly Accessible CNG Fueling Station

The new station will service the City’s northern refuse fleet operation, which has more than 65 vehicles, its Planning & Operations Division, which has more than 45 vehicles, and other City divisions.

Forest Preserve District of Dupage County Begins Online Auctions

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., is moving its auctions of surplus equipment online. Beginning Aug. 22, bidders at will be able to purchase pickup trucks, SUVs, mowers, chainsaws, blowers, a generator, and a golf cart.

Michelin to Donate Tires to Yellowstone National Park’s Fleet Through 2016

According to Michelin, the company has donated more than 1,400 tires to the park’s fleet of 800 vehicles, including tires for patrol cars, refuse trucks, rotary snow plows, and tractor-trailers.

Jersey City, N.J., Using GPS Devices to Track City Vehicles

The City’s Mayor Steven Fulop said the City is installing the devices to improve accountability, reduce fuel use, and eliminate personal use of City-owned vehicles by employees.

The DC Fire Fighters L36 association posted this picture of an ambulance on fire in an emergency room parking lot. Photo via Twitter/@IAFF36.

DC Ambulances Catch on Fire

The District of Columbia fire and emergency fleet, which has in recent months been under investigation for its emergency vehicle availability and the state of its aging fleet, had two ambulances catch on fire on August 13.

GAO Report Says Federal Agencies Should Adopt Better Fleet Management Policies

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report in July that found that select federal agencies are only partially using fleet management best practices.

‘Ocean's 16’ Lottery Winners Each Receiving $3.87M

The 16 Ocean County, N.J., fleet employees who won the Powerball drawing this month, named “Ocean’s 16,” have verified their winning ticket. The net prize after federal and state taxes is $61,959,135. Each fleet employee will receive a check for $3,872,445.94.

Why Re-refined Motor Oil Could Work for Your Fleet

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo you’ll hear about two fleet case studies that delve into re-refined motor oil and how it lowered their maintenance costs and furthered their sustainability goals.

On August 9, Dearborn's Mayor Jack O’Reilly was joined by Tom Wither, founder of the Adopt a Watt program; Mike Tinskey, director of Ford Motor Company’s Global Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure; Jennifer Mefford, director, New Business Development, Powering Michigan’s Future, NECA/IBEW (Local 58); and representatives for Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Congressman John Dingell.

Dearborn, Mich., Participation in Adopt-A-Watt Project Results in Second New EV Charging Station

The City of Dearborn, Mich., participated in the national Adopt-A-Watt program, which resulted in the installation of an electric vehicle charging station and 25 high-efficiency lights at the Henry Ford Centennial Library parking lot.

Eugene P.D. Switching to Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The City of Eugene, Ore.’s police department is switching to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and is planning to purchase 23 new SUVs. After replacing the vehicles, the City’s PD expects to save more than $150,000 in fuel costs each year.

NY Launches Truck Voucher Incentive Program for Electric Vehicles

State and local government entities in New York can apply for vouchers of up to $60,000 for the purchase of Class 3-8 battery-electric trucks. These vouchers are offered in 30 counties that did not meet federal clean air standards.

Ocean County, N.J., Fleet Employees Hit $86M Jackpot

Sixteen Ocean County, N.J., fleet employees share a winning lottery ticket, one of three winning tickets for the $448 million Powerball jackpot, according to the Press of Atlantic City. If taken in a lump sum, each ticket is worth $86 million before taxes.

Alameda County, Calif.'s Sheriff’s Department Using Idle-Reduction Systems on Patrol Vehicles

Alameda County, Calif., has installed idle-reduction systems on eight of its patrol vehicles, including five Dodge Chargers, two Ford Police Interceptor sedans, and a Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, the County’s Transportation Services Manager, General Services Agency, Doug Bond told Government Fleet magazine.

Pictured is one of Manatee County's eight fuel sites.

Florida’s Manatee County Fleet Services Upgrades Fuel Management System

Manatee County Fleet Services in Florida plans to have 1,200 vehicles installed with the AIM2 fuel monitoring system from FuelMaster by 2014.

Ccertifications such as the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence and the fleet’s recognition as one of the 100 Best Fleets show deputies the efforts fleet staff goes through to stay current on training and provide the best services possible.

Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Fleet Obtains ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

Eighteen Palm Beach (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office fleet technicians have an ASE certification, and five have a Master certification.

What Will Obama’s Second Term Mean for Alt-Fuels?

At the 2013 Green Fleet Conference, the breakfast keynote speaker Kipp Coddington will provide an overview of how the Obama Administration’s policies will impact environmental and energy initiatives.

Las Cruces PD Arrests City Fleet Management Section Employees

The City of Las Cruces, N.M.’s police department arrested three current employees from the City’s fleet management section, and one former employee, for allegedly falsifying fleet management documents.

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Reduces MSRP of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000 for 2014

General Motors has dropped the retail price of its Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle by $5,000 for the 2014 model-year, to $34,995 (including an $810 destination fee).

Goodyear Manager Confesses to Creating False Purchase Orders for Polk County Sheriff’s Vehicles

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office Fleet Services received an invoice from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for items the PCSO did not purchase. Following the investigation, the store manager confessed to creating false purchase orders to boost his sales statistics.

Stanton Announces Retirement from City of San Antonio

Long-time fleet manager Bob Stanton announced his retirement from the City of San Antonio effective July. At the City of San Antonio, Stanton was the assistant director - building and equipment services – Fleet.

Richard Battersby to Deliver Closing Keynote at Green Fleet Conference

Richard Battersby, CAFM, CPFP, 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year, will deliver the closing keynote address at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

View Recordings of ASE Webinars about Testing

The two webinars discuss tests from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). One details how tests are developed and the other provides test-takers with tips on how to make the most of their time during an exam.

ARB Says Renewable Diesel Should Be Treated the Same as Conventional Diesel

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the State Water Resources Control Board, the agencies state that renewable diesel should be treated the same as conventional ARB diesel for all purposes, including storage in underground storage tanks (USTs).


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