Government Fleet News

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.

Workers driving Garfield County vehicles now must turn off their engines if they are stopped for more than 30 seconds. Photo via Garfield County.

Garfield County Adopts New Anti-idling Policy

Garfield County in Colorado has a new vehicle idling policy that requires County fleet vehicle drivers to turn their engines off when they are stopped for more than 30 seconds.

Sarpy County, Neb., Implements New Fleet Policies to Prevent Future Theft

Sarpy County, Neb., has implemented new fleet services department policies designed to prevent theft in the wake of last year’s theft of fuel by the County’s former fleet manager Patrick Clarke.

T3 Motion Launches Trade-in Program for Segway Owners

T3 Motion, Inc. launched a new Segway trade-in program. The program will provide up to a $3,000 credit for the purchase of a T3 Patroller Series vehicle, or up to $2,000 credit for the purchase of a T3 Vision Series vehicle.

Mobile, Ala., Uses Penny Tax Increase to Buy New Police Vehicles and Fleet Equipment

The City of Mobile, Ala., has used the funds from a penny sales tax increase to fund the purchase of a number of replacement fleet vehicles, including 75 police cars for $2.25 million.

Snap-on Acquires Challenger Lifts

Snap-on Incorporated announced that it has acquired Challenger Lifts, Inc. for approximately $38 million in cash. Challenger designs, manufactures, and distributes a comprehensive line of vehicle lifts and repair accessories.

The 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van is slated to go on sale in fall 2014. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Details 2015 Chevrolet City Express Powertrain and Features

General Motors provided more details on its upcoming 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van, which the automaker is sourcing from Nissan. The vehicle will come in two trim levels, LS and LT, according to GM, and feature a 2.0L four-cylinder DOHC engine.

Killeen Releases Details of Fleet Property Theft Investigation

The City of Killeen recently released a report documenting Police Department’s investigation into the alleged theft of fleet property by fleet employees. In December 2012, following the investigation, Killeen’s fleet director retired, a technician resigned, and another technician was fired.

County Executive Mike Hein stands with Wawarsing Town Supervisor Scott Carlsen, Wawarsing Highway Superintendent Tony Paes, and Wawarsing Department of Public Works employees Randy VanKleeck and Cindy Najdzion.

Ulster County, N.Y., Uses Grant Funds to Install AVLs in Area Municipal Fleet Vehicles

Ulster County has installed 141 AVLs in its own vehicles, 38 AVLs in the Town of Wawarsing’s fleet vehicles, and 11 AVLs in the Village of Ellenville’s vehicles.

A CNG-fueled Ford F-650 the automaker brought to the ATD show in Las Vegas.

Ford Says Gasoline-Equipped F-650 Offers Affordability and Flexibility

Ford Motor Co. brought a CNG-fueled dump truck version of F-650 medium-duty truck to the 2013 ATD show in Orlando and the automaker's Todd Kaufman, marketing manager, explained how this particular project came about.

ASE Offering Free Webinar on New Auto Maintenance and Light Repair Certification

The new certification level is designed to test technicians’ knowledge of the most common maintenance and light repair tasks.

Pictured are John Scharffbillig (with beard) with Jon Hunter, Kelly Marczak and Lisa Thurstin of the American Lung Association in Minnesota Outdoor Air Division.

Minneapolis Fleet Honored For Reducing Emissions & Gasoline Use

John Scharffbillig, director of Public Works Fleet Services for the City of Minneapolis, was recently honored with the Community Lung Health Champion Award by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.

Indiana House and Senate Pass Bill to Increase Natural Gas Vehicles, Fueling Stations

By increasing the amount State agencies can pay for alternative-fuel vehicles, HB 1324 would drive demand for natural-gas fueling stations throughout Indiana.


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