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San Luis Obispo County Approves New Fleet Purchasing Policy

The San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors approved a new vehicle purchasing policy that incorporates fuel efficiency and emissions reductions into vehicle purchasing decisions. This replaces a low-bid purchasing policy.

GAO Report Examines Factors Federal Agencies Use When Deciding to Use Remanufactured Parts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that agencies consider remanufactured parts on a case-by-case basis in order to get the most effective outcome for the agency’s fleet and the federal government.

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Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust, Which Would Set Aside $2 Billion to Fund Alt-Fuel Transportation Research

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15, where he described his proposal for a new U.S. Energy Security Trust.

This chart is a screenshot from the City of Bellevue's new greenhouse gas emissions dashboard. You can click this image to be taken to the actual dashboard on the City's website.

Bellevue, Wash., Uses Online Dashboard to Show Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The City of Bellevue, Wash., worked with an area company to develop a new online, Web-based “dashboard” that shows the City’s progress toward meeting its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Norman, Okla., to Conduct Fleet Analysis

The City’s concerns about its fleet include an excessively old fleet, fleet maintenance staff shortages, higher operating costs, and higher fuel costs. The goal of the analysis is to find ways to resolve these issues.

Texas DOT Plans to Reduce Fleet Size by 6,000 Vehicles

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently posted an update on its efforts to reduce the costs associated with the State’s fleet of vehicles, which currently numbers 16,000.

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Colorado Inmate Dies While Working at Fleet Shop

The Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) confirmed the death of an inmate worker at a DOC fleet shop on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 a.m. The worker was working on a hydraulic dump truck.

Cathedral City Awarded $60K to Fund Emission Reduction Projects

The City of Cathedral City, Calif., received a grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to help pay for a Vactor compressed natural gas (CNG) truck and install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The eRide replaces a 1994 Mazda B-2300 compact pickup truck. Photo courtesy of Canyon County.

Canyon County Pilots EV for On-Campus Use

Canyon County, Idaho, purchased an electric vehicle to study the effectiveness and cost saving measures of EVs compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles for on-campus use at the Juvenile Detention Center. The EV replaces a pickup truck.

North Carolina Considers Bill to Consolidate Fleet

North Carolina legislators are considering a bill to that aims to reform oversight of State-owned vehicles. The bill would enforce recommendations made in earlier reports by the State's Program Evaluation Division and lead to a consolidation of the fleet and expansion of the role of the fleet department.

U.S. Postal Service Saves Nearly $12 Million With Fuel-Saving Initiatives

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) saved $11.7 million in fuel costs through a mix of route optimization, alternative-fuel use, purchasing fuel in bulk, and by encouraging employees to adopt more fuel-efficient driving practices.

Audit of Independence, Mo., Suggests Standardizing Vehicle Selection and Centralizing Fleet Management

An audit of the City of Independence, Mo.,'s Central Garage Services division found that although the department charges lower rates for services, it needs funding to upgrade its fleet management capabilities. The report also suggested bringing other City departments' fleets under the management of Central Garage Services.

Last Chance to Submit Nominations for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 18.

Ed Huestis (Edward P. Huestis Consulting), Clay Okabayashi (GM), Tom Dowling (Sacramento Electric Auto Association), and Guy Hall (Sacramento EAA) discuss the Chevrolet Volt while Andy and Cara Wahl of AC Home Performance test drive it. Photo courtesy of Richard Battersby.

East Bay Clean Cities Hosts a Successful Plug-in and EV Showcase

The 2013 Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Showcase in Suisun City, Calif., is hosted by the East Bay Clean Cities in partnership with the NorCal Northern Nevada Chapter of NAFA and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA).

Technicians should perform a daily operational safety check of vehicle lifts. Additionally, they should also be inspected annually by a qualified individual.

Mohawk Lifts Reminds Fleets of Commonly Overlooked Vehicle Lift Safety Tips

Mohawk Lifts reminds shop managers and technicians of commonly overlooked lift safety tips. As lifts are one of the most critically important pieces of shop equipment, follow basic safety rules.

Telogis Offers Distracted Driver Solutions for Mobile Enterprises

Telogis can now help mobile enterprises better manage their risk related to mobile device usage while driving. The solution helps drivers resist the temptation to use mobile phones, laptops or tablets while their vehicles are in-motion by blocking access to apps and text messaging.

Polaris' BRUTUS commercial utility vehicles consist of the BRUTUS, BRUTUS HD and BRUTUS HDPTO. (Photo: Polaris Industries Inc.)

Polaris’ New BRUTUS Line Aimed at Commercial Customers

Polaris' initiative to expand into the commercial vehicle market begins with the Polaris BRUTUS, the company’s first purpose-built commercial vehicle line and the first side-by-side utility vehicle in the market to deliver front-end power take-off (PTO) capability.

Detroit’s Mayor Won’t Support City Council Appeal of Emergency Financial Manager Appointment

Although Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he doesn't agree with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s decision, he said there's no point in opposing it and would rather move forward to get the City’s fiscal house in order.

Phoenix Unveils CNG Refuse Trucks and Fueling Station

The City of Phoenix, Ariz.’s Mayor Greg Stanton, Vice Mayor Bill Gates, and other community leaders unveiled Phoenix’s new compressed natural gas (CNG) solid waste trucks and its newly enhanced slow-fill fueling station in mid-February.

The Oklahoma DOT took delivery of the first of 242 CNG Ram trucks on March 6. Photo courtesy of Chrysler.

State of Oklahoma Takes Delivery of First of 242 Ram CNG Trucks

Chrysler Group LLC has begun the delivery of 242 new 2013 Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks to the State of Oklahoma. ODOT will use the Ram CNG bi-fuel pickups primarily as service trucks on the state’s roads and highways.

RSC Bio Solutions and Radiator Speciality Company Form Exclusive Distribution Agreement With Sorbent Green, LLC

Radiator Specialty Company (RSC) announced it has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Sorbent Green, LLC, makers of GreenSorb, an environmentally friendly absorbent that makes the management and disposal of fluid spills safe and easy.

The 2014 Ram ProMaster. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Chrysler Releases Pricing for Ram ProMaster Vans

Chrysler announced MSRP for its all-new 2014 Ram ProMaster Cutaway, Chassis Cab, and Cargo Van models. Chrysler’s Ram Commercial division said the ProMaster targets businesses of all sizes in many industries.

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USPS Releases Muscle Cars Forever Stamps

Seven-time NASCAR National Champion Richard Petty helps dedicate the America on the Move: Muscle Cars Forever stamps from USPS.

The Ford Transit chassis cab.

Ford Reveals Transit Van Chassis Cab and Cutaway Models

The Transit chassis cab and cutaway models will come in three wheelbases, including, 138, 156, or 178 inches, and gross vehicle weight ratings ranging from 9,000 lbs. to 10,360 lbs.

Sequestration: Furloughs & Reduced Federal Funding Ahead

On March 1, the federal spending cuts known as sequestration went into effect. Government Fleet outlines some of the cuts that may affect public-sector fleet managers.

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