Government Fleet News

2 Days Left to Complete the Public Fleet Salary Survey

TORRANCE, CA – Wednesday, July 18 is the last day to complete Government Fleet's annual Public Sector Fleet Manager Salary Survey.

The new patrol SUVs sport a new striping and lettering package, with 3M reflective green stripe and reflective gold lettering. Photo courtesy of Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Placer County Sheriff’s Dept. Chooses Chevrolet Tahoe

AUBURN, CA - The Placer County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Dept. has started to phase in the Chevrolet Tahoe two-wheel drive SUV, replacing its Ford Crown Victoria fleet.

Safety-Kleen Completes New Oil Blending Facility, Production Ramping Up

PLANO, TX – Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc., announced that it has begun blending a variety of engine oils at its new East Chicago, Ind., blend facility, which was completed in late June.

The DriveCam event recorder records 12-second "snippets" of video when a vehicle is subjected to a pre-determined level of g-force -- incidents such as hard braking or acceleration, hard cornering, or a collision. Photo courtesy of DriveCam.

Tyler, Texas, to Install DriveCam Monitoring System on 110 Vehicles

TYLER, TX – The City of Tyler, Texas committed to deploying the DriveCam driver monitoring system on 110 vehicles. A successful pilot on Transit and Solid Waste department vehicles led to a reduction in recorded risky events and improved fuel economy.

Albuquerque Fire Fleet Audit Recommends Increased Technician Training

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – An audit report of the Albuquerque Fire Department’s (AFD) fleet maintenance program suggested improvements in its preventive maintenance policies, control over outsourced maintenance activities, technician certifications, and facility size.

West Va. Governor Announces Members of State's Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force

CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia’s Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced the individuals who will make up the State’s new Natural Gas Vehicle Task Force, which will evaluate whether the State can cost-effectively transition its fleet to run on natural gas.

Public Sector Salary Survey — Are You Paid Enough?

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is currently conducting its annual Public Sector Fleet Manager Salary Survey. Are you paid enough? Find out by participating in this survey before July 18.

Mitsubishi Announces Fleet Programs for 2012 and 2013-MY Vehicles

CYPRESS, CA - Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. announced new fleet incentives for its remaining 2012-MY vehicles and its 2013-MY vehicles. The company also announced U.S. production plans for a 2013 model.

Bobcat Updates Website with Attachment Competitive Comparison Videos

WEST FARGO, ND - Bobcat Company’s website — www.bobcat.com — has a new attachment section to showcase more than 70 front-end implements and attachments.

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Betz Leaves LeasePlan USA

TORRANCE, CA - Matthew Betz has left LeasePlan USA, where he was VP, government fleet services, since April 2010.

Diesel Filter Company Pays $628K for Not Providing GSA Lowest Prices

WASHINGTON - A New York-based diesel filter systems company has agreed to pay the United States $628,000 to resolve allegations that it did not provide agencies purchasing through the GSA contract the lowest prices.

Sugar Land, Texas, Issues CNG Plan for City Fleet

SUGAR LAND, TX - The City plans to convert 99 non-public safety vehicles first and heavy equipment later using a phased approach.

Bremerton City Auditor Says More Oversight of Fuel Purchases Needed

BREMERTON, WA - The report noted that although Bremerton’s Equipment Services Division administers the City’s fuel contract and handles billing, it doesn’t have the authority or responsibility to monitor or analyze fuel use and purchases.

Rochester Issues RFP for AVL & Intelligent Transportation System for Fleet

ROCHESTER, NY - The City of Rochester issued a request for proposals (RFPs) for the design and implementation of an Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL) and Weather Sensor Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its Public Works vehicle fleet. It expects to save 121,860 miles annually.

Caterpillar Fined $510K for Selling Uncertified Equipment in California

SACRAMENTO, CA - Caterpillar, Inc., will pay a fine of $510,000 to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) for shipping more than 590,000 on-road and off-road engines that did not have legally required emissions controls installed.

Sacramento to Install 28 More EV Chargers with Grant Funding

SACRAMENTO, CA - Installation of the 28 level II electric power charging stations in various City public garages is expected to start in August and complete in November.

The Waldo Canyon fire began June 23 and took a turn for the worse on June 26. Photo courtesy of the City of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs Fleet Manager on the Waldo Canyon Fire

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Tom Monarco, fleet manager for the City of Colorado Springs, said two mobile fuel trucks provided 7,500 gallons of fuel for 46 different agencies, with an estimated fuel cost of more than $32,000.

Learn Tips for Remarketing Alt-Fuel Vehicles at the Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA – Discover how to get the most money for your used "green" vehicles at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 2-3 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, near the Chicago metropolitan area.

Drivers swipe a special WeCar card to access vehicles they've already reserved.

Loveland Reduces Fleet Through Car-Sharing Technology

LOVELAND, CO - The City of Loveland will soon be reducing its fleet of vehicles through the implementation of a car-sharing program, expected to save the City more than $300,000 annually.

Michigan FY-2013 Budget Prioritizes Use of Remanufactured Parts in State Fleet

LANSING, MI – Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder signed the FY-2013 budget, which prioritizes the use of remanufactured parts in the State fleet up through Sept. 30, 2013.

One of the City's fire department trucks fueled by CNG.

Asheville, N.C., Converts Fleet to CNG and Doubles Fueling Station Storage Capacity

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville, N.C., has added 25 new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to its fleet, bringing the total number of CNG vehicles the City operates to 37.

Junction City Brings Public Works & Fleet Maintenance Back In-House

JUNCTION CITY, KS - After nine years of outsourcing Public Works functions, the City of Junction City, Kan., transferred Public Works duties, including fleet maintenance, back in-house. The City still owns most of its Public Works fleet and has entered into a lease-purchase agreement for the rest of the equipment.

'Women in Fleet Management' Group to Hold Webinar July 24

ST. PAUL, MN - The Women in Fleet Management webinar will feature a conversation with Caroyln Woznicki, Johnson Controls' vice president of Global Purchasing & Supply Chain for the Building Efficiency Group. She will discuss reflections on her career in the fleet industry and the advice she would give to women who are entering, or in the middle of, their career today.

BYD GreenCity. Photo: BusinessWire

University of Utah Purchases BYD Electric Bus with Wireless Charging Pad

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited (BYD). The GreenCity bus will be retrofitted with a wireless charging pad.

Los Angeles Agrees to Pay $6.6M to Family of Woman Killed in Collision With Police Car

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Times said this is the largest amount the City has ever paid for a police-related collision.

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