Government Fleet News

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).

Clean Energy Coalition Conducting Alt-Fuel Studies With Michigan Fleets

The non-profit organization Clean Energy Coalition (CEC) is working with a number of fleets in Michigan to conduct studies that will help the organization present a business case, for each fleet, for operating alternative-fuel vehicles.

Ford is offering a CNG/LPG prep package on the 2014-MY F-150.

Ford to Offer CNG/LPG Prep Package for 2014 F-150

The 2014 Ford F-150 with the 3.7L V-6 engine will be available this fall with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package so it can operate on compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG, a.k.a. propane), or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Albuquerque Saves More Than $1.4M With Fuel Hedging Program

The City of Albuquerque, N.M. has saved more than $1.4 million dollars in fleet fuel costs via a hedging program that began in 2011. GF spoke City officials about the program and how the City set it up.

Government Attendees Get Special Hotel Rate and Sessions at Green Fleet Conference

In Phoenix on Oct. 1-2, government attendees at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo can access a per diem hotel rate of $105 per night before Sept. 6, and will also find several conference sessions geared toward government fleets.

Mitchell to Retire from Arlington County, Virginia

Allen Mitchell, equipment bureau chief for Arlington County, Va., announced he will retire effective Nov. 1, 2013. His responsibilities at Arlington County include managing the County fleet of 1,500 assets.

Participate in Our Annual Industry Survey

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes to the industry. The deadline has been extended to this Friday, August 2.

The Chevrolet Express 2500. Photo courtesy GM.

GM Adds Five-Passenger Cargo Van Model to 2014 Chevrolet Express Lineup

Called the “Crew Cargo Van,” this model features a three-passenger rear bench seat, and a bulkhead behind the seat separates the cargo area from the passenger area.

Report Recommends Centralization of North Carolina Public Safety Fleet

The report focuses on Department of Public Safety law enforcement vehicles managed by three sections: 2,209 by State Highway Patrol, 178 by Alcohol Law Enforcement, and 11 by State Capitol Police.

U.S. Energy Department Updates Average Electric Vehicle Charging Station Price

The U.S. Department of Energy said the price of fueling an electric vehicle rose to $1.18 per eGallon, up from $1.14.

Kennewick, Wash., Purchases 27 New Police Vehicles

The City of Kennewick, Wash., has purchased a number of new Ford Police Interceptor models.

The City of Tampa Fleet Maintenance Division celebrated its third year of achieving ASE Blue Seal recognition. Of the technical staff, 90% are ASE-certified.

Tampa Fleet Achieves 3rd Year of ASE Blue Seal Recognition

The City of Tampa, Fla., Fleet Maintenance Division has earned Blue Seal of Excellence recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Of the fleet's technical staff, 90% have obtained ASE certification.

Photo courtesy of Victory Motorcycles.

Victory’s Stealth Police Motorcycle Helps Patrol Officers Blend In

Victory Motorcycles has introduced a stealth version of its Commander I police motorcycle. The stealth Commander I allows officers to monitor traffic without standing out.

Visalia Purchasing 100 Yamaha Golf Carts

The City of Visalia, Calif., council approved the purchase of 100 Yamaha golf cars to replace its fleet at Valley Oaks Golf Course. The total purchase price is $347,588.

Call for Nominees: 2013 Sustainability All-Star Awards

Green Fleet magazine is looking for nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to environmental sustainability in the fleet industry.

DC Fire & EMS Hires Consultant to Perform Vehicle Fleet Audit

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) has selected BDA Global to perform an audit that will examine the department’s current fleet capacity and management practices.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Project Starts in 9 Colorado Counties

Refuel Colorado Fleets provides funding for “energy coaches,” where each will be employed by one four community-based nonprofits and help auto dealers, fuel providers, businesses, and local government entities in the nine counties selected get started in or expand use of alternative fuels.

Green Fleet Conference Attendee & Expo Counts Up Over Last Year

With a 70% increase in registrations so far, the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo is poised for big strides. Catered to fleets, the conference focuses on cutting fuel costs, reducing fleet emissions and funding strategies for green projects, as well as how to cost-effectively implement alternative-fuel technologies such as CNG, propane, electric, and biofuels.

Orlando, Fla., to Install 200 Additional Cameras in City Fleet Vehicles

The City of Orlando, Fla.’s city council has approved installation of an additional 200 in-vehicle cameras, as an expansion of its current driver safety program.

John Deere Receives EPA Final Tier 4 & CARB Certifications for Off-Highway Engines

John Deere Power Systems announced July 17 that the company’s engine lineup 174 hp and above received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Final Tier 4, European Union (EU) Stage IV, and California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions certification.

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