Government Fleet News

Wis. City Approves Insourcing Contract for School District

The City of Wauwatosa, Wis., will take over the maintenance and repair of Wauwatosa School District’s 20 vans and trucks used by maintenance and utility workers.

The City of Lilburn Public Works Department is moving to a two-acre lot at 4428 Lilburn Industrial Way.

Ga. City Bumps Public Works for Development

The City of Lilburn, Ga., public works, fleet maintenance, and police impound storage will relocate to a two-acre facility about one mile away to open the current facility in the downtown area to future development.

This map shows the alternative-fuel fueling stations in Pennsylvania. Image courtesy of the Department of Energy/Alternatiev Fuels Data Center

Penn. Grants Enable Alternative Fuels

The State of Pennsylvania awarded more than $3 million in alternative-fuel grants to 33 organizations for the conversion or purchase of 351 natural gas vehicles and 337 propane vehicles.

Image via Ford/PlaceIt.

Ford Releases Fleet iPad App

The Ford Fleet app provides information about the automaker's retail and commercial vehicles, including Transit Connect Taxi, Police Interceptor, trucks and vans, chassis and cutaways.

Photo courtesy of Miami-Dade PD.

Iowa Troopers Weigh SUVs vs. Sedans

The Iowa State Patrol is leaning toward replacing half of its fleet of 380 marked enforcement vehicles with Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUVs to replace aging Ford Crown Victoria sedans.

Photo of California 1400 by Paul Clinton.

Police Moto Guzzi Motorcycles Arrive In U.S.

Milan-based Piaggio S.p.A. has begun offering its Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring ABS and Moto Guzzi Norge 1300 ABS motorcycles to U.S. law enforcement agencies.

Photo via Wikimedia.

N.Y. County Rehires Mechanics for Aging Vehicles

Suffolk County, N.Y., elected leaders have agreed to rehire three auto mechanics lost to recent layoffs to help reduce the backlog of aging vehicles needing repairs.

Photo of EV charging station in Hillsboro, Ore., via Wikimedia.

8 State Fleets to See Electric Vehicle Growth

Governors in eight states have formed a partnership to add more zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) to their state fleets under a broader electric-vehicle push.

The Oklahoma Fleet Managers Association will meet on Dec. 5 at the City of Tulsa&amp;rsquo;s Mohawk water treatment facility, pictured here.<br />

Oklahoma Fleet Managers Revive Association

The Oklahoma Fleet Managers Association will meet Dec. 5 after a four-year hiatus. Participants hope to turn the informal group into an official association.

Serco will provide fleet maintenance to the City of Colorado Springs, including police vehicles. Photo via Facebook/Colorado Springs Police Department.

Colorado Springs Outsources Fleet Services In 2014

The City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities have signed a five-year outsourcing contract with Serco Inc. to provide fleet maintenance services beginning Jan. 1.

The 2014 Zero DS appeared at the Cops West trade show. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Zero Adds Trio of Fleet Electric Motorcycles for '14

Zero Motorcycles is offering three new fleet motorcycles for the 2014 model year. The company will offer the Zero SP, Zero DSP, and a military spec motorcycle for special forces operators.

Fleet-Only Chevrolet Impala Extended To 2016

General Motors will continue producing its Chevrolet Impala Limited for fleet buyers through the 2016 model-year, as it rolls out the revamped 2014 Impala for retail customers.

Photo courtesy of Isena Garcia.

City of Sacramento Hires Procurement Specialist

The City of Sacramento, Calif., hired Isena Garcia, CAFM, as its fleet fleet contracts and procurement specialist in October. Garcia was previously administrative specialist at the City of Virginia Beach's fleet division.

A 2013-MY Ford P.I. Utility was tested in 2012. Photo by Paul Clinton.

L.A. Sheriff Tests 21 Police Vehicles for 2014

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is evaluating almost two-dozen 2014 model-year police pursuit vehicles this week as part of the agency's annual testing.

Webinar: Introducing GPS Tracking to Employees

The GPS Insight-hosted Nov. 13 webinar is intended for fleet managers who fear employee pushback when introducing GPS into the fleet and are looking for tips on how to successfully introduce this technology to their company or agency.

Screenshot via Fox 13 News.

Utah Mayor Bought City Vehicle for $1,800

Mayor Mike Daniels of Plesant Grove, Utah, faced increased scrutiny while seeking reelection for purchasing a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer from the city in 2008 for only $1,800.

Photo via Steeleman204/Flickr.

Wis. Sheriff's Propane Initiative to Lower Fuel Cost 6%

The Winnebago County (Wis.) Sheriff's Office will covert eight agency patrol cars from gasoline- to propane-powered vehicles and build a propane fueling station to reduce fuel costs.

Logo via GSA.

Federal GSA Considers Car Sharing

The federal General Services Administration (GSA) is looking to incorporate car sharing government-wide in order to reduce the federal fleet size over time. This initiative includes the launch of a car-sharing pilot program in Washington, D.C.; Boston; New York City; and Chicago.

NJPA Newsletter Highlights Fleet Efficiencies

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) has released its third-quarter fleet newsletter that focuses on how fleets around the country are saving money or improving their operations.

Photos courtesy of GM.

4WD Pursuit Chevrolet Tahoe Arrives for 2015

General Motors will begin producing a four-wheel-drive pursuit-rated Chevrolet Tahoe PPV for the 2015 model year for law enforcement agencies, the automaker announced Tuesday from the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Image via YouTube.

ALI Introduces Online Vehicle Lift Safety Training

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has developed an interactive, online vehicle lift safety course based on its popular Lifting It Right DVD. It will be available in early 2014.

Photo via Ford.

Ford Recalls F-Series Ambulances

Ford has recalled nearly 3,100 F-Series ambulances, after determining the engines could stop unexpectedly. The F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty ambulances are powered by 6.7L engines. They are from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

Screenshot via Lytx.

DriveCam Renamed As Lytx

DriveCam, Inc. has changed its name to Lytx, Inc. The Lytx brand represents a significant evolution of the DriveCam business and reflects the company's mission of harnessing the power of data to change human behavior, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of City of Venice, Fla.

Fla. City Considers Automating Garbage Trucks

Venice, Fla., elected leaders are considering equipping city garbage trucks with mechanical arms to take the burden off drivers who now load each trash can by hand.

Screenshot via NBC San Diego.

San Diego Shuns In-House Ambulance Fleet

A bid by San Diego's disgraced mayor to offer city ambulance service rather than allowing outsourced management by a private company has been shelved by the city's interim mayor.


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