Government Fleet News

Fla. Utilities Gear Up for Hurricane Irma

With 6.2 million utility customers without power as of Monday morning, utilities across the State of Florida have prepared their fleets to minimize damage and respond in a timely manner.

U.S. Bank Selected for GSA SmartPay 3 Payment Program

A new 13-year agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) allows U.S. Bank to offer purchase, travel, fleet, and integrated payment solutions to federal agencies.

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Pa. City Faces Fire Equipment Shortage

Five of the eight trucks in the city’s frontline fleet were more than 10 years old and two trucks in the reserve fleet were more than 20 years old.

Ventura Water's NO-DES truck saved 650,000 gallons of water within its first week of operation. Photo courtesy of Ventura Water.

Calif. City to Save 10M Gallons of Water with Filtration Truck

The NO-DES truck is the first of its kind to be added to Ventura Water’s fleet in California. The unit replaces the conventional method of flushing the city’s fire hydrants.

Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing

S.C. County Takes Delivery of 18 Fire Apparatus

Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service in South Carolina has taken delivery of 18 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus: 10 pumpers, two pumper/tankers, five rescue trucks, and one dry side tanker.

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Mo. City PD Struggles With Vehicle Purchasing Freeze

The City of Columbia, Mo., Police Department is struggling with a fleet replacement freeze imposed last year that could be extended into the next fiscal year.

N.Y. Municipality Upgrades Surveillance Truck

The Utica (N.Y.) Police Department unveiled its Armadillo surveillance truck with $24,000 worth of new upgrades. The Armadillo is a Brinks truck that was repurposed for police use in 2010.

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

The Hickory fueling station is open to commercial fleet vehicles and the general public. Photo: Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas Opens CNG Station in N.C.

The station is located in Hickory, North Carolina, and is the company's 11th public refueling station.

Photo of 2017 Bolt EV courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Expands Bolt EV Nationwide

The Bolt EV was initially rolled out in select states in December. Since then, 12,249 Bolt EVs have been sold with 11,670 vehicles sold this year through Aug. 30.

Photo of the 2018 Leaf courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Leaf Adds Range, Cuts Price

Nissan's Leaf 2.0 arrives for 2018 with a 40% increase in range to 150 miles paired with a price cut of $690 to $29,990, as it now faces increasing competition from Tesla and Chevrolet to deliver more affordable, higher-range battery-electric vehicles.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Power Steering Issue Triggers Ford Recall

The safety recall includes 253 2017 Ford Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan vehicles in the U.S.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

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Ind. County Explores Fleet Consolidation

Lake County, Ind., commissioners say fleet consolidation will save money on fuel, reduce maintenance costs, and help the county move toward a more regular vehicle replacement plan.

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Audit: Utah District Should Improve Policies for Fleet Sales, Purchases

An audit by the State of Utah found the Lone Peak Public Safety District was at an increased risk of public funds being misused, including fleet vehicles being sold and purchased without proper documentation.

Photo courtesy of Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Calif. Sheriff Implements Driving Simulators

The Tulare County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office implemented driving simulators, which allow deputies to prepare for everyday scenarios they may face on the road as they head to a scene.

Photo by Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

Sam Lamerato (far left) moderated a session about cooperative procurement.

Fleets Talk Disaster Planning, Procurement at PWX

Preparing for autonomous vehicles, disaster planning, purchasing and specifications, and developing a fleet replacement program were all topics discussed at the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Expo (PWX).

Photo courtesy of State of West Virginia

Audit: 69% of W.Va. Agencies Lack Written Fleet Policies

A West Virginia audit reviewed written fleet management policies related to maintenance, commuting, and fleet-size optimization from 93 agencies.

Picture are Ventura County General Services Agency Director David Sasek (far left), Fleet Services Manager and Oxnard College Advisory Board member Peter Bednar (far right), and program students Anahe Partida, Heather Evjen, Daniel Calderon, Matthew Gallegos and Esteban Rodriguez (L-R front row).

Calif. County Benefits From Fleet Internship Program

The Ventura County (Calif.) fleet has benefited from its internship program with Oxnard College, optimizing duties at its operation while helping to address the technician shortage.

N.J. Man Arrested for Slashing Police, Fire Vehicle Tires

Tires were slashed on nine Somerdale (N.J.) Police vehicles, one fire vehicle, and three personal vehicles. The cost to replace all the tires could exceed $9,000.

In June, New York City ordered thirty-two EV ARC units, valued at $2.14M — Envision's largest order. Photo courtesy of Envision Solar.

Oakland Latest City to Employ Mobile EV Charging Stations

The City of Oakland, Calif., is joining municipalities across the country in acquiring emissions-free electric vehicle (EV) charging and emergency power with help from San Diego-based Envision Solar.

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach

Calif. City Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

The City of Long Beach, Calif., recently began dispensing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The station is used for the city’s growing fleet of refuse trucks and street sweepers.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard.

Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

Photo via facebook/Georgia Department of Corrections

Ga. Inmate Escapes From Fleet Maintenance Shop

A Jackson County, Ga., prison inmate has escaped from outside grounds detail at the county fleet maintenance shop, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced.


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