Government Fleet News

Major DPF Manufacturer Cleaire Closes

Cleaire Advanced Emissions Controls, a major manufacturer of diesel particulate filters (DPFs), ceased operations on Jan. 18. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) said that this “will likely have an effect on the warranties and parts availability of Cleaire filters."

California's DGS Updates State Agency Fleet Acquisition and Management Policies

The State of California's Department of General Services' Office of Fleet Management issued a memo that updates the procedures California State departments must follow to acquire new fleet assets.

Santa Ana Awarded $263K in Grant Funding For Strategic Green Plan

The City of Santa Ana, Calif., was awarded a grant in the amount of $262,500 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to help finance three alternative-fuel projects.

GFX Releases Agenda for 2013 Show

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) planning committee has released the agenda for the 2013 GFX, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, June 10-12. The conference schedule was created with input from fleet managers on the show’s advisory board.

Indianapolis and Local Utility to Install 26 Charging Stations for City Fleet

The City of Indianapolis and utility company Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) plan to purchase a total of 26 new electric vehicle charging stations for use at three City fleet locations.

Planning Agency Says National City, Calif., Can Save by Replacing Existing Vehicles With Alt-Fuel Models

To conduct the overview of National City's fleet and come up with recommendations, regional planning organization Sandag partnered with the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE).

TomTom Business Solutions Partners with Service Pro’s Field Service Management to Provide Fleet Efficiencies

Service Pro users gain access to vehicle location and accurate travel time information, allowing them to offer a more reliable service to their customers.

AssetWorks to Acquire Mentor Engineering

AssetWorks announced its sister company, Trapeze Group has entered into an asset purchase agreement to acquire Mentor Engineering Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Pittsburgh to Allow Advertising on City Vehicles and Other Assets

The City of Pittsburgh, Pa.’s city council passed a resolution that would allow advertising and sponsorship on specific City-owned assets in order to bring in revenue to help enhance municipal services and facilities.

Cedar Rapids Reconsidering Patrol Car Choice

The City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is re-evaluating its decision to go with the Chevrolet Caprice PPV as its primary patrol car and is looking at other available vehicles.

When complete in February, a total of 1,392 solar panels will be installed in the three-array system, which covers about 50,000 square feet. Photo courtesy of ESA Renewables.

Orlando Installs Solar Panels on Fleet Facility

The 417-kilowatt solar array is estimated to save the City $800,000 in energy costs over its 25-year life.

LoJack & TomTom Form Alliance to Combine Fleet Management and Vehicle Protection Services

Through an alliance with TomTom, LoJack will offer fleet telematics solutions beginning in the first quarter of 2013 to small and medium business owners, commercial fleets, automotive dealerships, and law enforcement agencies.

Scotland County Gets Patrol Cars It Didn’t Order

The Scotland County, N.C., Sheriff’s received eight brand new, decaled patrol vehicles from a local Ford dealership earlier this month—but officials are saying they never purchased the vehicles, according to The Laurinburg Exchange.

Los Angeles County Agency Restructures Procurement Process Following Auditor Review

A review of the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission’s (CDC) competitive solicitation process for the lease of 60 fleet vehicles found inadequate outreach to potential vendors. In response, the CDC has implemented changes to its procurement procedures.

El Paso's Sun Metro has purchased Ecolift models and Skylift models from Stertil-Koni, in addition to other lift types. Photo courtesy Stertil-Koni.

City of El Paso's Sun Metro to Buy 18 Heavy-Duty Lifts

The City of El Paso, Texas', mass transit agency, Sun Metro, has awarded Stertil-Koni a contract for 18 high-capacity, heavy-duty vehicle lifts. The lifts are scheduled to be installed during the first half of 2013.

The two new engines replace existing ones, which will be going into the department's reserve fire apparatus pool. Photo courtesy Charleston, S.C. Fire Department.

Charleston, S.C. Receives New Fire Engines

The two engines are Pierce Arrow XT models, and they replace a model from 1989 and 1991. The City moved the older models to the reserve fire apparatus fleet.

Texas Considers Fees for Electric Cars

Texas lawmakers are considering an increased registration fee for owners of electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, according to the Texas Tribune. The idea behind the fee is that EV drivers don’t pay the gas tax used to support road infrastructure.

Pictured is one of the trucks equipped with a diesel particulate filter. Photo courtesy of the City of Santa Ana.

Grant Allows Santa Ana to Install Emission Reduction Devices & Purchase Propane Autogas Vehicles

The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) awarded a total of $265,000 in Clean Transportation Funding to the City of Santa Ana, Calif.; $55,000 was allotted for the installation of emission control devices, while the remaining $210,000 is reserved for the purchase of seven propane autogas-powered trucks.

BAF Receives EPA & CARB Approvals for 2013 CNG Lineup

BAF, a Clean Energy Company, announced it has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approvals and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Orders for its 2013 vehicle lineup.

Hall County to Consider Refurbishing Patrol Cars

Hall County (Ga.) Sheriff Gerald Couch is proposing having a dealership refurbish patrol vehicles, which would cost about half the price of replacement, according to the Gainesville Times.

ALI Releases 2013 Vehicle Lifting Points Manual

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) announced the availability of the 2013 edition of ALI’s “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.”

Graph courtesy Stertil-Koni.

Study Finds Safety and Controlling Costs as Key Focuses of Fleet Maintenance Operations

A new study conducted by automotive lift company Stertil-Koni found that the top areas cited as “very important” to fleet maintenance operations in the U.S. and Canada are safety, the top choice of 97% of respondents; controlling costs, at 91%; and minimizing downtime, at 88%.

Raleigh to Build New Facility to House Fleet Maintenance

The City of Raleigh, N.C., is moving ahead with a project to build a new remote operations facility, which will house the City’s Vehicle Fleet Services division, among a wide range of other City departments.

Board members and staff for 2013 are (l-r): Craig Crowder, City of Beverly Hills, treasurer; Katie Mishler, Cerritos College, association coordinator; Rick Longobart, City of Santa Ana, president; Paul Condran, City of Culver City, vice president; Jannet Malig, Cerritos College, secretary; and Dean Tedtaotao, Los Angeles County, sergeant at arms.

MEMA Votes on New Board Membership

Southern California's Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its first bimonthly meeting of the year, which focused on natural gas and included a vote for board membership.

Cape Coral Fleet Review Recommends Creation of Fleet Administrator Position

The review, conducted by major end users and the respective labor units at the City of Cape Coral, Fla., also recommended various short- and long-term objectives for fleet management to improve efficiency.


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