Government Fleet News

Alabama's Governor Signs Order Creating State Office of Fleet Management

Alabama’s Governor Robert J. Bentley signed an executive order in March that establishes an Office of Fleet Management, and a fleet manager position, within the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Utah Division of Air Quality Awards CNG Vehicle Funds to Area Government Organizations

Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) has awarded grant and loan funds for the purchase of compressed natural gas (CNG) fueled vehicles to Salt Lake City and the Utah Transit Authority.

Ann Arbor, Mich., Planning to Add EVs to Fleet and Build Charging Stations

Ann Arbor, Mich.,’s city council approved a resolution in early March that directs the municipality’s city administrator to review upcoming fleet purchases in order to potentially add more electric vehicles (EVs), according to City documents.

Oklahoma Awards Contract for Fleet Assessment

CST Fleet Services will evaluate and assess the operations and maintenance of the approximately 10,200 vehicles and equipment the State of Oklahoma operates and maintains.

Baltimore Mayor Proposes Lease Financing Vehicles to Free Up Fleet Replacement Funds

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed a 2014 fiscal-year budget that aims to close a $30 million budget shortfall by shifting funding from City’s Mobile Equipment Fund and changing the City’s vehicle purchasing method to a lease finance model.

New EPA Report Cites Significant Gains in Fuel Economy for 2012

Between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values increased by 16% while carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 13%, and in 2012 alone, miles per gallon for cars and trucks improved 1.4 mpg, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Trussville, Ala., Opens New CNG Fueling Station

The City of Trussville, Ala., has opened a new pubblicly accessible CNG fueling station. The 40 CNG-fueled vehicles operated by the City will refuel at this location.

Sandy Springs, Ga., to Buy New Fire Apparatus for $3.5 Million

The City of Sandy Springs, Ga., plans to purchase new fire apparatus for its fleet. The City’s current vehicles are seven years old, and to maximize resale value, the City Council is planning to sell the vehicles back to their manufacturer, Pierce Manufacturing, for $1.2 million.

Gaming Revenue Helps Harrisburg Purchase Fire Truck

The City of Harrisburg (Penn.) Fire Bureau has a new fire engine, acquired at no cost, thanks to a $325,000 check from Dauphin County from casino revenue and funding from the Harrisburg Volunteer Firefighters’ Relief Association, according to The Patriot-News.

San Luis Obispo County Approves New Fleet Purchasing Policy

The San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors approved a new vehicle purchasing policy that incorporates fuel efficiency and emissions reductions into vehicle purchasing decisions. This replaces a low-bid purchasing policy.

GAO Report Examines Factors Federal Agencies Use When Deciding to Use Remanufactured Parts

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that agencies consider remanufactured parts on a case-by-case basis in order to get the most effective outcome for the agency’s fleet and the federal government.

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Obama Proposes Energy Security Trust, Which Would Set Aside $2 Billion to Fund Alt-Fuel Transportation Research

U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, March 15, where he described his proposal for a new U.S. Energy Security Trust.

This chart is a screenshot from the City of Bellevue's new greenhouse gas emissions dashboard. You can click this image to be taken to the actual dashboard on the City's website.

Bellevue, Wash., Uses Online Dashboard to Show Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The City of Bellevue, Wash., worked with an area company to develop a new online, Web-based “dashboard” that shows the City’s progress toward meeting its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Norman, Okla., to Conduct Fleet Analysis

The City’s concerns about its fleet include an excessively old fleet, fleet maintenance staff shortages, higher operating costs, and higher fuel costs. The goal of the analysis is to find ways to resolve these issues.

Texas DOT Plans to Reduce Fleet Size by 6,000 Vehicles

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently posted an update on its efforts to reduce the costs associated with the State’s fleet of vehicles, which currently numbers 16,000.

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Colorado Inmate Dies While Working at Fleet Shop

The Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) confirmed the death of an inmate worker at a DOC fleet shop on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 a.m. The worker was working on a hydraulic dump truck.

Cathedral City Awarded $60K to Fund Emission Reduction Projects

The City of Cathedral City, Calif., received a grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) to help pay for a Vactor compressed natural gas (CNG) truck and install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The eRide replaces a 1994 Mazda B-2300 compact pickup truck. Photo courtesy of Canyon County.

Canyon County Pilots EV for On-Campus Use

Canyon County, Idaho, purchased an electric vehicle to study the effectiveness and cost saving measures of EVs compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles for on-campus use at the Juvenile Detention Center. The EV replaces a pickup truck.

North Carolina Considers Bill to Consolidate Fleet

North Carolina legislators are considering a bill to that aims to reform oversight of State-owned vehicles. The bill would enforce recommendations made in earlier reports by the State's Program Evaluation Division and lead to a consolidation of the fleet and expansion of the role of the fleet department.

U.S. Postal Service Saves Nearly $12 Million With Fuel-Saving Initiatives

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) saved $11.7 million in fuel costs through a mix of route optimization, alternative-fuel use, purchasing fuel in bulk, and by encouraging employees to adopt more fuel-efficient driving practices.

Audit of Independence, Mo., Suggests Standardizing Vehicle Selection and Centralizing Fleet Management

An audit of the City of Independence, Mo.,'s Central Garage Services division found that although the department charges lower rates for services, it needs funding to upgrade its fleet management capabilities. The report also suggested bringing other City departments' fleets under the management of Central Garage Services.

Last Chance to Submit Nominations for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2013 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, March 18.

Ed Huestis (Edward P. Huestis Consulting), Clay Okabayashi (GM), Tom Dowling (Sacramento Electric Auto Association), and Guy Hall (Sacramento EAA) discuss the Chevrolet Volt while Andy and Cara Wahl of AC Home Performance test drive it. Photo courtesy of Richard Battersby.

East Bay Clean Cities Hosts a Successful Plug-in and EV Showcase

The 2013 Plug-in and Electric Vehicle Showcase in Suisun City, Calif., is hosted by the East Bay Clean Cities in partnership with the NorCal Northern Nevada Chapter of NAFA and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA).

Technicians should perform a daily operational safety check of vehicle lifts. Additionally, they should also be inspected annually by a qualified individual.

Mohawk Lifts Reminds Fleets of Commonly Overlooked Vehicle Lift Safety Tips

Mohawk Lifts reminds shop managers and technicians of commonly overlooked lift safety tips. As lifts are one of the most critically important pieces of shop equipment, follow basic safety rules.

Telogis Offers Distracted Driver Solutions for Mobile Enterprises

Telogis can now help mobile enterprises better manage their risk related to mobile device usage while driving. The solution helps drivers resist the temptation to use mobile phones, laptops or tablets while their vehicles are in-motion by blocking access to apps and text messaging.

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