Government Fleet News

Report Details State and Municipal Fleet Driver Behaviors That Lead to Accidents

SAN DIEGO - This report on unsafe driving behaviors from DriveCam cites following too closely, being distracted by a communications device, and simply not paying enough attention to traffic conditions contributed most to accidents.

Chicago Transit Authority Orders 54 Stertil-Koni Heavy-Duty Vehicle Lifts

CHICAGO – Following a competitive bid, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) awarded Stertil-Koni a contract to produce and install 54 in-ground vehicle lifts for the CTA's regular and articulated buses.

Public Fleet Managers Lean Republican, According to GF Survey

TORRANCE, CA – The results of a Government Fleet readership survey showed 63% would vote for Mitt Romney, but fleet managers across different parties agreed that getting Congress to work together is one of their key concerns. 48% do not believe in man-made global warming, and 61% believe government entities are too regulated.

Thief Steals Parts & Fuel From Forsyth County Vehicles

CUMMING, GA – A thief entered the Forsyth County fleet maintenance facility and stole wheels, tires, doors, and gas from various vehicles, according to

Fort Hood Equips Military Police Vehicles With Idle Reduction Systems

KILLEEN, TX – Fort Hood is equipping 25 of its on-base military police vehicles with Energy Xtreme's mobile electric power idle reduction systems. According to the company, fuel savings are projected at more than $110,000 annually.

Mohave County Brings in $273,337 From Successful Fleet Auction

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County has auctioned 83 vehicles and 13 pallets, bringing in $273,337.84. The County began the auction on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and it ran for a week.

Grant Funding Helps Santa Fe Acquire 8 CNG Vehicles

SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe Council approved the grant awards and purchase of eight compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles for the City’s fleet. Four of these are refuse trucks, and four are Honda Civic sedans.

Gas Prices Still Predicted to Drop in November Following Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON - AAA stated that the northeast is a major consumer of gasoline, not a major producer, and lower demand due to the storm will likely keep fuel prices on a downward trajectory.

Pima County Increases Alt-Fuel Vehicles in Sheriff's Fleet to 53%

TUCSON, AZ – A fourth-year progress report on Pima County's Sustainable Action Plan stated that the County had increased the number of flex-fuel and hybrid vehicles in the Sheriff’s Department to 53%, but had not yet met its overall fleet sustainability goals.

Corey Lane, Mechanic II with the City of Loveland, Colo.'s, fleet management department.

Lane Named Technician of the Month for October

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine has named Corey Lane, Mechanic II with the City of Loveland, Colo.’s fleet management department, its Technician of the Month for October.


Chandler Named Fleet Supervisor at Chesapeake Energy

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Clay Chandler has been named supervisor of Fleet Administration for Chesapeake Energy. Previously, he was executive director of the Fleet Management Office at the State of West Virginia.

Terex AWP & Terex MH & PS Combine to Create Terex Services North America

REDMOND, WA – The change to the new service provider, Terex Services North America, will be effective December 2012 and will be aligned under the Terex Aerial Work Platform (AWP) business segment.

The Ram 2500 CNG pickup truck.

Chrysler Begins Production of Ram 2500 CNG Pickup Truck

SALTILLO, MEXICO – Chrysler announced that the first Ram 2500 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pickup trucks began coming off the assembly line at the company’s Satillo, Mexico, assembly plant, on Oct. 29.

Dave Head.

Head Announces Plans to Retire From County of Sonoma, Capping 25-Year Career

SANTA ROSA, CA - David Head, fleet manager for the County of Sonoma in California, announced that he will retire effective April 15, 2013. He has worked for the County of Sonoma for 25 years – the past 22 years as fleet manager.

Resources for Updates On Hurricane Sandy

TORRANCE, CA - With hurricane Sandy barreling down onto states along the eastern seaboard of the U.S., many news outlets are providing regular updates and reports on affected areas. We provide a short list of resources for those of you following the storm's progress.

Kenneth Yoakum, the executive director of the State of West Va.'s fleet management office.

State of West Va. Hires Yoakum to Manage Fleet

CHARLESTOWN, W. VA – West Virginia’s Department of Administration (DAS) has hired Kenneth Yoakum as its new executive director of the State’s fleet management office, effective Oct. 29.

Interim Fleet Report Says Carroll County Should Keep Maintenance In-House

WESTMINSTER, MD - An interim fleet report for Carroll County, Md., Bureau of Fleet Management found the fleet was performing on par or better than neighboring areas, recommending that it keep vehicle maintenance and management in-house.

Lincoln PD Converts Ford Fusion to CNG

LINCOLN, NE - The City plans to use the CNG Fusion for parking enforcement. The City of Lincoln worked with two local companies and Black Hills Energy, a local natural gas utility company, on the project.

Windell Mitchell.

In Memoriam: Windell Mitchell, 1941-2012

BELLEVUE, WA – Windell Mitchell, retired director of fleet administration for King County, Wash., Department of Transportation, passed away Oct. 23, 2012. He was 71.

Report Says New Orleans Needs to Improve Driver Safety to Reduce Accident Costs

NEW ORLEANS - A report from New Orleans' inspector general found that the City needs to improve its contracting practices, provide driver training for employees, and create a vehicle use policy modeled after a State of Louisiana program, among other recommendations.

Santa Monica Awards Bid for Lubricants to Rosemead Oil Products

SANTA MONICA, CA – The City of Santa Monica has awarded a bid for the purchase and delivery of new and recycled motor oil, automatic transmission fluid, and other vehicle lubricants to Rosemead Oil Products.

Fleet Managers Eye Hurricane Sandy as She Marches up the East Coast

CHANTILLY, VA - Losing valuable fleet data or finding missing vehicles won't be one challenge fleet managers will have to struggle with during Hurricaine Sandy. Solutions such as Agile Access Control, Inc.'s FleetCommander fleet and motor pool software are hosted in a secure, fault-tolerant facility far from the wind and rain.

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Raytheon Provides LA County Sheriff's Dept. Motorcycle Fleet with Laptops

LOS ANGELES - Raytheon Company has begun equipping the motorcycle fleet of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) with computers. Approximately 100 motorcycles will carry the computers in saddle bags by this fall.

Richmond, Va., City Council Approves Purchase of New Fleet Facility

RICHMOND, VA – Richmond City Council on Oct. 22 approved the purchase of land to house a new Department of Public Works’ Division of Fleet Management maintenance facility, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Austin-Travis County EMS Tests Anti-Idling System on Ambulance

AUSTIN, TX - An Austin-Travis County EMS ambulance is testing out an Energy Xtreme battery pack to help reduce vehicle idling, according to KXAN. The system will allow vehicle operators to keep the air conditioning, heater, refrigerator, and radios running for more than an hour without burning fuel.


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