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Higgs to Retire From City of Conroe

Tom Higgs, ACFM, fleet manager, City of Conroe, Texas, will retire from the City on Sept. 26. He will join Faster Asset Solutions as a senior fleet consultant on Oct. 1.

California Passes Bill That Continues Funding State Clean Transportation Programs

The State of California’s Assembly has passed AB 8 on a 29-6 bipartisan vote, which extends the State’s clean transportation incentive programs through 2023, according to non-profit group CALSTART.

Fleetcon: RMFMA Awards Members & Announces New Leadership

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) announced its national awards recipients and also recognized various industry awards honorees at its awards banquet at fleetcon.

Rick Longobart, fleet, facilities, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif.

Fleetcon: GPS is Not About ‘Big Brother,’ Fleet Managers Say

GPS units on public fleet vehicles are not about “big brother,” but about savings, fleet professionals said in a panel on “Fleet Manager Perspectives on GPS.”

Up to $75,000 Available for Medium-Duty Battery-Electric Trucks in California

The total funding fleets may be eligible to receive includes approximately $75,000 per electric truck, as well as $4,000 per unit for installation of charging infrastructure for trucks operating in certain areas of the South Coast Air Basin in California.

Long Beach, Calif., Auditor Finds Harbor Department Fleet Has Effective Fuel System Controls

The City of Long Beach, Calif.’s auditor conducted an audit of the City Harbor Department’s fuel expenditures, finding that 97 percent of the Harbor Dept.’s fuel transactions have adequate controls.

Toledo, Ohio, Revamping Police Dept. Fleet With $3.5 Million in New Vehicles

The City authorized the purchase of the marked and unmarked vehicles from its capital-improvements fund earlier this year. The vehicles were unveiled this week and several have been issued to patrol officers, Sgt. Joe Heffernan told Government Fleet magazine.

Athens, Ala., Opens New Fast-Fill CNG Fueling Station

The City of Athens, Ala., is opening a new fast-fill CNG station that will serve natural gas vehicles in the City’s fleet and is open to the public. The City currently has 12 natural gas-fueled vehicles in its fleet.

Test Drive Alt-Fuel Vehicles from 21 OEMs at the Green Fleet Conference

On Oct. 1 at the 2013 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, at least 21 manufacturers will offer test drive vehicles at the Ride & Drive Street Fair. The Ride & Drive is free for fleets, public-policy makers, and fleet industry association members to participate.

GSA Awards Blanket Purchase Agreement for FleetCommander Motor Pool Solution

According to the GSA, the BPA enables agencies to immediately implement car sharing in numerous ways, incorporating their processes and rules, in the way that they manage their fleets.


NCSFA Announces Executive Committee Changes

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) announced a change in its executive committee. Sam Lee from the State of Utah will now serve as vice president, and Denise Baumgart from WEX will serve as corporate-liaison-elect.

Government Fleet Magazine Announces 2013-2015 Advisory Board Members

Government Fleet's Advisory Board was created to help guide GF strategy and content. The Board consists of industry leaders across the country representing diverse fleets as well as industry suppliers. Members are asked to serve two-year terms.

Snoqualmie, Wash., City Vehicles Included in Safe Place Network for Youth

The City of Snoqualmie, Wash.'s facilities and vehicles from select departments have been designated as part of the “Safe Place” network, which allows young people ages 12 -17 to ask for help at these locations.

Clean Energy to Build 3 Fueling Stations in Missouri for Local Fleets

Clean Energy will build and operate public-access CNG fueling stations for the City of Kansas City, the City of Columbia, and Lee's Summit School District, all in Missouri.

Middlesex County Debuts Mobile Command Post

Middlesex County in New Jersey added a Mobile Command Center to the County Prosecutor’s emergency response fleet. The vehicle was purchased with $180,768.22 in state Homeland Security Grant funds.

NYC Passes Law Requiring Use of Biodiesel Blend Fuel in City Fleet Vehicles

New York City has passed a new law requires the City fleet to use a B5 biodiesel blend in its vehicles beginning July 1, 2014 and a B20 blend starting July 1, 2016, from April to November each year.

Last Chance: Early-Bird Discount for Green Fleet Conference Ends Today!

The $100 Early-Bird Discount expires on Sept. 6 for the Green Fleet Conference & Expo on Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix.

Kawasaki Recalls 57 More Concours 14 Police Motorcycles

Kawasaki announced a recall of 57 model-year 2012-2013 Concours 14 police motorcycles to fix their electrical components. Police accessories installed on the motorcycle may cause the 30-amp main fuse to blow.

Rock Hill currently has two CNG refuse trucks.

Rock Hill to Expand CNG Station & Increase its CNG Fleet

Marty Burr, performance manager for Rock Hill, S.C., said he’s focusing on transitioning the City’s 12 refuse vehicles over to CNG. He estimates savings in fuel costs will pay for the additional cost of CNG refuse trucks in about 14 months.

Chrysler is offering AWD for the 2014 Charger Pursuit. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Chrysler Details Updates to 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit

Chrysler detailed the updates for its now available 2014 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan for law enforcement, including changes to its drivetrain, brakes, exterior look, and new police-specific features, such as Secure Park.

U.S. Postal Service Plans to Solicit National Lease Contract for Mail Delivery Vehicles

The USPS stated it's interested in leasing, with the option to buy, minivans, cargo vans, and high-roof cargo vans for a maximum of three years.

Updated Snow Plow and Salt Spreader Comparison Charts Available from Buyers Products

Buyers Products, maker of SnowDogg snow plows and SaltDogg salt spreaders, offers newly updated snow plow and salt spreader product comparison charts.

Shell Launches Fuel Card for Fleets With 80-Plus Vehicles

Shell, one of the largest fuel card providers in the world, launched the Shell Fleet Navigator Card, a highly flexible fuel card for large fleets.

Early-Bird Discount for Green Fleet Conference Ends Friday

The $100 Early-Bird Discount expires on Sept. 6 for the Green Fleet Conference & Expo on Oct. 1-2 in Phoenix.

Ford Recalls Select 2005-2011 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors

Ford is recalling certain model-year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles, including Police Interceptors. The recall affects vehicles registered or sold in 22 states and the District of Columbia and addresses possible corrosion in the lower intermediate shaft, which may result in loss of steering.


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