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Geotab Opens Platform To Third-Party Telematics Devices

Geotab has launched its Third-Party Device plan, which allows customers to bring a third-party telematics device and enjoy the advanced notifications, reporting, dashboards, and data analytics offered by the MyGeotab software, according to the company.

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DOJ Adds Telematics to Prisoner Transport Buses

The telematics solution will provide vehicle position and performance data, route and trip management, customized maintenance reporting, and two-way communication with drivers.

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Ford Unveils 2018 F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicles

Both models feature high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats, and 10-speed column-mounted shifters.

Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150’s in its Kansas City, Mo., facility starting in fourth quarter 2017. (Photo courtesy of XL Hybrid)

XL Hybrids Names Knapheide Ship-Thru Installer of PHEV Pickups

XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford F-150 pickup trucks.

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Calif. City Reduces Fuel Use With Vehicle Calibration

In a successful pilot of anti-idling software across a variety of its vehicles, the City of Ontario, Calif., saw a fuel use reduction of 16%, prompting its fleet manager to call for expanded use.

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Utah City Opens New Fleet Facility

The City of St. George, Utah, has opened a new fleet facility for repair and maintenance of larger vehicles and heavy equipment.

IronPlanet to Host Heavy Equipment Auction in Iowa

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for selling and buying used equipment and other durable assets, will host a Cat Auction Services Unreserved Public Auction that will include over 200 pieces of used equipment.

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Ill. City Chooses Purchase Over Lease of Police Motorcycles

After years of leasing police motorcycles, the City of Evanston, Ill., is choosing to buy the vehicles instead after calculating that this move will save money.

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Private Funding Helps N.J. City Upgrade Police Fleet

The City of Newark, N.J., announced it will upgrade its public safety fleet with 51 new patrol cars and a foam-dispensing fire truck. The patrol cars were partially funded by private companies.

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Georgia DOT Responds to Highway Collapse

Georgia Department of Transportation crews have been at work since a highway collapsed late last week.

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Ford Recalls F-250 for Unintended Movement

The safety compliance recall covers more than 48,000 2017-model year pickup trucks in the U.S.

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Fleet Sales Decline 13% in March

Sales of vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government fleets declined 13.1% to 279,063 in March and remain negative for the first quarter in the three segments, according to Automotive Fleet data and the Detroit Three.

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N.Y. Mechanic Pleads Guilty to Personal Use of Fleet Funds

A former New York state employee has pleaded guilty of using a government-issued credit card to buy parts for his personal vehicle.

Diesel Prices Increase to Start the Month

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased for the first time in a month, ending a streak of three straight weeks of price drops, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department

Safety Tip: Staying Focused on the Road

The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Here are some tips from AAA to help drivers avoid distraction and stay focused on the road.

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EPA Certifies Landi Renzo's CNG Medium-Duty Ford Trucks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi's Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of six medium-duty Ford trucks from the 2017 model year.

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Texas City Turns to Leasing to Upgrade Fleet

The City of Navasota, Texas, has agreed to a lease agreement to replace city and police department vehicles with vehicles that are more fuel efficient and require less maintenance.

Snap-on Software Upgrade Expands Capabilities

The Snap-on Software Upgrade 17.2 delivers millions of new codes, tests, tips, and data for 1981-2016 model years, as well as expanded functional tests, resets, adaptions, guided component tests, Auto ID, One-Touch Code Scan and Clear, and more.

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Mo. County Proposes Tax Hike to Fund Fleet

Monroe County, Mo., commissioners are urging voters to approve a half-cent sales tax increase in an election this week to pay for vehicle replacements.

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Public Works Officials Fired Over Winter Storm Response

The City of Binghamton (N.Y.) has fired two of its top public works officials after the city's Winter Storm Stella response efforts drew criticism.

CK-4 and FA-4 Engine Oils on Store Shelves Now, API Says

The organization has licensed about 400 CK-4 oils and more than 60 FA-4 oils submitted by marketers, making the robust new classifications available to operators of new and older diesels.

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Audit: Okla. Sheriff Unable to Locate Vehicles

The Oklahoma County (Okla.) Sheriff's Office failed to keep track of its vehicles and other assets, according to a report from the Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector.

Photo of Gov. Jerry Brown via Wikimedia.

Calif. Governor's Fuel Tax Would Fund Infrastructure

California's Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed raising gasoline taxes and vehicle fees to raise $5 billion per year to repair the state's crumbling streets, highways, and bridges.

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VW Settles State Diesel Claims for $157M

Volkswagen has agreed to pay $157.4 million to settle claims by 10 states to resolve environmental and consumer claims around its violations of diesel emissions regulations.

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How Telematics Data Overload Multiplies in Fleets With Several OEMs

Fleet managers will find it exponentially more difficult to interpret and utilize telematics data the more variety of vehicle brands they add to their fleet, according to new data and analysis from WEX Inc.

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