Government Fleet News

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Began July 1

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to improve safety for the motoring public by reducing truck driver fatigue took full effect on July 1, 2013.

DOE Launches 'eGallon' Electric Vehicle Charge Cost Calculator

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) created a new online calculator called the “eGallon” that’s designed to give users a simple way to compare the cost of charging an electric vehicle with the cost of a gallon of gasoline.

The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

2014 Ram Heavy Duty to Feature All-New V-8 Engine and New Rear Suspension System

For MY-2014, Chrysler offers an all-new gasoline V-8 engine for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck along with a range of other features, including a new gooseneck/fifth wheel capability, a new dual alternator system, and a new rear suspension system on the Ram 2500.

Pierce received an order for five Pierce Arrow XT custom pumpers from the Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service in Birmingham, Alabama. Photo courtesy Pierce Manufacturing.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue Orders New Pumper Engines

Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service in Birmingham, Ala., has ordered five Pierce Arrow XT custom pumpers. This is a follow-on order from Birmingham Fire & Rescue, according to Pierce.

Chrysler Adds 6.4L Engine for its 2014-MY Ram Chassis Cabs

The 2014 Ram Chassis Cab 3500, 4500 and 5500 come standard with the new 6.4-HEMI V-8 gasoline engine — the first implementation of a gasoline engine for the Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models, according to the automaker.

The 2014 Ram 1500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

Chrysler to Offer New EcoDiesel V-6 Engine for 2014 Ram 1500

Chrysler announced it will offer a new 3.0L EcoDiesel engine for its 2014-MY Ram 1500 pickup truck. The automaker said this engine will be matched with a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

USPS' Fuel Use Increased in 2012 Due to Growth in Number of Delivery Routes

In 2012, the USPS found its fleet fuel use increased 4.6% from FY-2011 to FY-2012, primarily due to the addition of 690,000 city and rural delivery points.

Connecticut Awards Clean Fuel Program Funds to Regional Government Entities

The fund total for this round is $925,776 and comes from the Federal Highway Administration through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

GSA Begins ‘How’s My Driving?’ Program to Promote Safety

The agency’s 1,050 fleet vehicles will have a decal on them that directs the public to report inappropriate use of the vehicle to the agency at


Rehborg Named NDDOT Fleet Director

Robin Rehborg, CAFM, was appointed director the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) State Fleet Services on Dec. 1, 2012. State Fleet Services oversees 3,000 light-duty vehicles and 600 heavy-duty trucks and specialty units.

Calif. ARB Offers Free Courses on Diesel Vehicle Regulations for July, August

These courses will help diesel vehicle owners and operators, maintenance personnel, and fleet managers understand requirements and technologies for complying with California's diesel vehicle regulations.

Thermo King Pays $213,200 Penalty for DPF Sales

According to the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the company sold diesel particulate filters after the conditional verification had expired in 2011. Thermo King has since received full verification.

The National Park Service celebrated the propane mowers' first use on June 24. Photo by Amanda Voisard

National Mall Gets Donation of 6 Propane-Powered Mowers

The National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA), a unit of the National Park Service, received a donation of six propane-fueled Exmark Lazer Z S-Series lawn mowers from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

Winston-Salem, N.C. to Install Automatic Vehicle Locators on Fleet Assets

The City of Winston-Salem, N.C., plans to purchase automatic vehicle locators (AVLs) for 1,200 vehicles in its fleet. The City noted this plan in a news release regarding the passage of its FY-2013/2014 budget.


Atchison Named Fleet Manager for City of Winter Garden

Todd Atchison, CPM, began a new position as fleet management division manager for the City of Winter Garden, Fla., on June 17. Atchison oversees five employees and manages approximately 400 units.

Longview, Texas, Considering Purchase of New Refuse Trucks

The City’s plan would replace its current fleet of refuse trucks with vehicles capable of side-arm cart collection.

The 2015-MY Chevrolet City Express. Photo courtesy GM.

2015 Chevrolet City Express Van: GM's Mattman Details Project's Development

Automotive Fleet wanted to learn more about GM’s strategy for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express in the fleet marketplace and what will differentiate it from the existing NV200. Automotive Fleet spoke with Joyce Mattman, General Motors’ director of commercial products, to find out.

Terex' June 2013 service school

Terex Utilities Hosts its Annual Service School in Watertown, S.D.

To keep mechanics and service technicians up-to-date on the latest Terex equipment technologies and equipment advancements, Terex Utilities hosted its annual Service School on June 4-7.

Motion Launches In-Vehicle Computing Solution

Motion Computing's Motion Solution includes a range of docks, mounts, integrated features and computing accessories designed to work with Motion Tablet PCs.

Pictured in this photo (l-r) are Jeff Browne of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Larry Campbell from the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., Sam Lamerato from the City of Troy, Mich., Mike Antich of Bobit Business Media, and Bruce Halliday of the City of Rochester Hills, Mich.

A Night Out During Ford’s Fleet Preview

In addition to learning about Ford’s new products, fleet professionals got a chance to unwind at a night out during the 2014 Ford Fleet preview in June.

The Nissan LEAF battery protecion program will ensure that the battery can maintain a set level of charge. Photo courtesy Nissan.

Nissan to Offer LEAF Battery Coverage Program

Nissan announced a new battery replacement program for its U.S. LEAF customers who want additional coverage for their original equipment lithium-ion battery packs in case they experience issues with them.

Sarasota County has a fleet of approximately 3,000 units. Pictured is a new Ford F-250. Photo courtesy of Sarasota County

Sarasota County, Fla. Outsources Fleet Accident Management Services

The contract, initiated by Sarasota County Risk Management, calls for CEI to manage collision repairs for the county’s entire fleet of 3,000 vehicles, including vehicles in its sheriff, fire, transit, and fleet departments.

Rhode Island Transitioning to EV & Hybrid Fleet

Rhode Island will require new State vehicle purchases be electric or hybrids whenever possible. State agencies will use Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars to pay for the differential cost.

Jersey City Cutting Down on Take-Home Cars

Jersey City, N.J., mayor-elect Steve Fulop announced a new policy that restricts take-home vehicles to emergency responders, reducing the take-home fleet by 58 cars, according to The Hudson Reporter.

Elk City, Okla., Accepts $20K Donation for CNG Trucks

Apache Corporation, an oil and gas company, presented a $20,000 donation to Elk City, Okla., that will be used to help purchase two new natural gas-powered Ford pickup trucks.


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