Government Fleet News

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Johnson County Dedicates ‘Green’ Fleet Facility

OLATHE, KS – Johnson County officials dedicated two new buildings, including a 22,250-square-foot, eight-bay fleet maintenance building expected to be LEED Gold-certified.

Harrison County Looking to Convert to Natural Gas Vehicles

MARSHALL, TX – Harrison County in Texas is looking to purchase compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles after learning that a natural gas company plans to build a station near the County’s base of operations, according to the News-Journal.

Utah's Governor Signs Executive Order That Prohibits Idling of State-owned Vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert signed an executive order in late May that requires drivers of State agencies’ 7,300 vehicles to turn off a vehicle's engine when the driver must idle a vehicle for more than 30 seconds.

Ford's Police Interceptor Utility. Photo courtesy: California Highway Parol.

California Highway Patrol Shifting to Ford P.I. Utility for Patrol

SACRAMENTO, CA - The P.I. Utility was the only vehicle that met the agency's specifications for payload capacity and provides versatility in handling a variety of missions including traffic enforcement, event security, and facility protection, state officials said.

Calif. Mandates State Agencies Use Reconditioned Parts & Order Solar-Reflective Colored Vehicles

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of General Services (DGS) recently issued management memos mandating steps that State agencies must take the reduce fleet costs and protect the environment.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle with City of Edgerton logo Photo via Johnson County Sheriff's Office

Johnson County Sheriff’s Contracted Patrol Cars Get City Logos

OLATHE, KS – Johnson County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles contracted to provide services to the cities of De Soto and Edgerton are getting the cities' logos added to the vehicles.

New York City DCAS Partners With Copart and Property Room to Auction Fleet Vehicles

NEW YORK - New York City's Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) formally announced a partnership with two online auction companies, Property Room.com and Copart, in order to move their city fleet vehicle auctions online.

Houston PD to Outfit 1,800 Vehicles with Getac B300 Rugged Notebooks

HOUSTON – The Houston City Council has approved a contract with PCS Mobile to outfit the city's 1,800 police cruisers with Getac B300 rugged notebook computers along with in-vehicle docks and mounts.

Oklahoma Passes Bill Requiring Use of 'Trip Optimizer' System to Determine Reimbursement Rates

OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma’s legislature has passed a bill, HB 2647, which would require State agencies to use the Oklahoma Department of Central Services’ Trip Optimizer system when computing the most cost-effective method for State employees.

Ohio’s Auditor Says State Agencies Should Stop Using Biodiesel for Fleets

COLUMBUS, OH - By using regular diesel fuel over biodiesel, the report states, Ohio's Department of Transportation would save roughly $800,000 per year going forward.

Milwaukee to Convert Refuse Trucks to CNG and Sell Natural Gas Fuel to the Public

MILWAUKEE - The City of Milwaukee passed a resolution approving the conversion of 20 refuse trucks to CNG. The City also passed a resolution that would allow the City to sell CNG fuel to the public.

Thurston County, Wash., Fire Departments Pool Fleet Maintenance Resources

OLYMPIA, WA - The Olympia Fire Department, the Tumwater Fire Department, the Lacey Fire Department, and the North Olympia Fire Department are all coordinating fire fleet maintenance at a new facility in Lacey, according to the Bellingham Herald.

Colorado Springs Fleet Employee Helps PD Catch Copper Wire Thieves

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A City of Colorado Springs fleet parts specialist helped police catch and arrest three men in the midst of steeling copper wire from light poles. Copper wire theft has cost the City $1 million over the last three years.

Government Fleet to Announce First ‘Technician of the Month’ in June

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine will announce the first Technician of the Month honoree in June from the submissions we’ve received so far via Fleet Toolbox.

Shown is a refurbished garbage truck from the City of Phoenix. Photo via YouTube

Phoenix Refurbishes 10 Garbage Trucks for $1M Savings

PHOENIX - The City of Phoenix is refurbishing 10 side loader refuse trucks for an estimated savings of more than $1 million over purchasing new trucks.

Photo courtesy Zero Motorcycles.

Zero Motorcycles Introduces 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - Zero Motorcycles has released the 2012 model of its electric DS Police Motorcycle, which is now in its third generation.

New Hampshire Tables Bill Requiring Employees to Reimburse State for Personal Use

CONCORD, NH – The State of New Hampshire’s legislature had been considering a bill that would have required State employees to reimburse the State for non-business mileage when using State-owned fleet vehicles.

Illinois Senate Passes Bill That Would Establish Formal Vehicle Use and Purchase Policies

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The State of Illinois’ Senate has passed a bill, HB5650, which would result in the creation of a formal vehicle use policy for State fleet vehicles, establish restrictions on fleet purchases by State agencies, and require agencies to share vehicle cost data with the public.

Telogis and FleetCor Announce Global Partnership for Fuel Card Management and Telematics Integration

ALISO VIEJO, CA– Telogis, Inc., and FleetCor Technologies, Inc., announced a global partnership for the integration of telematics and fuel card reporting that will assist in bringing greater visibility to a fleet's fueling activities.

OPEI Announces ANSI Standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) issued the first-ever ANSI standard for Multipurpose Off-Highway Utility Vehicles (MOHUVs) encompassing off-highway vehicles that operate between 25 to 50 miles per hour and are utilized for multi-purpose applications.

Halifax Region Selects Fleet Management Software

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – Halifax Region Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada, signed a contract with AssetWorks to deploy its flagship fleet management software solution, FleetFocus.

Grasshopper Launches Calculator Tool for Fuel Expense, Emissions, Profitability

MOUNDRIDGE, KS – The Grasshopper Company, manufacturer of commercial zero-turn riding mowers, announces a new online tool designed to calculate fuel costs and impacts of commercial mowing equipment.

Driver Training Firm Drivefleet Taps Meridian to Help Sell Mobile Learning

HERNDON, VA – Drivefleet, a provider of training to commercial fleet vehicle drivers and managers, will use Meridian Knowledge Solutions’ human-capital technology platform to deliver mobile and e-learning driver education.

Fullerton, Calif., to Finish New CNG Station by End of Year

FULLERTON, CA - The City will be able to collect revenue from private vehicle owners who choose to fuel up at the CNG station.

Court Decision Restricts Procurement Options for Federal Agencies

RICHMOND, VA - A U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision places a check on the federal government’s ability to use a private party for procurement decisions, according to the law firm LeClairRyan.

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