Government Fleet News

Polk County Fleet Recognized by Commissioners

BARTOW, FL - Polk County Fleet Management and its technical staff were formally recognized by the County Commission attendees for receiving the 8th consecutive ASE Blue Seal Award for Excellence and for being named as No. 3 of the 100 Best Fleets in North America.

San Francisco City Workers Must Pay Meters

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco city workers on official business are no longer allowed to park for free at meters, as decided on Nov. 16 by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency governing board. Approximately 2,500 vehicles in the City fleet will be affected.

Pennsylvania Agencies Receive Alt-Fuel Incentive Grants

HARRISBURG, PA - Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced $7.9 million in grants to help fund 21 alternative-fuel projects. The investment is through the state's Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program. Five public agencies and universities were among those that received grants.

UC San Diego Takes Pride in Green Fleet

SAN DIEGO - The University of San Diego takes pride in its green fleet. Through various alt-fuel options and sustainable operations practices, the university's Fleet Services ranked 22nd in the seventh annual Government Green Fleet Awards, announced at the Green Fleet Conference in October.

Carbon E7 Tops 15,825 Reservations at IACP Conference

ORLANDO, FL - Upon completion of its 57th Pure Justice Tour stop in Orlando at the 117th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Exposition, Carbon Motors topped over 15,825 reservations from all 50 U.S. States — an unequivocal showing of strong demand for the Carbon E7.

CALSTART Co-op Lists Available NG Vehicles

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, a California-based clean transportation consortium, launched a natural gas vehicle cooperative purchasing program that allows public and private fleets in the U.S. to purchase natural gas vehicles through a dealer competitive bidding process. The vehicles are all certified by the California Air Resources Board.

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Polk County Expands Insourcing

BARTOW, FL - On Nov. 1, Polk County Fleet Management took over the management and operation of the City of Ft. Meade, Fla., fleet of 46 units. The County has also been insourcing management of the City of Lake Wales fleet since October 2009 and the City of Auburndale fleet since June 2010.

Utah Mayors Gather in Support of Alternative Fuels

WASHINGTON CITY, UTAH - Several southern Utah mayors gathered Nov. 12 at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol, and biodiesel.

GFX 2011 Call for Presentations

TORRANCE, CA - The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is now accepting proposals for presentations for the coming 2011 conference, which will take place June 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center.

South Carolina Rolls Out New Fleet Management System

COLUMBIA, SC - The State of South Carolina has overhauled its 16,000-unit State fleet management operations with the roll-out of its new web-based fleet management information system, FleetWave.

Alt-Fuel Workshop to be Held in Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and the other members of the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance continue their nationwide training program on alternative fuels at a workshop for fleet managers Nov. 16 in Arlington.

Jury Orders St. Louis to Pay $3M for Municipal Truck Crash; City to Appeal

ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis jury has ordered the City to pay $3 million to a woman who claimed that a municipal truck caused her to crash her car on June 19, 2008. The City will appeal the verdict for lack of evidence.

Buncombe County, NC Commissioners Applaud Local Organization’s Alternative Fuel Initiative

ASHEVILLE, NC - Buncombe County Commissioners addressed local media and community members gathering to recognize the advancement of alternative fuel initiatives in the Asheville area, namely county transportation provider Mountain Mobility's AutoGas vehicle program.

Fuelman and FleetWide Cards Now Accepted at All US Chevron and Texaco Locations

ATLANTA - FleetCor Technologies, Inc. announced Nov. 11 the expansion of its Fuelman and FleetWide fleet card acceptance to all 8,500 Chevron and Texaco locations throughout the U.S.

Nevada Bans Texting While Driving for State Drivers

CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada state employees can no longer send text messages while operating state-owned vehicles under a resolution approved Nov. 8 by the state Board of Examiners. The policy does not apply to public safety officers.

IRS Permits Fuel Sales Between Jurisdictions

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA Fleet Management Association received confirmation from the IRS that sales of fuel from one jurisdiction to another are permissible. State-to-state (including county and municipal governments) sales are permissible, with both being tax exempt, but state or local governments may not sell tax-free fuel to a federal agency.

Cayuga County Aims for Environmentally Friendly Fleet

AUBURN, NY - Suggested changes to reduce the cost of operating Cayuga County's fleet and make it more environmentally friendly include improving record-keeping, appointing a dedicated fleet manager, and purchasing alt-fuel vehicles.

Clean Cities Workshop Focuses on Natural Gas

COLUMBUS, OHIO -Waste to Wheels: Building for Success is a free, three-day workshop focused on renewable natural gas and successful project development. Fleet managers are invited to attend on Dec. 1.

US Dept. of Agriculture to Expand Biofuel Use in its Fleet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pledged on Oct. 21 to expand biofuel use in the department's fleet of vehicles.

San Jose Receives Grant to Build Biomass Fuel Facility

SAN JOSE, CA - The California Energy Commission approved a grant to the City of San Jose to build and demo a new system that turns trash into natural gas that can be used as a transportation fuel.

Komatsu Equipment Co. Joins Puradyn Distributor Network

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Puradyn Filter Technologies Incorporated announced Nov. 8 that Komatsu Equipment Company has joined its distributor network in Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah.

Arkansas Reports 350-Vehicle Reduction

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas state agencies have reduced the number of state vehicles by about 350, and 39 employees at executive state agencies have indicated they will no longer use state vehicles for commuting purposes.

California Rated Best in Oil Dependence Reduction Strategies

NEW YORK - A report from the National Resources Defense Council on oil dependence ranked California highest in its policies to promote clean energy technologies and reduce oil dependence. In addition, it stated that 25 states currently have policies mandating stronger fuel efficiency standards for the state fleet.

County Fires Employees for Time Theft Caught on GPS

WARREN, OH - Two inspectors with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office were fired on Oct. 3 after GPS installed in their work vehicles confirmed they used the vehicles to make numerous and lengthy unauthorized stops at their homes and other locations during work hours.

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Gwynedd-Mercy College Begins Car Sharing Program

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA - Gwynedd-Mercy College and U Car Share announced a car sharing partnership on Nov. 1 that will provide students and faculty with car-sharing transportation options.

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