Government Fleet News

Dave Dravecky speaks at GFX.

GFX Keynote Features Dave Dravecky, Announcement of Certification Program

SAN DIEGO - Government Fleet magazine's Publisher Eric Bearly kicked off the keynote by announcing the formation of a new organization called the Government Fleet Management Alliance.

The OEM panel, moderated by Bob Brown of Bobit Business Media, featured (l-r) Tony Gratson of Ford, Thomas Miller of Mitsubishi, Stephen Ellis of Honda, Mary Jaye of Chrysler, and Elliot Benson of GM.

OEMs Talk OTD Times, Alt-Fuel Vehicles, and Technology

SAN DIEGO - The Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) started officially on June 6 at 4 pm, with its first main session being a vehicle manufacturer panel with a forecast of vehicles for public sector fleets.

Dearborn Considering Take-home Vehicle Ban, Fuel Card Use

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – Dearborn Heights, Mich.’s City council is considering prohibiting take-home vehicles for City employees.

Hubbard County Buys Pickups for Sheriff's Department

PARK RAPIDS, MN – The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of pickup trucks for the Sheriff’s department, according to County documents.

Monroe County Considering Reducing Fleet Size by 25 Percent

ROCHESTER, NY – In Monroe County, Democratic legislators are pushing to eliminate the use of non-essential take-home vehicles.

The new design for Portland Police Bureau vehicles will be on all marked patrol cars within five years.

Portland Police Bureau Redesigns Patrol Car Look

PORTLAND - The City of Portland's police bureau has redesigned the look for its patrol cars and plans to roll out the new design to all marked police vehicles within five years.

Repairs Required for Aging D.C. Ambulances

WASHINGTON - Nearly one third of District of Columbia support ambulances are out of service for repairs due to fleet age.

Tuscaloosa Needs $1.3M to Replace City Vehicles and Equipment

TUSCALOOSA, AL – The City of Tuscaloosa’s City Council recently approved $1.3M to replace 47 vehicles and equipment destroyed by the tornado that tore through the City on April 27.

ARI Study Shows Fleet Need for Telematics

MT LAUREL, NJ – ARI found increasing driver productivity to be the most prevalent objective for utility fleet managers implementing GPS/telematics systems.

Pico Rivera Adds Hybrids to Fleet

PICO RIVERA, CA – The City of Whittier has purchased three Ford Fusion hybrids for its Public Safety Division with South Coast Air Quality Management District funds.

City of Lawrence Faces Rising Costs Despite Measures to Reduce Fuel Use

LAWRENCE, KS - The City of Lawrence instituted bulk purchasing, uses GPS, and instituted an anti-idling policy in 2009 to reduce fuel use but rising prices still mean the City is facing an additional $100,000 in fuel costs.

Arkansas GOP Drops Suit Over Personal Use of State Vehicles

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas State Republican party recently dropped its lawsuit over personal use of State vehicles by Arkansas public officials.

Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year to be Announced at GFX

TORRANCE, CA – At the 2011 Government Fleet Expo, which will be held in San Diego next week, Government Fleet magazine will announce the winner for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award is sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services.

Jacksonville Parts Audit Recommends Increased Oversight

JACKSONVILLE, FL - A City of Jacksonville fleet audit, conducted at the fleet chief's request, recommended increased oversight of procurement and inventory processes.

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Sacramento Fleet Promotes Barker

SACRAMENTO, CA - Stephen Barker, previously equipment maintenance supervisor for the City of Sacramento, Calif., was promoted to operations general supervisor on March 26.

Proposed MoDOT Plan Reduces Fleet Size

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has proposed a plan that includes the sale of 744 pieces of equipment, reduction of department staff size by 1,200, and closure of 135 facilities.

Fuel Program Helps Virginia Fleets Save Money

RICHMOND, VA - The Commonwealth of Virginia and more than 80 universities, and local government entities are saving money on fuel purchases by participating in Virginia's State Motor Fuel Program.

Utility Fleets Strive to Boost Driver Productivity

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Increasing driver productivity was found to be the most common objective for utility fleet managers implementing GPS/telematics systems, according to a recent Utility Fleet Benchmarking Survey.

The City anticipates an annual reduction of up to 5,500 gallons of fuel from thee four hybrid refuse trucks trucks compared to the non-hybrid side loader trucks.

Columbus to Use First Hybrid Refuse Trucks in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus will be putting four Hydraulic Launch Assist (HLA) refuse side loader trucks into service by July 1, the first city in Ohio to own and operate a type of hybrid refuse truck.

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Yee Moves to PG&E

SAN FRANCISCO - Jonathon Yee, formerly with the City of Sacramento, moved to the private sector as fleet services manager for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Boston Gets EV Chargers, Launches EV Program

BOSTON – The City of Boston unveiled its first on-street charging stations for EVs. In addition, the City’s mayor announced the launch of an EV-focused program called EVBoston.

Enter the GFX Drawing for a Chance to Win a Free Pass ($595 value)

TORRANCE, CA - Enter our special raffle contest for the chance to win a complimentary full-conference pass!

Yuma Testing Plug-in Hybrid Ram 1500 Trucks

YUMA, AZ – The City of Yuma received 10 Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid-electric (PHEV) pickup trucks as part of a partnership with Chrysler Group LLC and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Nancy Sutley, White House Council on Environmental Council Chairwoman, try out a new Chevy Volt purchased by the DOE. (DOE Photo: Charles Watkins)

GSA Launches EV Pilot Project for Federal Fleet

WASHINGTON – The GSA launched a pilot project to bring 100 electric vehicles (EVs) into the fleet, which will be leased to 20 federal agencies in five cities.

Federal Fleet Must Purchase Alt-Fuel Vehicles and Right Size

WASHINGTON - The memorandum includes a requirement for all new light-duty vehicles, leased or purchased by agencies, to be alternative-fueled vehicles by Dec. 31, 2015.

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