Government Fleet News

Dan Berlenbach has been appointed equipment maintenance superintendent for the City of Phoenix's Equipment Management Division.

Berlenbach Moves to City of Phoenix

OXNARD, CA - Dan Berlenbach, fleet services manager for the City of Oxnard, has been appointed equipment maintenance superintendent for the City of Phoenix's Equipment Management Division. He will be replacing James Moody, who retired in 2010.

Dallas Provides Update on Fleet Improvements, Completes Audit

DALLAS - The Dallas City Council was given a Fleet Operations update during its meeting Jan 5. The briefing addressed how Fleet Services operates and included information fleet purchase, utilization, and inventory control. In addition, it listed fleet audit findings.

City of Greer Begins Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions

GREER, SC - Last week, the City of Greer unveiled two new vehicles, a Ford Fusion and Ford F-150, that had been converted to run on natural gas. Greer has set a goal of converting at least 15 percent of the City's fleet to operate on natural gas by 2020.

York Region, Ontario Selects AssetWorks’ Fleet Management Software Solution

WAYNE, PA - AssetWorks, a provider of fleet management software and automated fuel management systems, announced Jan. 5 that the Regional Municipality of York has contracted to implement FleetFocus to manage its fleet operations for Transit, Roads, EMS, and Police.

New Terex AWP Eastern Distribution Center Begins Operation

REDMOND, WA - Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business segment of the Terex Corporation, announced that it is now distributing Genie parts and Terex utilities parts from the new Terex Distribution Center East. This 500,000 square foot distribution center is located in Southaven, Miss.

Registration for Michigan NAFA Chapter Meeting Due Jan. 15

DETROIT - The Michigan Chapter of NAFA will hold its next meeting Jan. 20, 2011 at the Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit. Auto Show tickets will be distributed at the end of the meeting.

San Francisco Falls Short of Biodiesel Fleet Goals

SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco has fallen well short of its 2007 stated mandate to switch its 1,500 diesel-powered vehicles to a 20-percent biodiesel blend, according to the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. Tighter storage tank regulations have hindered the effort.

Michelin Announces Price Hikes

GREENVILLE, SC - Michelin North America announced tire price increases for January and February.

Arkansas House Officials Cease Commuting in State Vehicles

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Top officials in the Arkansas House of Representatives will no longer commute in state vehicles due to the recent focus on state vehicle use.

Karen Burnham, assistant city manager; Bryan MacDonald, city councilman; and Dan Berlenbach, Fleet Services manager, cut the ribbon for at a celebration marking the opening of two new Fleet Services facilities.

City of Oxnard Fleet Services Opens New Facilities

OXNARD, CA - City of Oxnard Councilman Bryan MacDonald and Karen Burnham, assistant city manager, cut the ribbons on two new Fleet Services facilities — a 3,200 sq. foot outside work awning and a 1,600 sq. foot parts store.

EPA Grant Funds Emission-Control Technology for Ohio Cities

COLUMBUS, OH - Nine fleets, eight of which are in the public sector, have partnered with the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) to retrofit vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). The retrofits are made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA, designed to clean up diesel fleets in Ohio.

DuPage County to Construct New Fleet Facility

WHEATON, IL - The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill.'s Board of Commissioners recently approved plans to build a new 16-bay fleet building at Blackwell Forest Preserve in West Chicago.

City of New Haven Considers Car Sharing

NEW HAVEN, CT - The City of New Haven is considering car sharing as a replacement for low-use City pool vehicles. The City currently operates a fleet of 25 pool cars used by municipal employees for official business.

Update Your Fleet Information for Top Fleet Listing

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet updates our Top Fleet listing throughout the year to ensure we have the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.

City of Concord Installs Anti-Idling Equipment

CONCORD, NH - The City of Concord is installing new idling-reduction equipment, purchased with federal stimulus money, that could result in $8,000 in fuel savings annually.

State of Washington Transportation Plan Approved

OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Transportation Commission has approved a 20-year Washington Transportation Plan 2030. The plan highlights the need for additional revenue to maintain existing systems due to the decline in gas tax revenues.

Top Ten <i>GF</i> Feature Articles of 2010

TORRANCE, CA - In 2010, public sector fleet managers expressed interest in feature articles about recognition programs, alternative fuel vehicles, and ways to reduce fleet cost.

Top Ten <i>GF</i> News Articles of 2010

TORRANCE, CA - This year, visits to the news section of the Government Fleet website indicated strong interest in new police vehicle debuts, changes to vehicle use laws, and recognition programs for public sector fleets.

Va. Clean Cities Schedules Hydrogen Seminar

HARRISONBURG, VA - Virginia Clean Cities has scheduled a hydrogen energy seminar for Feb. 25 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg. In addition, a similar program is set for Jan. 20 at the University of Maryland.

Study: 2011 Will Test EV Commercial Viability

BOULDER, CO - 2011 will serve as an important test of commercial viability for the new electric vehicles (EVs) coming to market, according to a new white paper from Pike Research.

AFDC Makes Charging Easier for EV Drivers

WASHINGTON - The Alternative Fueling Station Locator, an online mapping tool of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center (AFDC), now provides a new way to search for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, making it easier for drivers to plug in.

FTA Awards Parks, Forests, Wildlife Refuges $27M for Alternative Transportation

WASHINGTON - The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced that 47 projects in national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges across the United States will share in $27 million from its Paul S. Sarbanes Transit In Parks program to improve public and alternative transportation within the grounds.

City of Belen Restores Police Take-Home Vehicles

BELEN, NM - The council for the City of Belen voted to re-authorize take-home vehicles for current police officers two weeks after the perk was voted to be eliminated.

Chattanooga Implements Take-Home Car Fees

CHATTANOOGA, TN - The City of Chattanooga is implementing a charge for take-home vehicles effective in January. The Police Department is the most affected, with 351 of the 395 City's take-home cars.

NAFA Announces Upcoming January Chapter Meetings

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA Fleet Management Association announced several chapter meetings will be taking place in the month of January. Chapter meetings are open to all NAFA Members and Affiliates.

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