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The Tulsa station is expected to be open by the end of 2017. Photo courtesy of Sparq

Construction Begins on Okla. CNG Station

The Tulsa station — Sparq’s 10th compressed natural gas (CNG) station across its multi-state network — will begin construction immediately, with a target to open by the end of 2017.

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E-One Unveils New Aerial Ladder

The HR 100 aluminum aerial ladder features a 500-lb. tip load rating when wet or dry, a 100-ft. vertical reach and 92-ft. horizontal reach, and 75-lb. equipment allowance at the tip.

Ohio County to Build $720K Equipment Storage Building

Fairfield County (Ohio) Commissioners recently opened sealed bids for the construction of a new equipment storage building. The building will house county vehicles, equipment, and other assets.

The VHD simulator comes with a monitor, wheel, pedals, and other hardware. Photo courtesy of VDI.

USPS Tests Virtual Driver, Safety Training

The Virtual Hazard Detection course is designed for experienced drivers who need to focus on decision making and recognizing hazards. The simulator led to a 7% decrease in accidents for one USPS district.

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Stertil-Koni Records Largest Order Surge for Heavy-Duty In-Ground Vehicle Lifts

Stertil-Koni vehicle lifts selected by transit agencies, municipalities, and corporate customers in North America recently for these orders include the Diamond Lift, Skylift, and Ecolift.

WEX, Citibank Added to GSA Fuel Card Contract

WEX, Inc. and Citibank N.A. have been authorized to provide card and payment services to federal agencies that manage fleet vehicles under a new contract for GSA SmartPay 3 that runs for 14 years, WEX has announced.

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Texas PD Acquires Armored Vehicle

The Big Spring (Texas) Police Department has added an armored emergency response vehicle (AERV) to its fleet, acquired through the Department of Defense’s 1033 program.

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South Dakota Adds Plows, Enhances Disaster Response

The South Dakota Department of Transportation has purchased three new tow plows and launched a website dedicated to real-time updates during severe weather and disaster situations.

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Texas County to Centralize Fleet, Hire Administrator

Under a new plan, Smith County, Texas, will centralize fleet operations under one administrator who will serve as the point of contact for a third-party provider.

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Snow

It's that time of year again. A number of areas have already seen the first snowfall of the season. AAA offers advice for driving in wintry conditions.

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N.Y. Sends 220 Utility Trucks to Puerto Rico

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced he will deploy new emergency utility crews to Puerto Rico on Nov. 4 to restore power following Hurricane Maria.

NC City's Patrol Cars Get New Look

The City of Kinston, N.C., Police Department is moving to a black-and-white color scheme for its patrol cars, replacing its white vehicles. The city has ordered 10 Dodge Chargers with the new vehicle graphics.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, at Mar-a-Lago in nearby Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 11. Photo via Wikimedia/内閣官房内閣広報室

Fla. City Seeks $1.1M for Trump Security

The City of West Palm Beach, Fla., located near President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, is seeking $1.1 million to purchase new police equipment due to the increased security demands of Trump's frequent visits.

Photo of 2017-MY half-ton pickups courtey of manufacturers.

Commercial Fleet Sales Climb 3.7% in October

Sales of vehicles to commercial fleets from eight manufactures increased 3.7% to 49,801 in October with strong truck sales outweighing a nearly 30% decline in cars, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Photo courtesy of Ford

New Philadelphia PD Vehicles to Change Traffic Lights

The City of Philadelphia will purchase 150 police vehicles that are fitted with ballistic shields on doors and windows and offer the ability to turn traffic lights from red to green.

Cincinnati put its snow equipment to the test during a dry-run exercise on Oct. 31. Photo courtesy of City of Cincinnati

Cincinnati Purchases 10 Plows, Updates Winter Strategy

Overall, the city will enter the winter season with 81 pieces of winter operations equipment on hand, including loaders, brine trucks, and pickup trucks.

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Hunter Releases Road Force Elite Software Update

Hunter Engineering released Road Force Elite 4.0, a balancing software that reduces the risk of errors during a tire service.

Andrés Irlando, Verizon Telematics CEO, speaks at the 2017 Latitude conference. Photo courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon Telematics Expands Offerings

Verizon Telematics has become the largest provider of built-in telematics and mobile applications for commercial vehicles and has moved closer to rebranding its product offerings for its customers, CEO Andrés Irlando told an audience gathered at the annual Latitude conference.

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Technician Shortage Worse Than Previously Thought

In a new report, the TechForce Foundation is predicting that demand for new vehicle technicians over the next ten years will be three times higher than was previously expected.

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Video Safety Tip: Precautions for Halloween

Here's safety advice, provided by AAA Exchange, to help keep motorists and trick-or-treaters safe on Tuesday night.

The OPFMA conference included educational sessions, panels, training, and after-hours networking. Photo courtesy of OPFMA

Oklahoma Association Selects New Board Members at Annual Conference

The Oklahoma Public Fleet Management Association (OPFMA) announced its new board members at the group’s fourth annual convention in Tulsa, Okla., on Oct. 10.

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EV Charging Pilot Minimizes Calif. County’s Energy Use Spikes

Alameda County, Calif., is working on an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot. Called the Smart Charging Pilot Program, it allows the building’s EV chargers to communicate and the DC fast charger to override other chargers when it’s in use.

Photo of 2018 NV200 courtesy of Nissan.

Nissan's 2018 NV200 Cargo Van Starts at $22,755

Nissan is increasing the starting retail price of the NV200 compact cargo van by $450 to $22,755 for the 2018 model year and adding a few enhancements, Nissan has announced.

Photo via City of Minneapolis Electric Vehicle Study

Study: Slow EV Transition Could Save Minneapolis Fleet Costs

A new electric vehicle (EV) adoption feasibility study of the City of Minneapolis’ fleet found that a slow transition to electric vehicles over the next 10 years could result in operational savings.

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Ind. County Reverses Centralized Maintenance Plan

Rather than transferring funds to the commissioners to run the garage, the council opted to direct funding to the Sheriff’s Department.

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