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Cleveland Police Seeks to Modernize Fleet

An independent team hired to reform the Cleveland Police Department is asking a federal judge for help in creating a fleet replacement plan. Currently, the department lacks a sufficient vehicle replacement plan and uses outdated equipment, according to a court filing.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo PD Commissioner Daniel Derenda with the new Chargers. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo

Buffalo PD Rolls Out Dodge Chargers

The Buffalo (N.Y) Police Department has added 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Chargers to its fleet. The 61 marked and unmarked Chargers cost over $2 million.

(Clockwise from top left: 2016 Explorer and 2016 Police Interceptor Utility courtesy of Ford, renewable diesel photo courtesy of City of Oakland, file photo)

Government Fleet's Top 10 Articles for 2016

Police-related articles continue to dominate Government-fleet.com as the most popular topic for 2016. Popular stories about law enforcement cover patrol vehicles, equipment, and upfitting.

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Utility Employees Found Using Fleet Vehicles for Personal Use

Several San Diego utility workers used fleet vehicles for personal use, according to a new report from the City Auditor's office. The investigation began after the Office of the City Auditor received two anonymous reports that a Public Utilities Department employee was using a city vehicle for personal purposes.

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Calif. City Approves $5.9 Million to Replace Aging Fire Fleet

Modesto City Council (Calif.) approved $5.8 million to lease five pumper trucks and two tiller trucks at a meeting earlier this month. Replacement purchases were pushed back during the recession, and the average age of its fleet is 12 years, with the oldest vehicle 27 years old.

Photo courtesy of Volvo.

60% of Americans Unaware of Electric Cars

About 60% of Americans remain unaware of battery-electric vehicles and 80% have never driven or ridden in one, according to a new survey from Altman Vilandrie & Co.

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Sonoma County Opens Fleet Facility

Sonoma County, Calif., has unveiled a $6.4 million Fleet and Materials Lab Facility. The 21,000-ft. facility houses the county's General Services Fleet Operation Division and Transportation and Public Works Materials Lab and will be used to service vehicle and equipment for Sonoma County and other jurisdictions.

Average Diesel Prices Increase 1.3 Cents

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. climbed again last week, continuing a month-long streak of increases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

(Clockwise from top left: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD courtesy of GM, 2017 Dodge Charger courtesy of FCA, San Diego facility photo by Thi Dao, aerial device photo courtesy of Terex)

Government Fleet's Top 10 News for 2016

Police continues to dominate the most popular news stories of the year. News items about law enforcement vehicles make up half of the 10 most read stories on government-fleet.com, including stories about new vehicle models and police vehicle care.

Photo by the Oregon Department of Transportation via Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Not Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Here's seasonal advice on when to override instructions from a navigation system or app, and what to do if you're stranded in the snow.

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Iowa County Approves Tire Equipment Purchase

Scott County, Iowa's Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to purchase tire maintenance equipment. The county will purchase a new alignment machine, tire changer, and wheel balancer for its fleet of 98 vehicles.

Texas City Implements Asset Management System

The City of Burleston, Texas will implement an asset management system to improve driver safety, reduce idle time, and streamline maintenance operations. It has chosen a system from ThingTech to keep track of all city fleets and over 270 assets through its Public Works Department.

Photo of E-450 cutaway van courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's Dedicated CNG E-450 Certified

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has certified Landi Renzo's dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion of Ford's 2017 model year E-450 cutaway van.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls Multiple Models for Potential Oil Leaks

The recall affects 1,157 Taurus, Flex, Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Lincoln MKT vehicles with 3.5-liter GTDI engines — all in the 2016 or 2017 model years.  

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Minn. Fleet Facility Catches Fire

Part of the Lake County, Minn., Highway Department shop burned last week after a plow truck parked in a bay caught fire. Some snow plows, heavy equipment, and parts of the facility will need to be replaced.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen

VW Buyback Funds Police Fleet Purchases

The Town of Red Bank, Tenn., Police Department will turn in its Volkswagen diesel Passat cars through the automaker's buyback program and use an additional $46,500 to buy seven Ford police vehicles.

Mich. City Adopts Automatic Vehicle Location System

The City of Ann Arbor, Mich., has adopted a geographic information system (GIS) to keep better track of its fleet.

The lease plan includes 14 2017 Chevrolet Malibu sedans. Photo courtesy of GM

Mich. City Expands Vehicle Lease Program

The City of Kalamazoo, Mich., has decided to expand its vehicle leasing program after the City Commission approved a five-year $952,476 lease to replace 35 vehicles.

Photo courtesy of VW.

VW Reaches $1B Settlement for 3.0L Diesels

Volkswagen has reached an agreement to settle claims relating to its 3.0L V-6 TDI engines with a commitment to buy back a quarter of the vehicles, set aside $225 million toward emissions reduction, and pay $25 million to support the use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California.

Photo by Nandaro via Wikimedia Commons.

Holiday Fatalities Expected to Cap Deadly Year

The National Safety Council releases estimates for holiday period road fatalities and offers tips on how to make the roads safer.

Diesel Prices Rise for 3rd Straight Week

The price of diesel fuel saw significant increases for the third straight week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

2017 F-250 Super Duty 4X4 Crew Cab Lariat (Photo courtesy of Ford.)

Ford Super Duty's Tech Boosts Sales

Just three months into its launch, the 2017 Ford Super Duty's "smart technology" features have driven total nameplate sales up 24% for November.

Safety Tip: Preventing Drunk Driving

What can you personally do to prevent drunk driving this holiday season? Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Screenshot courtesy of Route4Me.

Route4Me Adds Route Optimization to Geotab Marketplace

Route4Me, Inc. has added its software application to the Geotab Marketplace to provide dynamic route sequencing and optimization software integrated with Geotab's real-time vehicle tracking platform.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith

Colo. City Adds Plows to Reduce Citizen Complaints

The City of Centennial, Colo., is hoping five additional snow plows added to the fleet will boost its citizens’ reviews on snow removal.

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