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Public Fleet Hall of Fame Voting Ends Tomorrow

Voting for the 2016 inductees of the Public Fleet Hall of Fame ends Tuesday, April 19. Anyone affiliated with the public fleet industry, including fleet professionals, fleet technicians or other staff members, and suppliers, can vote.

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Offers 42 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze's 42 miles per gallon on the highway, as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, increased from initial estimates by GM that the compact car would deliver 40 mpg highway.

Ore. Offers $6M for Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will provide up to $6 million in state tax credits for fleets that replace at least two existing fleet vehicles with new or converted vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

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Mich. Sheriff Adds LED Beacons to Patrol Cars

The Saginaw County (Mich.) Sheriff's Department has equipped its 32 patrol vehicles with retro beacon lights that use brighter LED lighting to increase visibility.

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Zipcar Launches New Car Sharing Technology

Zipcar has launched a new fleet management service called Local Motion by Zipcar, following its acquisition of car sharing technology company Local Motion in August 2015.

Fleet Safety Tip: Preventing the Big Rig ‘Squeeze Play’

When sharing the road with large commercial trucks, drivers need to remember to give truck drivers plenty of room to complete right turns.

Drivers Still Multitasking Behind the Wheel

The majority of drivers (61%) continue to multi-task from behind the wheel, even though nearly every U.S. state and Washington D.C. has laws prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving, according to a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

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2016 Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Announced

Government Fleet has announced three finalists for the 2016 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The winner will be announced in June at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX).

This graph from a presentation about the waste management audit to City Council on April 12 shows the average age of the city's 52 garbage trucks.

Audit: 66% of Refuse Fleet Needs Replacement

An internal audit of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Ga., refuse fleet shows that 55 of the agency’s 83 refuse trucks exceed their useful life due to reduced purchases during the recession.

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EPA Awards Ill. Forest Agency CNG Truck Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $23,387 grant to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (Ill.) to convert five 2016 Ford light-duty trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Fla. University Awards Fleet Outsourcing Contract

First Vehicle Services has announced that it has been awarded the fleet management contract for Florida International University (FIU). The company will also offer full-service oil changes to the students and faculty.

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Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

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Vehicle Depreciation Accelerating in 2016

Used vehicles depreciated an average of 3.6% in the first quarter compared to 0.6% in 2015 in a signal of sharper depreciation, but values improved in March over January and February levels, according to Black Book.

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

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Northeast to Get First Hydrogen Stations

Air Liquide announced locations of four hydrogen fueling stations planned for the Northeast. The stations will be open to the public for consumers of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Photo of F-150 SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

F-150 SuperCrew, SuperCab Draw Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup a Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

Diesel Prices Rise Again After Brief Drop

A decline in the price of diesel fuel was not meant to last, as prices once again increased only a week after the first drop in a month and a half.

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Fleet Safety Tip: Resisting the Urge to Speed

Speeding is one of the most widespread and dangerous habits among drivers -- and it's a major cause of road deaths.

Chevin Issues Invitations to 2016 US User Group Meeting

Fleet management software specialist Chevin Fleet Solutions has invited its clients to its annual User Group Meeting to learn about best practices, network with industry peers, and help shape future developments.

IronPlanet's Denver-Area Cat Auction Dates Announced

IronPlanet has scheduled its Spring 2016 Cat Auction Services sale with an unreserved public auction in the Denver area for April 13, the company announced.


Calif. County Hires Asst. Fleet Manager

Sonoma County, Calif., has hired a new assistant fleet manager, Greg Gilseth, after a lengthy national recruitment. He joined the fleet on March 29.

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Beverly Hills to Develop Autonomous Vehicle Program

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., is developing an autonomous vehicle program for public transportation. The City Council hopes the vehicles will address “first and last mile” issues related to the expansion of Los Angeles County’s Metro subway into the city.

N.J. DPW Bucket Truck Catches Fire

A bucket truck caught fire in Livingston, N.J., due to a downed wire, which nearly injured an Essex County, N.J., Department of Public Works (DPW) employee after a spring storm.

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Ford Offers More Stealthy Police Interceptor Utility

Ford will offer a factory interior visor light for its Police Interceptor Utility for agencies looking to use a more stealthy version of its police SUV for the 2017 model year.

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