Government Fleet News

Feds Release Vehicle Cybersecurity Guidelines

The proposed, nonbinding guidance stresses protection of critical vehicle controls and consumers’ personal data.

Diesel Prices Taper Off After Surge

After two straight weeks of price increases, diesel prices have tapered off with a slight decline last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Responding to the TPMS Light

Here are tips on how to respond to the tire pressure monitoring system warning light.

IronPlanet Sells $99M in Gross Merchandising Volume

IronPlanet announced that it sold 9,890 items from auction events in the month of September, which sold for more for more than $99 million in GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume).

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell Rated at 366-Mile Range

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell sedan provides 366 miles of driving range and 68 miles per equivalent gallon of gasoline in combined driving cycles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Graph courtesy of NLC

Report Shows City Revenues Nearing Pre-Recession Levels

A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that cities are in a better fiscal condition than the year before, with city revenues nearing pre-recession levels.

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CARB Approves $363M Clean Vehicle Funding Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a revised funding plan for $363 million in proceeds from the cap-and-trade program. It includes $133 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

Jacobsen to Combine with Textron Specialized Vehicles

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and Jacobsen, both Textron Inc. companies, will combine their operations by the close of 2017. Jacobsen manufactures turf care equipment, while Textron Specialized Vehicles manufactures vehicle and equipment lines for commercial use.

Used Pickup Sales Weakening

A rising supply of used pickups coupled with aggressive pricing for new models is expected to cause a weakening in values in the wholesale market, according to new data from Black Book.

Fla. County Hires New Fleet Manager

Sarasota County, Fla., has hired a new fleet manager to take over for its retiring fleet manager. Ron Kennedy, CEM, CPFP, started as fleet manager at the county on Sept. 16.

State Fleet Association Elects New Officers

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) celebrated 30 years and named its new officers and award winners at the annual State Fleet Manager’s Workshop in September.

Photo of 2017 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Have Pickup Sales Peaked?

Ford's decision to idle production of its F-150 pickup this week has followed several months of slowing demand in retail and fleet channels and may point to a larger trend in pickup sales.

Magellan Rolls Out Trio of Fleet Management Solutions

GPS navigation vendor Magellan has rolled out three fleet management solutions, including a rugged navigation device, hours of service compliance solution, and routing solution aimed at municipal fleets.

Photo courtesy of Chevin.

Chevin Passes 1M Vehicle and Asset Milestone

More than 1 million vehicles and assets are now being managed using Chevin Fleet Solutions' FleetWave software, the company has announced.

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FCA Recalls Ram Trucks, Police Cars for Alternator

The recall covers an estimated 74,833 2007- to 2013-MY Ram trucks and chassis cabs as well as 2011- to 2014-MY Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars.

Photo by Thi Dao.

NHTSA Official Talks Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Tech at FTX

In his keynote address at the 2016 Fleet Technology Expo, the director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Research and Test Center provided an overview of vehicle safety technologies, covering systems that have recently been introduced to the market as well as technologies currently being developed, such as autonomous vehicles.

Photo of F-350 King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

'Parts Issues' Slow Super Duty Rollout

Unspecified "parts issues" slowed shipments of Ford's 2017 Super Duty pickups in late summer, but Ford is ironing out these issues at its Louisville, Ky., assembly plant, according to a union official.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices

The recall, tied to faulty boom tip covers, affects 219 aerial devices in the 2014 and 2015 model years.

Photo of a Prince George's County cargo van with XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System courtesy of XL Hybrids.

Md. County Adds Hybrid Electric Vans

XL Hybrids, Inc. has installed its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in Prince George’s County cargo vans as part of the Maryland county’s sustainable energy program.

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Mass. City Considers Outsourcing Waste Management

Officials in Westfield, Mass., are considering privatizing waste services for the city. If the plan goes through, the city anticipates about $1 million in savings.

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Denver Smart City Program Awarded $6M U.S. DOT Grant

The City and County of Denver, Colo., was awarded a $6 million grant to implement traffic management technologies through its Smart City Program. This includes installing communication devices in 1,500 fleet vehicles.

LAPD Equipping Tesla Sedan as Patrol Vehicle

The Los Angeles Police Department will test a Tesla Model S sedan as a patrol car, because it offers higher performance and longer range than other battery-electric vehicles on the market.

Diesel Prices Rise by More than 3 Cents

For the second straight week, the price of diesel fuel has increased after staying relatively flat for nearly two months, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Ill. DOT Asks Local Agencies for Plowing Help

The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking some local government agencies for help plowing specific state routes while it awaits the delivery of its plow equipment.

Safety Tip: When Brakes Fail

Here are some tips, provided by Esurance, on how to respond in the event of brake failure.

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