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City of Hattiesburg Likely to Replace Emergency Vehicles

HATTIESBURG, MS - City of Hattiesburg, Miss., police and fire departments are both looking to replace vehicles in the next fiscal year. Despite a tight budget, officials say both departments likely will have their requests granted.

City Council Appropriates $4M for Fleet Vehicle Purchases

PORTSMOUTH, VA - The City of Portsmouth, Va., City Council agreed on August 24 to begin replacing an aging fleet of fire trucks, police cars, and other city vehicles after a two-year pause.

NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and FLAGFA Team Up For Fall Conference

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) announced they will combine resources to present a conference for fleet managers September 15-17, 2010 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla.

City Departments Request $17M to Build Maintenance Facility

HILLSBORO, OR - Three City of Hillsboro, Ore., departments are asking city councilors to green-light a $17 million plan to build a new maintenance facility for the city’s vehicle fleet.

FleetCards TrendWatch on Diesel

ATLANTA - FleetCards USA, a fleet card industry expert that acts as a trusted advisor in matching fleet fuel cards to small and medium sized businesses, shares tips from their trends advisory council — FleetCards TrendWatch — regarding fuel efficiencies and diesel fuel.

3M Traffic Safety Systems Introduces New Driver Feedback Sign for Highways

ST. PAUL, MN - 3M Traffic Safety Systems, a leader in the transportation safety and vehicle registration markets, introduces the new 3M Driver Feedback Sign for highway speed applications. The Driver Feedback Sign from 3M advises drivers of their speed and encourages speed limit compliance.

City of Bellevue Adds 31 Hybrids to its Fleet

BELLEVUE, WA - Thirty-one fuel-efficient vehicles have rolled into the City of Bellevue’s fleet, including Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry hybrids. Also as part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, the City will acquire 60 more hybrid and electric vehicles next year, to make 35 percent of its light-duty vehicles fuel-efficient models.

City of Midland Debates Take-Home Cars

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A proposed property tax hike in the City of Midland, Texas, has some residents saying the city should find other ways to balance their budget. One of their suggestions is getting rid of city take-home cars, but Midland law enforcement says they're essential to protecting the community.

Parked Police Cars Stir Debate

GREENVILLE, NC - Complaints and questions about City of Greenville, N.C., Police Department patrol cars parked at local businesses were addressed by City Council member Calvin Mercer. He informed his constituents that most take-home vehicles cannot be driven home if the home is outside city limits, and are instead parked at businesses to increase police visibility.

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. "Greening" a fleet will improve its impact on the environment by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Kettering University Debuts Biomethane Fuel Truck

FLINT, MI - Kettering University, officials from Swedish Biogas International, the City of Flint, Mich., and others, unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck during a ceremony on the university campus Aug. 19.

Longobart to Share Green Strategies

SAN DIEGO - Rick Longobart, facility, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., will share strategies of how two cities (Inglewood, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.) overcame the obstacles of economic disparity by changing the paradigms of non-conventional thinking at the Green Fleet Conference.

City Enacts Cell Phone Ban on Police Vehicles

BLACKFOOT, IDAHO - Members of the City of Blackfoot Police Department will no longer text, e-mail, or send instant messages on a hand-held device while operating a city vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

County Fleet Faces Outsourcing

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Hernando County commissioners on August 17 made several moves designed to reduce its budget deficit, including outsourcing fleet maintenance and halting all vehicle purchases.

NYPD Hybrid Patrol Cars Hit the Streets

NEW YORK - A fleet of new, alternative-fuel patrol cars hit New York City on August 18. The New York Police Department outfitted 30 Ford Fusion hybrids as patrol cars, raising the department’s number of alternative-fuel police vehicles to more than 400.

City of Austin Buys Energy-Saving Generators for Fleet

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Thirty-one City of Austin vehicles will soon be outfitted with energy-saving power generators, thanks to a $198,090 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Lee County Beta-Tests Appointment Scheduler

FORT MYERS, FL - Lee County fleet management is currently beta testing an online appointment scheduler. The scheduler will allow other departments’ fleet liaisons to schedule preventive maintenance services for County equipment online using their email log-in.

City Considers Adding Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

LAWRENCE, KS - City of Lawrence commissioners at a recent meeting were asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new fueling stations for electric-hybrid cars and also allow the City and Douglas County to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet.

Telogis Launches New Field Management Co-Location Report for Telogis Fleet

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, Inc., the platform for location intelligence, introduces the newest feature for its Telogis Fleet vehicle management application: the Field Management Co-Location Report. This new report breaks down the daily routine of field supervisors, including time spent at a jobsite, time spent driving, vehicle miles and time spent at other locations.

City of Richardson Eliminates Car Allowances

RICHARDSON, TEXAS - The City of Richardson is eliminating car allowances for many city employees, instead increasing their salaries by an equal amount. Allowances will now be limited to those who require automobile use for their jobs.

Budget Crunch Prevents New Orleans Vehicle Repairs

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Equipment Maintenance Division is allegedly housing dozens of unrepaired police cars and city vehicles due to the budget crisis. In some cases, they’ve sat there for months.

Florida City Stalled on Cell Phone Use Policy

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - Fernandina Beach city commissioners recently decided again to table a resolution to add a cell-phone use policy for city vehicles because the amendment wording wasn't strict enough.

City Budget Constrains Fleet Hiring

OPELOUSAS, LA - The City of Opelousas adopted a standstill budget for the coming fiscal year that begins in September, which may include putting on hold the hiring of a fleet manager position by adopting a more stringent preventive maintenance policy.

City of Rowlett Discusses Fleet Allocation

ROWLETT, TEXAS - The City of Rowlett council during a recent special budget workshop discussed its planned fleet acquisition strategy, addressing equipment age and shop size.

Green Fleet Conference to Feature Proven ‘Green’ Strategies

SAN DIEGO - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference will feature environmental fleet leaders highlighting proven strategies other fleets can explore to make their operations "greener" and more efficient.



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