Government Fleet News

Maryland Transportation Authority Police Lose Take Home Vehicle Case

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) Police Lodge #34 lost a court case that would have forced State officials to provide them with take-home vehicles.

Pensacola Receives Natural Gas Sedan as Part of Pilot Program

PENSACOLA, FL – The City of Pensacola received a new natural gas-fueled Civic GX as part of a pilot program to determine whether natural gas vehicles will pay dividends in terms of future fuel savings.

Spokane to Purchase 4 Hybrid Hydraulic Refuse Trucks

SPOKANE, WA –Spokane’s City Council approved the purchase of four single-armed, auto side-loading hybrid hydraulic refuse trucks.

Manville Take-Home Vehicle Resolution Draws Protest

MANVILLE, NJ - Police officers and firefighters protested a resolution that would have limited use of take-home vehicles.

New Rochelle Fleet Manager Indicted

NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Westchester DA's office alleges the fleet manager personally prepared, and/or directed subordinates, to falsely prepare Competitive Bid Summary Reports in order to direct contracts to specific vendors.

Federal Fleet Vehicle Budget Reduction Proposed

WASHINGTON – Two U.S. Senators, Tom Coburn, M.C. (R.-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill that would reduce the federal fleet’s vehicle budget by 20 percent.

Luzerne County Cracking Down on Marking Vehicles

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Luzerne County plans to review its 160 vehicles to ensure they are appropriately marked.

Florida National Guard Operating Biodiesel Program

STARKE, FL – The Florida National Guard is recycling used vegetable oil to produce biodiesel to fuel maintenance vehicles at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, located in Clay County.

Navistar Donates Vehicle to Assist In Alabama Rebuilding Efforts

WARRENVILLE, IL - Navistar is donating a used step van to the Hale Empowerment and Revitilization Organization in Hale County, Ala.

Mid-Atlantic States' Unique Plan to Replace Dirtiest Trucks

COLLEGE PARK, MD - Four Mid-Atlantic States are teaming up to offer one of the nation's most generous programs aimed at replacing old, highly polluting trucks.

Chicago to End Shared Cost Lease Program, Turning to Pool Vehicles

CHICAGO - With Chicago ending its shared cost lease program, the City is turning to private car sharing programs and use pool vehicles for City employees.

Cape Coral Audit Shows Fuel Management Improvements

CAPE CORAL, FL - Despite a number of issues with software and fuel-related data, the audit showed the City improved fuel management during the last six months.

Coshocton Council Member Questions Vehicle Purchase

COSHOCTON, OH - The City recently purchased vehicles for the utility and fire departments through the State bid pricing program.

Arkansas Lawsuit Over Use of State Vehicles Dismissed…For Now

LITTLE ROCK, AR – In Arkansas, a group of taxpayers the lawsuit over State officials’ personal use of State-owned vehicles was dismissed by a Pulaski County circuit judge.

Gaithersburg Resumes Biodiesel Program

GAITHERSBURG, MD - Gaithersburg officials hope to restart the City's biodiesel program now that it believes it has overcome problems with biodiesel fuel tanks.

IEA Members to Release 60M Barrels of Oil to Address Shortfall

PARIS - The IEA said its governing board will review the effect of this release of oil reserves on the market 30 days from the date of its announcement (June 23).

Pratt City Commission Seeks Bids for Patrol Car Cameras

PRATT, KS - Money for the in-vehicle video systems would come from the City’s drug forfeiture funds.

Albion Implements Anti-Idling Policy to Cut Fuel Costs

ALBION, MI - The policy mandates that drivers of City vehicles stopped for more than 60 seconds must not idle, except in certain circumstances.

St. George Budget Boost Allows City to Replace Vehicles

ST GEORGE, UT – For the first time in three years, the City of St. George has adopted a budget, for 2011-2012, that allows the fleet to replace a number of vehicles.

inthinc Receives GSA Contract for Fleet Management Solutions

SALT LAKE CITY - Effective July 1, 2011, the new relationship grants state and federal agencies access to purchase inthinc fleet management solutions.

Raleigh Plan Proposes New Facility With Space for Fleet Services

RALEIGH, NC - The City of Raleigh’s proposed 2012 capital improvement program includes a remote operations center that would have space for the City’s Vehicle Fleet Services division.

In Memoriam – Graham Frazier, 1967 - 2011

WINFIELD, KS – Graham Frazier, the operational fleet services coordinator for the City of Winfield, Kan., passed away on June 14 after a seven-month battle with cancer.

Contra Costa County Updates Patrol Car Look

MARTINEZ, CA – The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s department plans to update its new vehicles to black and white and add new decals.

Sparks to Outsource Street Sweeping

SPARKS, NV – The City Council in Sparks voted to outsource street sweeping services to a company called Contract Street Sweeping Services.

California DGS Fleet Facility Closures Leave One Garage in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - Government Fleet magazine contacted DGS to find out how many employees are affected by the closures and how these closures fit into the overall fleet reduction plan for the State of California.

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