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Contra Costa County Sees Savings from Vehicle Use Limits

MARTINEZ, CA - Budget cuts in Contra Costa County have led to reduced use of county vehicles. Vehicles traveled 2,459,597 fewer miles last year, a decrease of nearly 21 percent from the year before.

World Food Programme Implements Web-Based Fleet Management System

ROME - The World Food Programme (WFP), a UN organization, is extending its long-term relationship with Chevin Fleet Solutions by implementing its web-based enterprise fleet management information system across all of the 82 countries in which the WFP operates.

Navman Wireless Releases ROI Calculator for Fleet Tracking

GLENVIEW, IL - Navman Wireless announced August 11 the availability of an interactive ROI calculator enabling fleet managers to instantly determine the potential savings of deploying the Navman Wireless OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system in their particular organization.

Telogis Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, Inc., the platform for location intelligence, announced on August 10 it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions.

2010 GFX Photos Available for Viewing

TORRANCE, CA - A photo gallery of the 2010 Government Fleet Expo is now available for viewing. Held at the Austin Convention Center June 21-23, the conference was well received by the 525 fleet professionals in attendance.

Judge Rules Louisville Can't Charge Patrol Car Fee

LOUISVILLE, KY - A Jefferson Circuit judge has upheld a state Labor Cabinet ruling that said Louisville metro government cannot charge police officers for use of take-home patrol cars without negotiating the fees as part of their contract.

Mayor Plans to Cut Houston Take-Home Vehicles

HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Annise Parker said she'll be reducing the number of take-home vehicles assigned to city employees in an effort to save $21 million in the municipal budget over the next two years.

City of Denton to Build Alt-Fuel Station for Fleet Vehicles

DENTON, TX - The City of Denton Fleet Services Division has been awarded a $599,860 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The City will construct and operate a fuel island that provides alternative fuels for city equipment to help reduce the ozone levels within the North Texas nonattainment counties.

VSU Awards Fleet Maintenance Contract to Shenandoah

PETERSBURG, VA - Virginia State University chose Shenandoah Fleet Maintenance and Management, LLC, to provide management and maintenance to its vehicle fleet under a subcontract to Campus Facilities Services as of the first of the year.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Converts Fleet to microGreen Oil Filter

WINTER HAVEN, FL - Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has converted their patrol vehicles to the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, developed and manufactured by SOMS Technologies, LLC.

Navy to Add 345 Electric Vehicles

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The local engineering arm of the U.S. Navy plans to cut transportation costs by renting about 345 slow-moving electric vehicles by 2015, bringing its fleet to 750 such vehicles.

San Francisco Fleet May Be Reduced 20%

SAN FRANCISCO - The number of cars and trucks used by San Francisco workers could decrease by at least 20 percent within years under a plan from Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is looking to further cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.

City Eliminates 15 Jobs — 20% in Fleet Services

MARSHALL, TX - The City of Marshall has decided to cut 12 full-time positions and three part-time positions as it enters its fiscal year on Oct. 1. Three full-time positions will be from the city's fleet services department.

Austin Police Getting New Dashboard Cameras

AUSTIN, TX - Austin police cars will be outfitted with improved dashboard cameras in a plan to abandon use of outdated videotape. The Austin City Council on August 5 approved spending $15.5 million for the new cameras and digital equipment.

Police Car Fire Damages Nine Other City Vehicles

MUNCIE, IN - A case of spontaneous police car combustion filled the Muncie Police Department's garage with thick, black smoke on the night of August 4, damaging nine other vehicles inside the garage.

Governor Orders Review of Arkansas Fleet

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Gov. Mike Beebe wants a detailed review of all the vehicles in the state's 8,653-vehicle fleet, nearly 2,000 of which are used for commuting.

Albuquerque Announces New Take-Home Police Vehicle Policy

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque Police Department has a new policy: Officers living outside city limits will no longer be able to take their police cars home.

Mississippi State University Receives $1 Million Clean Diesel Grant

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, presented the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems with a $1,083,595 grant award to help reduce diesel emissions associated with freight movement throughout the southeast.

SANBAG and Ryder Begin Natural Gas Truck Rental and Leasing Project

MIAMI - San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has entered into an agreement with commercial transportation and logistics provider Ryder System, Inc., and other project partners, to implement a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California locations.

City of Richlands Contracts with Sparta Commercial’s Municipal Lease Program

The City of Richlands has become the most recent local government to contract with Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.’s nationwide Municipal Lease Program as it adds to its fleet of police cruisers.

Memphis Fleet Services Employees to Get Pensions

MEMPHIS, TN - Fleet Services administrator Arthur Adams and three other General Services employees who have retired or resigned while they were under investigation by the City of Memphis for the way Fleet Services was operated, including a contract with a tire-repair company the FBI is investigating, have had their pensions approved by the city pension board.

City of Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio (center), city officials, and representatives from industry groups that supported the station cut the ribbon during the CNG/LNG grand-opening ceremony.

City of Commerce Opens Natural Gas Fueling Station

COMMERCE, CA - The City of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting grand opening celebration for its new CNG/LNG fueling station on August 5. That station will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas vehicles, including seven full-size transit buses, four paratransit vans, and two smaller fleet vehicles. In addition, it will service LNG port trucks and will be open to the general public 24 hours per day.

ARI Launches Forklift Management Program

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Evolved from ARI customer requests, the Forklift Management Program is a fully integrated, single-source solution that supports the forklift life cycle from specifications and acquisition through preventative maintenance, repair service and, finally, remarketing.

Minnesota State Vehicles Increase E-85 Use by 25%

SAINT PAUL, MN - Minnesota’s state agencies increased their use of cleaner-burning E-85 fuel by 25 percent to 437,063 gallons during the first half of 2010, part of their effort to reduce petroleum use.

NAFA Forms CARB Advisory Council

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA has formed the CARB Advisory Council, a new sub-committee of NAFA’s Fuels & Technology Advisory Council, to provide input to both NAFA and the Air Resources Board on regulatory matters that impact fleet managers in California.



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