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San Francisco Police Test Electric Scooters

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Police Department is giving stand-up scooters (not Segways) a two-week trial.

Flex-Fuel Squad Cars Lack E-85 Station

GARY, IN - The City of Gary Police Department's fleet of new flex fuel squad cars are on the road, but ethanol fuel isn't available for refueling, and no one can say for sure when the city will have it.

City Partners with UPS to Build CNG Fueling Station

NASHUA, NH - Thanks to an innovative partnership between the City of Nashua and UPS, the process of replacing seven-year-old Department of Public Works garbage trucks could become one of the city’s most significant green initiatives. The City is looking into getting CNG-powered trucks and plans to partner with UPS to build a permanent CNG fueling station.

Mayor Ron Loveridge accepts keys to one of the new electric vehicles purchased from Ramon Alvarez, owner of Alvarez ZAP. (Photo: Business Wire)

City of Riverside Receives Electric Trucks

RIVERSIDE, CA - Alvarez ZAP, electric vehicle provider ZAP’s newest dealer in Riverside, Calif., delivered a shipment of six electric trucks to the City of Riverside during a grand opening press conference last week.

Culver City Adds First CNG Paratransit Buses

CULVER CITY, CA - The City of Culver City has taken delivery of its first dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered paratransit buses. The three new buses operate on clean-burning natural gas to further compliment the City’s growing fleet and dedication to CNG-powered vehicles. They replace three ten-year-old gasoline-powered buses.

City of Anaheim Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station

ANAHEIM, CA - The City of Anaheim has installed its first ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles, located at the main office of Anaheim Public Utilities. The city is currently using the Coulomb Technologies unit to recharge two city-owned converted plug-in Toyota Prius’.

Contra Costa County Selects AssetWorks for Fleet and Fuel Management

MARTINEZ, CA - Contra Costa County in California has signed a contract for AssetWorks fully integrated fleet management software, FleetFocus, and automated fuel management solution, FuelFocus.

City Changes Police Take-Home Policy

MORGANTON, NC - City of Morganton, N.C., public safety officers who now take home their patrol cars can continue to do so. However, the rules will change for any officer hired after July 1, for officers who aren’t currently assigned a take-home car, or for officers who move further away from headquarters.

Official Sues over Loss of Take-Home Car

WALLINGFORD, CT - Stephen Nere, executive director of the Wallingford Housing Authority, is suing the agency commissioners, claiming they violated terms of his employment contract by voting in late June to revoke take-home privileges for all authority vehicles.

In Memoriam:<br>Mark H. Glaiber, 1946-2010

SMYRNA, GA - Mark H. Glaiber, former assistant director of the General Services Administration for Miami-Dade County, passed away July 29. He was 64.

Tight Budgets Expected to Stem Agencies' Vehicle Purchases

WASHINGTON - New federal vehicle purchases likely will stay the same or decline in coming years as agencies struggle with declining budgets and new requirements to green their fleets.

Columbus Adds Solar Panels to Fleet Maintenance Facility

COLUMBUS, OH - Columbus City Council recently passed legislation that calls for Westerville, Ohio-based SolarVision to install and operate solar panels on the roof of the city's fleet maintenance center.

Oxnard Fleet Adds New-Design Graffiti Trucks

OXNARD, CA - City of Oxnard Fleet Services recently outfitted and put into service two new Graffiti Action Program trucks. The trucks are a third generation version of specially-outfitted trucks used to remove graffiti throughout the City, according to Dan Berlenbach, CPFP, fleet services manager.

SC's Next Treasurer Says No State Car for Officers

COLUMBIA, SC - South Carolina's next treasurer says no statewide officer should drive a taxpayer-funded ride, calling it an unnecessary perk for politicians amid deep budget cuts.

Sarasota Examines Police Vehicle Take-Home Policy

SARASOTA, FL - As they search for ways to help cut costs, Sarasota city commissioners want further examination of a nine-year-old Police Department policy. The police cruiser take-home policy will undergo a thorough examination.

City Charges Officers to Drive Patrol Cars Home

GASTONIA, NC - A new vehicle policy for City of Gastonia, N.C., has police officers paying to take their patrol vehicles home after each shift. The Gastonia City Council recently voted to charge 15 cents per mile for officers with patrol vehicles who live inside the city limits, and 20 cents per mile for miles driven outside the city limits.

Largest Flex-Fuel Fleet in US Welcomes E-85 Station

NORFOLK, VA - The Naval Station Norfolk and Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM), along with the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Protec Fuel, welcomed the opening of an E-85 fueling station in Norfolk, Va., with a ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony on July 30. The station now provides fuel to the Navy fleet and city fleets, as well as the public.

Raleigh Police Adds Motorcycles to Fleet

RALEIGH, NC - The Raleigh police department added nine 2009 BMW R1200RT-P police motorcycles to its motor fleet, expected to be out on the streets by mid-August.

Spartanburg County Retrofits Trucks to Reduce Diesel Emissions

SPARTANBURG, SC - Spartanburg County took its first step on July 27 in improving the air quality of its diesel truck fleet. When the work is complete, nine on-road diesel trucks — 13 percent of the county's on-road diesel fleet — will be retrofitted with a filter and electric heater system that reduces particulate emissions.

Bid Delay Keeps Cameras out of Dozens of Dallas Police Cars

DALLAS - Dallas is rolling out about 60 new police cars without the dash-cam recorders that have played a pivotal role in holding officers accountable for how they do their jobs.

Chevrolet Takes Orders for Caprice in October & January

DETROIT - Chevrolet will begin taking orders for the 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) detective package in October and the police package in January 2011. The detective package will be delivered beginning April and the police package in June.

Georgia Cities and Counties Benefit from Commute Option

ATLANTA - With various public sector employers facing financial challenges, government employers are implementing new strategies to save money. In Georgia, cities and counties are seeing benefits from alternative work arrangements, idling reduction, and a commute options program, according to the Atlanta-based Clean Air Campaign.

New York City Aims to Save $71M in Fleet Costs

NEW YORK - A report from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations includes recommendations estimated to save $71 million in fleet costs in four years by streamlining city fleet management, centralizing operations, cutting fuel use, and decreasing fleet size, among other measures.

Sacramento Auditor Investigates City Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento’s new city auditor Jorge Oseguera has narrowed down the top four areas of municipal government he will investigate first, one of which is the city’s fleet management.

Obama Expands Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for Federal Operations

WASHINGTON - President Obama announced July 20 that the federal government will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from indirect sources, such as employee travel and commuting, by 13 percent by 2020.



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