Government Fleet News

Polk County to Provide Maintenance for Auburndale City Fleet

AUBURNDALE, FL - Polk County Fleet Management will take over control of the City of Auburndale's fleet maintenance operation at the end of June.

A support Web site has been created for Margaret Chambers at

State of Utah Fleet Director Seriously Injured in Hawaii

SALT LAKE CITY - Margaret Chambers, director of Fleet Operations and Surplus Services in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been left tragically paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a wave while on vacation in Hawaii.

Approximately 40 participants from the Los Angeles area and other parts of California recently gathered for the second annual "Regulatory Technical Summit - Part #2" in Culver City, Calif.

Culver City Hosts Regulatory Technical Summit

CULVER CITY, CA - The Culver City Equipment Maintenance & Fleet Services Division hosted its second annual "Regulatory Technical Summit - Part #2" at its facility March 30.

Gas Price Spikes May Hurt Some States More than Others

WASHINGTON - A new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) predicts which states will be hardest-hit by gas price spikes this year.

DOT Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

WASHINGTON - Connecticut and New York drivers caught texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone will be pulled over and ticketed in the latest "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other" distracted driving campaign.

North Dakota Joins WSCA Lift Contract

LEXINGTON, KY - The State of North Dakota has just become the 31st state to join the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract for vehicle lifts and related garage equipment.

Nevada Drops 225 Lbs. of Lead by Replacing Wheel Weights

CARSON CITY, NV - The State of Nevada Motor Pool Division successfully eliminated and recycled approximately 225 lbs. of lead wheel weights.

U.S. Postal Service Exceeds Waste Reduction Goal

LOS ANGELES - The Pacific Area of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) exceeded the original waste reduction goal in its Lead Free Wheel Weight Initiative by more than 30 percent.

EPA Approves ROUSH Propane Fuel System

LIVONIA, MI - ROUSH Performance said it received word from the U.S. EPA that the company's 2010 E-150, E-250 and E-350 propane fuel conversion system has met emission regulatory requirements established by the government agency.

EPA Certifies CleanFUEL USA’s Latest Propane Engine System

GEORGETOWN, TX - CleanFUEL USA announced EPA certification of the industry's first liquid propane engine built on a General Motors (GM) 6.0L chassis.

Obama Administration to Buy First 100 Chevy Volts

WASHINGTON - Vowing to get the first 100 plug-in electric vehicles to roll off American assembly lines, the Obama administration will be the first customer to get the Chevrolet Volt before the end of the year.

Cameron County Sheriff Gets New Fleet with $2.2M Grant

BROWNSVILLE, TX - The funds come from Operation Border Eagle, which allows the sheriff's department to employ and equip 12 new deputies who will focus specifically on border interdiction, targeting drugs, and arms smuggling.

Wilmington Police Dept. Adds 17 New Cars to Fleet

WILMINGTON, NC - The new vehicle purchases include Ford Fusion, Ford Taurus, and Ford Escape Hybrid models.

No Change in Green Bay’s Fleet Size Since 2008

GREEN BAY, WI - The City of Green Bay's fleet of vehicles has hovered around 400 vehicles for the past several years. City officials said they work on maximizing efficiency, and the vehicles are necessary to perform job duties.

Ex-Baltimore Employee Admits to Fuel Theft Scheme

BALTIMORE - A former Baltimore public works employee pleaded guilty to stealing more than 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel from the city and reselling it as part of a scheme that went unnoticed for a year and a half.

Knoxville Fleet Services Director Fired; Deputy Resigns

KNOXVILLE, TN - The two fleet services employees, one of whom was fired and the other asked to resign, had been suspended back in February for sending and receiving sexually explicit pictures of women on their city computers.

Travis County Sheriff Implements New Safety Feature for Drivers

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) is using advanced mobile phone technology to make the roads safer for drivers in the county.

D.C. Police Involved in Hundreds of ‘Preventable Accidents’

WASHINGTON - D.C. police officers were involved in 237 accidents last fiscal year and more than 600 others the year prior, according to the Washington Examiner.

Feds Push for Permanent Texting Ban

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is proposing a ban on behind-the-wheel text messaging by interstate commercial truck and bus drivers.

New Rules Say Electric Cars Not 'Zero Emission'

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's new fuel-efficiency rules for automobiles undercut the auto industry's marketing claim that electric cars are "zero emission" vehicles, and instead score against them carbon dioxide emitted by electric-power plants.

Columbus Fleet Earns 3rd Straight ASE Blue Seal

COLUMBUS, OHIO - For the third year in a row, the City of Columbus Fleet Division has received the top level of certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

L.A. Official Apologizes for DUI in City Car

LOS ANGELES - The top budget analyst for the city of Los Angeles, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, was arrested early Friday, March 26, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was driving a city vehicle at the time the California Highway Patrol arrested him, the Los Angeles Times reported.

At The Work Truck Show 2010, the Terex Utilities HyPowerTM Hybrid system won The Work Truck Show Green Award for innovation in fuel utilization. Here, Steve Carey, National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) senior director of operations, congratulates Terry Vanconant, Terex Utilities marketing communications and promotions coordinator (left) in the Terex booth.

Terex Utilities Takes Wins The Work Truck Show Green Award

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI - Terex Utilities, based in Watertown, S.D., won The Work Truck Show Green Award for its HyPower Hybrid system. A panel of trade media editors selected the HyPower Hybrid system as the best new product that advances fuel utilization.

GM Stops Delivery of 2010-MY Express & Savana Models

Effective immediately, General Motors has ordered all Chevrolet and GMC dealers, upfitters, and body companies to stop the delivery of certain 2010 model-year Chevrolet Express 2500/3500 and GMC Savana 2500/3500 vehicles.

Versalift Becomes OEM Data Delivery Distributor

WACO, TX - OEM Data Delivery and Versalift East have announced an alliance designed to benefit buyers of aerial equipment who want GPS capabilities as part of their equipment package.

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