Government Fleet News

CALSTART Co-op Lists Available NG Vehicles

PASADENA, CA - CALSTART, a California-based clean transportation consortium, launched a natural gas vehicle cooperative purchasing program that allows public and private fleets in the U.S. to purchase natural gas vehicles through a dealer competitive bidding process. The vehicles are all certified by the California Air Resources Board.

Bob Stanton

Polk County Expands Insourcing

BARTOW, FL - On Nov. 1, Polk County Fleet Management took over the management and operation of the City of Ft. Meade, Fla., fleet of 46 units. The County has also been insourcing management of the City of Lake Wales fleet since October 2009 and the City of Auburndale fleet since June 2010.

Utah Mayors Gather in Support of Alternative Fuels

WASHINGTON CITY, UTAH - Several southern Utah mayors gathered Nov. 12 at the office of Automobile Association of America in Washington City to show support for converting their fleets to alternative fuels that include natural gas, electricity, ethanol, and biodiesel.

GFX 2011 Call for Presentations

TORRANCE, CA - The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) is now accepting proposals for presentations for the coming 2011 conference, which will take place June 6-8 at the San Diego Convention Center.

South Carolina Rolls Out New Fleet Management System

COLUMBIA, SC - The State of South Carolina has overhauled its 16,000-unit State fleet management operations with the roll-out of its new web-based fleet management information system, FleetWave.

Alt-Fuel Workshop to be Held in Arlington, Texas

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) and the other members of the Alternative Fuels Trade Alliance continue their nationwide training program on alternative fuels at a workshop for fleet managers Nov. 16 in Arlington.

Jury Orders St. Louis to Pay $3M for Municipal Truck Crash; City to Appeal

ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis jury has ordered the City to pay $3 million to a woman who claimed that a municipal truck caused her to crash her car on June 19, 2008. The City will appeal the verdict for lack of evidence.

Buncombe County, NC Commissioners Applaud Local Organization’s Alternative Fuel Initiative

ASHEVILLE, NC - Buncombe County Commissioners addressed local media and community members gathering to recognize the advancement of alternative fuel initiatives in the Asheville area, namely county transportation provider Mountain Mobility's AutoGas vehicle program.

Fuelman and FleetWide Cards Now Accepted at All US Chevron and Texaco Locations

ATLANTA - FleetCor Technologies, Inc. announced Nov. 11 the expansion of its Fuelman and FleetWide fleet card acceptance to all 8,500 Chevron and Texaco locations throughout the U.S.

Nevada Bans Texting While Driving for State Drivers

CARSON CITY, NV - Nevada state employees can no longer send text messages while operating state-owned vehicles under a resolution approved Nov. 8 by the state Board of Examiners. The policy does not apply to public safety officers.

IRS Permits Fuel Sales Between Jurisdictions

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA Fleet Management Association received confirmation from the IRS that sales of fuel from one jurisdiction to another are permissible. State-to-state (including county and municipal governments) sales are permissible, with both being tax exempt, but state or local governments may not sell tax-free fuel to a federal agency.

Cayuga County Aims for Environmentally Friendly Fleet

AUBURN, NY - Suggested changes to reduce the cost of operating Cayuga County's fleet and make it more environmentally friendly include improving record-keeping, appointing a dedicated fleet manager, and purchasing alt-fuel vehicles.

Clean Cities Workshop Focuses on Natural Gas

COLUMBUS, OHIO -Waste to Wheels: Building for Success is a free, three-day workshop focused on renewable natural gas and successful project development. Fleet managers are invited to attend on Dec. 1.

US Dept. of Agriculture to Expand Biofuel Use in its Fleet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pledged on Oct. 21 to expand biofuel use in the department's fleet of vehicles.

San Jose Receives Grant to Build Biomass Fuel Facility

SAN JOSE, CA - The California Energy Commission approved a grant to the City of San Jose to build and demo a new system that turns trash into natural gas that can be used as a transportation fuel.

Komatsu Equipment Co. Joins Puradyn Distributor Network

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Puradyn Filter Technologies Incorporated announced Nov. 8 that Komatsu Equipment Company has joined its distributor network in Nevada, Wyoming, and Utah.

Arkansas Reports 350-Vehicle Reduction

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas state agencies have reduced the number of state vehicles by about 350, and 39 employees at executive state agencies have indicated they will no longer use state vehicles for commuting purposes.

California Rated Best in Oil Dependence Reduction Strategies

NEW YORK - A report from the National Resources Defense Council on oil dependence ranked California highest in its policies to promote clean energy technologies and reduce oil dependence. In addition, it stated that 25 states currently have policies mandating stronger fuel efficiency standards for the state fleet.

County Fires Employees for Time Theft Caught on GPS

WARREN, OH - Two inspectors with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office were fired on Oct. 3 after GPS installed in their work vehicles confirmed they used the vehicles to make numerous and lengthy unauthorized stops at their homes and other locations during work hours.

One of the vehicles Gwynedd-Mercy College available for car sharing is a Honda Insight.(PRNewsFoto/U-Haul)

Gwynedd-Mercy College Begins Car Sharing Program

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA - Gwynedd-Mercy College and U Car Share announced a car sharing partnership on Nov. 1 that will provide students and faculty with car-sharing transportation options.

Atlanta Partners with Nissan to Advance Zero-Emission Mobility

ATLANTA - Clean Cities-Atlanta and Nissan North America, Inc. entered into an agreement to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles and an electric-charging network.

OnStar Announces Facebook ‘Like’ Campaign to Raise $250K for Fraternal Order of Police

DETROIT - OnStar announced Nov. 1 that during the month of November, it will donate $1 to the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation for each person who "likes" the OnStar Facebook Fan Page.

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ARI Appoints State & Government New Business Development Manager

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI), a global provider of complex car and truck fleet management solutions, announces the appointment of Cheryl Graham to the position of Business Development Manager - State & Government.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Now Equipped with StabiliTrak

DETROIT - The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle is now equipped with StabiliTrak, the company’s electronic stability control technology for enhanced safety during high-risk driving situations, according to General Motors.

New Brochure Available on Kenworth T440

KIRKLAND, WA - Kenworth now offers a new brochure on its versatile Kenworth T440. The T440 fills a customer need for heavy-duty performance in more demanding medium-duty applications, such as regional haul, pickup and delivery, municipal, and vocational.

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