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Free Webinar on GPS Tracking ROI

TORRANCE, CA - Fleet professionals are invited to participate in a free, one-hour Web seminar on May 13, covering how to achieve maximum ROI with GPS tracking.

Cheyenne Fleet Affected by City Layoffs

CHEYENNE, WY - The City of Cheyenne has reduced its workforce to help make up for a projected $3.3 million state funding shortfall.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Team Up on Vehicle Management

PITTSBURGH - Looking to cut costs, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials have teamed up to solicit bids for managing their vehicle fleets.

Washington State Moves to Ban Copper in Brake Pads

SEATTLE - Washington has become the first state in the nation to pass a law to phase out the use of copper in brake pads. The move could eventually make copper-free pads the industry standard in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

California Sheds 3,300 Fleet Vehicles

By selling or disposing more than 3,000 state vehicles, California has avoided $63.9 million in vehicle acquisition, maintenance, insurance and fuel expenditures.

FVS has provided maintenance services to the Broward Sheriff's Office for the past 16 years, maintaining 3,200 vehicles for the county Sheriff's Office and 230 vehicles for the Fire and Rescue division.

Broward County Maintenance Provider Achieves Excellence Award

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Sponsored by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, First Vehicles Services (FVS) was recently awarded the 2009 Emerald Award for environmental excellence.

Universities to Test Prius Plug-In Hybrid

PORTLAND, OR - Portland State University, University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Colorado have been selected by Toyota to demonstrate and evaluate the next-generation Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Colorado Gets First Ethanol Blender Pump

BURLINGTON, CO - Colorado's first-ever ethanol blender pump was placed into operation April 8 during a grand opening ceremony held April 8 at the Stratton Equity Coop in Burlington.

Chattanooga Hopes to Cut Costs with More Fuel-Efficient Cars

CHATTANOOGA, TN - Putting more city workers in high-mileage cars is just one of the ways the City of Chattanooga is looking to save money and reduce emissions.

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 www.margaretchambers.org.

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.



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