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San Francisco Hiring Fleet Business Manager

The City & County of San Francisco, Calif., is hiring a fleet business manager to join its Fleet Management – Central Shops Department.

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Fleets Fight Heavy Snow in Winter Storms

Winter storms ravaged several parts of the continental U.S. last week, with plenty of organizations having to use their entire snow fleet.

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Automotive Lift Institute Releases Lifting Points Guide

The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. has released the 2017 edition of its “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts.” This updated guide is a quick-reference single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

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Va. City Launches Motor Pool

The City of Norfolk, Va., has launched a motor pool to reduce fuel consumption and create a "culture of sharing" within the city. The city plans to eliminate older, underutilized vehicles and turn over the remaining vehicles to its new motor pool.

CNG Workshop Scheduled for Cleveland

The Earth Day Coalition (EDC) has scheduled a compressed natural gas workshop for fleet managers in the Cleveland area on Jan. 27, the group has announced.

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Used Vehicle Values Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns.

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Ford to Offer 4G LTE Hotspot, In-Vehicle Gas Purchasing

Ford will offer a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot with 2018 model-year models, offer an app that allows drivers to pay for gas without leaving their car, and roll out an updated SYNC 3 infotainment system that integrates smartphone apps, the automaker has announced.

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Mich. County Improves Fleet Visibility with Lights

Midland County, Mich., is installing green lights on its maintenance vehicles to improve visibility. All new and old equipment will be fitted with the green lights in addition to the existing amber lights, including snow plows.

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Tenn. City to Replace Vehicles with $2M Grant

The City of Gallatin, Tenn., plans to replace several vehicles in its aging fleet after being awarded a $2.7 million state grant. The city plans to replace 19 vehicles and equipment, including refuse trucks, dump trucks, knucklebooms, and box vans.

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Fla. County to Spend $300,000 on Fire Fleet Repairs

Polk County, Fla., will spend about $300,000 due to a structural flaw on all of its fire trucks. Commissioners voted to fix a loose suspension on all 12 of the county's trucks, at a cost of about $25,000 per truck.

Last Week to Apply for the Leading Fleets

The Leading Fleets award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership. The deadline is March 3.

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Ford Sells More than 26M F-Series Trucks

Ford is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years, selling more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977.

Diesel Prices Rise in Last Week of Year

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. increased again, capping off a rally in fuel prices that began more than a month ago, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Ford has announced that the F-150 will be electrified by 2020. Pictured is a gasoline powered 2017 F-150 XLT courtesy of Ford.

Ford Looking to Electrify F-150, Transit Custom Van by 2020

Ford announced seven global electrified vehicles that it plans to introduce in the next five years, which includes hybrid versions of the F-150 pickup and a plug-in hybrid Transit Custom van.

Safety Tip: Lane Markings Translated

Here's a quick review on what some common lane markings mean, provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Montgomery County Transitions to CNG Refuse Fleet

Montgomery County, Ohio, has converted its refuse fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG). The county expects to save $150,000 annually in fuel.

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Ohio City to Spend $1.2M on Fire and EMS Fleet

The City of Dayton, Ohio, will spend $1.2 million for its aging fire and medical services fleet in 2017. It will purchase at least two fire engines and a new medical transport unit.

Hawaii Utilities Hope to Boost EV Adoption

Eight key organizations have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawaii as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.

NYPD Allies with Sanitation Department

In preparation for New Year's Eve, the New York Police Department is enlisting the help of its Sanitation Department. For added security around Times Square, the city is deploying garbage trucks loaded with sand.

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Kennedy Space Center Deploys Polaris GEM Utility Vehicles

The Kennedy Space Center is using nearly 50 GEM vehicles for security, facility maintenance, and landscaping tasks at its Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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10 Snow Plow Trucks Destroyed in N.Y. Fire

The Town of Irondequoit, N.Y., is taking snow plow loans after a Christmas Eve fire destroyed one-third of its plow fleet and its DPW building.

Clockwise from top left: 2017 Chevrolet Suburban 3500HD courtesy of GM, 2017 Dodge Charger courtesy of FCA, 2016 Police Interceptor Utility and 2016 Explorer courtesy of Ford

Top Police Fleet Stories in 2016

Law enforcement stories dominated government-fleet.com this year. Here are 10 of the most read police fleet stories in 2016.

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Tucson Police Need $21M to Replace Aging Fleet

Tucson, Ariz., is considering a half-cent sales tax to help replace the 260 vehicles in its aging police fleet. The Tucson Police department estimates that around 63% of its patrol vehicles are beyond their recommended service life and up to 80% are due for replacement.

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Cleveland Police Seeks to Modernize Fleet

An independent team hired to reform the Cleveland Police Department is asking a federal judge for help in creating a fleet replacement plan. Currently, the department lacks a sufficient vehicle replacement plan and uses outdated equipment, according to a court filing.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Buffalo PD Commissioner Daniel Derenda with the new Chargers. Photo courtesy of City of Buffalo

Buffalo PD Rolls Out Dodge Chargers

The Buffalo (N.Y) Police Department has added 2016 All-Wheel Drive Dodge Chargers to its fleet. The 61 marked and unmarked Chargers cost over $2 million.

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