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Video Safety Tip: Escaping a Submerged Vehicle

A Michigan State Police trooper offers advice on how to safely get out of a vehicle sinking in water.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GMC Upgrades Trailering for 2016 Sierra

Fleets acquiring a 2014-2016 model year GMC Sierra can add a new camera system for trailering and a factory-installed, fifth-wheel prep package that's compatible with gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitches.

Screenshot via CNBC.

LAPD Testing Electric Tesla Sedans

The Los Angeles Police Department has been testing a Tesla Model S sedan for more than a year to determine whether the high-priced vehicle could function as a patrol car.

Photo courtesy of Sonoma County.

Calif. County’s Parts Outsourcing Saved $2.1M

Sonoma County, Calif., has saved nearly $2.1 million after five years of outsourcing parts management and has authorized a two-year extension of the contract.

Photo courtesy of Lake Assault Boats.

Lake Assault Boats Now Available Through GSA

Lake Assault Boats, a manufacturer of purpose-built, mission-specific fire and rescue boats, are now listed on the U.S. Government's General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule.

Photo courtesy of Lenco.

Lenco Offers All-Terrain Special Ops Vehicle

Lenco Industries will offer the BearCat X3 all-terrain special operations vehicle described as a "pickup-style APC" to law enforcement agencies seeking a more rugged counter-terrorism vehicle.

Photo of the Green Drives Conference and Expo courtesy of CACC

Chicago Fleets Saved 25M Gallons in 2015

The Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) Coalition announced that its member fleets saved more than 25 million gasoline gallon equivalents of petroleum and 225,000 tons of greenhouse-gas emissions in 2015.

Map of Mopar parts centers in North America courtesy of FCA US.

FCA's Mopar Adding $12.2M Parts Center

FCA has started work on a $12.2-million Mopar parts distribution center in Winchester, Va., to expand parts availability for customers, including fleets, in that area.

Chart courtesy of EPA.

EPA Proposes Modest Renewable Fuel Increase for 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed slight increases to the amount of ethanol and biofuels that fuel producers must add to gasoline and diesel in 2017.

Photo of 2012 Ford F-250 SuperCrew via Wikimedia.

Diesel Truck Residual Values Rise With Mileage

Diesel-powered pickup trucks sell for more than 30% of their gasoline counterparts after three years of fleet usage and return greater value with higher odometer readings, according to data from ADESA.

Photo: Vincentric

Vincentric Names 2016 Fleet TCO Winners

Nissan, Ford, General Motors, and Toyota vehicles helped these car and truck makers lead Vincentric's 2016 Best Fleet Value in America awards that were announced today.

Safe Fleet Acquires Rear View Safety

Safe Fleet has acquired Rear View Safety (RVS), which provides back-up camera systems and video-based road safety solutions to fleets. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Recalls Ram ProMaster Trailer Light Modules

The automaker issues two separate recalls covering 84,252 trailer light modules and 1,576 Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.

Photo of a CNG-powered Ford Transit van courtesy of Westport.

CARB Certifies Westport's CNG Transit Van

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has certified Westport Innovations’ compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered Westport WiNG Power System that is used in the Ford Transit cargo van and passenger wagon, and the F-150 truck for MY- 2016.

Iowa County Hires Fleet Manager for New Position

Scott County, Iowa, has hired Barbara Branscom as its new fleet manager. The county decided to create the role based on research from Mercury Associates.

Photo of 2016 Dodge Charter R/T courtesy of FCA.

Ore. Sheriff Flouts Policy, Buys Expensive Car

Multnomah County (Ore.) Sheriff Dan Staton bought a higher trim Dodge Charger with unnecessary features to replace a one-year-old vehicle, ignoring county purchasing policies as well as the fleet manager’s refusal to buy him the car.

File photo of Michigan State Police vehicle testing

2017-MY Police Vehicle Testing Dates Announced

The Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have announced the dates that they will conduct testing of 2017 model-year pursuit-rated police vehicles in September and October respectively.

Photo of 2017 MV-1 courtesy of Mobility Ventures.

Mobility Ventures Updates Paratransit Van

Mobility Ventures has updated its MV-1 purpose-built paratransit van with several comfort and convenience features for the 2017 model year, the company has announced.

Philly Police SUV Posing As Google Vehicle

The Philadelphia Police Department has begun an investigation into why officers disguised an SUV to look like a Google street mapping vehicle and equipped it with license-plate-reader cameras.

Another Hike in Diesel Prices, Oil Nears $50 Per Barrel

The average price of diesel fuel increased once again last week continuing a streak of price hikes that began in February.

Video Safety Tip: What Flashing Yellow Arrows Mean

Flashing yellow left-turn arrow signals are becoming more commonplace throughout the U.S., but some drivers are still unfamiliar with them. Here's advice on how to respond.

IronPlanet Sets Date for Utah Equipment Auction

IronPlanet will continue its series of Cat Auction Services auctions with a May 25 heavy equipment auction in Ballard, Utah on May 25. The sale is the fifth of six major onsite auctions this spring, along with events in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Atlanta Opens New CNG Fueling Station

The City of Atlanta opened a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at its solid waste facility in April. The station will allow the city to transition the entire solid waste fleet from diesel to CNG.

Photo via Flickr/Bruce Stokes.

NYC Bans Hands-Free Phone Use in Fleet

New York City has banned the use of hands-free phone devices by city fleet drivers, except for emergency responders. The city concluded that the use of hands-free devices can lead to equally dangerous levels of distraction as non-hands free devices.

Photo of 2017 F-350 Super Duty King Ranch 4x4 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Releases 2017 Super Duty Pricing

Ford has begun taking orders for its 2017 Super Duty trucks, which go on sale in the fall following a revamp that lightens the load with aluminum body panels and brings new standard features to the stalwart work trucks.



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