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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.

2010 Green Fleet Survey Now Open

SPARKS, MD - Open from March 29 through April 23, the annual Green Fleet Survey takes about five minutes to complete. Participants will be entered to win a Netbook companion PC.

State/Federal Assistance Available to Eligible Gov’t Agencies & Private Nonprofits

WASHINGTON - Funding is available to state and local government agencies and certain non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis in Calaveras, Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Siskiyou counties for eligible recovery projects.

Fleets Awarded for Cutting Lead from Operations

WASHINGTON - Several government fleets were among 41 recipients recently recognized by the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities for their efforts in reducing and/or recycling hazardous chemicals in their organization.

Baltimore Fleet May Save $6M with Trash Collection System

BALTIMORE - The City of Baltimore began a route optimization project for its trash collection system July 2009 that could save the City about $6 million a year.

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Finalists for Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Revealed

TORRANCE, CA - Out of 24 nominees, three finalists are now in the running for the title of 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year.

Carbon Motors Partners with BMW Group

WASHINGTON - Carbon Motors Corporation and BMW Group jointly announced a strategic partnership. BMW will supply Carbon Motors with advanced clean diesel engines, complete with cooling and exhaust gas systems, and automatic transmissions for the Carbon E7.

ARI Offers Support to Fleets for CSA 2010 Compliance

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI) announces consulting support, driver training, and Web-based resources for CSA 2010 compliance.

Rebates Up to $20K on New Electric Vehicles Available

SACRAMENTO, CA - California fleets can now receive rebates on new zero-emission and electric vehicles of up to $5,000 per vehicle as part of the new Clean Vehicle Rebate Project. Certain zero-emission commercial vehicles are also eligible for rebates up to $20,000.

City & County of San Francisco Deploys New Fleet Software

SAN FRANCISCO - In 2009, the City and County of San Francisco Fleet Management Department began a search for a comprehensive citywide, fleet-specific management information system to help improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

Placentia Police Detectives Get Take-Home Privileges Revoked

PLACENTIA, CA - Revoking the take-home car privileges of nine officers is an action the city estimates will save $25,000.

St. Clair County Road Commission Outsources Fleet Maintenance

ST. CLAIR, MI - St. Clair County Road Commission has awarded a three-year contract, worth $1.1 million annually, for vehicle and equipment maintenance, parts procurement, and inventory management.

Attention Fleet Managers: We Need Your Input

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet is seeking bright ideas from U.S. government fleet managers for the upcoming June 2010 issue. One bright idea from you may help benefit fleets across the country!

Lee County Wins Fleet Masters Award

FORT MYERS, FL - Lee County Fleet Management was recently presented the 2010 Fleet Masters Award at the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP)'s Annual Management Conference in Dallas.

APWA Applauds Passage of HIRE Act

WASHINGTON - The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act legislation keeps the Federal Highway Trust Fund solvent and the nation's federal highway and public transportation programs operating through the end of the year.

West Lafayette Approves Take-Home Policy

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - The City of West LaFayette has approved a 2010 take-home vehicle policy for city employees, which includes police officers, fire officials, the mayor, and a city engineer.

Texas State Fleet Vehicles Underutilized

DALLAS - A News 8 investigation found almost 20 percent of the the Dallas District Office's 400 pickup trucks were driven fewer than 11,000 miles in 2008.

Take-Home Cars May Lower Abbeville Police Turnover Rate

ABBEVILLE, AL - City leaders in Abbeville, Ala., are coming up with new strategies to deal with police force shortages resulting from low pay.



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