Government Fleet News

Sacramento Auditor Investigates City Fleet

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento’s new city auditor Jorge Oseguera has narrowed down the top four areas of municipal government he will investigate first, one of which is the city’s fleet management.

Obama Expands Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target for Federal Operations

WASHINGTON - President Obama announced July 20 that the federal government will reduce greenhouse gas pollution from indirect sources, such as employee travel and commuting, by 13 percent by 2020.

Twelve medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles will be equipped with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

Terex Utilities Receives Grant from California Energy Commission

WATERTOWN, SD - The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently announced approval of nearly $500,000 in funds for a California Terex HyPower Hybrid retrofit project. The project, scheduled to be completed in January 2012, will retrofit 12 medium- and heavy-duty utility service vehicles with the Terex HyPower Hybrid System.

NETS Announces the 2010 Drive Safely Work Week Campaign

VIENNA, VA - The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the launch of "Drive Safely Work Week 2010: Focus... Safe Driving is Serious Business," Oct. 4-8.

Chattanooga Considers Fees for Take-Home Cars

CHATTANOOGA, TN - The debate over take-home cars for Chattanooga employees — especially police officers — ranges from adding take-home cars to the fleet to getting rid of the take-home cars altogether to charging employees for using them. City Council requested in early July that the mayor’s office and finance department study a recurring or mileage-based user fee for city employees who use take-home cars.

County No Longer Getting Gas From City

GREENSBORO, NC - An IRS ruling stated that it wasn't legal for counties or cities to sell gas to other entities, public or private.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Includes Test Drive of Propane-Fueled F-250

WASHINGTON - PERC and the other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance continued their nationwide training program on alternative fuel at a workshop for fleet managers on July 23 in Casa Grande, Ariz.

Palm Springs Receives $60,000 Grant for Electric Vehicle Pilot Program

PALM SPRINGS, CA - The City of Palm Springs announced on July 21 its Office of Sustainability has received at $60,000 grant from the Coachella Valley Air Quality Enhancement Grant Program for a new Electric Vehicle Pilot Program.

St. Joseph County Mulls Changing Buy-American Policy

SOUTH BEND, IN - Two 2010 Priuses made in Japan have been at the center of a debate about whether St. Joseph County should purchase vehicles made outside the United States. The decision on whether or not to purchase the vehicles now rests with the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners.

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Telogis Launches Telogis Layers to Provide Simple GIS Overlay Data

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis Inc., provider of the unified platform for location intelligence, has launched Telogis Layers, allowing organizations to quickly and easily integrate any custom GIS data into their existing Telogis solutions.

Fleet Deal May Lead to City-County Merger

PITTSBURGH - City officials say a proposed five-year, $36 million deal to manage and maintain Pittsburgh's fleet of 1,000 vehicles won't save money, but opens the door for a city-county merger of such services.

Atlanta City Worker Accused of Stealing Gasoline

ATLANTA - An Atlanta Public Works employee is under criminal investigation after the city accused him of stealing gasoline from city gas pumps reserved for city fleet vehicles.

Moline Fleet Recognized by City Officials for Best Fleets Ranking

MOLINE, IL - Fleet manager J.D. Schulte and his staff were honored by City of Moline Committee-of-the-Whole on Tuesday for their No. 10 ranking of top public sector fleets, announced at the recent Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Austin, Texas.

Lakewood Saves Money by Fixing Up Squad Cars

LAKEWOOD, WA - Lakewood police are refurbishing some of their squad cars rather than buying new ones, a decision that could save the city $15,000 per upgraded car and help the vehicles handle better on the street.

Portland Passes Electric Vehicle Policy

PORTLAND, OR - The Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday to enact a new plan for electric vehicles that includes supportive city policies for electric cars as well as purchasing electric vehicles for the city's fleet.

DOE Report Highlights EV Funding Impact

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy has released a new report on the economic impact of Recovery Act investments in advanced batteries and vehicles.

New Orleans to Revoke 100 Take-Home Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS - The number of City Hall employees allowed to take home city-owned vehicles has dropped by nearly a fifth since New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu took office in May and is expected to plummet by another 50 percent as his administration moves to implement a stricter policy.

High Vehicle Reimbursement Expenses Prompt Discussion of County Vehicle Use

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Six Luzerne County sheriff deputies who use their own vehicles to serve civil documents will be paid a combined $84,551, prompting some officials to push for the use of county vehicles.

Colorado Dedicates $800K for Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel

DENVER, CO - Two Recovery Act-supported grants totaling $800,000 have been dedicated to increase the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel in Colorado.

San Diego County Auctions Surplus Fleet to Public

RAMONA, CA - San Diego County put its surplus fleet, including some specialty vehicles, on the auction block Saturday, July 17.

Riverside County Department Heads No Longer Allowed to Use County Cars

RIVERSIDE, CA - Riverside County department heads will no longer be eligible to use county-owned cars for business or pleasure. Board members and other elected officials, however, will have the option of continuing to use county-owned vehicles or driving their own, with a monthly stipend to offset the costs of maintenance and gas.

Obama Predicts Electric Car Battery Prices Will Drop 70 Percent

HOLLAND, MI - The cost of the high-powered batteries needed for a coming wave of electric cars is projected to drop by as much as 70 percent over the next five years, according to a U.S. government forecast.

Mesa County Pushes Fuel Conservation Policy

GRAND JUNCTION, CO - Mesa County commissioners last week unanimously adopted a fuel conservation policy that will encourage employees to reduce engine idling and shorten the number and length of trips.

City of La Mesa Installs New Fuel Management System

LA MESA, CA - The City of La Mesa installed on June 25 the FuelMaster fuel management system on its fleet of 210 vehicles.

City CarShare Enhances San Francisco Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO - City CarShare and the City of San Francisco have entered a formal agreement to extend car sharing to City and County employees. CarShare’s fleet will provide cars as the City retires its older vehicles, allowing the City to manage a smaller vehicle fleet, with lower purchase and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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