Government Fleet News

City of Tulsa Auction Raises More than $473K

TULSA, OK - The sale of 197 cars, vans, pickups, SUVs, large trucks, and heavy-equipment items brought in more than $473,000 from 760 registered bidders at the City of Tulsa's recent surplus vehicle auction.

USPS to Cut Fuel Costs with Electric Stand-Up Vehicles

COSTA MESA, CA - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has deployed T3 Series Electric Stand-up Vehicles for mail delivery in California, Arizona, and Florida.

Louisiana Begins Downsizing Fleet

NEW ORLEANS - With more than 12,700 vehicles in its fleet, the State of Louisiana is planning to reduce its fleet by 10 percent annually over the next three years.

FLAGFA Endorses CAFM, CAFS Programs

PRINCETON, NJ - The Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) has joined a coalition of organizations exclusively endorsing and offering to its members the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) and Certified Automotive Fleet Supervisor (CAFS) programs.

More Public Sector Fleet Professionals Earn CPFP Designation

KANSAS CITY, MO - Fleet professionals from California, Illinois, Oregon, Maryland, and Florida are the latest individuals to earn the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) designation.

Ferrara Wins Contract for FDNY Aerials

HOLDEN, LA - Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc. has been awarded a three-year contract by the City of New York to manufacture FDNY's new 100' rear mount aerials.

Monterey County Managers Lose Car Perk

SALINAS, CA - Under the newly approved rule, only those whose work necessitates the use of a car will have access to county-owned vehicles.

Fatal Boston Fire Crash Attributed to Training and Maintenance

BOSTON - Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley announced Dec. 10 that training and maintenance were two of the "multiple, overlapping factors" in the fatal crash that killed Boston Fire Lieutenant Kevin Kelley in January.

Budget Cuts Force Zanesville Police to Reduce Staff & Take-Home Use

ZANESVILLE, OH - The 2010 proposed budget will force the department to restrict the use of take-home vehicles, explore furloughs or layoffs, and ultimately could result in less personnel on shifts.

City of Grand Rapids Cuts Down on Take-Home Vehicles

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Grand Rapids City Manager Gregory Sundstrom recently proposed cutting use of 24-hour take-home vehicle assignments by 23 percent, effective Feb. 1, 2010.

Tulsa Must Pay Back Take-Home Fees, Says Arbitrator

TULSA, OK - An independent arbitrator has ruled that the City of Tulsa must pay back a total of $92,000 to police officers who were charged a fee for using their patrol cars for off-duty jobs.

Puget Sound Energy & City of Bellevue Welcome Nissan LEAF Debut

BELLEVUE, WA - Puget Sound Energy and the City of Bellevue hosted the King County debut of the 2010 Nissan LEAF on Dec. 10.

City of Sacramento Expects $2M Savings with New 5-Year NAPA Contract

SACRAMENTO, CA - The City expects to save an estimated $2 million dollars over the five-year contract term with Genuine Parts Company / National Auto Parts Association (NAPA) by reducing the cost of inventory procurement, shrinkage, obsolescence, management, and accounts payable.

U.S. Postal Service to Cut Annual Petroleum Use by 2%

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has a goal to cut petroleum usage by 2 percent annually through 2015.

Jefferson County Unveils New Hybrid Snowplow

GOLDEN, CO - While some companies have used the 2009 International Model 7300 Hybrid as a delivery truck, Jefferson County is the first to have outfitted the hybrid truck as a snowplow.

2010 Ram Heavy Duty

Ram Heavy-Duty Named 2010 <i>MOTOR TREND</i> Truck of the Year

AUBURN HILLS, MI - The Ram Heavy Duty was one of four trucks eligible for this year's Truck of the Year award. Competitors included the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, the Ford Transit Connect, and the Toyota Tundra 4.6L work truck.

Fleet Equipment LLC, Fleet Leasing Accused of Bribing Shelby County Clerks

MEMPHIS, TN - An ongoing criminal investigation into the Shelby County Clerk's Office stems from allegations that clerks accepted money from individuals registering vehicles in exchange for favorable service.

APWA Announces New Public Infrastructure Inspector Certifications

KANSAS CITY, MO - The purpose of the APWA Public Infrastructure Inspector Certification is to promote quality infrastructure throughout the community by advancing the knowledge and practice of construction inspection to benefit the community and public agencies.

Sedgwick County's New Kenworth T470s Fit Fleet Needs

WICHITA, KS - Sedgwick County had been looking for a vehicle that would be heavier than a Class 7 truck, but not as pricey as a full-size Class 8.

City Worker’s Vehicle Seized Outside ‘Crack House’

DETROIT - The vehicle was assigned to a Detroit Water and Sewerage officer, but was being driven by a female later identified as the employee's ex-girlfriend.

City of Vineland Take-Home Cars Scrutinized

VINELAND, NJ - City officials are compiling a report of all municipal employees authorized to drive home a city-owned vehicle in efforts to save money.

5,000+ Accidents in W. Va State Fleet in Past 5 Years

CHARLESTON, WV - A legislative audit recently revealed that West Virginia state employees have had more than 5,000 accidents in state vehicles over the past five years, costing the state nearly $23 million in insurance claims and deductibles.

Dodge Challenger Patrol Car Gets ‘Super-Sized’

DALLAS - The custom "special service" version of the re-introduced Dodge Challenger offers a V-8 engine capable of more than 400 hp and can reach a top speed of 165 mph.

City of Columbus, Ohio Fleet Makes TV Debut

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus, Ohio's large fleet of alternative fuel vehicles is the focus of this week's MotorWeek Clean Cities Success Story.

Campbell Named General Manager of Chevrolet

DETROIT - General Motors announced Dec. 9 that Jim Campbell has been named general manager - Chevrolet, effective immediately. In his previous assignment, Campbell was general manager of GM's Fleet and Commercial Operations.

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