Government Fleet News

4th Annual Green Fleet Conference Set for Oct. 3-4 in Grapevine, Texas

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media has announced the dates for the 4th Annual Green Gleet Conference. The event will take place Oct. 3-4, 2011 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Promises Smaller, Greener Fleet

CHICAGO - Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel wants to reduce the City fleet, purchase more fuel-efficient cars, and perform a detailed inventory of all City vehicles to save $5 million in fleet expenses.

Sacramento Hosts Clean Diesel Tech Workshop

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Metropolitan AQMD in cooperation with the Yolo-Solano AQMD and the Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition will host a workshop to present new clean diesel technologies on Friday, April 22.

Iowa Fleet to Save $7M by Rightsizing & Online Auctions

DES MOINES, IA - By changing its vehicle turn-in policy, extending replacement cycles, and switching to online auctions, the State of Iowa fleet expects to save between $6-7 million.

Neu Retires from Napa Sanitation District After 24 Years

NAPA, CA - Howard Neu, safety, training and fleet officer for the Napa Sanitation District, recently retired after 24 years with the District.

Austin Fleet to be Featured on MotorWeek

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The City of Austin, Texas, will be highlighted as this week's Clean Cities Success Story on the MotorWeek television program.

Puradyn Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

BOYNTON BEACH, FL - Puradyn Filter Technologies Incorporated (OTCBB: PFTI) announced it has received certification for ISO 9001:2008, validating its Quality Management Standards process for "design, manufacture, sales, and distribution of bypass oil filtration systems and replacement filters for various industries."

Last Chance! - Nominate 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Candidates

TORRANCE, CA - Friday, Feb. 11 is your last chance to nominate individuals for Government Fleet's 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Scotts Valley Police Department Purchases Electric Motorcycle

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA - The Scotts Valley Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in California to accept delivery of a Zero DS electric motorcycle to assist in local patrols and traffic enforcement.

Ohio County Buys Back Deputy Cars to Save Money

FRANKFORT, KY - Ohio County, Ky., recently changed its police car policy, purchasing all the sheriff's patrol vehicles from the deputies who owned them. The County will now pay all fleet costs.

Police Officers Protest Take-Home Fees by Parking Vehicles

CHATTANOOGA, TN - About three-fourths of City of Chattanooga police officers chose to park their vehicles at the police station rather than drive them home in response to new take-home fees that were implemented at the beginning of 2011.

President Signs Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed into law this week the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act (S. 841), which will protect pedestrians from injury as a result of silent vehicle technology.

City of Lincoln Settles Bad Diesel Shipment Lawsuit

LINCOLN, NE - The City of Lincoln agreed to settle a lawsuit for $40,000 over a shipment of bad soy diesel fuel believed to have damaged 25 City transit buses.

Dan Berlenbach has been appointed equipment maintenance superintendent for the City of Phoenix's Equipment Management Division.

Berlenbach Moves to City of Phoenix

OXNARD, CA - Dan Berlenbach, fleet services manager for the City of Oxnard, has been appointed equipment maintenance superintendent for the City of Phoenix's Equipment Management Division. He will be replacing James Moody, who retired in 2010.

Dallas Provides Update on Fleet Improvements, Completes Audit

DALLAS - The Dallas City Council was given a Fleet Operations update during its meeting Jan 5. The briefing addressed how Fleet Services operates and included information fleet purchase, utilization, and inventory control. In addition, it listed fleet audit findings.

City of Greer Begins Natural Gas Vehicle Conversions

GREER, SC - Last week, the City of Greer unveiled two new vehicles, a Ford Fusion and Ford F-150, that had been converted to run on natural gas. Greer has set a goal of converting at least 15 percent of the City's fleet to operate on natural gas by 2020.

York Region, Ontario Selects AssetWorks’ Fleet Management Software Solution

WAYNE, PA - AssetWorks, a provider of fleet management software and automated fuel management systems, announced Jan. 5 that the Regional Municipality of York has contracted to implement FleetFocus to manage its fleet operations for Transit, Roads, EMS, and Police.

New Terex AWP Eastern Distribution Center Begins Operation

REDMOND, WA - Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a business segment of the Terex Corporation, announced that it is now distributing Genie parts and Terex utilities parts from the new Terex Distribution Center East. This 500,000 square foot distribution center is located in Southaven, Miss.

Registration for Michigan NAFA Chapter Meeting Due Jan. 15

DETROIT - The Michigan Chapter of NAFA will hold its next meeting Jan. 20, 2011 at the Compuware headquarters in downtown Detroit. Auto Show tickets will be distributed at the end of the meeting.

San Francisco Falls Short of Biodiesel Fleet Goals

SAN FRANCISCO - The city of San Francisco has fallen well short of its 2007 stated mandate to switch its 1,500 diesel-powered vehicles to a 20-percent biodiesel blend, according to the San Francisco Examiner newspaper. Tighter storage tank regulations have hindered the effort.

Michelin Announces Price Hikes

GREENVILLE, SC - Michelin North America announced tire price increases for January and February.

Arkansas House Officials Cease Commuting in State Vehicles

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Top officials in the Arkansas House of Representatives will no longer commute in state vehicles due to the recent focus on state vehicle use.

Karen Burnham, assistant city manager; Bryan MacDonald, city councilman; and Dan Berlenbach, Fleet Services manager, cut the ribbon for at a celebration marking the opening of two new Fleet Services facilities.

City of Oxnard Fleet Services Opens New Facilities

OXNARD, CA - City of Oxnard Councilman Bryan MacDonald and Karen Burnham, assistant city manager, cut the ribbons on two new Fleet Services facilities — a 3,200 sq. foot outside work awning and a 1,600 sq. foot parts store.

EPA Grant Funds Emission-Control Technology for Ohio Cities

COLUMBUS, OH - Nine fleets, eight of which are in the public sector, have partnered with the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) to retrofit vehicles with diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs). The retrofits are made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA, designed to clean up diesel fleets in Ohio.

DuPage County to Construct New Fleet Facility

WHEATON, IL - The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill.'s Board of Commissioners recently approved plans to build a new 16-bay fleet building at Blackwell Forest Preserve in West Chicago.

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