Government Fleet News

Albuquerque Reinstates Take-Home Patrol Vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque Police Officers Association sued the City for a policy that limited the take-home car program to police officers who live within the City. The mayor’s office reached an agreement with the APOA that reinstates take-home vehicles for all current officers and that is expected to save taxpayers $1 million.

1 Week Left to Nominate Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 11.

Bay City Cracks Down on Vehicle Idling

BAY CITY, MI - The Bay City Commission approved a new policy Jan. 24 aimed at stopping city employees from wasting fuel.

Tacoma to Buy 91 EVs and Hybrids

TACOMA, WA - Tacoma City Council approved the purchase of (10) 2011 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles, (70) Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor vehicles, and (11) Ford Fusion Hybrid detective vehicles.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Covers CNG Incentives & Resources

GREELEY, CO - Fleet managers, vehicle technicians, fuel and technology providers, government officials, and the general public attended a workshop on compressed natural gas (CNG) technology, including fuel savings and fueling infrastructure, in Colorado on Jan. 24.

Grand Jury Praises Fresno County Sheriff’s Fleet Management

FRESNO, CA - A Fresno County Grand Jury report released Jan. 21 stated that the grand jury was impressed with the overall management of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FSO) vehicles. The report also recommended FSO implement a pilot maintenance program with County Fleet Services.

Sacramento Reduces Fuel Costs & Improves Productivity with Telematics

SACRAMENTO, CA - The City of Sacramento's recent implementation of vehicle telematics has led to significant reductions in fleet fuel consumption and operating costs. The City equipped more than 400 vehicles with electronic fleet management products.

Calif. Legislators Turn Down State Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA - Eighteen of 31 first-year California state legislators have decided not to order a new state-subsidized fleet vehicle, a symbolic gesture in closing the state's $25.4 billion budget gap.

Trumbull County Votes to Add GPS to 32 Vehicles

WARREN, OH - The Trumbull County, Ohio Commissioner’s Office voted Jan. 26 to add GPS to 32 vehicles, according to representatives from the Commissioner’s Office. The county decided to add GPS because it wants to keep track of the whereabouts of employees using its vehicles during work hours.

CNG Refuse Trucks to Save Richmond $1M

RICHMOND, VA - McNeilus Companies, Inc. is supplying the City with its first 25 CNG-powered refuse vehicles, along with a complete maintenance program for the vehicles.

Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities to Track Fleet Vehicles

COLUMBUS, OH - The City of Columbus expects to significantly reduce operating costs and improve efficiency in its utilities department by implementing GPS tracking solutions.

The E-Ride EXV2 electric vehicle in use at Wisconsin State Parks' facilities.

Wisconsin State Parks Using Electric Vehicles for Routine Maintenance

PRINCETON, MN - Wisconsin State Parks has purchased 15 EXV2 electric utility vehicles from E-Ride Industries, which is based in Princeton, Minn. Park services are using them for regular maintenance and cleaning of park facilities.

City of Greenwood Deploys Fleet Tracking System

GREENWOOD, MS - The City of Greenwood announced Jan. 24 that it will deploy GPS tracking systems on more than 100 of its fleet vehicles. By installing the FleetMatics GPS tracking system, City department heads will gain the ability to closely monitor fleet vehicles and make operational adjustments to optimize fleet performance.

(L-R) Peter Gunnerman, co-founder of Advanced Refining Concepts, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, and David Johnson, manager of Clark County's Automotive Division, kicked off the new clean diesel program on Jan. 20.

Clark County Purchases Clean & Local Diesel

LAS VEGAS - Almost half of the Clark County, Nev., vehicle fleet is being fueled with a new low-emission diesel fuel being produced in Nevada after the County signed a one-year clean diesel contract.

The 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank was fully paid for by federal Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds.

Chula Vista Heavy-Duty Fleet Goes Green with Biodiesel Tank

CHULA VISTA, CA - Using federal stimulus funds, the City of Chula Vista installed a 12,000-gallon biodiesel tank at its Public Works Corp Yard, used to fuel the City's 125 heavy-duty fleet vehicles that include fire engines, dump trucks, and excavators.

New Orleans Municipal Court May Lose Take-Home Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux recommends the City review the assignment of take-home vehicles to the Municipal Court's judges and clerk, stating they do not meet the employee criteria listed in the City policy.

A group of vehicles from the Knoxville Utilities Board's fleet, which includes more than 500 vehicles fueled by biodiesel (B5), hybrid electric technology, CNG, and ethanol (E-10 and E-85).

Knoxville Utilities Board Fleet to be Recognized on MotorWeek TV Show

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), a municipal utility serving Knoxville and parts of seven adjacent counties, announced that the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETCFC) recommended KUB as a candidate for the television show MotorWeek. MotorWeek will cover KUB's fleet in a one-minute segment that will highlight its use of alternative-fuel and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Detroit First Responders Get EV Safety Training

DETROIT - Detroit is the final stop on a nationwide tour that has trained more than 1,600 fire and emergency service leaders on how to deal with emergency situations involving electric vehicles.

Port of Long Beach Extends Contract for Telematics Services

LONG BEACH, CA - The Port of Long Beach, Calif., has extended its three-year contract with WebTech Wireless Inc., a provider of vehicle fleet location-based services and telematics technology, for its Quadrant fleet management solution.

GreenMan Subsidiary Signs Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc. to Test CNG/Diesel Dual Fuel Upgrade on Refuse Trucks

CARLISLE, IOWA - American Power Group Inc., has signed an EPA Test Vehicle Agreement with Casella Waste Systems Inc., to convert one of its refuse trucks to APG's dual fuel system and begin on-the-road test trials and emission compliance approval.

Saint Paul Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the City’s all-electric Ford Transit Connect on Jan. 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Saint Paul Adds Electric Transit Connect to Fleet

SAINT PAUL, MN - Mayor Christopher Coleman unveiled the newest addition to Saint Paul's vehicle fleet, the all-electric Ford Transit Connect, on Jan 18. The vehicle will be used in the Parks and Recreation department.

Lake County Installs GPS on Snow Plows

WAUKEGAN, IL - The Lake County Division of Transportation (DOT) installed global positioning systems (GPS) on 32 snow plows and other DOT vehicles. These provide real-time vehicle tracking, as well as tracking of salt and de-ice material application.

Riverside County to Buy 359 Crown Victorias

RIVERSIDE, CA - Riverside County supervisors approved Jan. 11 the Sheriff's department request to purchase 359 Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors, vehicles in their last year of production.

Michigan State Police Investigating Alleged Gov’t Fleet Scam

CHEBOYGAN, MI - The Michigan State Police (MSP) Cheboygan Post recently arrested a man posing as the new vendor for state and federal government vehicle fleet contracts.

New Mexico Gov. Questions Fleet Vehicle Use

SANTA FE, NM - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking departments to look into how many cars they operate and what their uses are. She has already announced a moratorium on the purchase of new state vehicles, with the exception of law enforcement vehicles.

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