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USDA & Navy Work to Boost Military Biofuel Use

WASHINGTON - Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to increase the use of biofuels and alternative energy in the military.

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Light & Medium-Duty Tires

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced it will increase prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires by up to 7 percent, effective March 1.

Last Chance to Nominate 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager

TORRANCE, CA - Nominations for Government Fleet's 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award ends Friday, Jan. 29.

NYC Mayor Announces Plans to Boost Fleet Efficiency

NEW YORK CITY - With a $4 billion budget deficit looming, Mayor Bloomberg revealed his proposals for saving the City of New York money.

North Carolina Agencies Work to Cut Fleet Costs

RALEIGH, NC - Some North Carolina agencies have changed their procedures to reduce how much they're spending on state-owned cars each month.

Oklahoma Vehicle Contract Awarded to 11 State Businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY - The contract was awarded through the $pend$mart Oklahoma Program, an initiative designed to achieve savings and efficiencies in state government procurement.

U.S. Postal Service Plans Conversion to Plug-In EVs

WASHINGTON - AC Propulsion and AutoPort will partner in engineering, development, and conversion to provide an electric vehicle conversion prototype and report for the U.S. Postal Service.

GSA Awards Fleet Contracts

WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration (GSA) approved new contracts for the 2010 buying season on Jan. 22.

The Toro Company Donates $10K to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

BLOOMINGTON, MN - In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, The Toro Company announced it would donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the relief efforts.

Former Nassau Co. Fleet Maintenance Manager Arrested

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - A veteran Nassau County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with allegedly taking nearly eight years' worth of kickbacks as manager of the agency's fleet maintenance department.

Midwest City Fleet Department Implements Cell Phone Policy

MIDWEST CITY, OK - Any employees who violate the policy will be "subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."

Florida Fuel Tanks Fail to Comply with Upgrade Deadline

TAMPA, FL - Nearly 4,700 fuel storage tanks operated by gas stations, governments, and businesses in Florida must be upgraded by the end of March or face shutdown.

Government Fleets Implement Location-Based Services

NORWALK, CT - Several government agencies in Arizona, New York, and Canada have added WebTech Wireless location-based services (LBS) to their fleets.

Lowell Police Union to Fight Cruiser GPS Proposal

BOSTON - The City of Lowell's proposal to install GPS devices in police vehicles has been rejected by the police union.

Pennsylvania Man Fined for Offensive Writing on State Truck

HERMITAGE, PA - A western Pennsylvania man was recently fined $50 for using his finger to write derogatory words on the dirty cab of a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission truck.

Titan Off-Road Tire Prices to Increase

QUINCY, IL - Titan Tire Corporation will implement a price increase on Titan-branded OTR (off-the-road) construction tires, and Titan-manufactured, Goodyear-branded farm tires effective March 1.

City of Chicago May Ban Body Shop from City Work

CHICAGO - The City of Chicago sent a notice of its intent to prohibit Central Auto Body Shop, the shop Fleet Commissioner Mike Picardi was recently suspended for doing business with, from doing any more city work.

Kentucky Fleet Must Improve Efficiency, Says Governor

FRANKFORT, KY - The state fleet was one of the items addressed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's new efficiency initiative, Beshear's "Smart Government" policy.

W. Va. to Create New Fleet Management Office

CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin's cost-saving proposals during his "State of the State" address this week included increasing fleet management oversight.

California Now Required to Recycle Used Oil

SACRAMENTO, CA - The State of California has adopted a used oil recycling program that promotes and develops alternatives to the illegal disposal of used oil.

2010 GFX Conference Set for June 21-23

AUSTIN, TX - GFX 2010 will start with the facility tour and networking reception on Monday, June 21, followed by educational sessions and a chance to walk the exhibit floor on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23.

Pittsburgh & Allegheny County Consider Shared Fleet Services

PITTSBURGH - Sharing fleet services with Allegheny County is one possible cost-saving alternative for the City of Pittsburgh, which is looking to cut down expenses by performing vehicle repairs in-house.

Colusa County Bans Personal Use of County Vehicles

COLUSA, CA - The updated policy stipulates that county vehicles are only to be driven in the course of an employee's official duties of county employment.

City of Richmond Considers Privatization of Fleet

RICHMOND, VA - Privatizing fleet management is just one of several cost-cutting measures the City of Richmond may be forced to take as it faces a $30 million budget shortfall.

U.S. Postal Service Adds Digital Mapping Capabilities to Operations

CHICAGO - The United States Postal Service has selected NAVTEQ map data for use within the geospatial component of its eFMS (Electronic Facilities Management System) application.



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