Government Fleet News

McGonagle Appointed Boston Director of Central Fleet Maintenance

BOSTON - On September 10, Boston Public Works Commissioner Joanne Massaro appointed Jim McGonagle director of Central Fleet Maintenance. The new director is charged with reforming and re-engineering the operations of Central Fleet Maintenance.

15th Annual BusCon Coming to Navy Pier, Chicago

CHICAGO - BusCon, America's convention for buses, will take place at Chicago's Navy Pier September 28-30. Over 50 buses and a wide variety of leading-edge bus accessories and equipment will be on display in the exhibit hall.

2011 Ford E-Series 50th Anniversary Package

Ford Offers E-Series 50th Anniversary Edition

DEARBORN, MI - Ford marks 50 years of the E-series with production of the 2011 model, a commemorative anniversary edition.

Voting Now Open for 2011 Fleet Car & Truck of the Year Awards

TORRANCE, CA - Online balloting is available for Automotive Fleet's annual Fleet Car and Truck of the Year. Voting is open to all professional fleet managers.

City and Transit Fleets Consolidate to Single Database

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The City of Colorado Springs, Colo., has upgraded to the AssetWorks browser-based version of FleetFocus, and Colorado Springs Mountain Metropolitan Transit Authority is joining the city in using the single database to manage all fleet maintenance operations.

Fleet Managers Test Drive All-Electric Work Trucks

LOS ANGELES - Boulder Electric Vehicle was in the Los Angeles area on Sept. 8-9 to give fleet managers, utility managers, and government officials the opportunity to see and drive one of the company's all-electric commercial work trucks.

California Tire Pressure Regulation in Effect

SACRAMENTO, CA - California law now requires all automotive service providers performing automotive maintenance or repair services in the state (including public fleet repair facilities) to properly check and inflate the tires of the light vehicles they are repairing.

Mohawk Lift Activates Flickr Photo-Sharing Page

AMSTERDAM, NY - Mohawk Lift's is now active on Flickr. Mohawk's Flickr page includes many lift photos and will continually be updated with the latest lift models.

Knox County Mayor Slashes Take-Home Vehicles

KNOXVILLE, TN - Knox County, Tenn., Mayor Tim Burchett laid out a schedule of cost-cutting measures after his swearing-in ceremony on Sept. 1, expected to result in a 20-percent savings in the Mayor's budget. This includes selling some fleet vehicles and eliminating take-home vehicles.

Chicago May Privatize Fleet Management

CHICAGO - Mayor Richard M. Daley announced the City of Chicago is planning to issue Requests for Proposal to privatize the management and execution of some City services, including fleet management.

Employees were familiarized with the City of Asheville's green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles, including bikes, an electric smart vehicle, and a CNG car. (Photo via City of Asheville)

Workshop Teaches City Employees about Green Fleet

ASHEVILLE, NC - City of Asheville, N.C., employees turned out in late August for a green transportation fair entitled “Put on Your Green Shoes.” The event was geared toward familiarizing city employees with the city’s green fleet of low- and no-emission vehicles.

The Prius PHV is capable of running on electricity for approximately 13 miles at speeds up to 62 mph, at which point it operates as a conventional Prius hybrid.

Clean Communities of CNY Receives 6 Prius Plug-In Hybrids

SYRACUSE, NY - Clean Communities of CNY, the central and western New York chapter of the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program, received six Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles as part of Toyota's U.S. plug-in demonstration program.

Nashville Electric Service Deploys New Fleet Management Solution

NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville Electric Service, a publicly owned electric utilities provider, has deployed In Motion Technology’s end-to-end mobile networking and fleet management solution to improve dispatches, communications, and customer service.

The Nissan LEAF, a zero-emission, all-electric vehicle, will be available in Hawaii beginning in January 2011.

Hawaii & Nissan Partner for Electric Vehicle Development

HONOLULU - The State of Hawaii and Nissan North America announced August 31 a partnership to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles and an electric-vehicle charging network throughout the State.

Last Chance to Nominate Green Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Sept. 10.

GDiesel Designated Alternative Fuel in Nevada

RENO, NV - The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) has designated GDiesel, manufactured by Advanced Refining Concepts, LLC, (ARC), as an alternative fuel in Nevada’s Alternative Fueled Vehicles in Fleets program.

GSA to Upgrade Federal Travel Management Service

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration announced it is shopping for an upgraded E-Gov Travel Service that will maximize taxpayer value for government agencies. The government is looking to increase cost savings in federal travel purchases and improve end-user service for federal travelers.

No Take-Home Vehicles for City Department Heads

MANDEVILLE, LA - City of Mandeville, La., Mayor Donald Villere is doing away with take-home vehicles for department heads. Villere told the City Council August 26 that the mayor, the planning director, and the finance director will no longer be provided with take-home vehicles.

Free Seminar to Help Fleets Cut Fuel & Maintenance Costs

REDLANDS, CA - Esri will be offering a free half-day seminar Sept. 30 on how to help small and midsized fleets reduce fuel use, vehicle wear and tear, and time spent building routes using ArcLogistics vehicle routing and scheduling software.

One Week Left to Nominate Green Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. "Greening" a fleet will improve its impact on the environment by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Ford's Police Interceptor utility will deliver at least a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford Debuts Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle

CHICAGO - Ford Motor Company revealed its newest pursuit-rated vehicle – Ford’s first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work.

Jeffery Hart Named City of Oceanside Fleet Supervisor

OCEANSIDE, CA - Jeffery Hart has been named fleet supervisor for the City of Oceanside, Calif., after an interim period. He has been with the City for 20 years and was most previously lead automotive technician. Hart started in 1991 as a mechanic for the police department.

Vehicle Repair Dispute Challenges City Immunity Law

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman whose SUV was hit by a police vehicle rushing to a call was told that that the City would not pay for damages to her vehicle. The City cited a law that gives cities immunity if one of their employees crashes into someone while responding to an emergency.

Indiana Converts 227 Vehicles to Propane

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation and other agencies are converting at least 227 Ford vans and trucks from gasoline to also run on propane. The State has received federal funding for the conversions and for about 115 propane filling stations statewide.

NFPA, Chevrolet, OnStar to Provide Electric Vehicle Safety Training

CHICAGO - The National Fire Protection Association announced collaboration with Chevrolet and OnStar, stemming from an electric vehicle safety training initiative NFPA is developing to support the growing number of electric vehicles in the United States.

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