Government Fleet News

Riverside County Department Heads No Longer Allowed to Use County Cars

RIVERSIDE, CA - Riverside County department heads will no longer be eligible to use county-owned cars for business or pleasure. Board members and other elected officials, however, will have the option of continuing to use county-owned vehicles or driving their own, with a monthly stipend to offset the costs of maintenance and gas.

Obama Predicts Electric Car Battery Prices Will Drop 70 Percent

HOLLAND, MI - The cost of the high-powered batteries needed for a coming wave of electric cars is projected to drop by as much as 70 percent over the next five years, according to a U.S. government forecast.

Mesa County Pushes Fuel Conservation Policy

GRAND JUNCTION, CO - Mesa County commissioners last week unanimously adopted a fuel conservation policy that will encourage employees to reduce engine idling and shorten the number and length of trips.

City of La Mesa Installs New Fuel Management System

LA MESA, CA - The City of La Mesa installed on June 25 the FuelMaster fuel management system on its fleet of 210 vehicles.

City CarShare Enhances San Francisco Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO - City CarShare and the City of San Francisco have entered a formal agreement to extend car sharing to City and County employees. CarShare’s fleet will provide cars as the City retires its older vehicles, allowing the City to manage a smaller vehicle fleet, with lower purchase and maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

EPA Proposes 2011 Renewable Fuel Standards

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed the 2011 percentage standards for the four fuels categories under the agency's Renewable Fuel Standard program, known as RFS2.

Maxon Lift Corp. Announces Strategic Partnership with Purkeys Fleet Electric

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA - Maxon Lift Corp. and Purkeys Fleet Electric have formalized their decade-long informal relationship with a strategic partnership agreement.

SmartWay Verifies Totally Automated Aerodynamic Trailer Technology for CARB Rules

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH - The Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay program says fleets installing Aerodynamic Trailer Systems’ new IAS Integrated Automated System (SmartTail with WindTamer) will satisfy stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) legislation.

Fleet Management Solutions Awarded GSA Contract Schedule

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Fleet Management Solutions, Inc. (FMS) announced the recent award of GSA listing # GS07F0530W on Schedule 84 for the company’s comprehensive satellite-based mobile fleet management and GPS tracking systems.

City Councilors Discuss Truck Repairs and Replacement

TUSCUMBIA, AL - The Tuscumbia City Council this week discussed solutions to fund broken down trucks in the Public Works Department.

Mayor Cuts Down City Fleet of Take-Home Vehicles

MANCHESTER, NH - After asking Manchester, N.H., city department heads to whittle down the number of employees taking home city vehicles, Mayor Ted Gatsas slashed the number by more than half, down to 19.

Wyoming DOT Expands to Mobile Resource Management System

CHEYENNE, WY - Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) through its Wyolink state agency is expanding their CompassCom Software system to an enterprise Mobile Resource Management (MRM) solution for the state.

The MEMA meeting had a record number of 105 attendees.

MEMA Meeting Features Ford & Chrysler

WHITTIER, CA - The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held its Annual Picnic and Vendor Fair on Thursday, July 14, at Parnell Park in Whittier, Calif. The meeting had a record number of 105 attendees ranging from Southern California municipal fleet employees and managers to product vendors.

City of Richmond Board Upholds Acquisition Contract for City Garbage Trucks

RICHMOND, VA - An appeals board has upheld Richmond's decision to award a $6 million contract for new garbage trucks to a Georgia company but has raised concerns about the city's bid process.

Audit Targets Oklahoma County Travel Pay and County Vehicle Use

McALESTER, OK - The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector’s Office (OSAI) performed a special audit to “review officials’ salary increase for travel allowance and determine if it was proper.”

Indiana to Convert Vehicles to Alternative Fuels

AVON, IN - A massive effort to convert hundreds of Indiana state vehicles to alternative fuel sources is now under way. The $22.8 million project includes a $10.1 million federal grant.

DriveCam Insights Focus on Waste Fleets

SAN DIEGO - A DriveCam study focuses on the distribution of collisions and near collisions identified in 2009 by month, day, and year, specifically comparing commercial waste fleets to an aggregation of commercial fleets in various other industries.

Toyota 8-Series Lift Truck Modified to Perform Unmanned Robotic Pallet Manipulation

IRVINE, CA - Over two days in June, the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency hosted demonstrations of an MIT-developed prototype unmanned robotic Toyota lift truck capable of locating, lifting, moving, and placing palletized supplies within an existing outdoor supply depot.

Switch to Online Auctions Helps Galveston Draw More Money

GALVESTON, TEXAS - The City of Galveston has nearly doubled its earning from auction items since making the switch to an online auction site in 2008.

Natural Gas to Make its Way to New York Fleets

NEW YORK - New York State's Office of General Services has awarded a three-year contract to Empire Coachworks to supply alternative fuel vehicles to all municipal and government agencies in the State of New York.

Report Recommends Reimbursement for San Mateo County

SAN MATEO, CA - Reimbursing employees for driving their own cars rather than assigning them county-owned vehicles could save San Mateo County up to $1.7 million per year, according to a recent grand jury report.

Lexington to Eliminate Lead Wheel Weights

LEXINGTON, KY - Mayor Jim Newberry announced the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services and the Division of Facilities and Fleet Management will begin eliminating the use of lead wheel weights on city vehicles.

Take-Home Cars Eliminated for St. Louis County Dept. Heads

CLAYTON, MO - St. Louis County department heads will lose their take-home vehicles at the end of 2010 as part of a plan to cut 1 percent from the county's budget next year.

New Hampshire Joins WSCA Contract

CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire is the latest state to join the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract.

Fleet managers shared their challenges with their peers, who were able to provide possible solutions.

Gov’t Fleet Managers Work Together to Find Solutions

AUSTIN, TX - Public sector fleet managers had the opportunity to get feedback from peers on how to handle some of the biggest challenges they face today during a roundtable discussion at the Government Fleet & Expo.

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