Government Fleet News

Dallas Settles Lawsuit over Bait Car Death

DALLAS - The Dallas City Council decided to settle a two-year-old wrongful death lawsuit involving a stolen bait car designed to lure would-be thieves.

Stricter Policy on Colorado Springs Police Take-Home Vehicles

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - A new policy is in effect for stricter controls on take-home vehicles at the Colorado Springs Police Department in Colorado.

Self-Reporting of Accidents Involving Pennsylvania Vehicles Challenged

HARRISBURG, PA - Self-reporting of accidents when using Pennsylvania state fleet vehicles is being called into question by some legislators and other observers.

Phoenix Pays Millions in Vehicle-Related Claims

PHOENIX - City of Phoenix vehicles are involved in at least one accident a day on average, and the city paid claims for 2,339 accidents in the past five years involving police cars, fire trucks, buses and other city vehicles, costing taxpayers about $15.7 million.

Attleboro City Councilors Seek to Replace Aging DPW Fleet

ATTLEBORO, MA - Despite limited capital, Attleboro, Mass., city councilors plan to urge Mayor Kevin Dumas to start replacing an aging fleet of vehicles in the public works department.

Family Ties in Memphis’ General Services Division Violates City Policy

MEMPHIS, TN - Five current and former high-ranking members of the City of Memphis' General Services Division have violated city policy because they are related to employees in their department.

Knox County Fleet Faces Budget Cuts

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Knox County Fleet Service Center in Tennessee may reduce its operational and personnel costs to meet a proposed 4 percent budget cut per department.

Government Workers Named on the ‘Most Dangerous Drivers’ List

SOLON, Ohio - Government workers are some of the most dangerous drivers, according to insurance.com's "Top 10 Most Dangerous Drivers by Profession" list. Government workers were ranked No. 3, while attorneys/judges and financial professionals took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Los Angeles County Pulls 13 Toyotas After Gas-Pedal Repairs Concerns

LOS ANGELES - Toyota's continuing problems with sticking gas pedals, even after supposed repairs were made, prompted Los Angeles County to remove 13 Toyota vehicles from its fleet until the automaker can determine the cars are safe.

Anderson County Proposes to Ban Take-Home Vehicles

ANDERSON, SC - Under a proposed ordinance, Anderson County, S.C., employees, with the exception of the Sheriff’s Office personnel, will not be allowed to drive county cars home, according to the Anderson Independent Mail.

Alameda County Gets Funding for Recharging Stations

OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County, in Northern California, recently received an $84,760 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for 40 electric vehicle charging stations which will be mainly used to recharge county and local agency vehicles, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Portland Expected to Delay Biodiesel Standard

PORTLAND, OR - In Oregon, the Portland Water Bureau has decided to delay implementation of a new Renewable Fuels Standard to meet goals for 2010, according to DJC Oregon. The standard would have changed July 1 to require all diesel sold in Portland to have a blend of at least 10 percent biodiesel.

Sussex Targets County Vehicles for Savings

GEORGETOWN, DC - Officials are looking toward the Sussex County, Del., government vehicles to come up with cost-cutting measures that could include a reduction in outsourced routine maintenance, reports Delmarva Now.

Memphis City Vehicle Tire Repair Oversight Questioned

MEMPHIS, TN - Excessive vehicle repair invoices submitted by Around Town Tire & Trucking for city vehicles pose questions about alleged oversight of the repair company, reports The Commercial Appeal.

Vandals Ransack Brevard County Fire Maintenance Facility

ROCKLEDGE, FL - Vandals ransacked Brevard County Fire-Rescue’s fleet maintenance site before stealing a department utility truck and allegedly setting it ablaze in a wooded area, reports Florida Today.

Networkfleet, Inc. Launches New Fleet Utilization Reports

SAN DIEGO - Networkfleet announced the availability of new fleet utilization reports for users of its wireless fleet management system. The new reports provide detailed information on each vehicle's usage, including miles traveled, engine hours, days utilized, number of trips, and more.

Santa Rosa County Budget Cuts Could Hurt Sheriff’s Fleet

PENSACOLA, FL - Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department will be hard-hit by a bare-bones 2011 budget and unable to purchase new patrol cars, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

City Suspends Two Fleet Services Employees, Fires Another

KNOXVILLE, TN - Two fleet services employees with the City of Knoxville's operations division were suspended and one was fired Feb. 22 for violating city policies, a city spokesman told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

City of Norwalk, CT Selects AssetWorks’ Fleet Solutions

AssetWorks, a provider of fleet management software and automated fuel management systems announced Feb. 23 that the City of Norwalk, Conn., has signed a contract to deploy FleetFocus and FuelFocus.

City of Opelousas Considers Hiring Fleet Manager

OPELOUSAS, LA - The Opelousas Board of Aldermen is considering the creation of the position of fleet manager to oversee the city's growing inventory of vehicles, according to the Daily World.

Wisconsin Tax Credits Would Boost Use of Hybrid Vehicles

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin State Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) wrote a Feb. 19 column in BizTimes.com in support of his new bill which would abolish the state's automobile emissions tests and encourage Wisconsin residents to buy next-generation vehicles.

New Baltimore Mayor Downsizes City Fleet

BALTIMORE - In her first State of the City Address, Baltimore's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will reduce her passenger vehicle fleet by 37 percent as part of an overall plan to trim the city's $120 million budget deficit, according to the Mayor's Office.

New Sample Bill to Aid States in Banning Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled sample legislation Feb. 22 to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel, the latest step in the campaign against distracted driving.

UC-Irvine Study Shows Turfgrass to be Positive Sequester of Carbon

BLOOMINGTON, MN - Scientists from the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California - Irvine recently published a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that adds significantly to the body of knowledge documenting the carbon benefits of turfgrass.

Jersey City to Revise Take-Home Policies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy plans to reduce the number of employees who have municipal vehicles by 20 percent, Councilman Steven Fulop wants to eliminate the perk completely.

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