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Top 2009 News: Washington D.C. Saves $300k+ in 4 Months

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., the first city in the country to adopt Zipcar's new FastFleet system, estimates it has saved more than $300,000 during a four-month pilot.

Top 2009 News: Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

Top 2009 News: Boston Fire Department to Hire Fleet Manager

BOSTON – With the Jan. 9 death of a Boston Fire Department lieutenant attributed to brake failure, a report by an outside consultant recommends the city hire a fleet manager to oversee a preventive maintenance regimen.

Top 2009 News: Redflex Removes Photo Enforcement Vehicles after Camera Operator Shot

PHOENIX – Redflex Traffic Systems removed all mobile photo enforcement vehicles operated by Redflex employees in Arizona after the April 19 murder of a Redflex employee by an angry motorist.

Top 2009 News: SLO County Spends $1M Annually on Take-Home Vehicles

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – San Luis Obispo County supervisors recently grilled department heads on excessive use of take-home vehicles after a grand jury report found take-home use amounts to an estimated $1 million annually, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Top 2009 News: Philadelphia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

PHILADELPHIA – First-time offenders would be charged a $150 fine and $300 for second offenses, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Top 2009 News: PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – The all-electric aerial utility truck, produced by SEV U.S. and SEV U.K. with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc., is the first unit of its kind to be put into operation by a major utility company before being brought to the market.

Top 2009 News: Atlanta Cops Help Dream Up High-tech Police Car

ATLANTA – The new, high-tech Carbon E7 concept vehicle was designed by cops for cops, drawing on suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals, according to CNN.com.

Top 2009 News: Chrysler Reveals All-New Electric Minivan Concepts to USPS

WASHINGTON – Chrysler revealed four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivan concepts to the U.S. Postal Service as part of the USPS Earth Day celebration on April 22.

Nominations Open for 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Sonoma County Cars Vandalized

SANTA ROSA, CA - The windshields of an estimated 70 cars were broken in at least three locations at the Sonoma County Administration Center on Dec. 23.

Nearly 200 Vehicles Missing from Nassau County Fleet

MINEOLA, NY - An audit of Nassau County's fleet of vehicles and motorized equipment has discovered that 192 are missing, including several recent-model super-duty pickup trucks, SUVs, cars, and vans.

City of Methuen to Fire Employees Who Break New Take-Home Policy

METHUEN, MA - Effective Jan. 1, employees must park all city vehicles used in a city lot at the end of their shifts or risk possible termination.

Investigation of Hernando Co. Kickback Scheme Continues

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Nearly two months after Hernando County Fleet Director Jack Stepongzi's resignation, the state attorney's office and the sheriff's department continue their joint investigation into the activities of the fleet department.

Fort Smith May Loosen Take-Home Policy Restrictions

FORT SMITH, AR - Eighty-seven percent of take-home vehicles were cut in August 2008, reducing use to only 10-12 vehicles. Fort Smith Police Chief Kevin Lindsey has proposed a policy change that would put more than 50 vehicles back into play.

Tulsa Police Take-Home Cuts Expected to Save $1M+

TULSA, OK - The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police has unanimously voted to give up officers' right to drive their patrol cars to their homes outside the city limits.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Changes Vehicle Policy to Save Money

GRETNA, LA - As a cost-cutting measure expected to save more than $300,000, 39 Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office employees will lose their take-home vehicles, and 20 more vehicles could be eliminated.

Key West Employee Used City Vehicle During Drug Sales

KEY WEST, FL - A Key West Parks and Recreation Department employee arrested Dec. 21 allegedly used his city vehicle to sell drugs, reported KeysNet.com.

More than 12% of New Caltrans Vehicles Sit Idle

SACRAMENTO - The results of a recent report revealed that 319 of the 2,667 vehicles Caltrans has bought since 2007 are waiting to be assembled, while another 5 percent are assembled and waiting to be deployed.

GPS Boosts Kern County Fleet Productivity and Efficiency

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Less fuel consumption and increased productivity and efficiency are just a few of the benefits Kern County has experienced since installing GPS devices in its fleet.

City of Beloit, Univ. of Wisconsin Partner on Fuel Experiment

BELOIT, WI - The City of Beloit and the University of Wisconsin (UW) are experimenting with technology that allows motor scooters, cars, and trucks to use a combination of gasoline and water as fuel.

CA Taxpayers Ensure State Fleet is Cost-Efficient

SACRAMENTO - California taxpayers keeping a watchful eye on state agency expenses, including state-owned vehicles, have prompted action by government officials.

More Public Sector Fleet Professionals Earn CAFM

PRINCETON, NJ - Fleet professionals from California, New York, Washington, Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, and Texas are the latest public sector employees to achieve the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) designation.

California Government Agencies Select Networkfleet to Reduce Fuel Consumption and Lower Emissions

SAN DIEGO - Networkfleet announced that the cities of Richmond and Oakland, as well as San Diego County and the Alameda County Water District, have selected Networkfleet to reduce fuel consumption and lower vehicle emissions.

NCSFA Announces 2010 Executive Committee

GAITHERSBURG, MD - The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) has announced its executive committee for 2010.



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