Government Fleet News

California State Vehicles Found to be Underutilized

SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento Bee investigation discovered many of the new cars and trucks purchased for the State of California this year, which cost more than $5.5 million, have been idle for months.

Officials Park Their County-Owned Vehicles

PUEBLO, CO - Pueblo County commissioners were scrutinized last summer after a televised news report questioned the "perk" and use of county-owned cars on personal business.

AQMD Funding Deadline Extended to Nov. 20

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) has extended its deadline to apply for the Carl Moyer Program to Nov. 20.

Take-Home Cuts May Spare Tulsa Police Jobs

TULSA, OK - The police union has been asked to give up officer take-home vehicles used outside city limits in order to save jobs and the helicopter and mounted patrol units.

GPS a Possibility for Knox County Vehicles

KNOXVILLE, TN - County commissioners recently approved a proposal that could lead to key county take-home vehicles having GPS systems installed to cut down on employees' personal driving.

The Toro Company Acquires Assets of TY-CROP Manufacturing

BLOOMINGTON, MN - TY-CROP products will be marketed under the Toro brand and sold through Toro's distribution channel in the United States and international markets.

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Pricing for All-New 2010 Dodge Ram Heavy-Duty Announced

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Chrysler Group LLC announced pricing for the all-new 2010 Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks, scheduled to arrive in dealerships at the end of the 2009 calendar-year.

UPS Testing New Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks

ATLANTA - The trucks use a Freightliner custom chassis and hydraulic hybrid system from Parker Hannifin Corp., and are being financed by the Department of Energy's Clean Cities program.

West Virginia Boosts Efforts to Track Fleet Vehicles

CHARLESTON, WV - Effective immediately, all state vehicle users must keep a logbook that clearly documents personal use of the vehicles versus business use of the vehicles.

UCM Awarded Grant to Study Electric Vehicles

WARRENSBURG, MO - The University of Central Missouri's (UCM) has been awarded a $5 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to study advanced electric drive vehicles.

Arsenault Professional Services Increase by 36%, Set Pace for Overall Growth

BURLINGTON, NJ - Arsenault Associates announced its consulting services business increased by 36 percent through the 3rd quarter (YTD) of 2009 compared with the same period a year ago.

Take-Home Vehicles for Houston Police Under Review

HOUSTON - Replacing 186 aging city vehicles, the City of Houston is reviewing all vehicle spending items, including the police department's current take-home policy.

Burlington County Cuts Fleet & Parks Take-Home Vehicles

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ - Burlington County announced it will cut another 36 vehicles from fleet and park approximately 44 cars and trucks designated as take-home vehicles.

Each patrol vehicle is expected to save an estimated $3,500 through the transition to the new paint scheme. (Photo credit: Sedgwick County)

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s New Look to Save Money

WICHITA, KS - After nearly 17 years, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office is changing the paint scheme of its fleet of “Shamu” patrol vehicles.

Attendance for this year's conference numbered more than 350 fleet industry professionals.

2nd Annual Green Fleet Conference Examines Budget-Conscious Environmental Initiatives

CHICAGO - More than 350 fleet industry professionals attended the conference, which offered solutions and resources to help fleet managers continue environmental initiatives in budget-challenged times.

Public Sector Winners Present at Conference Award Ceremony

Awards Recognized Green Fleet Leaders

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

New Ambulances for Aiken County

AIKEN, SC - Aiken County Emergency Services will add three ambulances to its fleet in the coming weeks, bringing the total emergency response vehicles to 14.

The more traditional black-and-white models will be phased into Dallas Police Department's fleet by early 2010. (Photo courtesy of the Dallas Police Department)

Dallas Police Department Debuts New Black-and-White

DALLAS - The department's fleet manager, Lt. Dale Barnard, said 266 of the brand-new cars will hit the streets in late February.

Miller maintains 54 certifications, including master levels in emergency vehicle technician, automotive service excellence, and school bus.

City of Loveland Employee Wins EVT of the Year Award

LOVELAND, CO - Warren Miller, a senior mechanic and 18-year employee for the City of Loveland Department of Public Works -Vehicle Maintenance Division, recently won the 2009 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year (EVT) award.

National Guard Bureau Orders 800 Off-Road Vehicles

MINNEAPOLIS - The National Guard Bureau, the federal organization that oversees equipment purchases for the National Guard, will spend $2.4 million on the purchase of Polaris RANGER 800 CREW Side-by-Sides.

APWA President-Elect Crombie Named to Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group

KANSAS CITY, MO - President-Elect George Crombie was a driving force behind the creation of the APWA Center of Sustainability, a newly created initiative to promote principles of sustainability within the public works profession.

IIHS Studies Impact of Cell Phone Laws

ARLINGTON, VA - The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) recently sought out the impact of cell phone laws in changing patterns of driver cell phone use in New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Fleets Cut Maintenance Costs Utilizing microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter

VALHALLA, NY - Since launching its "Fleet Adoption Program" in April, SOMS Technologies, LLC, developer and manufacturer of the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, has announced that over 100 fleets have joined the program.

GPS Causing Truck Crashes

ALBANY, NY - Gov. David Paterson recently proposed penalties including jail time and confiscation of trucks to come down on drivers who use GPS to take more hazardous routes and end up striking bridges.

NYC’s Growing Fleet Causes Some Concern

NEW YORK - With a near-record of 29,687 vehicles, the increase of motor vehicles to New York City's fleet may translate into more carbon emissions, reported the New York Post.

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