Government Fleet News

Polk County Sheriff’s Office Converts Fleet to microGreen Oil Filter

WINTER HAVEN, FL - Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has converted their patrol vehicles to the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, developed and manufactured by SOMS Technologies, LLC.

Navy to Add 345 Electric Vehicles

JACKSONVILLE, FL - The local engineering arm of the U.S. Navy plans to cut transportation costs by renting about 345 slow-moving electric vehicles by 2015, bringing its fleet to 750 such vehicles.

San Francisco Fleet May Be Reduced 20%

SAN FRANCISCO - The number of cars and trucks used by San Francisco workers could decrease by at least 20 percent within years under a plan from Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is looking to further cut costs and reduce carbon emissions.

City Eliminates 15 Jobs — 20% in Fleet Services

MARSHALL, TX - The City of Marshall has decided to cut 12 full-time positions and three part-time positions as it enters its fiscal year on Oct. 1. Three full-time positions will be from the city's fleet services department.

Austin Police Getting New Dashboard Cameras

AUSTIN, TX - Austin police cars will be outfitted with improved dashboard cameras in a plan to abandon use of outdated videotape. The Austin City Council on August 5 approved spending $15.5 million for the new cameras and digital equipment.

Police Car Fire Damages Nine Other City Vehicles

MUNCIE, IN - A case of spontaneous police car combustion filled the Muncie Police Department's garage with thick, black smoke on the night of August 4, damaging nine other vehicles inside the garage.

Governor Orders Review of Arkansas Fleet

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Gov. Mike Beebe wants a detailed review of all the vehicles in the state's 8,653-vehicle fleet, nearly 2,000 of which are used for commuting.

Albuquerque Announces New Take-Home Police Vehicle Policy

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The Albuquerque Police Department has a new policy: Officers living outside city limits will no longer be able to take their police cars home.

Mississippi State University Receives $1 Million Clean Diesel Grant

ATLANTA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, presented the Mississippi State University Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems with a $1,083,595 grant award to help reduce diesel emissions associated with freight movement throughout the southeast.

SANBAG and Ryder Begin Natural Gas Truck Rental and Leasing Project

MIAMI - San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) has entered into an agreement with commercial transportation and logistics provider Ryder System, Inc., and other project partners, to implement a heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California locations.

City of Richlands Contracts with Sparta Commercial’s Municipal Lease Program

The City of Richlands has become the most recent local government to contract with Sparta Commercial Services, Inc.’s nationwide Municipal Lease Program as it adds to its fleet of police cruisers.

Memphis Fleet Services Employees to Get Pensions

MEMPHIS, TN - Fleet Services administrator Arthur Adams and three other General Services employees who have retired or resigned while they were under investigation by the City of Memphis for the way Fleet Services was operated, including a contract with a tire-repair company the FBI is investigating, have had their pensions approved by the city pension board.

City of Commerce Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio (center), city officials, and representatives from industry groups that supported the station cut the ribbon during the CNG/LNG grand-opening ceremony.

City of Commerce Opens Natural Gas Fueling Station

COMMERCE, CA - The City of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting grand opening celebration for its new CNG/LNG fueling station on August 5. That station will be used to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas vehicles, including seven full-size transit buses, four paratransit vans, and two smaller fleet vehicles. In addition, it will service LNG port trucks and will be open to the general public 24 hours per day.

ARI Launches Forklift Management Program

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Evolved from ARI customer requests, the Forklift Management Program is a fully integrated, single-source solution that supports the forklift life cycle from specifications and acquisition through preventative maintenance, repair service and, finally, remarketing.

Minnesota State Vehicles Increase E-85 Use by 25%

SAINT PAUL, MN - Minnesota’s state agencies increased their use of cleaner-burning E-85 fuel by 25 percent to 437,063 gallons during the first half of 2010, part of their effort to reduce petroleum use.

NAFA Forms CARB Advisory Council

PRINCETON, NJ - NAFA has formed the CARB Advisory Council, a new sub-committee of NAFA’s Fuels & Technology Advisory Council, to provide input to both NAFA and the Air Resources Board on regulatory matters that impact fleet managers in California.

San Francisco Police Test Electric Scooters

SAN FRANCISCO - The San Francisco Police Department is giving stand-up scooters (not Segways) a two-week trial.

Flex-Fuel Squad Cars Lack E-85 Station

GARY, IN - The City of Gary Police Department's fleet of new flex fuel squad cars are on the road, but ethanol fuel isn't available for refueling, and no one can say for sure when the city will have it.

City Partners with UPS to Build CNG Fueling Station

NASHUA, NH - Thanks to an innovative partnership between the City of Nashua and UPS, the process of replacing seven-year-old Department of Public Works garbage trucks could become one of the city’s most significant green initiatives. The City is looking into getting CNG-powered trucks and plans to partner with UPS to build a permanent CNG fueling station.

Mayor Ron Loveridge accepts keys to one of the new electric vehicles purchased from Ramon Alvarez, owner of Alvarez ZAP. (Photo: Business Wire)

City of Riverside Receives Electric Trucks

RIVERSIDE, CA - Alvarez ZAP, electric vehicle provider ZAP’s newest dealer in Riverside, Calif., delivered a shipment of six electric trucks to the City of Riverside during a grand opening press conference last week.

Culver City Adds First CNG Paratransit Buses

CULVER CITY, CA - The City of Culver City has taken delivery of its first dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) powered paratransit buses. The three new buses operate on clean-burning natural gas to further compliment the City’s growing fleet and dedication to CNG-powered vehicles. They replace three ten-year-old gasoline-powered buses.

City of Anaheim Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Station

ANAHEIM, CA - The City of Anaheim has installed its first ChargePoint Networked Charging Station for Electric Vehicles, located at the main office of Anaheim Public Utilities. The city is currently using the Coulomb Technologies unit to recharge two city-owned converted plug-in Toyota Prius’.

Contra Costa County Selects AssetWorks for Fleet and Fuel Management

MARTINEZ, CA - Contra Costa County in California has signed a contract for AssetWorks fully integrated fleet management software, FleetFocus, and automated fuel management solution, FuelFocus.

City Changes Police Take-Home Policy

MORGANTON, NC - City of Morganton, N.C., public safety officers who now take home their patrol cars can continue to do so. However, the rules will change for any officer hired after July 1, for officers who aren’t currently assigned a take-home car, or for officers who move further away from headquarters.

Official Sues over Loss of Take-Home Car

WALLINGFORD, CT - Stephen Nere, executive director of the Wallingford Housing Authority, is suing the agency commissioners, claiming they violated terms of his employment contract by voting in late June to revoke take-home privileges for all authority vehicles.

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