Government Fleet News

Ford Announces 2011-MY Fleet Incentives

DETROIT - Ford announced national fleet incentives available for 27 2011 models. Incentives range from $500-$4,500.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Improves Operations with GPS Tools

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Detention and Removal (DRO) has improved operations and efficiencies with the help of the online GPS Fleet Tracking application, according to Fleet Management Solutions, Inc. (FMS)

City of Oxnard, Calif., Extends Oil Drain Intervals with New Green Product

OXNARD, CA - After testing a new eco-friendly oil filter product for a year, the City of Oxnard will extend its fleet vehicle oil drain interviews, producing an estimated $145,000 in oil and labor savings and an annual reduction of 24,000 quarts of oil.

A record number of attendees showed for up this year's GFX conference in Austin, Texas.

Highlights from the 2010 GFX Conference

AUSTIN, TEXAS - The 2010 Government Fleet Expo + Conference (GFX) brought together some of the greatest fleet minds from the public sector during the three-day event in Austin.

Subadan emphasized the importance of working together towards the same goals. "[Hillsborough County] is a very small department with a very big mission," she told attendees.

Subadan Encourages Fleet Managers to ‘Take the Reins’

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Sharon Subadan, director of fleet management for Hillsborough County, delivered the opening keynote speech June 21 at the 2010 Government Fleet Expo + Conference (GFX).

 Longobart served as a presenter, moderator, and panelist for several sessions at the 2010 GFX conference.

Longobart Honored for Leadership

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Rick Longobart, facilities and fleet manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., was recognized for being an innovative fleet manager at the Government Fleet Expo + Conference (GFX) on June 22.

Illinois Ban on Lead Wheel Weights Awaits Governor's Signature

SPRINGFIELD, IL - The bill would ban the selling, distribution, and use of more than 0.1 percent lead by weight in vehicle wheels or tires.

Vehicles Donated for SoCal Emergency Response Training

IRVINE, CA - The Rio Hondo Regional Truck Academy, a facility offering courses designed for the professional firefighter to educate emergency responders from Southern California about life-saving techniques, recently received 26 Kia Borrego SUVs donated by Kia Motors America.

Fleet Manager Retires Shortly After DUI Arrest

MEMPHIS - Arthur Adams, fleet services manager for the City of Memphis General Services Division, retired June 14 after recently being charged with a DUI while driving a city vehicle, according to The Commercial Appeal.

City of Manassas Park Votes to Outsource Fleet Maintenance

MANASSAS PARK, VA - The Manassas Park City Council recently voted to contract with five local businesses to repair and maintain the city vehicles.

Virginia Fleets to Boost Electric Vehicle Use

RICHMOND, VA - Virginia's public and private sectors are partnering on an initiative to increase the use of electric vehicles in the state.

Arkansas Gets New Trucks to Help Fight Wildfires

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas State Forestry recently put into service nine new Kenworth T800s outfitted with flatbeds to transport mid-size bulldozers to help assist with wildfires.

States Increasing Distracted Driving Efforts

WASHINGTON - States are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

CAFM Status Continues to Grow in Public Sector Fleets

PRINCETON, NJ - Fleet professionals from Texas, Ohio, Florida, and Connecticut are among the latest in the public sector to achieve the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager (CAFM) designation.

A.R.E. Awarded GSA Contract for Truck Caps, Tonneau Covers

MASSILLON, OHIO - A.R.E. is proud to announce the company has been awarded a Government Service Administration (GSA) contract to sell its line of high-quality truck caps and tonneau covers to government agencies throughout the United States.

Denver Adds Four Hybrid Trucks to Fleet

DENVER - The four new Freightliner Business Class M2 106 Hybrid aerial bucket trucks will be used for forestry, traffic signal, and traffic sign repair.

Keith Kerman, assistant commissioner for the New York City Parks Department, is shown with one of the department’s 17 Kenworth T370 diesel-electric hybrid trucks. (Photo: Kenworth)

NYC Parks Dept. Deploys Hybrid Trucks

NEW YORK CITY - The New York City (NYC) Parks Department is working to green its fleet as part of a citywide goal to curb carbon dioxide by 30 percent by the year 2017.

As senior equipment mechanic for the City of Rocklin, French is a key member of the service team, providing accurate, reliable vehicle maintenance and repair to fleet vehicles.

City of Rocklin Professional Achieves ASE Master Technician Certification

ROCKLIN, CA - Russ French, senior equipment mechanic for the City of Rocklin, has achieved ASE Master Technician certification in seven ASE categories.

Alabama Takes Steps to Turn Fleet Green

MONTGOMERY, AL - Alabama state officials recently had a first-hand look at vehicles that will help save money and make their vehicle fleets environmentally friendly.

Committee Recommends Centralization of Harford County Fleet

BEL AIR, MD - In efforts to minimize "redundant personnel and services," centralizing and outsourcing the fleet management or motor pool services for all county equipment and vehicles was strongly suggested, according to The Dagger.

Adjustments Made to Ft. Wayne Police Take-Home Fees

FT. WAYNE, IN - The Fort Wayne Police Department has rescinded the biweekly fee it imposed in 2008 on officers who take home their squad cars - unless gas prices rise above $3 a gallon.

Montgomery County Deploys New CNG Trash Trucks

ROCKVILLE, MD - The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) has put into service the first 20 of 100 refuse and recycling collection trucks powered with compressed natural gas.

Car Washing Idea Saves San Francisco $75K

SAN FRANCISCO - David Ebarle, a manager at San Francisco's 911 center who also oversees the Department of Emergency Management's vehicle fleet, was recently honored for coming up with a more-cost effective way to wash city vehicles.

U.S. Army, Gov’t Fleets Gather for Electric Vehicle Showcase

FT. BLISS, TEXAS - Electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP demonstrated its line of electric trucks, vans, and ATVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank and Automotive Center at Fort Bliss.

Allegheny County to Stick to 4-Cylinder Models

PITTSBURGH - Switching fleet vehicles to four-cylinder models is just one part of a recommended strategy to help decrease the county government's overall carbon emissions, energy consumption, and water usage by 20 percent by 2015.

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