Government Fleet News

Dodge Co. Sheriff's Office Implements New Fuel Program

EASTMAN, GA - In addition to boosting efficiency and cutting costs, the new fuel program also serves as a public relations tool since employees can now fill up at major gas stations and speak with local residents while fueling up.

California Revs Up Plug-In Hybrid Trial Project

SACRAMENTO - In an effort to study plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) performance, the California Department of General Services will take part in a two-year experiment to determine the benefits of driving PHEVs.

City of Rockford Gets 3 Grants for New Vehicles

ROCKFORD, IL - Thanks to three federal grants, the City of Rockford will be able to "retire" a portion of their aging fleet of vehicles and replace them with new squad cars.

Automotive Lift Institute Offers Updated Vehicle Lifting Points Guide for Frame-Engaging Lifts

CORTLAND, NY - For this new edition, the 2010 model year vehicles were added, some older images were revised, and additional cautionary notes were provided.

Blue Star Gas Joins Alliance AutoGas to Provide Propane Conversions and Fueling on the West Coast

SANTA ROSA, CA - As an Alliance AutoGas partner, Blue Star will work with West Coast public and private vehicle fleets to convert vehicles from conventional gasoline to propane AutoGas.

Ulster County Spends $347K Annually on Vehicle Reimbursement

KINGSTON, NY - Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach says the county is spending more than it should to reimburse employees for the use of their personal vehicles on the job.

Dept. of Homeland Security Expands Fleet Technology

WASHINGTON - The agency's newly deployed mobile resource management system is designed to manage remote fleets in real time, reduce operating costs, and enhance the safety and security of assets.

Missing Nassau County Vehicles Must be Returned, Says Official

MINEOLA, NY - One-hundred and twenty of the 192 Nassau County vehicles reported missing last month have been "located", but the rest are still unaccounted for.

D.C. Fleet Staff Suspected of Overtime Abuse

WASHINGTON - The Department of Public Works exceeded its 2009 fiscal budget for overtime by nearly $1 million, with the bulk of the questionable overtime payments attributed to the solid waste and fleet management administrations.

Commercial Drivers Banned from Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON - Effective Jan. 26, all drivers of commercial vehicles such as large trucks and buses are prohibited from texting while driving, with a civil or criminal penalty up to $2,750.

State of Oklahoma Implements GPS Tracking

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has awarded a statewide service contract for 1,100 existing devices, GPS tracking devices, GPS tracking devices with remote diagnostics capabilities, and special use GPS tracking devices for trailers and other asset tracking purposes.

Smith Electric Vehicles Awarded GSA Schedule

WASHINGTON - Smith's all-electric, fuel- and emissions-free commercial trucks are now available for purchase by U.S. government agencies and military forces.

USDA & Navy Work to Boost Military Biofuel Use

WASHINGTON - Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy have signed a memorandum of understanding intended to increase the use of biofuels and alternative energy in the military.

Yokohama to Increase Prices on Light & Medium-Duty Tires

FULLERTON, CA - Yokohama Tire Corporation announced it will increase prices on its light and medium commercial truck tires by up to 7 percent, effective March 1.

Last Chance to Nominate 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager

TORRANCE, CA - Nominations for Government Fleet's 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award ends Friday, Jan. 29.

NYC Mayor Announces Plans to Boost Fleet Efficiency

NEW YORK CITY - With a $4 billion budget deficit looming, Mayor Bloomberg revealed his proposals for saving the City of New York money.

North Carolina Agencies Work to Cut Fleet Costs

RALEIGH, NC - Some North Carolina agencies have changed their procedures to reduce how much they're spending on state-owned cars each month.

Oklahoma Vehicle Contract Awarded to 11 State Businesses

OKLAHOMA CITY - The contract was awarded through the $pend$mart Oklahoma Program, an initiative designed to achieve savings and efficiencies in state government procurement.

U.S. Postal Service Plans Conversion to Plug-In EVs

WASHINGTON - AC Propulsion and AutoPort will partner in engineering, development, and conversion to provide an electric vehicle conversion prototype and report for the U.S. Postal Service.

GSA Awards Fleet Contracts

WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration (GSA) approved new contracts for the 2010 buying season on Jan. 22.

The Toro Company Donates $10K to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

BLOOMINGTON, MN - In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, The Toro Company announced it would donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the relief efforts.

Former Nassau Co. Fleet Maintenance Manager Arrested

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - A veteran Nassau County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with allegedly taking nearly eight years' worth of kickbacks as manager of the agency's fleet maintenance department.

Midwest City Fleet Department Implements Cell Phone Policy

MIDWEST CITY, OK - Any employees who violate the policy will be "subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."

Florida Fuel Tanks Fail to Comply with Upgrade Deadline

TAMPA, FL - Nearly 4,700 fuel storage tanks operated by gas stations, governments, and businesses in Florida must be upgraded by the end of March or face shutdown.

Government Fleets Implement Location-Based Services

NORWALK, CT - Several government agencies in Arizona, New York, and Canada have added WebTech Wireless location-based services (LBS) to their fleets.

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