Government Fleet News

Little Rock’s New Police Sirens to Speed Response Time

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The newly installed emergency sirens are expected to alert motorists to the clear the way faster and increase emergency response time.

New Hampshire to Ban Texting Jan. 1

CONCORD, NH - In addition to text messaging, anyone found typing on an electronic device with two hands while driving in the state must pay a $100 fine.

Employee Fired for Driving City Vehicle Out-of-State

GARY, IN - A city employee reportedly was fired July 30 after city officials learned he was driving a city-owned vehicle out of Indiana and into Illinois.

Jefferson Co. Furloughs to Cut Down Fleet Use

BIRMINGHAM, AL - With a reported 900 county employees furloughed, many of the cars in Jefferson County's more than 1,800-vehicle fleet have been parked since July 31.

North Providence Mistakenly Auctions Off Leased Trailer

NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI - In its first eBay selling experience, town administration unwittingly used the online auction site to sell a leased trailer.

School District Criticized for Take-Home Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX - In 2008, the Austin Independent School District reportedly spent more than $48,000 on fuel for take-home vehicles.

Hernando County Reorganizes Fleet Structure

BROOKSVILLE, FL - The creation of a Public Safety Bureau will bring together a number of information support and technology services, including fleet management.

Maricopa Co. Audit Shows Fleet Needs Better Oversight

PHOENIX - Although all vehicles were accounted for and no evidence of misuse was found, vehicles have not been consistently tracked for the last several years.

NHTSA & GHSA to Help States Effectively Enforce Texting Bans

WASHINGTON - In addition to supporting an NHTSA enforcement demonstration project showcasing how states can effectively enforce a cell phone ban, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) also urges employers ban all cell phone/texting use during working hours.

FedFleet Expo Highlights Fuel Efficiency

CHICAGO - The General Services Administration's recent Recovery Act purchase of 17,205 new, more fuel-efficient vehicles for the federal fleet are a key focus of this year's event.

Three Killed in Baltimore County Street Sweeper Accident

TOWNSON, MD - One of the victims killed instantly when the car collided with a street sweeper was pregnant.

Study: Texting Raises Crash Risk 23.2 Times

BLACKSBURG, VA - Truck and heavy-vehicle drivers who text-message while driving are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near-crash as non-distracted motorists, according to new research conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

NHTSA Issues New Braking Rules for Large Trucks

WASHINGTON - The new standard requires that a tractor-trailer traveling at 60 miles per hour comes to a complete stop in 250 feet instead of the previous 355 feet listed in the old standard.

Leggett & Platt Awarded GSA Contract

ATLANTA - Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products has been awarded a General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule Contract for Vehicle Equipment Components.

T3 Motion Announces GSA Schedule Listing

COSTA MESA, CA - The GSA listing for T3 Motion, Inc. enables U.S. government agencies and the military to order T3 Motion clean energy vehicles such as the T3 Series electric stand-up vehicle.

South Bend Police to Pay for Vehicle Damage

SOUTH BEND, IN - The recently formalized agreement may require officers to pay for damages to police vehicles incurred while off-duty.

Kansas City Police to Cut Back on Take-Home Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO - The police department will revise its take-home car policy and revoke the take-home status of 60 vehicles in response to an internal audit released July 24.

November/December 2008 cover of Government Fleet magazine.

Fleet Employee Wins Award for <i>GF</i> Cover Image

TAMPA, FL - Community Relations Coordinator Carol Michel won an award of Meritorious for her photograph of a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Ladder Truck, featured on a 2008 cover of Government Fleet magazine.

NYC Mayor Apologizes for Idling SUVs

NEW YORK CITY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apologized for violating his own "no engine idling" policy.

City Deciding What to do with Leased 2009 Lexus

COLTON, CA - The City of Colton must decide what to do with the leased 2009 Lexus sedan former City Manager Daryl Parrish left behind when he resigned in May.

Ford Tops Toyota in Latest Quality Study

DEARBORN, MI - For the first time in the 28-year history of the Global Quality Research System study, customer satisfaction with Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles has reached its highest level in North America.

Chicago Gets $1M to Reduce Diesel Emissions

CHICAGO - The EPA recovery act funds will be used to purchase and install 35 diesel oxidation catalysts and 163 diesel-fired heaters on municipal vehicles, and partially fund two new hybrid diesel-electric aerial trucks to replace older vehicles.

Knox County Criticized for Free Employee Parking

KNOXVILLE, TN - A reported 814 public employees park for free in downtown garages, while 1,760 others pay monthly fees of $15-$30 for the same privilege.

Sioux Falls Makes $275K in Online Auctions

SIOUX FALLS, SD - By switching from its traditional auction, the city has significantly increased revenue at least 50 percent from the sale of used specialized equipment.

Riverside County Audit Prompts Stricter Take-Home Policy

RIVERSIDE, CA - The audit advises that the county could save an estimated $2.3 million by reducing the numbers of cars employees take home each night, better tracking county car use, and limiting the size of the fleet.

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