Government Fleet News

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.

Fleet Consolidation a Possibility for Delaware

WILMINGTON, DE - With an $800 million budget shortfall, consolidation of government departments, including fleet, has been put on the table as a way to become more cost-effective.

Richmond Police Tighten Take-Home Policy

RICHMOND, VA - Though there are exceptions, Richmond Police Department now gives priority of take-home vehicles to officers who live in the city.

More States Awarded $147M for ‘Green’ Programs

WASHINGTON - Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are the latest states to receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Wake County Fleet Gets Seized Corvette

RALEIGH, NC - Wake County Sheriff's Office has added a new corvette to its fleet, recently confiscated from a drug dealer.

Bobcat Company Facility Awarded ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Registration

WEST FARGO, ND - Bobcat Company's manufacturing facility in Bismarck, N.D., has received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification by British Standards Institution (BSI) in recognition of the facility's commitment to environmentally-friendly operation and a safe and healthy work setting.


Linck to Retire from Town of Greenwich

GREENWICH, CT - Elizabeth "Betty" Linck, town fleet director for the Town of Greenwich for nearly 20 years, will retire effective September 30.

City of Houston Selects AssetWorks Fleet Asset & Maintenance Management Software Solution

HOUSTON - AssetWorks has signed a contract and commenced implementation services with the City of Houston.

Valencia County Cuts Down on Take-Home Cars

LOS LUNAS, NM - Valencia County's new policy will put an end to take-home vehicles and save approximately $75,000 a year, according to

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