Government Fleet News

GSA Schedule Now Includes ZAP Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON - GSA qualification expedites the acquisition process and is an endorsement that would facilitate the sale of ZAP vehicles to government agencies and enhance market visibility and access.

GM Announces New Director of Fleet & Commercial Operations

DETROIT - General Motors announced 31-year company veteran Brian Small has been named executive director for Fleet and Commercial Operations, succeeding Jim Campbell, promoted in December to head the automaker's Chevrolet brand.

Chicago Fleet Commissioner Suspended for 3 Months

CHICAGO - Mayor Richard Daley suspended his fleet commissioner after learning the City awarded vehicle repair work to a man convicted nearly 30 years ago of falsifying work orders on Chicago Police Department vehicles and giving kickbacks to city workers.

No Charges Filed Against Stepongzi for Accepting 'Commission'

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Deemed as an "ethical" rather than "criminal" violation, former Hernando County Fleet Director Jack Stepongzi will face no criminal charges for his role in taking "commission" money from a government vending contract.

Allen County Faces More Fleet Cuts

FORT WAYNE, IN - County officials are looking to reduce the number of take-home vehicle assignments in efforts to cut costs.

Newark Police Add First Segway, 40 New Fleet Vehicles

NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Police Department recently added 40 new Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors and the department's first Segway to its fleet.

Mayor Crashes New Fire Truck into Tree

GRAND RIDGE, FL - City of Grand Ridge Mayor and volunteer firefighter Chris Wright struck a pine tree last week while driving the town's newest fire truck on a non-dispatched call.

Napa County Must Reduce its Carbon Footprint

NAPA, CA - To meet the state's 2020 target, local jurisdictions would have to reduce emissions by 30 percent, or 446,661 metric tons.

Ross County Sheriff’s Cost-Cutting Saves $250K+

CHILLICOTHE, OH - More than $250,000 was able to be saved through a careful scrutiny of every bill coming into the office and through some procedural changes made to operations.

Broward County Discusses ‘Green’ Strategy

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Broward County offered tips for local municipalities looking to reduce their carbon footprints at a recent meeting with representatives from cities in the county that received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Crossover SUVs Donated to California State Parks

INDUSTRY, CA - The Subaru Outbacks will be used in California State Parks, including Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego, Bolsa Chica State Park in Orange, and Malibu Creek State Park in Los Angeles.

Warren County Gets New Vehicles with FEMA Grant

INDIANOLA, IN - A $1.1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant will help the Warren County Engineer Department buy new vehicles for its fleet.

City of Austin Expects Savings with Car-Sharing Program

AUSTIN, TX - The six-month pilot program is essentially a barter agreement in which car2go receives on-street parking spaces in exchange for City of Austin employees' use of car2go vehicles for City business purposes. There is no exchange of revenue.

Harrison County to Downsize Sheriff’s Fleet

CORYDON, IN - County commissioners requested the sheriff's department "turn over" 13 vehicles to save money.

W. Va. Governor Wants to Consolidate State Fleet

CHARLESTON, WV - A series of audits revealing the state spends $60 to $70 million a year on its fleet are contributing factors to Gov. Joe Manchin's proposed legislation to consolidate and centralize the state's vehicle fleet.

Biodiesel Industry Suffers as Tax Credit Ends

OKLAHOMA CITY - With the expiration of a federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon, some U.S. biodiesel producers say they will shut down without the government subsidy.

Location Set for 2010 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19, will be held at the Towne & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Utah Highway Patrol Runs Low on Vehicles after Several Collisions

LAYTON, UT - Several collisions in the past month have cut down on the number of patrol vehicles available to Utah Highway Patrol.

City of Greensburg Lacks Take-Home Policy

GREENSBURG, PA - Although no set policy exists for government vehicles taken home by seven employees, the city's administrator said workers know the vehicles are for business use only.

City of Austin to Install CNG Station at Airport

AUSTIN, TX - The City of Austin has awarded a 10-year contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to design, build, and maintain a new public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located adjacent to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

GSA Updates Vehicle Reimbursement Rates

WASHINGTON - GSA announced new federal government reimbursement rates for the use of privately-owned vehicles while on official business are now in effect.

N.Y. Establishes State Contract for Vehicle Lifts & Shop Equipment

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Office of General Services has established a state contract for vehicle lifts and related shop equipment, valid through Sept. 30, 2014.

EPA Releases New Mobile Source Emissions Model

WASHINGTON - An updated version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model - MOVES2010 - is now available for use to estimate air pollution from cars, trucks, and other on-road mobile sources.

Top 2009 News: Washington D.C. Saves $300k+ in 4 Months

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., the first city in the country to adopt Zipcar's new FastFleet system, estimates it has saved more than $300,000 during a four-month pilot.

Top 2009 News: Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

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