Government Fleet News

Top Fleet Industry Honors Presented

DETROIT - Presented by Bobit Business Media's stable of fleet industry publications, top 2010 fleet management honors were awarded yesterday in a special ceremony at the NAFA Fleet Management Institute and Expo.

2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year winner John Alley from the City of San Diego emphasized the importance of teamwork in his fleet's success.

Alley Named 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

DETROIT - John Alley, CAFM, deputy director, fleet services for the City of San Diego, was named Government Fleet's 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at an awards presentation April 25.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Gets 6 Driver Training Simulators

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has purchased and installed six new PatrolSim driver training simulators to support its Land Management Police Training Program.

City of Mobile Tightens Budget, Rethinks Take-Home Cars

MOBILE, AL - Cutting take-home vehicles is one cost-saving measure the City of Mobile is considering as a way to deal with the fiscal year's budget shortfall.

Hamilton Police, Fire Chiefs Lose Take-Home Vehicles

HAMILTON, OH -Those who lost their city cars include the fire chief, deputy fire chief, police chief, police captains, and other administrators.

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Betz Appointed to Lead LeasePlan USA Gov’t Fleet Services Program

ALPHARETTA, GA - LeasePlan USA recently appointed 30-year industry veteran, Matthew Betz, to the position of vice president, government fleet services.

Palo Alto Halts Fleet Replacements After Audit

PALO ALTO, CA - Palo Alto officials have halted the city's vehicle-replacement program after an audit found more than a third of the vehicles in the city's fleet were underused in fiscal year 2009.

FBI Reviewing Memphis City Vehicle Repair Contracts

MEMPHIS, TN - The FBI is probing two city auto-repair contracts awarded during former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's administration, according to The Commercial Appeal.

City of Martinez Installs EV Charging Stations

MARTINEZ, CA - The three 120V stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, are located in and around downtown Martinez, including one at City Hall; one at Main and Court streets; and one at the Amtrak Station.

Lake City Considers Leasing Fleet Vehicles

The City of Lake City is considering leasing fleet vehicles to reduce operating costs.

Utah Fleet Director in Rehabilitation

SALT LAKE CITY - Margaret Chambers, the fleet director hit by a wave and paralyzed from the waist down, remains in Hawaii and will be in rehabilitation until May 11.

Kentucky & Nebraska Join States Banning Texting

WASHINGTON - Kentucky and Nebraska join 21 other states in banning text messaging by all drivers, effective summer 2010.

Employees Face Added Tax Burden for Use of State Agency Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of workers at State Compensation Insurance Fund face a bigger income tax bill next year because their employer didn't understand the law for reporting company vehicle use, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Gov’t Tax Revenues Reveal Positive Growth

WASHINGTON - Tax revenue for state and local governments in fourth quarter 2009 marked the first quarter of positive revenue growth in five quarters, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Audit Accuses Waveland Mayor of Fuel Card Abuse

WAVELAND, MS - The State Auditor's Office claims Mayor Tommy Longo illegally used a city-issued gasoline charge card to purchase more than $1,100 worth of fuel for his personal vehicle.

San Jose Firefighters Blame Budget Woes on Hybrid Cars

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose firefighters facing layoffs and demands for pay cuts attribute the City's $116 million budget deficit to spending on "unnecessary" items such as new hybrid cars.

Fairhope Introduces New Take-Home Vehicle Ordinance

FAIRHOPE, AL - The Fairhope City Council recently introduced an ordinance that will seek to eliminate a provision from the municipal personnel manual restricting take-home vehicles to Fairhope's police jurisdiction.

City of Norman Gets New CNG Trucks

NORMAN, OK - The two new garbage trucks powered by compressed natural gas are the first CNG-powered sanitation trucks to be used in the state.

Free Webinar on GPS Tracking ROI

TORRANCE, CA - Fleet professionals are invited to participate in a free, one-hour Web seminar on May 13, covering how to achieve maximum ROI with GPS tracking.

Cheyenne Fleet Affected by City Layoffs

CHEYENNE, WY - The City of Cheyenne has reduced its workforce to help make up for a projected $3.3 million state funding shortfall.

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Team Up on Vehicle Management

PITTSBURGH - Looking to cut costs, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County officials have teamed up to solicit bids for managing their vehicle fleets.

Washington State Moves to Ban Copper in Brake Pads

SEATTLE - Washington has become the first state in the nation to pass a law to phase out the use of copper in brake pads. The move could eventually make copper-free pads the industry standard in the U.S., according to the Associated Press.

California Sheds 3,300 Fleet Vehicles

By selling or disposing more than 3,000 state vehicles, California has avoided $63.9 million in vehicle acquisition, maintenance, insurance and fuel expenditures.

FVS has provided maintenance services to the Broward Sheriff's Office for the past 16 years, maintaining 3,200 vehicles for the county Sheriff's Office and 230 vehicles for the Fire and Rescue division.

Broward County Maintenance Provider Achieves Excellence Award

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Sponsored by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, First Vehicles Services (FVS) was recently awarded the 2009 Emerald Award for environmental excellence.

Universities to Test Prius Plug-In Hybrid

PORTLAND, OR - Portland State University, University of California, Berkeley; and the University of Colorado have been selected by Toyota to demonstrate and evaluate the next-generation Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle.

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