Government Fleet News

No More Take-Home Fees for Louisville Police Cars

LOUISVILLE, KY - The city has reportedly collected more than $890,000 since the fees were imposed in March 2008, according to The Courier-Journal.

Rutland Police Allowed to Keep Take-Home Vehicles

RUTLAND, VT - The Rutland Police Union has won the right to retain the unofficial automotive benefit in place since the '90s, according to the Rutland Herald.

Six States to Go Green with $145M from DOE

WASHINGTON - More than $145 million in Recovery Act funding has been awarded to six states to support their green efforts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Biodiesel to Save Money for City of Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The City is conducting a pilot program that converts old cooking oil to biodiesel in an attempt to save money and find alternative uses for cooking oils, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

Outsourcing Saves City of Claremore Up to $50K Annually

CLAREMORE, OK - For more than a year and a half, the City of Claremore has been able to cut costs through outsourcing two departments, according to Tulsa World.

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Eckhaus Fleet Qualifies for Future USPS Electric Fleet Conversion

CLOVIS, CA - The USPS has recently notified Eckhaus that it has successfully met the requirements for suppliers of the possible conversion of their Long Life Vehicle fleet to electric vehicles.

Cumberland County Saves $20K with Web Auction

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - Cumberland County officials say they saved taxpayers $20,000 buying a used truck on an Internet auction site instead of buying new offline, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

City of Escondido Downsizes Ambulance Fleet

ESCONDIDO, CA - Escondido, Calif.'s $6.7 million budget cuts resulted in the layoff of all emergency vehicle technicians and the downsizing of its ambulance fleet, according to the Union-Tribune.

Sioux Falls to Save $14K with New Electric Car

SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Chrysler GEM e2 electric car will be used to move staff around the water reclamation's 60-acre campus for maintenance and operational needs, according to the Argus Leader.


Bexar County to Deploy ZAP Plug-In Trucks

SAN ANTONIO - Each truck is equipped with ZAP's newest versatile payload shell providing a weatherproof, fully enclosed and lockable storage compartment.

Sonoma County Installs 7 EV Charging Stations

SANTA ROSA, CA - The County has also applied for grant funding to install up to 200 additional stations in the next two years.

City of Long Beach, Calif., Names New Fleet Manager

LONG BEACH, CA - Leslie Horikawa-Thiede has been named Fleet Services Bureau manager for the City of Long Beach, Calif., replacing Carlos Velasquez.

ATG Publishes Ford OBDII Trouble Code Quick Reference Guide

The Automotive Training Group (ATG) has released the Ford OBDII Trouble Code, Quick-Reference guide. This 450-page guide, the first in ATG's Technician Reference series, covers all Ford, Lincoln, & Mercury Cars, Trucks, SUV's, & Vans (2003-2008), including Diesel and Hybrid applications.

Lake Wales Fleet Employee Allegedly Misuses City Funds

LAKES WALES, FL - Responsible for managing the city's Fleet, Purchasing and Streets Divisions, Jerry "JT" Torrance is accused of allegedly using city money to buy a $70.44 marine battery for his boat, according to several local news outlets.

Chicago Streets & San. Comm. Returns to Fleet Manager Role

CHICAGO - Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Michael Picardi has returned to his old job as fleet management commissioner, replacing the recently retired Howard Henneman, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Milwaukee Mayor’s Cadillac Part of Police Dept.’s Seized Vehicles

MILWAUKEE - Despite reported speculations that the mayor's "swanky" 2006 Cadillac SUV was funded by taxpayer dollars, the mayor's office said it was actually a seized police vehicle, according to the Journal Sentinel.

City of Hillsboro to Install 16 EV Charging Stations

HILLSBORO, OR - The charging stations, to be installed in downtown Hillsboro, are available for public use and are part of the city's large-scale sustainability and green movement.

City of Napa Enters Green Partnership with Networkfleet

SAN DIEGO - The City of Napa will complete its installation of Networkfleet on all light-duty city vehicles, used by the police, fire, water, streets and community resources departments.

Texas Bans Cell Phone Use in School Zones

ARLINGTON, VA - Effective Sept. 1, all drivers in Texas school crossing zones are banned from talking on hand-held phones and texting, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Tennessee Dept. of Safety Fires CDL Office

NASHVILLE, TN – Certificates for third-party testing issued by Volunteer Training Center are no longer accepted by the Department of Safety as proof that the holder has successfully passed a Tennessee Skills Test.

Take-Home Cars Save Money, Says Guilford County

GREENSBORO, NC – The Guilford County Sheriff's Office believes take-home vehicles for officers are actually more economical in the long run based on multiple studies and law enforcement agency findings, according to the News & Record.

U.S. Navy Helps Out City of Hillsboro Fleet

HILLSBORO, OR – The City of Hillsboro's facilities and fleet department director, who also serves as a commander in the Naval Reserve, is recruiting his troops to assist in department projects, according to the Hillsboro Argus.

Madison Gas and Electric Plans EV Charging Network

MADISON, WI – Madison Gas and Electric purchased six Coulomb Technologies electric vehicle charging stations and plans to install the first charging unit this summer.

GSA Orders $210M Worth of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration's latest order of 14,105 fuel-efficient vehicles for the Federal fleet used $210 million dollars' worth of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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