Government Fleet News

Arkansas Reports 350-Vehicle Reduction

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas state agencies have reduced the number of state vehicles by about 350, and 39 employees at executive state agencies have indicated they will no longer use state vehicles for commuting purposes.

California Rated Best in Oil Dependence Reduction Strategies

NEW YORK - A report from the National Resources Defense Council on oil dependence ranked California highest in its policies to promote clean energy technologies and reduce oil dependence. In addition, it stated that 25 states currently have policies mandating stronger fuel efficiency standards for the state fleet.

County Fires Employees for Time Theft Caught on GPS

WARREN, OH - Two inspectors with the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer's Office were fired on Oct. 3 after GPS installed in their work vehicles confirmed they used the vehicles to make numerous and lengthy unauthorized stops at their homes and other locations during work hours.

One of the vehicles Gwynedd-Mercy College available for car sharing is a Honda Insight.(PRNewsFoto/U-Haul)

Gwynedd-Mercy College Begins Car Sharing Program

GWYNEDD VALLEY, PA - Gwynedd-Mercy College and U Car Share announced a car sharing partnership on Nov. 1 that will provide students and faculty with car-sharing transportation options.

Atlanta Partners with Nissan to Advance Zero-Emission Mobility

ATLANTA - Clean Cities-Atlanta and Nissan North America, Inc. entered into an agreement to advance zero-emission mobility by promoting the development of electric vehicles and an electric-charging network.

OnStar Announces Facebook ‘Like’ Campaign to Raise $250K for Fraternal Order of Police

DETROIT - OnStar announced Nov. 1 that during the month of November, it will donate $1 to the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation for each person who "likes" the OnStar Facebook Fan Page.

Cheryl Graham

ARI Appoints State & Government New Business Development Manager

MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI), a global provider of complex car and truck fleet management solutions, announces the appointment of Cheryl Graham to the position of Business Development Manager - State & Government.

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle

2011 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Now Equipped with StabiliTrak

DETROIT - The 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle is now equipped with StabiliTrak, the company’s electronic stability control technology for enhanced safety during high-risk driving situations, according to General Motors.

New Brochure Available on Kenworth T440

KIRKLAND, WA - Kenworth now offers a new brochure on its versatile Kenworth T440. The T440 fills a customer need for heavy-duty performance in more demanding medium-duty applications, such as regional haul, pickup and delivery, municipal, and vocational.

Telogis Delivers New Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Capabilities with Telogis GeoBase Platform

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis Inc., the platform for location intelligence, has integrated Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) data from NAVTEQ into its Telogis GeoBase geospatial platform.

A specialized stealth concept version of Ford's Police Interceptor debuts at the SEMA 2010 trade show in Las Vegas, which runs Nov. 2-5.

Stealth Ford Police Interceptor Debuts at SEMA Show

DEARBORN, MI - A specialized stealth concept version of Ford's Police Interceptor debuted this week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show in Las Vegas. The vehicle will be on display until the show ends Nov. 5.

Mayor Recognizes City of Columbus Green Fleet Ranking

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Being honored by the 100 Best Green program as the seventh best green operation in the country, a jump from its place at 22nd in 2009, has helped the City of Columbus fleet gain recognition from the City mayor.

City of North Myrtle Beach Fleet Maintenance Division Awarded

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The City of North Myrtle Beach Fleet Maintenance Division was recently awarded the Jan Smoak Award for Quality Fleet Management. The annual award is sponsored by the Southeast Governmental Fleet Managers Association.

Scottsdale’s Fleet Parts Outsourcing May Not Add Savings

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - After two months of review, City of Scottsdale staff report that outsourcing opportunities for some services in the City may not yield cost savings. Services considered for privatization include fleet parts management.

Former City Worker Racks up $4K in Unauthorized Fuel Purchases

PARSONS, TN - A former City of Parsons employee reportedly bought more than $4,000 worth of fuel at the city's expense, according to the Tennessee Comptroller's Division of Municipal Audit. He found a fuel card while cleaning a City vehicle and used it to purchase gas for his own personal use from various retail gas locations.

Networkfleet 4200 GPS Fleet Tracking Now Includes Complimentary Roadside Assistance

SAN DIEGO - Networkfleet, a provider of wireless fleet management, announced Nov. 3 that it will provide complimentary emergency roadside assistance with the purchase of the 4200 GPS fleet tracking system.

Alt-Fuel Workshop Set for Texas Nov. 16

WASHINGTON - The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), along with other members of the Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance, will hold an alternative fuel workshop in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 16 from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

STOUDER

Midway Specialty Vehicles Announces New Team Members

ELKHART, IN - Midway Specialty Vehicles, LLC is pleased to welcome Michael Violi and Jack Stouder to its team. Violi will join Midway's management team as Sales/Marketing Manager. Stouder will take on the role of Information Technology Manager.

City of Richmond to Adopt Electric Vehicle Pilot

RICHMOND, VA - Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Oct. 28 that the City of Richmond will launch an electric vehicle pilot for the its fleet. If successful, the City may replace up to 40 vehicles with all-electric vehicles.

City of Buffalo Installs GPS Units on Snowplow Fleet

BUFFALO, NY - The entire snowplow fleet at City of Buffalo is now connected with a global positioning system. The GPS units transmit key information to a new operations center being set up at the City's garage.

Lee County Reduces Repair and Parts Rates

FORT MYERS, FL - Due to fleet budget reductions and the re-negotiation of vendor contracts, Lee County Fleet Management was able to reduce some costs to County departments for equipment parts and vendor repairs.

Clean Cities Promotes Clean Vehicles at National Parks

WASHINGTON - Clean Cities is working with the Na­tional Park Service to accelerate the deployment of alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicles in national parks across the country. It is providing support to initiate projects at Grand Teton, Mammoth Cave, and Yellow­stone National Parks.

‘Strange, but True’ Stories Requested

TORRANCE, CA - Do you have a story that's so strange, it's hard to believe? Perhaps something that happened to a driver or a bizarre call you got from the road? Send your story to [email protected]

Atlanta Aims for 15 Percent Alt-Fuel Vehicles by 2012

ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed unveiled a Power to Change sustainability plan with the goal of making Atlanta a top 10 city for sustainability. Changes include reducing fleet fuel consumption and ensuring that 15 percent of the city fleet is using alternative fuels by 2012.

Automotive Training Authority Offers Free Green Technology Courses

VISTA, CA - The Automotive Training Authority (ATA) is offering free "green" aftermarket training courses on servicing and diagnosing hybrid vehicles, understanding biodiesel/clean diesel technology, and cylinder safety inspection for CNG vehicles.

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