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Louisville Appeals Ban on Police Take-Home Fees

LOUISVILLE, KY - Louisville Metro Government filed an appeal Aug. 3, challenging the Kentucky Labor Cabinet's July 7 ruling that the City cannot charge police officers a take-home fee.

Alabama DOT Auction Raises More Than $3M

MONTGOMERY, AL - The department plans to use auction proceeds to buy more bucket trucks, motor graders, and pickups.

Polk County Fuel-Savings Program Saves More than $500K

BARTOW, FL - Originally estimated to save $130,000, part of the excess savings realized will go toward bonuses for employees who contributed to the program's success.

Social Networking Sites and Fleet - Do They Connect?

TORRANCE, CA - The current buzz is "social networking," online communities of people who share interests and/or activities. Encouraging people around the world to communicate, network, and share information, social networking has taken quite a hold.

Kansas City Names Swearngin Fleet Administrator

KANSAS CITY, MO - Sam Swearngin, Kansas City's fleet superintendent for more than 20 years, has been named fleet administrator for the City's General Services Department.

Georgia Becomes 29th State to Join WSCA Contract

ATLANTA - The competitively bid, multisourced contract includes all types of vehicle lifts, tire changers, wheel balancers, alignment machines, brake lathes, brake test equipment, and exhaust evacuation equipment.

Digital Eyewitness ION Eclipse with New Slimline DVD+R

Kustom Signals has improved the versatility of its DVD+R media option by introducing the new Slimline drive for use with the Digital Eyewitness ION Eclipse in-car video system.

The City of Miami Beach Fleet Management Department has 12 technicians collectively holding 56 ASE certifications.<br /><br />

Miami Beach Fleet Earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

MIAMI BEACH, FL - To achieve the recognition, at least 75-percent of technicians must be ASE-certified in performing diagnosis and repairs and hold at least one ASE Master Technician in sedan and light truck repair and one in heavy-duty truck repair.

Louisville Must Pay for Fatal Off-Duty Officer Crash

LOUISVILLE, KY - Although Officer Measle hadn't started work when he struck and killed the victim, a Jefferson Circuit Court judge ruled officers driving to and from work in police cruisers are considered on the job.

Little Rock’s New Police Sirens to Speed Response Time

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The newly installed emergency sirens are expected to alert motorists to the clear the way faster and increase emergency response time.

New Hampshire to Ban Texting Jan. 1

CONCORD, NH - In addition to text messaging, anyone found typing on an electronic device with two hands while driving in the state must pay a $100 fine.

Employee Fired for Driving City Vehicle Out-of-State

GARY, IN - A city employee reportedly was fired July 30 after city officials learned he was driving a city-owned vehicle out of Indiana and into Illinois.

Jefferson Co. Furloughs to Cut Down Fleet Use

BIRMINGHAM, AL - With a reported 900 county employees furloughed, many of the cars in Jefferson County's more than 1,800-vehicle fleet have been parked since July 31.

North Providence Mistakenly Auctions Off Leased Trailer

NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI - In its first eBay selling experience, town administration unwittingly used the online auction site to sell a leased trailer.

School District Criticized for Take-Home Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX - In 2008, the Austin Independent School District reportedly spent more than $48,000 on fuel for take-home vehicles.

Hernando County Reorganizes Fleet Structure

BROOKSVILLE, FL - The creation of a Public Safety Bureau will bring together a number of information support and technology services, including fleet management.

Maricopa Co. Audit Shows Fleet Needs Better Oversight

PHOENIX - Although all vehicles were accounted for and no evidence of misuse was found, vehicles have not been consistently tracked for the last several years.

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.



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