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Kansas City Police to Cut Back on Take-Home Vehicles

KANSAS CITY, MO - The police department will revise its take-home car policy and revoke the take-home status of 60 vehicles in response to an internal audit released July 24.

November/December 2008 cover of Government Fleet magazine.

Fleet Employee Wins Award for <i>GF</i> Cover Image

TAMPA, FL - Community Relations Coordinator Carol Michel won an award of Meritorious for her photograph of a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Ladder Truck, featured on a 2008 cover of Government Fleet magazine.

NYC Mayor Apologizes for Idling SUVs

NEW YORK CITY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has apologized for violating his own "no engine idling" policy.

City Deciding What to do with Leased 2009 Lexus

COLTON, CA - The City of Colton must decide what to do with the leased 2009 Lexus sedan former City Manager Daryl Parrish left behind when he resigned in May.

Ford Tops Toyota in Latest Quality Study

DEARBORN, MI - For the first time in the 28-year history of the Global Quality Research System study, customer satisfaction with Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles has reached its highest level in North America.

Chicago Gets $1M to Reduce Diesel Emissions

CHICAGO - The EPA recovery act funds will be used to purchase and install 35 diesel oxidation catalysts and 163 diesel-fired heaters on municipal vehicles, and partially fund two new hybrid diesel-electric aerial trucks to replace older vehicles.

Knox County Criticized for Free Employee Parking

KNOXVILLE, TN - A reported 814 public employees park for free in downtown garages, while 1,760 others pay monthly fees of $15-$30 for the same privilege.

Sioux Falls Makes $275K in Online Auctions

SIOUX FALLS, SD - By switching from its traditional auction, the city has significantly increased revenue at least 50 percent from the sale of used specialized equipment.

Riverside County Audit Prompts Stricter Take-Home Policy

RIVERSIDE, CA - The audit advises that the county could save an estimated $2.3 million by reducing the numbers of cars employees take home each night, better tracking county car use, and limiting the size of the fleet.

Fleet Consolidation a Possibility for Delaware

WILMINGTON, DE - With an $800 million budget shortfall, consolidation of government departments, including fleet, has been put on the table as a way to become more cost-effective.

Richmond Police Tighten Take-Home Policy

RICHMOND, VA - Though there are exceptions, Richmond Police Department now gives priority of take-home vehicles to officers who live in the city.

More States Awarded $147M for ‘Green’ Programs

WASHINGTON - Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania are the latest states to receive funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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Wake County Fleet Gets Seized Corvette

RALEIGH, NC - Wake County Sheriff's Office has added a new corvette to its fleet, recently confiscated from a drug dealer.

Bobcat Company Facility Awarded ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 Registration

WEST FARGO, ND - Bobcat Company's manufacturing facility in Bismarck, N.D., has received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification by British Standards Institution (BSI) in recognition of the facility's commitment to environmentally-friendly operation and a safe and healthy work setting.

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Linck to Retire from Town of Greenwich

GREENWICH, CT - Elizabeth "Betty" Linck, town fleet director for the Town of Greenwich for nearly 20 years, will retire effective September 30.

City of Houston Selects AssetWorks Fleet Asset & Maintenance Management Software Solution

HOUSTON - AssetWorks has signed a contract and commenced implementation services with the City of Houston.

Valencia County Cuts Down on Take-Home Cars

LOS LUNAS, NM - Valencia County's new policy will put an end to take-home vehicles and save approximately $75,000 a year, according to KOAT.com.

DuPage County Holds Auction to Raise Vehicle Funds

WHEATON, IL - DuPage County Forest Preserve hopes to gain at least $100,000 in vehicle replacement funds from its July 25 auction of surplus inventory.

Kansas Audit Shows Higher Vehicle Expenses

LAWRENCE, KS - A recently released audit report revealed all state travel and vehicle-related expenses have risen since the central motor pool was eliminated, according to the Lawrence Journal World & 6News.

PRUITT (Photo credit: www.aroundtownmidga.com)

Pruitt Named Fleet Manager for Mid Georgia Ambulance

MACON, GA - In his new position, Bill Pruitt will oversee the management of supply equipment and ordering and distribution of uniforms.

Take-Home Abuse Prompts 15% Cut in CA Fleet

LOS ANGELES - Governor Schwarzenegger has ordered a 15-percent reduction of the State of California's motor vehicle fleet after reports surfaced of waste and abuse regarding state-owned take-home vehicles.

City of Phoenix Awarded $800K+ in Stimulus Funds

PHOENIX - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $829,697 to the City of Phoenix to reduce diesel emissions by retrofitting and replacing city-owned equipment.

LA & Houston Drivers Most ‘Diligent’

CONCORD, MA - In contrast, Atlanta drivers travel five to 10 miles over the speed limit and demonstrate the most road rage behavior, according to a recent nationwide study conducted by TomTom.

GPS Insight Unveils New Upgrades

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The past few months have been very busy at GPS Insight, the company revealed in its newsletter. The company will release its Hierarchy Capabilities, an new CDMA version of the GPSI-4000 and upgrades to the Garmin enhanced GPS Tracking solutions.

Louisville Cost Studies Seen as Move Toward Privatization

LOUISVILLE, KY - Union officials see cost studies examining city fleet and jail expenses as the first step toward taking away jobs from government workers and giving them to private companies, reported The Courier-Journal.



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