Government Fleet News

Warren County Gets New Vehicles with FEMA Grant

INDIANOLA, IN - A $1.1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant will help the Warren County Engineer Department buy new vehicles for its fleet.

City of Austin Expects Savings with Car-Sharing Program

AUSTIN, TX - The six-month pilot program is essentially a barter agreement in which car2go receives on-street parking spaces in exchange for City of Austin employees' use of car2go vehicles for City business purposes. There is no exchange of revenue.

Harrison County to Downsize Sheriff’s Fleet

CORYDON, IN - County commissioners requested the sheriff's department "turn over" 13 vehicles to save money.

W. Va. Governor Wants to Consolidate State Fleet

CHARLESTON, WV - A series of audits revealing the state spends $60 to $70 million a year on its fleet are contributing factors to Gov. Joe Manchin's proposed legislation to consolidate and centralize the state's vehicle fleet.

Biodiesel Industry Suffers as Tax Credit Ends

OKLAHOMA CITY - With the expiration of a federal tax credit that provided makers of biodiesel $1 for every gallon, some U.S. biodiesel producers say they will shut down without the government subsidy.

Location Set for 2010 Green Fleet Conference

TORRANCE, CA - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference, scheduled for Oct. 18-19, will be held at the Towne & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

Utah Highway Patrol Runs Low on Vehicles after Several Collisions

LAYTON, UT - Several collisions in the past month have cut down on the number of patrol vehicles available to Utah Highway Patrol.

City of Greensburg Lacks Take-Home Policy

GREENSBURG, PA - Although no set policy exists for government vehicles taken home by seven employees, the city's administrator said workers know the vehicles are for business use only.

City of Austin to Install CNG Station at Airport

AUSTIN, TX - The City of Austin has awarded a 10-year contract to Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to design, build, and maintain a new public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station located adjacent to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

GSA Updates Vehicle Reimbursement Rates

WASHINGTON - GSA announced new federal government reimbursement rates for the use of privately-owned vehicles while on official business are now in effect.

N.Y. Establishes State Contract for Vehicle Lifts & Shop Equipment

ALBANY, NY - The New York State Office of General Services has established a state contract for vehicle lifts and related shop equipment, valid through Sept. 30, 2014.

EPA Releases New Mobile Source Emissions Model

WASHINGTON - An updated version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) model - MOVES2010 - is now available for use to estimate air pollution from cars, trucks, and other on-road mobile sources.

Top 2009 News: Washington D.C. Saves $300k+ in 4 Months

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., the first city in the country to adopt Zipcar's new FastFleet system, estimates it has saved more than $300,000 during a four-month pilot.

Top 2009 News: Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

Top 2009 News: Boston Fire Department to Hire Fleet Manager

BOSTON – With the Jan. 9 death of a Boston Fire Department lieutenant attributed to brake failure, a report by an outside consultant recommends the city hire a fleet manager to oversee a preventive maintenance regimen.

Top 2009 News: Redflex Removes Photo Enforcement Vehicles after Camera Operator Shot

PHOENIX – Redflex Traffic Systems removed all mobile photo enforcement vehicles operated by Redflex employees in Arizona after the April 19 murder of a Redflex employee by an angry motorist.

Top 2009 News: SLO County Spends $1M Annually on Take-Home Vehicles

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – San Luis Obispo County supervisors recently grilled department heads on excessive use of take-home vehicles after a grand jury report found take-home use amounts to an estimated $1 million annually, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Top 2009 News: Philadelphia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

PHILADELPHIA – First-time offenders would be charged a $150 fine and $300 for second offenses, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Top 2009 News: PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – The all-electric aerial utility truck, produced by SEV U.S. and SEV U.K. with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc., is the first unit of its kind to be put into operation by a major utility company before being brought to the market.

Top 2009 News: Atlanta Cops Help Dream Up High-tech Police Car

ATLANTA – The new, high-tech Carbon E7 concept vehicle was designed by cops for cops, drawing on suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals, according to CNN.com.

Top 2009 News: Chrysler Reveals All-New Electric Minivan Concepts to USPS

WASHINGTON – Chrysler revealed four all-electric Chrysler Town & Country minivan concepts to the U.S. Postal Service as part of the USPS Earth Day celebration on April 22.

Nominations Open for 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Sonoma County Cars Vandalized

SANTA ROSA, CA - The windshields of an estimated 70 cars were broken in at least three locations at the Sonoma County Administration Center on Dec. 23.

Nearly 200 Vehicles Missing from Nassau County Fleet

MINEOLA, NY - An audit of Nassau County's fleet of vehicles and motorized equipment has discovered that 192 are missing, including several recent-model super-duty pickup trucks, SUVs, cars, and vans.

City of Methuen to Fire Employees Who Break New Take-Home Policy

METHUEN, MA - Effective Jan. 1, employees must park all city vehicles used in a city lot at the end of their shifts or risk possible termination.

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