Government Fleet News

Awards to Recognize ‘Green’ Fleet Leaders

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine wants to honor fleet managers with its second annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. "Greening" a fleet will improve its impact on the environment by reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

Kettering University Debuts Biomethane Fuel Truck

FLINT, MI - Kettering University, officials from Swedish Biogas International, the City of Flint, Mich., and others, unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck during a ceremony on the university campus Aug. 19.

Longobart to Share Green Strategies

SAN DIEGO - Rick Longobart, facility, fleet, and central stores manager for the City of Santa Ana, Calif., will share strategies of how two cities (Inglewood, Calif. and Santa Ana, Calif.) overcame the obstacles of economic disparity by changing the paradigms of non-conventional thinking at the Green Fleet Conference.

City Enacts Cell Phone Ban on Police Vehicles

BLACKFOOT, IDAHO - Members of the City of Blackfoot Police Department will no longer text, e-mail, or send instant messages on a hand-held device while operating a city vehicle while the vehicle is in motion.

County Fleet Faces Outsourcing

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Hernando County commissioners on August 17 made several moves designed to reduce its budget deficit, including outsourcing fleet maintenance and halting all vehicle purchases.

NYPD Hybrid Patrol Cars Hit the Streets

NEW YORK - A fleet of new, alternative-fuel patrol cars hit New York City on August 18. The New York Police Department outfitted 30 Ford Fusion hybrids as patrol cars, raising the department’s number of alternative-fuel police vehicles to more than 400.

City of Austin Buys Energy-Saving Generators for Fleet

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Thirty-one City of Austin vehicles will soon be outfitted with energy-saving power generators, thanks to a $198,090 grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Lee County Beta-Tests Appointment Scheduler

FORT MYERS, FL - Lee County fleet management is currently beta testing an online appointment scheduler. The scheduler will allow other departments’ fleet liaisons to schedule preventive maintenance services for County equipment online using their email log-in.

City Considers Adding Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

LAWRENCE, KS - City of Lawrence commissioners at a recent meeting were asked to apply for up to $250,000 in federal stimulus funds that would create new fueling stations for electric-hybrid cars and also allow the City and Douglas County to add four new electric vehicles to their fleet.

Telogis Launches New Field Management Co-Location Report for Telogis Fleet

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, Inc., the platform for location intelligence, introduces the newest feature for its Telogis Fleet vehicle management application: the Field Management Co-Location Report. This new report breaks down the daily routine of field supervisors, including time spent at a jobsite, time spent driving, vehicle miles and time spent at other locations.

City of Richardson Eliminates Car Allowances

RICHARDSON, TEXAS - The City of Richardson is eliminating car allowances for many city employees, instead increasing their salaries by an equal amount. Allowances will now be limited to those who require automobile use for their jobs.

Budget Crunch Prevents New Orleans Vehicle Repairs

NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Equipment Maintenance Division is allegedly housing dozens of unrepaired police cars and city vehicles due to the budget crisis. In some cases, they’ve sat there for months.

Florida City Stalled on Cell Phone Use Policy

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - Fernandina Beach city commissioners recently decided again to table a resolution to add a cell-phone use policy for city vehicles because the amendment wording wasn't strict enough.

City Budget Constrains Fleet Hiring

OPELOUSAS, LA - The City of Opelousas adopted a standstill budget for the coming fiscal year that begins in September, which may include putting on hold the hiring of a fleet manager position by adopting a more stringent preventive maintenance policy.

City of Rowlett Discusses Fleet Allocation

ROWLETT, TEXAS - The City of Rowlett council during a recent special budget workshop discussed its planned fleet acquisition strategy, addressing equipment age and shop size.

Green Fleet Conference to Feature Proven ‘Green’ Strategies

SAN DIEGO - The 2010 Green Fleet Conference will feature environmental fleet leaders highlighting proven strategies other fleets can explore to make their operations "greener" and more efficient.

Contra Costa County Sees Savings from Vehicle Use Limits

MARTINEZ, CA - Budget cuts in Contra Costa County have led to reduced use of county vehicles. Vehicles traveled 2,459,597 fewer miles last year, a decrease of nearly 21 percent from the year before.

World Food Programme Implements Web-Based Fleet Management System

ROME - The World Food Programme (WFP), a UN organization, is extending its long-term relationship with Chevin Fleet Solutions by implementing its web-based enterprise fleet management information system across all of the 82 countries in which the WFP operates.

Navman Wireless Releases ROI Calculator for Fleet Tracking

GLENVIEW, IL - Navman Wireless announced August 11 the availability of an interactive ROI calculator enabling fleet managers to instantly determine the potential savings of deploying the Navman Wireless OnlineAVL2 fleet tracking system in their particular organization.

Telogis Attains Gold Certified Partner Status in Microsoft Partner Program

ALISO VIEJO, CA - Telogis, Inc., the platform for location intelligence, announced on August 10 it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions.

2010 GFX Photos Available for Viewing

TORRANCE, CA - A photo gallery of the 2010 Government Fleet Expo is now available for viewing. Held at the Austin Convention Center June 21-23, the conference was well received by the 525 fleet professionals in attendance.

Judge Rules Louisville Can't Charge Patrol Car Fee

LOUISVILLE, KY - A Jefferson Circuit judge has upheld a state Labor Cabinet ruling that said Louisville metro government cannot charge police officers for use of take-home patrol cars without negotiating the fees as part of their contract.

Mayor Plans to Cut Houston Take-Home Vehicles

HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Annise Parker said she'll be reducing the number of take-home vehicles assigned to city employees in an effort to save $21 million in the municipal budget over the next two years.

City of Denton to Build Alt-Fuel Station for Fleet Vehicles

DENTON, TX - The City of Denton Fleet Services Division has been awarded a $599,860 grant from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. The City will construct and operate a fuel island that provides alternative fuels for city equipment to help reduce the ozone levels within the North Texas nonattainment counties.

VSU Awards Fleet Maintenance Contract to Shenandoah

PETERSBURG, VA - Virginia State University chose Shenandoah Fleet Maintenance and Management, LLC, to provide management and maintenance to its vehicle fleet under a subcontract to Campus Facilities Services as of the first of the year.

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