Government Fleet News

Take-Home Vehicles for Houston Police Under Review

HOUSTON - Replacing 186 aging city vehicles, the City of Houston is reviewing all vehicle spending items, including the police department's current take-home policy.

Burlington County Cuts Fleet & Parks Take-Home Vehicles

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ - Burlington County announced it will cut another 36 vehicles from fleet and park approximately 44 cars and trucks designated as take-home vehicles.

Each patrol vehicle is expected to save an estimated $3,500 through the transition to the new paint scheme. (Photo credit: Sedgwick County)

Sedgwick County Sheriff’s New Look to Save Money

WICHITA, KS - After nearly 17 years, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s office is changing the paint scheme of its fleet of “Shamu” patrol vehicles.

Attendance for this year's conference numbered more than 350 fleet industry professionals.

2nd Annual Green Fleet Conference Examines Budget-Conscious Environmental Initiatives

CHICAGO - More than 350 fleet industry professionals attended the conference, which offered solutions and resources to help fleet managers continue environmental initiatives in budget-challenged times.

Public Sector Winners Present at Conference Award Ceremony

Awards Recognized Green Fleet Leaders

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

New Ambulances for Aiken County

AIKEN, SC - Aiken County Emergency Services will add three ambulances to its fleet in the coming weeks, bringing the total emergency response vehicles to 14.

The more traditional black-and-white models will be phased into Dallas Police Department's fleet by early 2010. (Photo courtesy of the Dallas Police Department)

Dallas Police Department Debuts New Black-and-White

DALLAS - The department's fleet manager, Lt. Dale Barnard, said 266 of the brand-new cars will hit the streets in late February.

Miller maintains 54 certifications, including master levels in emergency vehicle technician, automotive service excellence, and school bus.

City of Loveland Employee Wins EVT of the Year Award

LOVELAND, CO - Warren Miller, a senior mechanic and 18-year employee for the City of Loveland Department of Public Works -Vehicle Maintenance Division, recently won the 2009 Emergency Vehicle Technician of the Year (EVT) award.

National Guard Bureau Orders 800 Off-Road Vehicles

MINNEAPOLIS - The National Guard Bureau, the federal organization that oversees equipment purchases for the National Guard, will spend $2.4 million on the purchase of Polaris RANGER 800 CREW Side-by-Sides.

APWA President-Elect Crombie Named to Climate Ready Water Utilities Working Group

KANSAS CITY, MO - President-Elect George Crombie was a driving force behind the creation of the APWA Center of Sustainability, a newly created initiative to promote principles of sustainability within the public works profession.

IIHS Studies Impact of Cell Phone Laws

ARLINGTON, VA - The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) recently sought out the impact of cell phone laws in changing patterns of driver cell phone use in New York, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

Fleets Cut Maintenance Costs Utilizing microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter

VALHALLA, NY - Since launching its "Fleet Adoption Program" in April, SOMS Technologies, LLC, developer and manufacturer of the microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter, has announced that over 100 fleets have joined the program.

GPS Causing Truck Crashes

ALBANY, NY - Gov. David Paterson recently proposed penalties including jail time and confiscation of trucks to come down on drivers who use GPS to take more hazardous routes and end up striking bridges.

NYC’s Growing Fleet Causes Some Concern

NEW YORK - With a near-record of 29,687 vehicles, the increase of motor vehicles to New York City's fleet may translate into more carbon emissions, reported the New York Post.

Lee County Reviews Cell Phone Policies

OPELIKA, AL - County officials are reviewing a revised cell phone policy to help reduce risk and liability to the county.

Russell Named Alt-Transportation Coordinator for Energy Division

BOSTON - Stephen Russell, former fleet superintendent for the City of Keene, N.H., has been named alternative transportation program coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Energy Resources.

Personal Use of State Vehicles Not Reported

CHARLESTON, WV - A legislative audit released Oct. 14 revealed numerous West Virginia state employees failed to properly report use of state vehicles.

U.S. Postal Service on Track to Meeting Emissions Goals

WASHINGTON - Although exempt from the recent Executive Order establishing energy guidelines, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) voluntarily determined its greenhouse gas emissions, making it the only federal agency to publicly report them.

Pittsburgh Cuts Garbage Truck Fleet Emissions

PITTSBURGH - The City of Pittsburgh has retrofitted 14 garbage trucks in its city fleet with pollution controls that reduce the amount of soot emissions by 90 percent.

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Subaru Outback Named 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year

CHERRY HILL, NJ - The Subaru Outback has been named 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year by Motor Trend magazine.

Pirelli to Raise Tire Prices

ROME, GA - A 10-percent price increase on several Pirelli tires will go into effect on Nov. 1 in the U.S.

2010 Annual Fuel Economy Guide Now Available

WASHINGTON - For 2010, the Toyota Prius tops the list as the most fuel-efficient model at 51 mpg city/48 highway.

Forsyth County Downsizes Fleet

CUMMING, GA - Cuts to fleet staff and vehicles are just a few of the cost-cutting measures the County has taken in efforts to offset the budget deficit.

Energy Xtreme to Showcase Technology at the 2009 COPS West Expo

ONTARIO, CA - Energy Xtreme will display its Independence Package, a comprehensive, solid-state power-management system that consists of dry recyclable power cells that provide energy to operate a police car system's full electrical load with the engine turned off.

At center, Josh Pennebaker of the Kerry group, a brand ambassador for the Shell ROTELLA Road Show now touring the U.S. and Canada, activates a product demonstration inside the 53-foot-long walk-through mobile display. Visitors engage with the Shell ROTELLA brand of heavy duty motor oils in a high-tech environment featuring touch-free control of videos and product presentations.

Kerry Group Rolls Out New Shell ROTELLA Road Show Mobile Display

ST. LOUIS - The Kerry Group is now rolling out the new Shell ROTELLA Road Show mobile display that premiered at a September 23rd campaign launch event at Richard Childress Racing in Welcome, N.C.

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