Government Fleet News

GSA Awards Fleet Contracts

WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration (GSA) approved new contracts for the 2010 buying season on Jan. 22.

The Toro Company Donates $10K to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

BLOOMINGTON, MN - In response to the earthquake that devastated Haiti, The Toro Company announced it would donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund to aid in the relief efforts.

Former Nassau Co. Fleet Maintenance Manager Arrested

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL - A veteran Nassau County Sheriff's Office employee was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with allegedly taking nearly eight years' worth of kickbacks as manager of the agency's fleet maintenance department.

Midwest City Fleet Department Implements Cell Phone Policy

MIDWEST CITY, OK - Any employees who violate the policy will be "subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination."

Florida Fuel Tanks Fail to Comply with Upgrade Deadline

TAMPA, FL - Nearly 4,700 fuel storage tanks operated by gas stations, governments, and businesses in Florida must be upgraded by the end of March or face shutdown.

Government Fleets Implement Location-Based Services

NORWALK, CT - Several government agencies in Arizona, New York, and Canada have added WebTech Wireless location-based services (LBS) to their fleets.

Lowell Police Union to Fight Cruiser GPS Proposal

BOSTON - The City of Lowell's proposal to install GPS devices in police vehicles has been rejected by the police union.

Pennsylvania Man Fined for Offensive Writing on State Truck

HERMITAGE, PA - A western Pennsylvania man was recently fined $50 for using his finger to write derogatory words on the dirty cab of a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission truck.

Titan Off-Road Tire Prices to Increase

QUINCY, IL - Titan Tire Corporation will implement a price increase on Titan-branded OTR (off-the-road) construction tires, and Titan-manufactured, Goodyear-branded farm tires effective March 1.

City of Chicago May Ban Body Shop from City Work

CHICAGO - The City of Chicago sent a notice of its intent to prohibit Central Auto Body Shop, the shop Fleet Commissioner Mike Picardi was recently suspended for doing business with, from doing any more city work.

Kentucky Fleet Must Improve Efficiency, Says Governor

FRANKFORT, KY - The state fleet was one of the items addressed by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's new efficiency initiative, Beshear's "Smart Government" policy.

W. Va. to Create New Fleet Management Office

CHARLESTON, WV - West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin's cost-saving proposals during his "State of the State" address this week included increasing fleet management oversight.

California Now Required to Recycle Used Oil

SACRAMENTO, CA - The State of California has adopted a used oil recycling program that promotes and develops alternatives to the illegal disposal of used oil.

2010 GFX Conference Set for June 21-23

AUSTIN, TX - GFX 2010 will start with the facility tour and networking reception on Monday, June 21, followed by educational sessions and a chance to walk the exhibit floor on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 22-23.

Pittsburgh & Allegheny County Consider Shared Fleet Services

PITTSBURGH - Sharing fleet services with Allegheny County is one possible cost-saving alternative for the City of Pittsburgh, which is looking to cut down expenses by performing vehicle repairs in-house.

Colusa County Bans Personal Use of County Vehicles

COLUSA, CA - The updated policy stipulates that county vehicles are only to be driven in the course of an employee's official duties of county employment.

City of Richmond Considers Privatization of Fleet

RICHMOND, VA - Privatizing fleet management is just one of several cost-cutting measures the City of Richmond may be forced to take as it faces a $30 million budget shortfall.

U.S. Postal Service Adds Digital Mapping Capabilities to Operations

CHICAGO - The United States Postal Service has selected NAVTEQ map data for use within the geospatial component of its eFMS (Electronic Facilities Management System) application.

Lincoln City Opens EV Charging Station

LINCOLN CITY, OR - The City of Lincoln City opened its first charging station Jan. 11. The station is the first of six stations located in and around the city.

Houston Fire Department Adds 10 More Ferrara Pumpers

HOUSTON - With the new additions, the City of Houston's fleet of Ferrara vehicles will number approximately 70.

N.M. & Fla. Cities Join Municipal Lease Program

NEW YORK - The cities of Clovis, N.M.; Flagler Beach, Fla.; and Cocoa Beach, Fla., are the latest cities to join the growing roster of local governments utilizing Sparta Municipal Lease Program.

GSA Schedule Now Includes ZAP Electric Vehicles

WASHINGTON - GSA qualification expedites the acquisition process and is an endorsement that would facilitate the sale of ZAP vehicles to government agencies and enhance market visibility and access.

GM Announces New Director of Fleet & Commercial Operations

DETROIT - General Motors announced 31-year company veteran Brian Small has been named executive director for Fleet and Commercial Operations, succeeding Jim Campbell, promoted in December to head the automaker's Chevrolet brand.

Chicago Fleet Commissioner Suspended for 3 Months

CHICAGO - Mayor Richard Daley suspended his fleet commissioner after learning the City awarded vehicle repair work to a man convicted nearly 30 years ago of falsifying work orders on Chicago Police Department vehicles and giving kickbacks to city workers.

No Charges Filed Against Stepongzi for Accepting 'Commission'

BROOKSVILLE, FL - Deemed as an "ethical" rather than "criminal" violation, former Hernando County Fleet Director Jack Stepongzi will face no criminal charges for his role in taking "commission" money from a government vending contract.

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