Government Fleet News

Free Seminar to Help Fleets Cut Fuel & Maintenance Costs

REDLANDS, CA - Esri will be offering a free half-day seminar Sept. 30 on how to help small and midsized fleets reduce fuel use, vehicle wear and tear, and time spent building routes using ArcLogistics vehicle routing and scheduling software.

One Week Left to Nominate 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.

Ford's Police Interceptor utility will deliver at least a 20 percent improvement in fuel economy over the outgoing Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford Debuts Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle

CHICAGO - Ford Motor Company revealed its newest pursuit-rated vehicle – Ford’s first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work.

Jeffery Hart Named City of Oceanside Fleet Supervisor

OCEANSIDE, CA - Jeffery Hart has been named fleet supervisor for the City of Oceanside, Calif., after an interim period. He has been with the City for 20 years and was most previously lead automotive technician. Hart started in 1991 as a mechanic for the police department.

Vehicle Repair Dispute Challenges City Immunity Law

SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman whose SUV was hit by a police vehicle rushing to a call was told that that the City would not pay for damages to her vehicle. The City cited a law that gives cities immunity if one of their employees crashes into someone while responding to an emergency.

Indiana Converts 227 Vehicles to Propane

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation and other agencies are converting at least 227 Ford vans and trucks from gasoline to also run on propane. The State has received federal funding for the conversions and for about 115 propane filling stations statewide.

NFPA, Chevrolet, OnStar to Provide Electric Vehicle Safety Training

CHICAGO - The National Fire Protection Association announced collaboration with Chevrolet and OnStar, stemming from an electric vehicle safety training initiative NFPA is developing to support the growing number of electric vehicles in the United States.

Esri ArcLogistics to Host Webinar about Cloud-based Vehicle Routing Solution

REDLANDS, CA - Esri ArcLogistics, the new vehicle routing and scheduling solution based on cloud services, will host a webinar on Thursday, September 16. Logistics and routing managers and decision makers in government organizations with the responsibility for lowering vehicle and mobile workforce costs are invited to attend.

Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance to Hold Workshop in Denver

DENVER - The next Alternative Fuel Trade Alliance Workshop will take place on September 9 in Denver. The training seminar will cover alternative fuel quality, infrastructure, available vehicles, safety, and environmental impact of propane, ethanol, biodiesel, and compressed natural gas.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

GM Launches 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze, which is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships this month, has a starting price of $16,995.

Two Toyota Prius plug-in hybrids will operate as part of the San Francisco City fleet in order to demonstrate the viability of plug-in hybrid technology.

San Francisco Tests New Plug-In Hybrids

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced August 25 a partnership between the City and Toyota to pilot the company’s Prius plug-in hybrid demonstration program vehicles.

Georgia Ports Study Shows Benefits of Diesel Additive

SAVANNAH, GA - The Georgia Ports Authority’s (GPA) Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced earlier this month that its diesel additive study yielded a 5-percent reduction in fuel consumption as well as drastically decreased emissions.

City of Seattle and Ford Prepare City for Electric Vehicles

SEATTLE - The City of Seattle and Ford Motor Company announced August 26 a partnership to help prepare the City for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and the City of Seattle will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on electric vehicles.

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., uses one of two all-electric, medium-duty trucks manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Santa Monica’s All-Electric Truck Displayed at NAFA Chapter Meeting

CERRITOS, CA - Attendees at the Aug. 24 NAFA Pacific Southwest Chapter meeting in Cerritos, Calif., had the opportunity to take a ride in the City of Santa Monica, Calif.’s all-electric medium-duty truck, manufactured by Southern Calif.-based ZeroTruck.

Chrysler Unveils 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit

AUBURN HILLS, MI - Chrysler has released some details about its upcoming 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol vehicle with suspension designed for better handling and an electronic stability control system calibrated for better control during high-speed chases.

Lexington County Plans Idling Reduction Policy

LEXINGTON, SC - A plan outlined August 24 to the Lexington County, S.C., Council would limit vehicle idling to 10 minutes for its fleet of 667 cars and trucks, with exceptions for emergencies and library bookmobiles.

City of Hattiesburg Likely to Replace Emergency Vehicles

HATTIESBURG, MS - City of Hattiesburg, Miss., police and fire departments are both looking to replace vehicles in the next fiscal year. Despite a tight budget, officials say both departments likely will have their requests granted.

City Council Appropriates $4M for Fleet Vehicle Purchases

PORTSMOUTH, VA - The City of Portsmouth, Va., City Council agreed on August 24 to begin replacing an aging fleet of fire trucks, police cars, and other city vehicles after a two-year pause.

NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and FLAGFA Team Up For Fall Conference

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NAFA's Sunshine State Chapter and the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) announced they will combine resources to present a conference for fleet managers September 15-17, 2010 at the Plaza Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach, Fla.

City Departments Request $17M to Build Maintenance Facility

HILLSBORO, OR - Three City of Hillsboro, Ore., departments are asking city councilors to green-light a $17 million plan to build a new maintenance facility for the city’s vehicle fleet.

FleetCards TrendWatch on Diesel

ATLANTA - FleetCards USA, a fleet card industry expert that acts as a trusted advisor in matching fleet fuel cards to small and medium sized businesses, shares tips from their trends advisory council — FleetCards TrendWatch — regarding fuel efficiencies and diesel fuel.

3M Traffic Safety Systems Introduces New Driver Feedback Sign for Highways

ST. PAUL, MN - 3M Traffic Safety Systems, a leader in the transportation safety and vehicle registration markets, introduces the new 3M Driver Feedback Sign for highway speed applications. The Driver Feedback Sign from 3M advises drivers of their speed and encourages speed limit compliance.

City of Bellevue Adds 31 Hybrids to its Fleet

BELLEVUE, WA - Thirty-one fuel-efficient vehicles have rolled into the City of Bellevue’s fleet, including Ford Escape, Ford Fusion, and Toyota Camry hybrids. Also as part of its Environmental Stewardship Initiative, the City will acquire 60 more hybrid and electric vehicles next year, to make 35 percent of its light-duty vehicles fuel-efficient models.

City of Midland Debates Take-Home Cars

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A proposed property tax hike in the City of Midland, Texas, has some residents saying the city should find other ways to balance their budget. One of their suggestions is getting rid of city take-home cars, but Midland law enforcement says they're essential to protecting the community.

Parked Police Cars Stir Debate

GREENVILLE, NC - Complaints and questions about City of Greenville, N.C., Police Department patrol cars parked at local businesses were addressed by City Council member Calvin Mercer. He informed his constituents that most take-home vehicles cannot be driven home if the home is outside city limits, and are instead parked at businesses to increase police visibility.

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