Government Fleet News

Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association Endorses CAFM, CAFS Programs

PRINCETON, NJ – The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association announced it has joined a coalition of organizations exclusively endorsing and offering to its members the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager and Certified Automotive Fleet Supervisor programs.

Honda FCX Clarity Named 2009 World Green Car

TORRANCE, CA – The Honda FCX Clarity was named the 2009 World Green Car at a press conference hosted by the New York International Auto Show and Mobil 1 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York.

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Network and Carbon Day Automotive Deliver Solar Plug-In Stations

CHICAGO – Carbon Day Automotive announced the unveiling of the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the City of Chicago.

Government Demand for Grounds Maintenance Equipment to Increase

CLEVELAND – Demand for power lawn and garden equipment in the government and institutional market is forecast to increase 3.4 percent per year to $580 million in 2011, according to a study by a market research firm.

AEMP Makes Progress in Developing Telematics Standard

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The AEMP Technology Committee has been working to provide fleet managers an easier, more efficient method to access basic fleet information from multiple OEMs and integrate telematics systems data into business management software.

City of Norman to Use Alt-Fuel Vehicles

NORMAN, OK – City council members adopted a comprehensive alternative fuel program they believe will be better for the environment and save money in the long run, according to

Hernando County Fleet Criticized for High Operation Costs

BROOKSVILLE, FL – County Commissioner Jeff Stabins questioned why fleet mechanics charge $85-an-hour in labor costs to do oil changes when a better price could be had at a private dealer, reported Hernando Today.

City of Albuquerque to Use Stimulus Funds to 'Green' Up

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The City of Albuquerque will use $750,000 of its energy efficiency block grants to purchase new hybrid vehicles, according to New Mexico Business Weekly.

NYPD to Cut Vehicle Budget by $6.1M

NEW YORK – No marked patrol cars would be lost, but there would be a cut in unmarked cars and rental or leased vehicles, reported the New York Times.

Rotary Lift offers 145 vehicle lifts and accessories, including its new Mach 4 mobile column lift, to state and local governmental agencies across the United States through HGACBuy.

145 Rotary Lift Vehicle Lifts & Accessories Available through HGACBuy

MADISON, IN – State and local governmental agencies across the United States can now easily purchase new vehicle lifts from Rotary Lift.

NY Auto Show to Feature Latest Concept Cars & Alt-Fuel Vehicles

MANHATTAN, NY – The 2009 New York International Automobile Show, open to the public April 10-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, showcases the latest in innovative, more fuel-efficient vehicles, with drivetrain and technology advancements and cutting-edge design.

Finalists Named for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA – Out of 31 nominees, the competition for the title of 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year has been narrowed down to four finalists. Find out who made the cut.

SPAL Celebrates 50 Years

CORREGGIO, Italy – SPAL Automotive s.r.l. is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a manufacturer of high-quality fan, blower, and electronic products for a variety of industries, including the agricultural, automotive, bus, construction, industrial, off-highway, and truck markets.

Kevin Fareri (left), CAFM, fleet acquisitions administrator for the City of San Antonio poses with Christopher Petree, operations & maintenance director for the City of Lakeville, Minn., at the MPWA conference.

Minnesota PWA Teams Up With the City of San Antonio

MINNEAPOLIS – The City of San Antonio's fleet acquisitions administrator, Kevin Fareri, CAFM, presented a number of green fleet topics at the Minnesota Public Works Association's conference.

Palm Beach County Receives First Hybrid Bucket Truck Delivery

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The first of three hybrid bucket trucks ordered by the county 18 months ago has been delivered, with the other two to be delivered within the next 30 days.

Augstin (r) accepts his award.

Augstin Recognized as AEMP Member of the Year

BLOOMINGTON, IL – Dan Augstin, CEM, director of Fleet Management for the City of Bloomington, Ill., was named the 2008 Member of the Year by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

City of Jacksonville Finalizes City Vehicle, Car Allowance Policy

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The policy addresses park and ride and take-home vehicle assignments and eligibility.

FleetCards USA Launches A Fleet Card Industry Blog For Small, Medium Businesses

ATLANTA – FleetCards USA has announced the launch of its industry blog at

Islip Employees Under Investigation for Misuse of Town Vehicles

ISLIP, NY – The public works commissioner's admittance to misusing his town-issued vehicle has spurred officials to investigate others in the department, reported Newsday.

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Morehead State Univ. Goes Electric

MOREHEAD, KY – By testing five electric vehicles in its fleet, the university has been able to reduce the gas-powered vehicle fleet by about 15 percent since last fall, reported The Trail Blazer campus newspaper.

Columbus to Use Stimulus Funds for 'Green' Efforts

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The federal economic-stimulus plan will allow the City of Columbus continue to move forward on its "green" efforts, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Placer County Cuts Back on Take-Home Vehicle Use

GRANITE BAY, CA – New policy developed by the County Executive Office includes reduction in the number of SUVs used as take-home vehicles, attaching prominent county markings, and buying more fuel-efficient models.

Oklahoma State University to Add CNG Station for Campus Fleets

SEAL BEACH, CA – The new CNG facility will support the University's program to replace most of its diesel bus and gasoline-powered fleet vehicles with energy-efficient, environmentally friendly CNG models.

SoundOff Signal Introduces StrobeWise for Collision Avoidance and Rear Impact Defense

HUDSONVILLE, MI – StrobeWisevcan provide up to 10 seconds of additional warning time over and above brake lights to following vehicles, warning them of a slowing or stopping vehicle that has yet to engage the traditional brake light features.

'Greener' Vehicles May Mean Extra Stimulus Money for Towns

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Tucked in the stimulus bill is $300 million for towns and public agencies, as well as private companies, to cover the cost difference between a hybrid and its traditional model, according to The MetroWest Daily News.

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