Government Fleet News

New Sample Bill to Aid States in Banning Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled sample legislation Feb. 22 to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel, the latest step in the campaign against distracted driving.

UC-Irvine Study Shows Turfgrass to be Positive Sequester of Carbon

BLOOMINGTON, MN - Scientists from the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California - Irvine recently published a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that adds significantly to the body of knowledge documenting the carbon benefits of turfgrass.

Jersey City to Revise Take-Home Policies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy plans to reduce the number of employees who have municipal vehicles by 20 percent, Councilman Steven Fulop wants to eliminate the perk completely.

Bill Proposed to Limit Colorado Take-Home Vehicles

DENVER - Colorado Springs Rep. Kent Lambert introduced a bill that would reduce the number of state employees who use government cars for commuting.

Canyon County Taking Action to Green Fleet

CALDWELL, ID - In addition to two new hybrids already in operation, the county fleet is currently upfitting 13 new patrol cars capable of running on E-85.

Albuquerque Police Reviewing Take-Home Vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - At the request of the city council, the Albuquerque Police Department is looking at everything from mileage to officer commutes, to how long the vehicles in its 1,100-unit take-home fleet last.

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office Receives 13 New Patrol Vehicles

BASTROP, TX - Sheriff Terry Pickering said the department is waiting for its 13 new black and white patrol cars to be outfitted with the needed equipment.

The new Altec Industry aerial bucket trucks operate on propane and are expected to save $60,000 in annual fuel costs.

City of Inglewood Gets New Propane Trucks

INGLEWOOD, CA - The City of Inglewood, Calif., recently took delivery of four propane-powered aerial bucket trucks, expected to reduce fuels costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

City of Victorville Returns Leased Vehicles

VICTORVILLE, CA - The move is expected to save $250,00 a year, for a total savings of $750,000 over the next three years.

City of Lawrence Cuts Take-Home Vehicles

LAWRENCE, MA - Reducing take-home use is saving the City an estimated $50,000 in gasoline and insurance.

Police Chief Scrutinized for Personal Use of Town Vehicle

WEST SENECA, NY - West Seneca Police Chief Edward Gehen's personal use of a town-owned vehicle has prompted discussion on creating a detailed policy for take-home vehicles.

Gwinnett County Gets $3M for New Emergency Vehicles

ATLANTA - Gwinnett County Commission recently passed a measure authorizing $3.1 million for new vehicles in emergency departments.

Jackson County Auctions Off Surplus Vehicles Online

WHITE CITY, OR - Jackson County, Ore., is auctioning off surplus county vehicles and equipment online until Feb. 23.

IRS to Audit Personal Use of California State Vehicles

SACRAMENTO - The IRS is conducting an 18-month audit regarding tax reporting associated with personal use of California's state-owned or -leased vehicles in 2008.

Maricopa County Vehicles Caught on Speeding Cameras

PHOENIX - County workers were held responsible for about 10 percent of tickets received from 2008 to early this year while driving in a county vehicle, according to the Arizona Republic.

Allen County’s At-Fault Drivers Must Answer to New Panel

FORT WAYNE, IN - A new review committee will determine if at-fault county employees must attend safety training courses based on the total amount of damage fees.

W. Va. Makes Progress towards Creating Vehicle Fleet Office

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Joe Manchin has introduced a bill to formalize his proposal for the creation of a single, statewide Fleet Management Office to regulate state vehicle use.

Metropolitan Sewer District to Host Training Seminars

LOUISVILLE, KY - Ford Commercial Vehicle Operations will conduct two onsite fleet training programs at the Metropolitan Sewer District of Louisville and Jefferson County facility.

ZAP to Develop Prototype Electric Mail Trucks for USPS

SANTA ROSA, CA - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is studying the reduction of fuel consumption through a feasibility study of electric mail trucks.

Calif. Fleets Offered $20M for Hybrid Truck Purchases

SACRAMENTO, CA - As of Feb. 12, approximately $11 million is left in the California Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program. All fleets with trucks operating in California are eligible for up to 100 vouchers each, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The new Camry hybrids make the Arkadelphia Police Department the first "green" fleet in the state, according to police officials. (Photo courtesy of Arkadelphia Police Dept.)

City of Arkadelphia Unveils Camry Hybrid Police Cars

The Arkadelphia Police Department's new environmentally friendly vehicles have made it the first "green" fleet in the state, according to police officials.

Louisville Working to Resolve Take-Home Fee Dispute

LOUISVILLE, KY - The Metro Council recently introduced a resolution addressing the controversial issue of take-home fees imposed on police officers.

Goodyear to Develop Fuel-Efficient Tires for U.S. Army Program

AKRON, OHIO - The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been selected as the exclusive developer of fuel-efficient military tires for the Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator (FED) program.

Florida Juvenile Justice Officials Give Up Car Perks

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman and three high-ranking deputies have surrendered their free take-home cars after a state investigation said the vehicles might violate federal tax rules on unreported income.

Cook County Considers Car-Sharing Program

CHICAGO - Using a successful Washington, D.C. program as a model, the Cook County Board of Commissioners is banking on an electronic monitoring system to make its management of the county's 2,000-vehicle fleet more efficient.

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