Government Fleet News

Adjustments Made to Ft. Wayne Police Take-Home Fees

FT. WAYNE, IN - The Fort Wayne Police Department has rescinded the biweekly fee it imposed in 2008 on officers who take home their squad cars - unless gas prices rise above $3 a gallon.

Montgomery County Deploys New CNG Trash Trucks

ROCKVILLE, MD - The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS) has put into service the first 20 of 100 refuse and recycling collection trucks powered with compressed natural gas.

Car Washing Idea Saves San Francisco $75K

SAN FRANCISCO - David Ebarle, a manager at San Francisco's 911 center who also oversees the Department of Emergency Management's vehicle fleet, was recently honored for coming up with a more-cost effective way to wash city vehicles.

U.S. Army, Gov’t Fleets Gather for Electric Vehicle Showcase

FT. BLISS, TEXAS - Electric vehicle manufacturer ZAP demonstrated its line of electric trucks, vans, and ATVs at the Renewable Energy Rodeo and Symposium at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Tank and Automotive Center at Fort Bliss.

Allegheny County to Stick to 4-Cylinder Models

PITTSBURGH - Switching fleet vehicles to four-cylinder models is just one part of a recommended strategy to help decrease the county government's overall carbon emissions, energy consumption, and water usage by 20 percent by 2015.

Watervliet Police Fleet Gets New Computer Equipment

WATERVLIET, NY - The entire police fleet will now be equipped with laptops and computers to provide access to the same information while on the road or at the headquarters.

El Paso City Purchasing Hybrid Vehicles

EL PASO, TEXAS - The City Council on June 8 approved the purchase of up to 20 hybrid SUVs over the next two years for a maximum of $570,000.

Utah Fleet to Help State Improve Energy Efficiency

SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah Fleet Division is on its way to meeting the state goal of improving overall energy efficiency by 20 percent by the year 2015.

Grants to Help Pay for Greener Trucks Serving Calif. Ports

LONG BEACH, CA - The South Coast Air Quality Management District on June 4 awarded more than $34 million in state and federal grants to replace 598 trucks operating at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as trucks delivering goods across the region, the Daily Breeze newspaper reported.

55% of Vehicles Have One Under-Inflated Tire

WASHINGTON - A recent nationwide survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association found 55 percent of vehicles have at least one under-inflated tire and only one in six vehicles has four properly inflated tires.

Propane Helps Jackson County Sheriff Save Money

PENDERGRASS, GA - Converting the remaining 50 vehicles in its fleet to run on propane is expected to save the sheriff's office $250,000 in fuel costs this fiscal year alone.

Titusville to Get 15 New Police Vehicles

TITUSVILLE, FL - Ten of the new vehicles will be used for patrol, two for the K-9 unit, two for the crime-scene investigations unit, and one for criminal investigations.

Burleigh County Sheriff’s Vehicles Get New Look

BISMARCK, ND - The department's six new vehicles are black with gold, silver, and white writing, stripes, and stars.

Search Begins for West Va. State Fleet Manager

CHARLESTON, WV - The hunt to fill the position of West Virginia's state vehicle fleet manager has already attracted more than 50 applicants, according to the Charleston Gazette.

GARLICK

In Memoriam:<br>Dan Garlick, 1975 -2010

ONEONTA, NY - Dan Garlick, senior mechanic for the City of Oneonta Central Garage, was recently killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to work. He was 34.

NY Office of General Services Deploys Solution to Control Fleet Costs

FITCHBURG, MA - The State of New York Office of General Services chose a web-based fleet management information system to manage the acquisition and management of its 27,000-plus vehicle fleet.

Monmouth County Ends 3-Year Ordeal Over Fuel Theft

FREEHOLD BOROUGH, NJ - The Monmouth County Board of Freeholders has agreed to pay $95,000 to Harry Conover Jr., the former emergency management coordinator, after a three-year-long ordeal over several gallons of allegedly stolen gasoline.

First Responders Offered Safety Training on Chevy Volt

SAN FRANCISCO - The training will include animation and illustrations of the Chevrolet Volt, highlighting locations of high-strength steel, cut points for extrication, first-responder labeling, and automatic and manual electrical shut-off.

University Students Build Biodiesel Extended-Range EV

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and General Motors challenged university engineering students from across North America to re-engineer a GM-donated vehicle to minimize the vehicle's fuel consumption and emissions, while maintaining its utility, safety, and performance.

Janesville’s Police Fleet Turns Black to Save Money

JANESVILLE, WI - The City of Janesville's police fleet is changing its color scheme to black vehicles as a way to save money, according to WCLO.com.

Desert Hot Springs Fills Tires with Nitrogen

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA - Desert Hot Springs is the first city in the Coachella Valley to begin filling all city vehicle tires with nitrogen, according to The Desert Sun.

The battery-electric sub-compact vehicle seats four adults and can be recharged from a standard wall-socket, according to the manufacturer.

State of Calif. Fleet Tests Mitsubishi i-MiEVs

LOS ANGELES - During a recent press event, Governor Schwarzenegger sat in the i-MiEV and later spoke to a panel of reporters about the battery electric vehicle being representative of the technology necessary to tackle the sustainable transportation challenges facing California.

Larimer, Weld Counties to Resume Roadside Vehicle Emissions Testing

DENVER - Beginning June 1, roadside emissions testing units called RapidScreen will begin rotating among 22 pre-approved locations throughout the expanded vehicle emissions testing area in Larimer and Weld counties.

Rocklin Fleet Manager Accused of Gambling on City Time

ROCKLIN, CA - The City of Rocklin launched an internal investigation late last month after the city fleet manager was seen at a casino during normal working hours, according to The Placer Herald.

Westchester County to Hold Fleet & Equipment Demo Day

WHITE PLAINS, NY - Taking place June 2, the event is designed as a shared county service to keep local municipalities informed about vehicle safety, green and new technology, the latest equipment, and important operational and maintenance issues.

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