Government Fleet News

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.

Allen County Faces More Fleet Cuts

FORT WAYNE, IN - County officials are looking to reduce the number of take-home vehicle assignments in efforts to cut costs.

Newark Police Add First Segway, 40 New Fleet Vehicles

NEWARK, NJ - The Newark Police Department recently added 40 new Ford Crown Victoria Interceptors and the department's first Segway to its fleet.

Mayor Crashes New Fire Truck into Tree

GRAND RIDGE, FL - City of Grand Ridge Mayor and volunteer firefighter Chris Wright struck a pine tree last week while driving the town's newest fire truck on a non-dispatched call.

Napa County Must Reduce its Carbon Footprint

NAPA, CA - To meet the state's 2020 target, local jurisdictions would have to reduce emissions by 30 percent, or 446,661 metric tons.

Ross County Sheriff’s Cost-Cutting Saves $250K+

CHILLICOTHE, OH - More than $250,000 was able to be saved through a careful scrutiny of every bill coming into the office and through some procedural changes made to operations.

Broward County Discusses ‘Green’ Strategy

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL - Broward County offered tips for local municipalities looking to reduce their carbon footprints at a recent meeting with representatives from cities in the county that received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Crossover SUVs Donated to California State Parks

INDUSTRY, CA - The Subaru Outbacks will be used in California State Parks, including Silver Strand State Beach in San Diego, Bolsa Chica State Park in Orange, and Malibu Creek State Park in Los Angeles.

Warren County Gets New Vehicles with FEMA Grant

INDIANOLA, IN - A $1.1 million Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant will help the Warren County Engineer Department buy new vehicles for its fleet.

City of Austin Expects Savings with Car-Sharing Program

AUSTIN, TX - The six-month pilot program is essentially a barter agreement in which car2go receives on-street parking spaces in exchange for City of Austin employees' use of car2go vehicles for City business purposes. There is no exchange of revenue.

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