Government Fleet News

New Fleet Policies in Philadelphia Expected to Generate Up to $2.3M Annually in Savings

PHILADELPHIA – As of October 2008, the City of Philadelphia — through the managing director’s office — is initiating new policies on vehicle assignment, usage, and parking that will reduce the number of take-home vehicles, overall fleet size, and decrease City employee parking in Center City, both on-street and in garages.

LA Judge Favoring Ports’ Clean Truck Program

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge has denied a trucking association’s bid to block an effort to ban older trucks from entering the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Fleet Owners Sue New York City on Hybrid Cab Rules

NEW YORK – A taxi industry group recently filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to block a city requirement that all new taxis meet stringent fuel efficiency standards that would make most cabs hybrid vehicles.

City of Yonkers Fleet Size Larger than Comparable Cities

YONKERS, N.Y.– Despite reductions, Yonkers’ fleet of take-home cars for civilian officials and employees far exceeds the number of vehicles issued to municipal workers in similar-sized cities in New York

Clean Energy to Build, Operate CNG Fueling Station for New Solid Waste Fleet in Seattle

SEAL BEACH, CA – CleanScapes, Inc., a newly-designated City of Seattle, Wash., solid waste contractor, has awarded Clean Energy Fuels Corp. a contract for up to 10 years to build and operate a compressed natural gas (CNG) station and provide fuel for CleanScapes’ 40 new CNG-powered refuse trucks.

The State of South Carolina Buys GPS Tracking Units Hoping to Save Money

COLUMBIA, S.C.– South Carolina is looking to save money by spending roughly $4 million on GPS units that can track every move made by the state’s school buses and road construction vehicles.

Jefferson City Council Tries to Balance Budget by Shifting Plans on City Vehicles

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Facing a tight budget cycle, the Jefferson City Council has balanced the city budget mainly by reducing its fleet management plan significantly.

City Budgets Hit Hard by Economic Downturn, According to NLC Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Many cities will have to struggle to make ends meet for the next two years.

City of Frankfort and State of Kentucky Enter Fleet Partnership

FRANKFORT, KY – The City of Frankfort has entered into a partnership with the state for maintenance of some city vehicles.

El Paso County to Create Motor Pool Vehicle Fleet

EL PASO, TEXAS – A recently formed El Paso motor pool committee that looked into vehicle and fuel use has presented its findings to the County Commissioners Court.

City of Franklin Orders ZAP Electric Cars

FRANKLIN, KY – After the ground breaking on an electric car plant for Integrity Automotive, residents and city officials in Simpson County have shown their support by ordering three electric trucks from ZAP.

Mohawk Lifts Introduce New Safety Tool: The Slope Indicator

AMSTERDAM, NY – Mohawk’s slope indicator is a tool for the AC and DC Mobile Column Lifts.

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services Selects CEI for Collision Management

TREVOSE, PA – Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has selected The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI), a global provider of fleet accident management and driver risk management and safety services, for collision management services.

Fuel Costs Make City of Lubbock Think Small for Truck Fleet

LUBBOCK, TEXAS – High gas prices are changing the look of city vehicles. The City of Lubbock expects to start replacing full-size trucks with smaller ones beginning in the 2008-09 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.

Auditor: Mississippi Has too Many State-Owned Vehicles

JACKSON, MS – Mississippi needs to adopt guidelines that limit how many new vehicles agencies buy each year, a state auditor’s report says. The report found that Mississippi averages one state-owned vehicle for every three or four employees

Oklahoma State University Switching to CNG-Vehicle Fleet

STILLWATER, OK – Oklahoma State University plans to convert its fleet to vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG).

Myers Select Introduces "Greener" Forklift Model

ANAHEIM, CA - Myers Select Material Handling is doing their part to contribute to a cleaner environment. The forklift servicing company recently presented its hydrogen-combustion forklift at "The Future is Green" conference in Long Beach, Calif.

Carmel Introduces No-Idle Policy for City Vehicles

HAMILTON COUNTY, IN – The City of Carmel is creating a no-idle zone for its city-owned vehicle fleet.

Gas Thief Gets Away With 400 Gallons

DENVER – Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies recently reported a gas thief that stole about 400 gallons of gasoline out of a fleet of delivery trucks.

Erie County Saves Money With GPS

BUFFALO, NY – As global positioning comes to the Erie County fleet, officials are looking at $650,000 a year in fuel and maintenance costs, with only $150,000 in start up costs to place the units in 200 county vehicles.

Harris County Lights and Sirens on Auction Block

HARRIS COUNTRY, TEXAS – Criminals hoping to impersonate police officers could outfit their cars with lights and sirens purchased for hundreds of dollars from any number of online dealers.

City of Wheeling Ambulances Stays at Home

WHEELING, OH – Councilman Vernon Seals and Fire Chief Larry Helms have decided that city ambulances will only take patients to Wheeling Hospital and Ohio Valley MedicalCenter.

City of Edison Expands Its Fleet with Hybrids

EDISON, N.J. – City of Edison Mayor Jun Choi now drives a hybrid Ford Escape — one of the 26 fuel-efficient vehicles the township bought for its fleet.

Mayor Baker Wants a 'Green' Wilmington

WILMINGTON, DE – Wilmington Mayor James Baker recently issued an executive order that sets a goal of city government reducing its energy footprint by 20 percent by 2020.

City of Buffalo Debates on Take-Home Vehicles

BUFFALO, NY – In tough economic times, should elected officials have 24 hour access to a city-owned car? It’s a debate that includes Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, the Buffalo School Superintendent, the candidates for District Attorney, and even several federal workers below the cabinet level.

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