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Boy Hit by City of Detroit-Owned Vehicle Gets $15 million

DETROIT - A Detroit child struck by a city-owned vehicle while crossing the street recently won a $15-million verdict.

New Orleans Inspector General Reveals City Fleet Free-for-All

NEW ORLEANS - Inspector General Robert Cerasoli has fired the opening salvo in what’s likely to be a long and drawn out war over the use of city-owned vehicles.

City of Jackson Fleet Audits Spots Deficiencies

JACKSON, MS - Recent reports from the City of Jackson's internal audit division reveal apparent widespread lack of oversight of the city's vehicle fleet.

City of Fort Wayne Saves Nearly $400,000 by Reducing Take-Home Vehicles

FORT WAYNE, IN - Together, Fort Wayne and Allen County have cut nearly 100 take-home cars and trucks from their fleets since 2003, leaving more employees to drive their own vehicles to and from work.

White House Throws GM & Chrysler $17.4 Billion Financial Lifeline

WASHINGTON – In an early morning televised announcement, President Bush announced a plan to offer the struggling automakers $17.4 billion in short-term financing, $13.4 immediately available and another $4 billion likely available in February. But the plan comes with strict conditions.

The City of Cedar Rapids Fleet Services Division Moves to a Temporary New Location

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Due to the devastating floods that took place last June that destroyed the City of Cedar Rapids Fleet Services Division and four of the five garage locations, the Fleet Services Division were forced to set up shop at another location.

In Memoriam: Tim Malone-1963-2008

AMSTERDAM, NY – Tim Malone, of Mohawk Lifts has passed away on Dec. 10 at the age of 45. Malone suffered a fatal brain aneurism. He was immediately administered CPR and was taken to the nearby hospital to be put on life support.

Oklahoma City Awards Four New Pumpers to Ferrara

HOLDEN, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., America’s premier custom fire apparatus manufacturer, has been awarded a contract by the City of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The State of Michigan Joins the WSCA Contract that Offers Vehicle Lifts and Related Garage Equipment

LANSING, MI - The State of Michigan is the 23rd state to join the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract titled Vehicle Lifts & related garage equipment.

<i>Government Fleet Magazine</i> Now Accepting Nominations for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Colquitt County Defends Take-Home Vehicle Policy

MOULTRIE, GA — Colquitt County commissioners recently defended employees who drive county vehicles home, saying that the employees are on call or need them to travel to out-of-office work sites.

Audit Finds Poor Oversight of New Hampshire State Vehicles

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire does a poor job keeping track of the nearly 2,000 passenger vehicles used by state employees, according to a recent audit.

Hendrix College Adds Two Electric Cars to Fleet

CONWAY, AR – Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. has put two electric cars into service on campus, replacing two older gas-powered vehicles in the college’s fleet.

Edison Police Get Four New Hybrid Cars

EDISON, NJ – Edison Township’s goal to eventually have half its fleet of cars consist of hybrid electrics recently advanced as the police department rolled out four of the energy-saving vehicles.

Two New Electric Cars Join Minneapolis Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS – The City of Minneapolis has added two new electric cars to its fleet. The cars use no gasoline and make almost no sound.

The City of Memphis Announces Deployment of AssetWorks FleetFocus

WAYNE, PA – AssetWorks, a provider of fleet Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) software and Automated Fuel Systems, has signed a fleet management software and implementation services contract with the City of Memphis, Tenn.

Mass. to Retrofit Hybrid Vehicle Fleet to Plug-In

BOSTON – The State of Massachusetts’ may have a new plug-in hybrid with a regular Toyota Prius engine, but the spare tire in the trunk has a look that makes this car special.

Chicago to Cut Back on Plowing Snow on Side Streets

CHICAGO – City of Chicago crews will cut back on plowing side streets this winter in an effort to save money.

Chicago Police to Get Up to 2,000 Tahoes

CHICAGO – Mayor Richard Daley’s administration has signed a $59.2 million contract with a suburban dealership that could pave the way for the Chicago Police Department to convert most of its squad car fleet by 2011 to Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs.

Indianapolis Adds Hybrids to Vehicle Fleet

INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Indianapolis has purchased 85 hybrid vehicles.

City of Rochester Eliminates More Take-Home Vehicles

ROCHESTER, NY – Having already eliminated more than 30 take-home cars, the city now is looking at 80 more — a move that would hit the Police Department hardest, taking back cars assigned to undercover officers, homicide detectives and others.

Mohawk Lift’s Weight Gauge Acts as Diagnostic Tool

AMSTERDAM, NY– Mohawk’s weight gauge (a scale on the lift itself) is now available for all Mohawk two-post lifts from 7,000 to 30,000 lb. capacities.

City of Moline Looks to Save Fuel Costs With E-85 Tank

MOLINE, IL – The City of Moline will save an estimated $27,591 next year in fuel costs by installing its own E-85 tank. The 10,000-gallon tank at the city’s public works garage also will be used by Rock Island County and Metro, the mass transit district.

City of Oxnard Recognized as a California EPA "Green Shop"

OXNARD, CA - Oxnard’s Fleet Services Transfer Truck shop at the Del Norte Transfer Facility has been recognized as a "Model Pollution Prevention (P2) Auto Repair Shop" by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control for its exceptional efforts to reduce hazardous waste, water and air emissions.

City of Long Beach Named No. 1 Government Green Fleet in North America

LONG BEACH, CA - Beating out cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Denver, and Colorado Springs, the City of Long Beach recently earned the No.1 Government Green Fleet in North America recognition.



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