Government Fleet News

NYPD to Cut Vehicle Budget by $6.1M

NEW YORK – No marked patrol cars would be lost, but there would be a cut in unmarked cars and rental or leased vehicles, reported the New York Times.

Rotary Lift offers 145 vehicle lifts and accessories, including its new Mach 4 mobile column lift, to state and local governmental agencies across the United States through HGACBuy.

145 Rotary Lift Vehicle Lifts & Accessories Available through HGACBuy

MADISON, IN – State and local governmental agencies across the United States can now easily purchase new vehicle lifts from Rotary Lift.

NY Auto Show to Feature Latest Concept Cars & Alt-Fuel Vehicles

MANHATTAN, NY – The 2009 New York International Automobile Show, open to the public April 10-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, showcases the latest in innovative, more fuel-efficient vehicles, with drivetrain and technology advancements and cutting-edge design.

Finalists Named for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA – Out of 31 nominees, the competition for the title of 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year has been narrowed down to four finalists. Find out who made the cut.

SPAL Celebrates 50 Years

CORREGGIO, Italy – SPAL Automotive s.r.l. is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a manufacturer of high-quality fan, blower, and electronic products for a variety of industries, including the agricultural, automotive, bus, construction, industrial, off-highway, and truck markets.

Kevin Fareri (left), CAFM, fleet acquisitions administrator for the City of San Antonio poses with Christopher Petree, operations & maintenance director for the City of Lakeville, Minn., at the MPWA conference.

Minnesota PWA Teams Up With the City of San Antonio

MINNEAPOLIS – The City of San Antonio's fleet acquisitions administrator, Kevin Fareri, CAFM, presented a number of green fleet topics at the Minnesota Public Works Association's conference.

Palm Beach County Receives First Hybrid Bucket Truck Delivery

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The first of three hybrid bucket trucks ordered by the county 18 months ago has been delivered, with the other two to be delivered within the next 30 days.

Augstin (r) accepts his award.

Augstin Recognized as AEMP Member of the Year

BLOOMINGTON, IL – Dan Augstin, CEM, director of Fleet Management for the City of Bloomington, Ill., was named the 2008 Member of the Year by the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

City of Jacksonville Finalizes City Vehicle, Car Allowance Policy

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The policy addresses park and ride and take-home vehicle assignments and eligibility.

FleetCards USA Launches A Fleet Card Industry Blog For Small, Medium Businesses

ATLANTA – FleetCards USA has announced the launch of its industry blog at www.FleetCardsUSA.com/blog.

Islip Employees Under Investigation for Misuse of Town Vehicles

ISLIP, NY – The public works commissioner's admittance to misusing his town-issued vehicle has spurred officials to investigate others in the department, reported Newsday.

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Morehead State Univ. Goes Electric

MOREHEAD, KY – By testing five electric vehicles in its fleet, the university has been able to reduce the gas-powered vehicle fleet by about 15 percent since last fall, reported The Trail Blazer campus newspaper.

Columbus to Use Stimulus Funds for 'Green' Efforts

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The federal economic-stimulus plan will allow the City of Columbus continue to move forward on its "green" efforts, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Placer County Cuts Back on Take-Home Vehicle Use

GRANITE BAY, CA – New policy developed by the County Executive Office includes reduction in the number of SUVs used as take-home vehicles, attaching prominent county markings, and buying more fuel-efficient models.

Oklahoma State University to Add CNG Station for Campus Fleets

SEAL BEACH, CA – The new CNG facility will support the University's program to replace most of its diesel bus and gasoline-powered fleet vehicles with energy-efficient, environmentally friendly CNG models.

SoundOff Signal Introduces StrobeWise for Collision Avoidance and Rear Impact Defense

HUDSONVILLE, MI – StrobeWisevcan provide up to 10 seconds of additional warning time over and above brake lights to following vehicles, warning them of a slowing or stopping vehicle that has yet to engage the traditional brake light features.

'Greener' Vehicles May Mean Extra Stimulus Money for Towns

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Tucked in the stimulus bill is $300 million for towns and public agencies, as well as private companies, to cover the cost difference between a hybrid and its traditional model, according to The MetroWest Daily News.

City of Peoria to Cut Expenses by Downsizing Fleet

PEORIA, AZ – City officials have set April 1 as the deadline to eliminate at least 75 vehicles from the 530-unit fleet in an effort to conserve resources and cut expenses, according to the Arizona Republic.

City of Stockton Considering Cutting Car Perks for City Officials

STOCKTON, CA – Stockton's city fleet and cars given to city employees as a perk are being scrutinized during its current fiscal crisis, according to the Stockton Record.

Washington Police Chief Checks Blackberry, Hits Car

TACOMA, WA – Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson caused a wreck as a result of checking his BlackBerry while driving, according to The News Tribune.

Jacksonville's Automated Trash Trucks Add Safety and Cut Costs

JACKSONVILLE, NC – Jacksonville's garbage truck fleet recently received its first fully automated trash truck, which features a hydraulic claw that picks up trash cans curbside and dumps the trash into the truck without the aid of a sanitation worker.

Dade City Police's Electric Cars Get Attention

DADE CITY, FL – Dade City has joined a handful of other cities in the Tampa Bay area whose officers are using electric vehicles to patrol school grounds or police heavily populated events such as parades, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Flagler County to Upgrade Ambulance Fleet

BUNNELL, FL – Two eight-year old units are being replaced, but will remain in fleet as "spares" should other units break down or need routine maintenance, according to The News-Journal.

Bobcat Company Staff and Equipment Help Defend Fargo Moorhead Community from Record Flooding

FARGO, ND – In response to the flood threat in the Fargo area, more than 100 Bobcat employees have volunteered around the clock to help fill and place sandbags, build flood walls along the water's edges, provide meals, and answer phones at the volunteer center.

Navman Wireless Upgrades OnlineAVL2 Vehicle Tracking Software

GLENVIEW, IL - Navman Wireless North America announced an upgrade to its OnlineAVL2 vehicle tracking and logistics system that aids managers of larger service fleets in cutting costs and increasing productivity.

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