Government Fleet News

Erie County Criticized for $500K Spent on New Vehicles

BUFFALO, NY - The Erie County Water Authority is spending another $500,000 this year to replace aging work vehicles and provide a few employees new take-home vehicles.

Adams County employee Le Andrew Gaines replaces the mud flaps on one of the county’s trucks. A recent report from Waters International Trucks cited the county for several maintenance issues for its fleet. (Photo credit: Ben Hillyer / natchezdemocrat.com)

Adams County Cited for Lack of Truck Maintenance

NATCHEZ, MS - A recent inspection revealed at least nine trucks would not have passed the test for a Mississippi Department of Transportation inspection sticker.

Cobb County Fleet to Go Lead-Free

MARIETTA, GA - Cobb County Fleet Management has committed to using lead-free wheel weights and implementing recycled lead wheel weights in its existing fleet of automobiles and trucks.

City of Naperville Purchases New 700/800 MHz OpenSky Digital Radio System

NAPERVILLE, IL - Naperville is partnering with the City of Aurora, Illinois, in the purchase of the system, which will provide enhanced in-building and outdoor coverage to provide reliable, interoperable communications between first responders and front-line emergency personnel.

City of Aurora Selects Harris Corporation’s 700/800 MHz OpenSky Digital Radio System

AURORA, IL - The City of Aurora will implement an IP-based (Internet Protocol) 700/800 MHz OpenSky communication system for its first responders.

PSI Celebrates Five Years as SmartWay Affiliate

SAN ANTONIO - Pressure Systems International, which produces the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS), celebrates five years as a SmartWay Transport Partnership shipper and as a manufacturer of a SmartWay endorsed technology.

Fresno, CA, Fined $49,250 for Diesel Emissions

SACRAMENTO, CA --- The California Air Resources Board has fined the city of Fresno $49,500 for diesel emissions violations at multiple fleet centers and entered into a settlement that will bring the city's fleet of diesel vehicles into compliance with state regulations ahead of the mandated schedule.

NY Police Departments Consider Propane Retrofits

NEW YORK - Warren County Sheriff's department is the latest New York police department to consider retrofitting its gasoline-powered vehicles to propane.

Riverside County to Use GPS

RIVERSIDE, CA - Criticized in a recent audit for lax oversight of take-home cars and other inefficiencies, Riverside County is seeking funds to outfit its vehicles with GPS tracking devices.

Maricopa County’s Green Efforts Pay Off

PHOENIX - County officials estimate energy cost savings for the past year total $2.7 million.

Fleet Cuts to Save $3.4M for Burlington County

MOUNT HOLLY, NJ - Within the next two weeks, the County expects to reach its goal of reducing the fleet by 120 vehicles.

ZAP Electric Trucks Added to FAA Fleet

WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has placed an initial order for seven Zaptruck XL 100-percent plug-in electric trucks.

Continental's HTL1 Trailer Tire ‘Rocks Out’

FORT MILL, SC - Designed for significant weight savings and fuel efficiency, the HTL1 (Heavy Trailer Long-Haul) is a super single tire that replaces duals on highway or regional trailer axle fitments.

Free Carbon Footprint Calculator for Auto Shops

RENO, NV - GRC-Pirk Management launched an online calculator to determine how much climate pollution is produced by automotive service and repair shops.

Altech-Eco Obtains Certification From EPA for its Dedicated Ford Focus 2008 & 2009 CNG Conversion System

ASHEVILLE, NC - Altech-Eco Corporation, announced they have obtained a Certificate of Conformity from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their compressed natural gas dedicated conversion system for the Ford Focus.

SoundOff Signal Acquires Exclusive License Rights to 911EP Manufacturing, Sales, Trademarks, Service and Global Distribution

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SoundOff Signal has contracted with Safariland to assume responsibility for the sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and service of the 911EP product line.

No Change in County Vehicle Policy Despite Employee DUI Arrest

ROCKVILLE, MD - Despite the March arrest of a county employee drunk driving in a county-owned vehicle, Montgomery County's driving policy has not yet been changed.

San Francisco Anticipates $25 Million Fuel Spend

SAN FRANCISCO - The gasoline and diesel fuel contract agreement between the City and Western States Oil was approved for up to $25 million.

AQMD Gets $45.4 Million Grant for PHEV Development

DIAMOND BAR, CA - The Department of Energy grant will help the district accelerate the development of U.S.-manufactured next-generation batteries and electric vehicles.

Citrus County to Save Money Using Underutilized Vehicles

INVERNESS, FL - Using underutilized vehicles would replace the current practice of paying employees reimbursement fees for personal vehicles.

Last Chance to Nominate 'Green Fleet Leaders'

TORRANCE, CA - Automotive Fleet and Government Fleet magazine want to honor fleet managers with the first annual "Fleet Environmental Leadership" Awards. August 17 is the last day to submit nominations.

Kansas City Fleet Administrator Sam Swearngin, along with other fleet operations staff, recently received training for the new CNG truck.

Kansas City Adding New CNG Trucks to Fleet

KANSAS CITY, MO - The City recently took delivery of one of the first of a total of 19 heavy-duty compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks being placed into service this year.

Riverside County to Cut Down on Take-Home Vehicles

RIVERSIDE, CA - The policy change is expected to cut the number of take-home cars in half and save more than $2.2 million.

Ohio State University Secures $3M HEV Grant

COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio State University and Vanner, Inc. are working with industry partners to accelerate the electric vehicle industry in Ohio.

Providence’s Take-Home Policy Under Review

PROVIDENCE, RI - City workers would be charged up to 55 cents per mile for any department-approved travel outside of Providence under a proposed city council amendment.

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