Government Fleet News

PG&E to Test First Smith Electric Vehicles All-Electric Utility Truck

KANSAS CITY, MO – The all-electric aerial utility truck, produced by SEV U.S. and SEV U.K. with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc., is the first unit of its kind to be put into operation by a major utility company before being brought to the market.

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City of Salem Fleet / Warehouse Superintendent Earns CAFM

SALEM, OR – Donald Thomson, fleet/warehouse superintendent for the City of Salem, recently earned the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager designation.

EPA Clean Energy Guidebook to Help Fleets Save Money

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has released a guide to help states save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting clean energy practices in their facilities, operations, and vehicle fleets.

Hyster Company Celebrates 80 Years of Lift Truck Manufacturing

GREENVILLE, NC – Hyster Company, a lift truck designer and manufacturer in North America, celebrates its 80th year as a lift truck manufacturer this year.

AssetWorks Launches Updated Web Site

WAYNE, PA – AssetWorks has launched an updated company Web site at with improved navigation and a sophisticated new look.

Driver's Alert to Provide Georgia with Fleet Safety Program

LIGHTHOUSE POINT, FL – Driver's Alert will provide the Department of Administrative Services of the State of Georgia selected it to provide its "Report My Driving Solution" for the state's 15,000 vehicles and 125,000 state employees.

City of Longview to Lease 6 Sanitation Trucks

LONGVIEW, TEXAS – The City of Longview recently entered into a $955,000 lease agreement for six sanitation trucks, according to The News-Journal.

City of Chandler Cracks Down on Vehicle Idling

PHOENIX – A new city policy prohibits idling of a stopped vehicle solely for the comfort of the driver and passengers or for cooling a laptop computer, according to The Arizona Republic.

L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. Tests Electric Mini Coopers

LOS ANGELES, CA – The sheriff's department will receive 17 electric-powered Mini Coopers and electric charging stations at the assigned vehicle locations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Washington County Updates Vehicle Policy

HAGERSTOWN, MD – The existing three-page document was expanded to a detailed 15 pages with rules on personal use, incident reporting, cell phone use, and other factors, according to The Herald-Mail.

City of Alcoa Fleet Manager Earns CAFM

KNOXVILLE, TN – Steve Hillis, fleet manager and purchasing agent for the City of Alcoa, recently earned the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager designation.

Four States Adopt No-Smiles Policy for DMV Photos

GREAT FALLS, VA – The DMVs in Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada, and Virginia are instructing people not to wear a big smile for their driver's license photo because smiles make face-recognition software less effective in law enforcement efforts.

Boone County Seeks to Improve Operations with GPS

COLUMBIA, MO – The County expects to save money on fuel and resources by tracking vehicles and reducing overlap in activity, reported the Columbia Tribune.

NJ Legislation Seeks to Cut Take-Home Vehicles

MONMOUTH, NJ – Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini has proposed legislation to restrict use of the 15,000 government vehicles issued to New Jersey state employees.

Shasta County Sheriff's Office Faces $4M Budget Deficit

REDDING, CA – Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko's plea for more than $2 million to close his department's nearly $4 million budget gap was unanimously rejected June 8 by the board of supervisors, reported Record Searchlight.

Suffolk County Fleet Plans to Get Greener

HAUPPAUGE, NY – Suffolk County plans to expand its use of alternative fuels in the county fleet through the purchase of 15 compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicles, according to the Empire State News.

1,636 Commercial Vehicles Taken Out of Service

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Of 7,316 commercial vehicles, 1,636 were cited and removed from service by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

2009 GFX Conference Attendance Up

DENVER – Total attendees for the 2nd annual Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), held June 8-10 in Denver, Colo., numbered more than 500.

Chrysler Group LLC and Fiat Finalize Global Strategic Alliance

In addition to the alliance with Fiat, Chrysler Group LLC names Sergio Marchionne as CEO.

Phoenix Public Transit Department Awards Natural Gas Contract to Clean Energy

SEAL BEACH, CA – Clean Energy has been awarded a new three-year contract from the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department, AZ to supply the City's Valley Metro Transit Fleet with liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to power its fleet of 400-plus LNG buses.

Goodyear's New Waste Tire Boasts Innovations to Improve Mileage and Lower Costs

LAS VEGAS – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company introduced the G289 WHA, a new line of waste hauling tires at Waste Expo in Las Vegas.

Mooresville PD Adds New Dodge Chargers to Fleet

MOORESVILLE, NC – For the next month, the five new vehicles will be assigned to MPD veterans and field training officers to evaluate, reported the Mooresville Tribune.

Nashville Scrambles to Find Funds for 100 Police Vehicles

NASHVILLE, TN – In efforts to keep 100 vehicles in the city's police fleet, all departments with vehicles have been ordered to find money-saving efforts in fleet expenses totaling $877,000, according to WSMV.

Brazoria County to Save Money with White Vehicles

CLUTE, TEXAS – Claiming it a more economical choice, the county is aiming to make white the standard color for all county vehicles in the next few years, according to Brazosport Facts.

Hunt County to Hold 2-Week Surplus Auction

GREENVILLE, TEXAS – Hunt County is slated to conduct its annual auction of surplus equipment later this month, according to the Herald-Banner.

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