Government Fleet News

Highlights from the 2010 NAFA I&E

DETROIT - Fleet industry professionals recently gathered in the "Motor City" for the 2010 NAFA Fleet Management Association Institute & Expo (I&E) April 24-27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. Highlights included keynote speeches from the Detroit Three and this year's fleet manager award winners.

Isuzu Commercial Truck & Utilimaster Partner on New Commercial Van

ANAHEIM, CA - The walk-in van will combine the functionality and design flexibility of a custom-built work truck with the styling and ergonomics of a cargo van.

D.C. Audit Criticizes Vehicle Oversight, Unpaid Fines

WASHINGTON - A new D.C. audit found vehicles assigned to the offices of the mayor and schools chancellor have racked up more than $1,000 in unpaid parking tickets and traffic fines.

Vineland Mayor Scrutinized for ‘Flashy’ City Vehicle

VINELAND, NJ - Vineland Mayor Robert Romano is being scrutinized for using a city-owned sports car as his everyday, official vehicle.

(L-R) Lauren Fletcher, GF magazine; John Alley, City of San Diego; Larry Campbell, City of Fort Wayne; and Mark Bellamy, York County, discuss budget challenges affecting fleets today.

Fleet Managers Discuss Budget Challenges

DETROIT - Government Fleet had the opportunity to sit down with several prominent public sector fleet professionals during an intimate roundtable discussion April 25 in Detroit and pick their brains on the latest budget issues affecting fleets.

NY/NJ Port Authority Deputy Dir. Earns NAFA Honors

DETROIT - Tom Lubas, deputy director, Operations Services Department for Port Authority of NY & NJ was presented with a NAFA Lifetime Honorary Membership.

The new "E-Ride" electric vehicle is one of 23 that will be used at state parks this year.

Wisconsin DNR Fleet Gets New Electric Vehicles

WAUNAKEE, WI - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently unveiled its first "E-Ride" electric vehicle to be used at state parks this year. Each vehicle is expected to emit 9,450 lbs. less CO2 annually.

Carbon Motors Completes Campus Plans

CONNERSVILLE, IN - Carbon Motors Corporation announced it has completed the conceptual plans for the Carbon Campus at One Carbon Motors Drive in Connersville, Indiana.

NCSFA Conference Postponed

GAITHERSBURG, MD - The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Sept. 26-30 in Park City, Utah.

Top Fleet Industry Honors Presented

DETROIT - Presented by Bobit Business Media's stable of fleet industry publications, top 2010 fleet management honors were awarded yesterday in a special ceremony at the NAFA Fleet Management Institute and Expo.

2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year winner John Alley from the City of San Diego emphasized the importance of teamwork in his fleet's success.

Alley Named 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

DETROIT - John Alley, CAFM, deputy director, fleet services for the City of San Diego, was named Government Fleet's 2010 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year at an awards presentation April 25.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Gets 6 Driver Training Simulators

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has purchased and installed six new PatrolSim driver training simulators to support its Land Management Police Training Program.

City of Mobile Tightens Budget, Rethinks Take-Home Cars

MOBILE, AL - Cutting take-home vehicles is one cost-saving measure the City of Mobile is considering as a way to deal with the fiscal year's budget shortfall.

Hamilton Police, Fire Chiefs Lose Take-Home Vehicles

HAMILTON, OH -Those who lost their city cars include the fire chief, deputy fire chief, police chief, police captains, and other administrators.


Betz Appointed to Lead LeasePlan USA Gov’t Fleet Services Program

ALPHARETTA, GA - LeasePlan USA recently appointed 30-year industry veteran, Matthew Betz, to the position of vice president, government fleet services.

Palo Alto Halts Fleet Replacements After Audit

PALO ALTO, CA - Palo Alto officials have halted the city's vehicle-replacement program after an audit found more than a third of the vehicles in the city's fleet were underused in fiscal year 2009.

FBI Reviewing Memphis City Vehicle Repair Contracts

MEMPHIS, TN - The FBI is probing two city auto-repair contracts awarded during former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton's administration, according to The Commercial Appeal.

City of Martinez Installs EV Charging Stations

MARTINEZ, CA - The three 120V stations, manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, are located in and around downtown Martinez, including one at City Hall; one at Main and Court streets; and one at the Amtrak Station.

Lake City Considers Leasing Fleet Vehicles

The City of Lake City is considering leasing fleet vehicles to reduce operating costs.

Utah Fleet Director in Rehabilitation

SALT LAKE CITY - Margaret Chambers, the fleet director hit by a wave and paralyzed from the waist down, remains in Hawaii and will be in rehabilitation until May 11.

Kentucky & Nebraska Join States Banning Texting

WASHINGTON - Kentucky and Nebraska join 21 other states in banning text messaging by all drivers, effective summer 2010.

Employees Face Added Tax Burden for Use of State Agency Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO - Hundreds of workers at State Compensation Insurance Fund face a bigger income tax bill next year because their employer didn't understand the law for reporting company vehicle use, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Gov’t Tax Revenues Reveal Positive Growth

WASHINGTON - Tax revenue for state and local governments in fourth quarter 2009 marked the first quarter of positive revenue growth in five quarters, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Audit Accuses Waveland Mayor of Fuel Card Abuse

WAVELAND, MS - The State Auditor's Office claims Mayor Tommy Longo illegally used a city-issued gasoline charge card to purchase more than $1,100 worth of fuel for his personal vehicle.

San Jose Firefighters Blame Budget Woes on Hybrid Cars

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose firefighters facing layoffs and demands for pay cuts attribute the City's $116 million budget deficit to spending on "unnecessary" items such as new hybrid cars.


Fleet Management And Leasing

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Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

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