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Fleet Manager Leaves Industry

Blanche Harrison previously served as the fleet manager for the City of Lenoir, N.C.

Safety Tip: Adjusting to the Time Change

A return to standard time generally means more driving during dusk and after-dark hours. Here's advice to help fleet drivers make the transition more smoothly.

Ga. City Earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

The fleet maintenance division of the City of Marietta, Ga., recently received the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence's (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence.

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VW to Set Up Trust for Government Projects, Investment in ZEVs

A judge has approved Volkswagen's settlement in its diesel emissions scandal, including buybacks of affected vehicles, a trust to fund projects reducing emissions, and the promotion of zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology.

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Health Costs From Vehicle Emissions Studied

The health and climate costs of gasoline-powered vehicles operating in 10 states added $18.42 to the overall impact of a 16-gallon tank of gasoline in 2015, the American Lung Association claims in a new report.

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Netradyne Adds New Detection Features to Driveri Platform

Netradyne added three new artificial intelligence deep-learning features to its Driveri platform, including Traffic Light Detection, Relative Speed Determination and Pedestrian Identification.

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GM's Duramax 6.6L Boosts Capability, Resale Value

GM’s redesigned Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel offers a number of advantages to fleets including increased horsepower and torque, and fleets are showing interest in the new engine, which will be available in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado HD.

Parts Technician Arrested for Child Porn Charges

A City of Dallas automotive parts technician was arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess child pornography.

Renewable Diesel Coming to Washington

Targa Sound Terminal in Tacoma, Wash., will become what is believed to be the first terminal in the state to offer renewable diesel (R99) in early 2017. The terminal, which sells to distributors, is making the fuel available due to increasing demand from government agencies.

Pittsburgh Renews Maintenance Contract Despite Complaints

The City of Pittsburgh has approved a five-year, $46 million contract with service provider First Vehicle of Cincinnati despite complaints about the high price tag and insufficient service.

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Santa Fe Police Upgrade Vehicle Video Systems

The Santa Fe Police Department, N.M., has ordered new in-vehicle cameras as part of its plan to upgrade its entire fleet to an integrated solution from Digital Ally, including in-car, motorcycle, and body-worn cameras.

Green Commuter Awarded Calif. Tax Credit to Expand EV Sharing

The California Competes Tax Credit Committee has approved a $250,000 tax credit for Green Commuter to assist the Los Angeles-based company with continued expansion of its electric vehicle car sharing, vanpool and fleet replacement service.

Apollo Video Technology Honored for Revenue Growth

Apollo Video Technology has been ranked number 68 on Puget Sound Business Journal list of 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington for 2016.

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GHG Phase 2 Rule Published

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have officially published the Phase 2 greenhouse gas/ fuel efficiency rule for commercial vehicles in the Federal Register.

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Charlotte Airport Hires First-Ever Fleet Manager

Scott Kincaid was recently named Charlotte Douglas (N.C.) International Airport’s first ever fleet manager to oversee fleet growth. He started on Aug. 1.

Feds Release Vehicle Cybersecurity Guidelines

The proposed, nonbinding guidance stresses protection of critical vehicle controls and consumers’ personal data.

Diesel Prices Taper Off After Surge

After two straight weeks of price increases, diesel prices have tapered off with a slight decline last week, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Responding to the TPMS Light

Here are tips on how to respond to the tire pressure monitoring system warning light.

IronPlanet Sells $99M in Gross Merchandising Volume

IronPlanet announced that it sold 9,890 items from auction events in the month of September, which sold for more for more than $99 million in GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume).

Photo of Clarity Fuel Cell courtesy of Honda.

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell Rated at 366-Mile Range

Honda's Clarity Fuel Cell sedan provides 366 miles of driving range and 68 miles per equivalent gallon of gasoline in combined driving cycles, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined.

Graph courtesy of NLC

Report Shows City Revenues Nearing Pre-Recession Levels

A new report from the National League of Cities (NLC) finds that cities are in a better fiscal condition than the year before, with city revenues nearing pre-recession levels.

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CARB Approves $363M Clean Vehicle Funding Plan

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted a revised funding plan for $363 million in proceeds from the cap-and-trade program. It includes $133 million for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project.

Jacobsen to Combine with Textron Specialized Vehicles

Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and Jacobsen, both Textron Inc. companies, will combine their operations by the close of 2017. Jacobsen manufactures turf care equipment, while Textron Specialized Vehicles manufactures vehicle and equipment lines for commercial use.

Used Pickup Sales Weakening

A rising supply of used pickups coupled with aggressive pricing for new models is expected to cause a weakening in values in the wholesale market, according to new data from Black Book.

Fla. County Hires New Fleet Manager

Sarasota County, Fla., has hired a new fleet manager to take over for its retiring fleet manager. Ron Kennedy, CEM, CPFP, started as fleet manager at the county on Sept. 16.

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