Government Fleet News

Bobcat to Consolidate Operations in North Dakota

WEST FARGO, ND - Bobcat Company announced it is transferring all North American machinery production to its original manufacturing facility in Gwinner, N.D. This will result in discontinuing production at Bobcat's Bismarck, N.D., plant by the end of 2009.

City of Chattanooga Implements Take-Home Fees

CHATTANOOGA, TN - Under a recent mayoral executive order, any City of Chattanooga employee who uses a city car for take-home purposes must now pay $50 every two weeks.

$20.4 Million Grants Available to ‘Green’ CA Fleets

SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board is helping to accelerate the deployment of approximately 800 new hybrid medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by providing vouchers for the purchase of new hybrid trucks and buses.

Denver Fleet Surplus Auction Raises $1.2 Million

DENVER - The highest bid was $64,000 for a 1988 Caterpillar 966E front loader with a 5-yard bucket that had logged 18,323 hours of service.

More Oversight Needed for New Orleans Airport Fleet, Audit Reveals

NEW ORLEANS - The report found the New Orleans Aviation Board was not properly documenting take-home vehicle assignments or properly reporting it on employee W-2 forms.

Greenville County Cars to Run on Propane

GREENVILLE, SC - Greenville County has been awarded a federal grant to retrofit 100 patrol cruisers to run on propane fuel.

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Meyer to Retire from GM After 30 Years

IRVING, TX - Thirty-year GM employee Jerry Meyer, government sales and alternative fuels manager for GM's South Central Region, will retire Oct. 1.

Fresenius Medical Care Deploys Mobile Generator Truck

CHICAGO - The mobile truck will be deployed to dialysis clinics in the Chicago area and keep them running during a power outage.

DeKalb County to Increase CNG Use

ATLANTA - With its recent funding awarded by the Department of Energy, the County will work to increase the supply of renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) while growing the availability of CNG fueling stations.

Osceola County Vehicles Vandalized

KISSIMMEE, FL - County workers recently found eight county-owned vehicles had their windows smashed and items removed from the interior of the vehicles.

City of Chicago to Deploy 550+ Green Vehicles

CHICAGO - The City was awarded nearly $15 million by the Department of Energy to move forward with greening activities.

Erie County Audit Highlights Parking Problems

NORTH TONAWANDA, NY - Several county employees have been observed placing "official placards" in their windshields to park in no-parking or "official parking" zones.

USPS Testing Hybrid-Electric Van

LONG ISLAND, NY - The USPS fleet in Long Island, N.Y., will use the Balance Hybrid Electric for twelve months.

Navistar First OEM to Offer ‘Black Box’ Data Recorder on Emergency Vehicles

WARRENVILLE, IL - International DuraStar and WorkStar fire trucks and emergency vehicles now offer the first factory-installed vehicle data recorder fully-compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards.

HYVA USA Joins Forces with VIPAR Heavy-Duty & VHD Equipment Network

CRYSTAL LAKE, IL - VIPAR Heavy Duty and its wholly owned subsidiary, VHD Equipment Network, LLC, have announced a new heavy duty supplier program with Hyva USA.

NYC Fleet Gets Greener with Hybrid Trucks

NEW YORK CITY - New York City put its first medium-duty diesel-electric hybrid truck, the Kenworth T370 hybrid, into service this past spring.

Fleets Test Braking System at 2009 Police Fleet Expo

MILWAUKEE - Nearly 400 police fleet attendees had the opportunity to test drive and experience a new police-specific braking system at the 6th Annual Police Fleet Expo.

Arkansas Police to Add Hybrids to Fleet

LITTLE ROCK, AR - After witnessing a thief use a stolen hybrid car to outrun police during a high-speed chase, the Arkadelphia police chief was convinced hybrids would be a good investment for fleet.

Nearly $300M in Clean Cities Grants Awarded

WASHINGTON - The Department of Energy has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Atlantic City Police Ordered to End Take-Home Use

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - City officials said between $50,000 and $100,000 will be saved by keeping city-owned vehicles in city lots overnight.

Propane-Fueled Vehicles to Advance with Green Funding

LIVONIA, MI - The advancement of propane-fueled vehicles are included among the projects awarded $300 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Polk County to Service Lake Wales Fleet

BARTOW, FL - Though the county will absorb the City of Lake Wale's vehicle maintenance operation Oct. 1, Lake Wales will retain ownership of its fleet and its maintenance facility.

JMN Logistics Enhances Social Media Presence

ST. LOUIS - In an effort to better engage and educate its customers, JMN Logistics is now posting updates through its Facebook, Twitter, and Auttr accounts.

City Truck Strikes Napping Man in Calif. Park

ANAHEIM, CA --- A 32-year-old man, napping under a tree in a city park, appeared to have escaped serious injury Aug. 24 after he was struck by an Anaheim Parks and Recreation pickup truck.

Take-Home Expenses May Force City Layoffs

CINCINNATI - Facing a $28 million deficit, more than 150 full-time city employees may be laid off in September unless the City of Cincinnati cuts expensive items such as take-home cars.

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