Government Fleet News

Alameda County Gets Funding for Recharging Stations

OAKLAND, CA - Alameda County, in Northern California, recently received an $84,760 grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (AQMD) for 40 electric vehicle charging stations which will be mainly used to recharge county and local agency vehicles, the Oakland Tribune reports.

Portland Expected to Delay Biodiesel Standard

PORTLAND, OR - In Oregon, the Portland Water Bureau has decided to delay implementation of a new Renewable Fuels Standard to meet goals for 2010, according to DJC Oregon. The standard would have changed July 1 to require all diesel sold in Portland to have a blend of at least 10 percent biodiesel.

Sussex Targets County Vehicles for Savings

GEORGETOWN, DC - Officials are looking toward the Sussex County, Del., government vehicles to come up with cost-cutting measures that could include a reduction in outsourced routine maintenance, reports Delmarva Now.

Memphis City Vehicle Tire Repair Oversight Questioned

MEMPHIS, TN - Excessive vehicle repair invoices submitted by Around Town Tire & Trucking for city vehicles pose questions about alleged oversight of the repair company, reports The Commercial Appeal.

Vandals Ransack Brevard County Fire Maintenance Facility

ROCKLEDGE, FL - Vandals ransacked Brevard County Fire-Rescue’s fleet maintenance site before stealing a department utility truck and allegedly setting it ablaze in a wooded area, reports Florida Today.

Networkfleet, Inc. Launches New Fleet Utilization Reports

SAN DIEGO - Networkfleet announced the availability of new fleet utilization reports for users of its wireless fleet management system. The new reports provide detailed information on each vehicle's usage, including miles traveled, engine hours, days utilized, number of trips, and more.

Santa Rosa County Budget Cuts Could Hurt Sheriff’s Fleet

PENSACOLA, FL - Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Department will be hard-hit by a bare-bones 2011 budget and unable to purchase new patrol cars, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

City Suspends Two Fleet Services Employees, Fires Another

KNOXVILLE, TN - Two fleet services employees with the City of Knoxville's operations division were suspended and one was fired Feb. 22 for violating city policies, a city spokesman told the Knoxville News Sentinel.

City of Norwalk, CT Selects AssetWorks’ Fleet Solutions

AssetWorks, a provider of fleet management software and automated fuel management systems announced Feb. 23 that the City of Norwalk, Conn., has signed a contract to deploy FleetFocus and FuelFocus.

City of Opelousas Considers Hiring Fleet Manager

OPELOUSAS, LA - The Opelousas Board of Aldermen is considering the creation of the position of fleet manager to oversee the city's growing inventory of vehicles, according to the Daily World.

Wisconsin Tax Credits Would Boost Use of Hybrid Vehicles

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin State Rep. Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) wrote a Feb. 19 column in in support of his new bill which would abolish the state's automobile emissions tests and encourage Wisconsin residents to buy next-generation vehicles.

New Baltimore Mayor Downsizes City Fleet

BALTIMORE - In her first State of the City Address, Baltimore's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said she will reduce her passenger vehicle fleet by 37 percent as part of an overall plan to trim the city's $120 million budget deficit, according to the Mayor's Office.

New Sample Bill to Aid States in Banning Texting While Driving

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood unveiled sample legislation Feb. 22 to be used as a starting point for states crafting new laws to prohibit texting while behind-the-wheel, the latest step in the campaign against distracted driving.

UC-Irvine Study Shows Turfgrass to be Positive Sequester of Carbon

BLOOMINGTON, MN - Scientists from the Department of Earth System Science at the University of California - Irvine recently published a paper in the journal Geophysical Research Letters that adds significantly to the body of knowledge documenting the carbon benefits of turfgrass.

Jersey City to Revise Take-Home Policies

JERSEY CITY, NJ - While Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy plans to reduce the number of employees who have municipal vehicles by 20 percent, Councilman Steven Fulop wants to eliminate the perk completely.

Bill Proposed to Limit Colorado Take-Home Vehicles

DENVER - Colorado Springs Rep. Kent Lambert introduced a bill that would reduce the number of state employees who use government cars for commuting.

Canyon County Taking Action to Green Fleet

CALDWELL, ID - In addition to two new hybrids already in operation, the county fleet is currently upfitting 13 new patrol cars capable of running on E-85.

Albuquerque Police Reviewing Take-Home Vehicles

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - At the request of the city council, the Albuquerque Police Department is looking at everything from mileage to officer commutes, to how long the vehicles in its 1,100-unit take-home fleet last.

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office Receives 13 New Patrol Vehicles

BASTROP, TX - Sheriff Terry Pickering said the department is waiting for its 13 new black and white patrol cars to be outfitted with the needed equipment.

The new Altec Industry aerial bucket trucks operate on propane and are expected to save $60,000 in annual fuel costs.

City of Inglewood Gets New Propane Trucks

INGLEWOOD, CA - The City of Inglewood, Calif., recently took delivery of four propane-powered aerial bucket trucks, expected to reduce fuels costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

City of Victorville Returns Leased Vehicles

VICTORVILLE, CA - The move is expected to save $250,00 a year, for a total savings of $750,000 over the next three years.

City of Lawrence Cuts Take-Home Vehicles

LAWRENCE, MA - Reducing take-home use is saving the City an estimated $50,000 in gasoline and insurance.

Police Chief Scrutinized for Personal Use of Town Vehicle

WEST SENECA, NY - West Seneca Police Chief Edward Gehen's personal use of a town-owned vehicle has prompted discussion on creating a detailed policy for take-home vehicles.

Gwinnett County Gets $3M for New Emergency Vehicles

ATLANTA - Gwinnett County Commission recently passed a measure authorizing $3.1 million for new vehicles in emergency departments.

Jackson County Auctions Off Surplus Vehicles Online

WHITE CITY, OR - Jackson County, Ore., is auctioning off surplus county vehicles and equipment online until Feb. 23.


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