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Washington County Officials Say Take-Home Vehicle Policy Isn’t Wasteful

HAGERSTOWN, MD – As gas prices continue to climb, prompting some to question the value of giving take-home vehicles to government employees, Washington County officials defended the practice saying it is not the money-waster that some people think it is.

Harford County Overhauls Car-Fleet Policies

BALTIMORE, MD – Harford County will no longer hang on to a 10-year-old car with high mileage and higher maintenance bills.

Cost of Gas Has City of Lynn Officials on Alert

LYNN, MA – With fuel prices soaring, City of Lynn's Department of Public Works commissioner Jay Fink asked all departments in January to monitor their costs, which he said has solely been absorbed by the DPW budget in the past.

Sevier County Government Faces Challenges Fueling 847 Vehicles

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Sevier County is setting its budget for the coming fiscal year, and some are wondering if the county needs all the vehicles it operates.

City of San Antonio Approves Hybrid Vehicle Purchase

SAN ANTONIO – The City of San Antonio approved the purchase of the Ford Escape hybrids to both reduce the cost of the fleet and help reduce pollutants across the city.

New York Funds Alternative-Fuel Vehicles for Private Fleets

NEW YORK – New York State and New York City have jointly announced that $6 million is available to help private and not-for-profit fleets operating in New York City to purchase new or repower vehicles with alternative fuels or advanced technologies that improve efficiency and reduce emissions.

City of Philly Selects ZipCar

PHILADELPHIA - Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing company, today announced it won the bid from the City of Philadelphia to provide car sharing for City workers.

Going Green Creates Bond Between NAFA and NYC

NEW YORK CITY – NAFA took part in The City of New York Parks & Recreation’s 20th Annual Vehicle and Equipment Show on May 29 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Mandeville Reviewing City Vehicle Policy

MANDEVILLE, LA – After Mayor Eddie Price crashed his luxury city SUV into a toll-booth barrier after being intoxicated, the Mandeville City Council is reviewing the policy governing the operation of city vehicles.

City of Burlington Pursues Energy-Efficient Fleet

BOSTON – Burlington’s town meeting recently approved the first year of a five-year plan to replace the town’s non-emergency fleet with new, more fuel-efficient vehicles, phasing out the use of former cruisers.

Headsets.com Offers Free Cell Phone Headsets to Those Ticketed Under the New Law

SAN FRANCISCO - www.Headsets.com, an online retailer of telephone headsets, will offer a free cell phone headset to anyone who sends them a copy of their traffic citation for making calls while driving.

City Replacing Vehicles After 52,000 Miles

ELGIN, IL – Naperville’s City Council voted to spend $222,000 for 10 replacement vehicles with about 52,000 miles on them.

(Top):  Pictured are some of the new officers of the leadership team elected by the Texas Chapter: Casey Dunn, Tom Higgs, Eric Arnold, and Kevin Muenchow (bottom).<br /><br />

Texas Fleet Managers Organize RMFMA Chapter

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Thirty three fleet professionals met recently in Austin, Texas, and voted to submit their request for approval as the next chapter of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA).

City of Austin, Texas, Successfully Achieved National Fleet Certification

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Jim Wright, president of Fleet Counselor Services Inc. (FCS), announced the City of Austin, Texas, has successfully achieved National Fleet Certification.

Westminster Adds Smith Newton 7.5t Truck to Fleet

BASINGSTOKE, ENGLAND - Westminster TranServ, the Balfour Beatty, and Mouchel Group joint venture, which provides highways maintenance, street lighting, and management technology services to Westminster City Council, has boosted its ‘green fleet’ with a Smith Newton 7.5t truck with a tipper body.

Blue Sky Award 2008 winners pose with their awards with CALSTART CEO and President, John Boesel; California Energy Commissioner, Jim Boyd. (l-r): John Boesel, CALSTART, G&#246;ran V&#228;rmby, Environmental Director, Business Region G&#246;teborg, Jim Boyd, Lupe Valdez, Director of Public Policy, Union Pacific, Brian Griley, President, Southern Counties Express, Ken Davis, President, Light &amp; Medium Duty, Truck Group, Eaton Corporation, Jeffrey Krakowiak, Senior Vice President, Marketing &amp; Sales

CALSTART Blue Sky Awards Presented

LOS ANGELES - CALSTART (www.calstart.org), a provider in advanced transportation technologies consortium, recently presented winners with its prestigious 2008 Blue Sky Award.

CleanFUEL USA Unveils Cleanest Certified Fuel Engine on the Road Today

SAN DIEGO – CleanFUEL USA provides the transportation industry the first CARB and EPA certified liquid propane fuel system with the potential to counterbalance steadily increasing petroleum fuel prices.

Link to Fleet Hall of Fame Added to Fleet Participation Page

TORRANCE, CA – All of the current surveys, questionnaires, and more for Automotive Fleet, Government Fleet, and Work Truck are available at http://www.automotive-fleet.com/Content/Fleet-Participation.aspx.

Extech Data Systems Announces Three-Inch Portable Printers for Parking Enforcement

WALTHAM, MA – Extech Data Systems, a developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, announces its new portable three-inch battery-operated receipt printers for parking enforcement.

Taxpayer’s Group Recognizes City of San Diego Fleet Services

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen’s group promoting cost-efficient government operations, presented a Golden Watchdog award to the City of San Diego’s Fleet Services Division.

Municipalities Cut Back to Fuel Vehicles

RALEIGH, NC – Wake County Fleet Director Thomas Kuryla is having to be creative due to rising fuel costs.

City of Indianapolis Mulls Surcharge for Take-Home Vehicles

INDIANAPOLIS – Soaring gas prices are forcing the City of Indianapolis to look at ways to cut fleet costs.

Hernando County Dealing With Gas Crisis

BROOKSVILLE, FL – Hernando County Fleet Director Jack Stepongzi said he’s paying about $3.50 to $3.60 per gallon to gas up his 500-vehicle fleet.

Ethanol to Fuel New Road Fleet for U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON - A new fleet of off road vehicles in the U.S. Air Force will operate on E-85 fuel.

U.S. Department of Transportation Fleet Fuel Standard Review

WASHINGTON – The nation’s fleet of new cars and trucks will be required to achieve 31.6 miles per gallon by 2015.



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