Government Fleet News

City of Jacksonville Finalizes City Vehicle, Car Allowance Policy

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The policy addresses park and ride and take-home vehicle assignments and eligibility.

FleetCards USA Launches A Fleet Card Industry Blog For Small, Medium Businesses

ATLANTA – FleetCards USA has announced the launch of its industry blog at www.FleetCardsUSA.com/blog.

Islip Employees Under Investigation for Misuse of Town Vehicles

ISLIP, NY – The public works commissioner's admittance to misusing his town-issued vehicle has spurred officials to investigate others in the department, reported Newsday.

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Morehead State Univ. Goes Electric

MOREHEAD, KY – By testing five electric vehicles in its fleet, the university has been able to reduce the gas-powered vehicle fleet by about 15 percent since last fall, reported The Trail Blazer campus newspaper.

Columbus to Use Stimulus Funds for 'Green' Efforts

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The federal economic-stimulus plan will allow the City of Columbus continue to move forward on its "green" efforts, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Placer County Cuts Back on Take-Home Vehicle Use

GRANITE BAY, CA – New policy developed by the County Executive Office includes reduction in the number of SUVs used as take-home vehicles, attaching prominent county markings, and buying more fuel-efficient models.

Oklahoma State University to Add CNG Station for Campus Fleets

SEAL BEACH, CA – The new CNG facility will support the University's program to replace most of its diesel bus and gasoline-powered fleet vehicles with energy-efficient, environmentally friendly CNG models.

SoundOff Signal Introduces StrobeWise for Collision Avoidance and Rear Impact Defense

HUDSONVILLE, MI – StrobeWisevcan provide up to 10 seconds of additional warning time over and above brake lights to following vehicles, warning them of a slowing or stopping vehicle that has yet to engage the traditional brake light features.

'Greener' Vehicles May Mean Extra Stimulus Money for Towns

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Tucked in the stimulus bill is $300 million for towns and public agencies, as well as private companies, to cover the cost difference between a hybrid and its traditional model, according to The MetroWest Daily News.

City of Peoria to Cut Expenses by Downsizing Fleet

PEORIA, AZ – City officials have set April 1 as the deadline to eliminate at least 75 vehicles from the 530-unit fleet in an effort to conserve resources and cut expenses, according to the Arizona Republic.

City of Stockton Considering Cutting Car Perks for City Officials

STOCKTON, CA – Stockton's city fleet and cars given to city employees as a perk are being scrutinized during its current fiscal crisis, according to the Stockton Record.

Washington Police Chief Checks Blackberry, Hits Car

TACOMA, WA – Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson caused a wreck as a result of checking his BlackBerry while driving, according to The News Tribune.

Jacksonville's Automated Trash Trucks Add Safety and Cut Costs

JACKSONVILLE, NC – Jacksonville's garbage truck fleet recently received its first fully automated trash truck, which features a hydraulic claw that picks up trash cans curbside and dumps the trash into the truck without the aid of a sanitation worker.

Dade City Police's Electric Cars Get Attention

DADE CITY, FL – Dade City has joined a handful of other cities in the Tampa Bay area whose officers are using electric vehicles to patrol school grounds or police heavily populated events such as parades, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Flagler County to Upgrade Ambulance Fleet

BUNNELL, FL – Two eight-year old units are being replaced, but will remain in fleet as "spares" should other units break down or need routine maintenance, according to The News-Journal.

Bobcat Company Staff and Equipment Help Defend Fargo Moorhead Community from Record Flooding

FARGO, ND – In response to the flood threat in the Fargo area, more than 100 Bobcat employees have volunteered around the clock to help fill and place sandbags, build flood walls along the water's edges, provide meals, and answer phones at the volunteer center.

Navman Wireless Upgrades OnlineAVL2 Vehicle Tracking Software

GLENVIEW, IL - Navman Wireless North America announced an upgrade to its OnlineAVL2 vehicle tracking and logistics system that aids managers of larger service fleets in cutting costs and increasing productivity.

Global Traffic Technologies Introduces Low-Profile Emitter

ST. PAUL, MN – GTT's patented technology ensures this new emitter is fully compatible with all existing Opticom Infrared System equipment.

Fairport Electric Expands Hybrid Vehicle Fleet

FAIRPORT, NY – Village-owned power company Fairport Electric is buying a new hybrid bucket truck to replace a 1999 model, according to MPNnow.com.

San Diego Utility Partners with Nissan for EV Infrastructure

DETROIT – San Diego Gas & Electric and Nissan have partnered to develop plans for a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and work to implement and maintain a battery charging network, according to the automaker.

City of Baltimore Unveils New Fleet Facility

BALTIMORE – Dedicated to the late George L. Winfield, former Department of Public Works director, those in attendance at the unveiling included fleet management personnel, city and state officials, and CCG Fleet Services.

Carbon Motors Corp.'s E7 concept vehicle was on display recently near the U.S. Capitol, according to CNN.com.

Atlanta Cops Help Dream Up High-tech Police Car

ATLANTA – The new, high-tech Carbon E7 concept vehicle was designed by cops for cops, drawing on suggestions from more than 3,000 law enforcement professionals, according to CNN.com.

Kansas City Considering Consolidation of Police Fleet Management with HR & IT Duties

KANSAS CITY, MO – Budget cuts to Kansas City's Police Department may result in merging the police fleet administration with that of other municipal departments, such as human resources and information technology, according to the Kansas City Star.

New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc. Provides SOMS Technologies' microGreen Filter as a Preferred Source Offering

VALHALLA, NY – SOMS Technologies LLC, a provider of engine oil filtration products, announced that its microGreen Extended Performance Oil Filter has been selected as a preferred source offering for all New York state agencies and local government vehicles.

American Traffic Solutions' Cameras Help Cathedral City Reduce Red-Light Running Violators 50% and Crashes by 30%

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – City also credits camera program for crash reduction at nearby intersections.

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