Government Fleet News

Maricopa County Tightening Take-Home Vehicle Policies

PHOENIX – Facing an estimated $138.2 million shortfall next year, Maricopa County leaders are tightening up their policies on take-home vehicles, according to the Arizona Republic.

City of New York Deploys 40 Nissan Altima Hybrid Patrol Cars

NEW YORK – The new vehicles will be utilized in high stop-and-go traffic areas such as Midtown and Manhattan, as well as in precincts with the greatest ground to cover.

Fleet Using Confiscated Drug Money to Fund Vehicle Purchases

ROMULUS, MI – Nine of the new 16 Dodge Charger additions will be paid for with forfeiture funds-money confiscated by the police department in the apprehension of criminals, according to the Journal Newspapers Online.

Kenworth T800 LNG

Kenworth T800 LNG Trucks Available for Factory Order and Production

KIRKLAND, WA – The Kenworth T800 LNG truck offers performance and efficiency for heavy-duty port, freight, and vocational applications.

Philadelphia Bans Cell Phone Use While Driving

PHILADELPHIA – First-time offenders would be charged a $150 fine and $300 for second offenses, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Tennessee Ban on Texting While Driving Expected July 1

NASHVILLE, TN – Once signed by the governor, the ban would go into effect July 1, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Hino Trucks Launches New Web site

NOVI, MI – Hino Trucks has launched an updated Web site ( that provides insight into the expanding vocational breadth of Hino truck applications and enhanced resources for new and returning customers.

Birmingham to Lease CNG Garbage Trucks

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The City of Birmingham will lease 70 natural gas-fueled garbage and rubbish trucks and apply for a $5 million federal grant to build a compressed natural gas station, according to the Birmingham News.

Houston School District Contracts with AT&T to Provide Real-Time Fleet Monitoring

HOUSTON – The Houston Independent School District has signed a contract for AT&T fleet management services, enabling the school district to wirelessly monitor its fleet of more than 1,100 school buses and vehicles.

Doug Weichman was one of 31 nominees competing for this year's award.

Weichman Elected 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

NEW ORLEANS – Doug Weichman, CAFM, director of fleet management for Palm Beach County, Fla., was presented the 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year April 26 by Government Fleet and sponsors, ARI and Fleet Counselor Services.

Osceola County to Spend $5.6M for Dealership to be Used as Fleet Facility

KISSIMMEE, FL – The County plans to use the property as a Sheriff's Office fleet facility and expects to close on the contract within the next month, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

New President Named at Kubota Tractor Corporation

TORRANCE, CA – Kubota Corporation has named Satoshi Iida as new President of Kubota Tractor Corporation, based in Torrance, Calif.

Intoxicated Clarksville Director Arrested in Unregistered Town-Owned Vehicle

CLARKSVILLE, IN – Clarksville Redevelopment Director Rick Dickman was driving an improperly registered town-owned vehicle on a suspended license when arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reported The Evening News & The Tribune.

Former Richmond Official Sues City, Claims Defamation about City Vehicle Use

RICHMOND, VA – The former emergency management director accuses the City of giving reporters selective and damaging information about a $500 monthly automobile allowance received in addition to city vehicle access, according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Washington D.C. Saves $300k+ in 4 Months with FastFleet Program

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C., the first city in the country to adopt Zipcar's new FastFleet system, estimates it has saved more than $300,000 during a four-month pilot.

FirstGroup Receives National Safety Council's Highest Safety Honors

CINCINNATI – FirstGroup joins a distinguished list of past Green Cross Medal recipients, including Delta Airlines (2008 recipient), UPS, Intel, Liberty Mutual Group, and other safety leaders in their respective industries.

Red-Light Cameras Coming to Buffalo, N.Y.

ALBANY, NY --- New York Gov. David Paterson has signed legislation authorizing the city of Buffalo to install cameras at 50 intersections to catch red-light runners.

Comdata Promotes Daly to Executive VP and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions

BRENTWOOD, TN – Comdata Corporation has promoted Joseph B. Daly to executive vice president and general manager, enterprise solutions. In this role, Daly will be responsible for sales and operations for Comdata's Healthcare, Merchant, and Prepaid solutions.

Hernando County Given May 29 Deadline to Fix Fleet Problems

BROOKSVILLE, FL – County Administrator David Hamilton intends to see "significant and quantitative" improvements from billing procedures to vehicle purchasing by May 29, reported the Hernando Today.

Clean Energy Sees New CA Low Carbon Fuel Standard as Benefit to Natural Gas Vehicle Industry Growth

SEAL BEACH, CA – The State of California's Air Resources Board recently adopted a regulation to implement Governor Schwarzenegger's Low Carbon Fuel Standard calling for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from California's transportation fuels by 10 percent by 2020.

Utah to Spend $4.5M to Double Green Fleet Vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY – Over the next 14 months, officials plan to buy 26 new CNG vehicles and convert nearly 100 from gasoline-burning engines to run on natural gas, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Eagle County Fleet Mechanic Indicted for Motorcycle Theft

EAGLE COUNTY, CO – Eagle County said there is no evidence the fleet mechanic had used county facilities in connection with the alleged motorcycle theft ring, according to the Vail Daily.

Minnesota DNR Enrolls 2,000 Drivers in GreenDriver Training Program

ST. PAUL, MN – By training drivers how to operate vehicles more efficiently, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources expects to reduce annual fuel consumption by at least 70,000 gallons.

San Francisco to Replace Outdated Vehicle Tracking System

SAN FRANCISCO – The software used by the City Administrator's Office, which oversees approximately much of the city fleet, is incapable of tracking or reporting mileage, reported the San Francisco Examiner.

Boston Fire Department Hires New Fleet Manager & Safety Officer

BOSTON – The Boston Fire Department's new fleet manager and fleet safety officer will oversee the aging vehicle fleet in hopes of averting more fatal accidents, according to the Boston Herald.


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