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100 Hybrid Sedans Help Verizon's Fleet Get Greener in the New Year

NEW YORK - In metropolitan areas across the country, Verizon is adding "green" to the company's traditional red and black colors. One hundred hybrid sedans are replacing gasoline-powered vehicles in Verizon's fleet, for an estimated annual reduction in carbon emissions of 2.63 metric tons per vehicle.

City to start `Waste to Fuel'

GADSDEN, AL -Gadsden's Fleet Management Department plans to kick off next month its "Waste to Fuel" used cooking oil recycling program, where cooking oil from residents and restaurants will be converted to fuel that will be used to power some of the department's vehicles.

Parking Limits OK'd on Alondra

SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA - Vehicles weighing more than 6,000 pounds will no longer be able to park on a portion of the northern side of Alondra Boulevard, officials said.

Council OKs City of Fort Wayne to Utilize GPS

FORT WAYNE, IN - The City of Fort Wayne hopes to track and deploy its police officers after the City Council gave a preliminary OK to buy GPS tracking devices for cruisers.

Rising Fuel Prices Impacts Local Departments

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — With the average price of gas rising and threatening to jump to $4 per gallon, municipal departments such as the department of public works and the police and fire departments in the community have to deal with the changes.

Casella Waste Systems to Outfit More than 800 Vehicles with OPS-1 On-Board Oil Refining System

SHELTON, CT - Oil Purification Systems (OPS) (www.ops-1.com), developer and manufacturer of the OPS on-board oil refining system, recently announced Casella Waste Systems, Inc., a provider of solid waste, recycling and resource management services in the Northeast, has signed an agreement to outfit nearly 850 vehicles in its fleet with the OPS-1 system.

Marion Police Department May Acquire New Cruisers

MARION, IN - Sixteen new cars may be purchased for Marion Police Department if an additional $330,208 is approved by the Marion City Council to go to the department's equipment fund.

The City of Sauk Rapids Deploys RoadBASE to Gain Control Over Rising Fleet Costs

FITCHBURG, MA – The City of Sauk Rapids, Minn., has recently implemented Chevin Fleet Solutions' RoadBASE enterprise fleet management information system to gain control over rising fleet running costs while allowing real-time access to all of the fleet's disparate operating data.

Seven City Workers Arrested and Accused of Altering Vehicle Inspection

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Seven employees working at the Fleet Services Center in East Austin, Texas, have been arrested and accused of altering inspection vehicle stickers.

Atlantic City Tightens Control Over City-Owned Vehicles

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Looking to tighten spending on its publicly-owned fleet, resort officials recently announced a recall of all vehicles belonging to employees who live outside city limits.

Metro Area Snowclearing Fleets Report Smooth Sailing, Though Higher Fuel Costs

ST. JOHN'S, CANADA – Paul Mackey, director of public works for the City of St. John's, said its fleet of snowclearing equipment has been able to handle the stress caused by the early winter storms.

Idaho Gov. Otter Mandates Added Measures to Improve Fleet Fuel Efficiency

BOISE, IDAHO – Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order aimed at improving the fuel efficiency of Idaho's fleet of vehicles.

New York City Cuts Employee Parking Privileges

NEW YORK CITY – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will reduce the number of parking placards issued to city workers by “at least 20 percent” as of Mar. 1.

Restaurant Waste Oil Will Now Fuel FreshDirect's Trucks

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Tri-State Biodiesel, Brooklyn's first major producer of biodiesel fuel, has reached an agreement with mobile grocer FreshDirect to provide its entire fleet of trucks with a clean-burning biodiesel fuel blend.

Onondaga County to Tune Up its Vehicle Maintenance Facilities

NEW YORK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)recently signed an agreement with Onondaga County's Departments of Transportation and Water Environment Protection, that will thoroughly review environmental practices at vehicle maintenance facilities at East Molloy Road, Warners, Jamesville, and Marcellus, as well as its wastewater treatment plant in Syracuse, and take action to correct any deficiencies it finds.

Jeffersonville Looks for Smaller, More Efficient Vehicles

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Former City Council candidate Mike Hutt and Councilman Keith Fetz have asked the Jeffersonville City Council to consider purchasing vehicles that are smaller, cheaper, and more fuel-efficient than traditional full-sized municipal cars.

City of Colorado Springs Needs $32M for Fleet

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The City of Colorado Springs needs to pump $32 million into new cars and trucks. A recent study concluded that 1,026 of the city's 1,939 vehicles — more than one for each of the city's 1,770 general fund employees — need replacing, city staff said in a memo to City Council.

San Francisco Residents Turn Holiday Meal Grease Into Biofuel for City's Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco residents can contribute holiday meal waste grease from meals to help run the city's biofuel fleet of vehicles, through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's(SFPUC)SFGreasecycle program.

Elgin Sweeper Introduces Chevron Conveyor Belt for Pelican and Eagle Sweepers

ELGIN, IL – Elgin Sweeper has introduced the high-performance Chevron conveyor belt for Elgin Pelican and Eagle broom sweepers. The design on the new conveyor belt provides improved debris pickup, longer wear, and quieter operation.

Doosan Infracore Completes Acquisition of Bobcat, Utility Equipment, and Attachments Businesses from Ingersoll Rand

SEOUL, KOREA – Doosan Infracore has completed the acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd.

Arsenault Partners With Networkcar for Automatic Fleet Data Import

BURLINGTON, N.J. – Arsenault Associates, a provider or fleet maintenance management software solutions, has partnered with Networkcar to bring vehicle data to Arsenault's Dossier system automatically and wirelessly.

Four Political Subdivisions Select FASTER as Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – The following sites have purchased the FASTER fleet management system for implementation: City of Concord, N.C.; City of Pomona, Calif.; City of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Housing Authority, District of Columbia.

Grand Junction Goes Green to Decrease Consumption

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Grand Junction, Colo., will install an E-85 ethanol pump to accommodate the city's growing fleet of vehicles that can run on either gasoline or ethanol.

Minnesota Joins Western State Contracting Alliance

MINNESOTA – The state of Minnesota has become the 18th state to join the vehicle lifts and related shop equipment contract, as established by the Western State Contracting Alliance (WSCA) organization.

Accident Victim Sues L.A., Jury Awards Him $15.7 Million

LOS ANGELES - A jury has awarded $15.7 million to a San Diego man who filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles after a dump truck struck him while he was riding a motorcycle.



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