Government Fleet News

Worcester County Faces $327K Deficit

SNOW HILL, MD – Cost-cutting attempts will include a new take-home vehicle policy possibly restricting take-home vehicles to people residing within certain mileage of their work site, according to The Dispatch.

Clarion County Gets 6 New Vehicles through State Grant

CLARION, PA – Clarion County's transportation department will receive six new vehicles thanks to a $373,000 grant from PennDOT's Community Transportation Capital Equipment Program, according to the Clarion News.

Delaware Auctions State Vehicles to Downsize Fleet

DOVER, DE – Delaware is auctioning off 400 vehicles in its efforts to cut the state's fleet by 20 percent, according to The News Journal.

Safest U.S. Drivers in Idaho & Wisconsin

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Idaho and Wisconsin drivers ranked highest as most knowledgeable about basic road rules in the 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, while New York drivers scored lowest.

Comdata Awards $25K in Scholarships to 5 Middle TN Students

NASHVILLE – Five students have each been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Comdata Corporation for their involvement in Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee.

Jeffersonville Cuts Fuel Spending by $16K

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Jeffersonville's city officials revealed city fuel spending is down about $16,265 between three major fuel-consuming departments this year, reported the Evening News and Tribune.

McLeod County to Save $75K by Lowering Mileage Reimbursement

GLENCOE, MN – County officials said lowering mileage reimbursement to 30 cents per mile for the rest of the year will help save an estimated $75,000, according to the McLeod County Chronicle.

Louisville No Longer Allowed to Charge Fees for Take-Home Vehicles

LOUISVILLE, KY – Department of Labor hearing officers have ruled against allowing the city to continue to charge fees for take-home vehicles, according to WHAS11.

Aiken County to Keep Vehicles Longer Under Tight Budget

AIKEN, SC – Aiken County's $1.5 million budget cut for next fiscal year would mean having to keep its vehicles longer, according to the Aiken Standard.

Lodi's new vehicle maintenance shop can hold up to four small vehicles and four large vehicles such as buses or fire trucks for repair and service. The shop is 14,500 square feet and also has an additional 3,000 square feet of storage. (Brian Feulner/News-Sentinel)

City of Lodi Opens $3.4M Maintenance Shop

LODI, CA – The City of Lodi spent $3.4 million on its new 14,500 sq.-ft. vehicle maintenance shop, which has an additional 3,000 sq.-ft. of storage, according to the Lodi-News Sentinel.

Dallas County Prevents Fleet Vehicle Abuse with GPS

DALLAS – Dallas County is almost done installing GPS tracking devices in all take-home county vehicles to prevent employees from misusing their take-home vehicles, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Arsenault Associates Releases Dossier Version 5.0

BURLINGTON, NJ – Arsenault Associates has begun shipping Dossier Version 5.0, the latest, feature-rich edition of the maintenance management software.

Illinois Senate Approves Texting Ban

SPRINGFIELD, IL --- The Illinois Senate on May 19 passed legislation that would ban texting behind the wheel, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Des Moines Police Adds Higher MPG Patrol Cars to Fleet

DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Police Department has purchased 23 new patrol cars, four of which are six-cylinder models that will use less fuel, according to the Des Moines Register.

Free Web Seminar Tomorrow, May 19: Fleet Pooling & Cost Reduction Strategies

TORRANCE, CA – Register now for the free, 60-minute Web seminar, that takes place Tuesday, May 19, at 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern).

Memphis General Services Director Returns 'Flashy' City Car

MEMPHIS, TN – The 2007 Dodge Charger was a wrecked police department vehicle that had been modified with custom paint, chrome-plated wheels, a scooped hood, dual exhaust and custom emblems, reported WMC-TV.

Jacksonville Motorpool Reduction to Save $1.4M

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The City of Jacksonville's reduction of 70 motorpool vehicles is expected to save taxpayer money and cut its carbon footprint, according to the Florida-Times Union.

Tulsa Police Allowed Take-Home Vehicles

TULSA, OK– Effective June 1, Tulsa police will be allowed to take their patrol vehicles home under a new contract, according to NewsChannel 8.

New Boston Fire Safety Coordinator Fired

BOSTON – Fire officials said the safety coordinator recently hired to improve maintenance of Boston's firetrucks was fired for absenteeism less than two weeks into the job, reported the Boston Globe.

HAMMER

Hammer Named GM Law Enforcement Vehicle Manager

General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations has appointed Dana Hammer, a 25-year employee, as manager, Law Enforcement Vehicles.

Yokohama Truck Tire Available in 4 Sizes

FULLERTON, CA – The tire contains special rock ejector platforms, stronger and more pliable rubber to reduce heat generation and reduce rolling resistance, and other features, according to Yokohama officials.

Greater Chicago Water District Implements Chevin Fleet Solutions RoadBASE

FITCHBURG, MA – The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has deployed RoadBASE to gain real-time control over rising fleet running costs.

MYERSPhoto credit: The Roanoke Times

In Memoriam:<br>Donnie Myers, 1934-2009

ROANOKE, VA – Donnie Myers, fleet/risk manager for Western Virginia Water Authority, passed away May 8 from cancer. He was 75.

City of Toledo Fleet to Save $500K by Consolidating

TOLEDO, OH – Mayor Carty Finkbeiner recently announced the City of Toledo will move to consolidate its fleet operations service garages, saving taxpayers around $500,000, reported NBC 24.

Boston Transit Authority Bans Cell Phones after Crash

BOSTON – Forty-nine people were injured May 8 when a trolley operator rear-ended another trolley while texting his girlfriend, according to the New York Times.

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