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Texas City Creates $11M Fleet Replacement Fund

The City of Killeen is creating a fleet replacement fund. The city will provide $7.5 million to establish the program as well as $3.5 million for the year's fleet purchases.

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago/Patrick Pyszka.

Chicago Officers Tampering with Dashcams

Chicago police officers have been disabling the microphones connected to their dashcam systems, which has caused an absence of audio in about 80% of videos.

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

Colo. Police Union Wants 100K-Mile Cars Replaced

About 75 of the department's 100 vehicles are older than five years, and 51 of the vehicles have more than 100,000 miles. One 2000 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has logged 192,617 miles.

A new IIHS study examines the effectiveness of forward collision warning systems -- with and without automatic emergency braking. Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Automatic Braking Cutting Rear-End Crashes

A new IIHS study finds that forward collision warning systems that include automatic emergency braking cut rear-end crash rates by 39%.

IronPlanet Donates Auction Proceeds to Charity

GovPlanet, IronPlanet's online marketplace for used government surplus, is auctioning three High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), or Humvees, and donating the proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation.

Presentation slide courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Planning Hybrid Trucks, SUVs

FCA US plans to introduce a mild hybrid Ram 1500 and its next generation Jeep Wrangler with several alternative powertrains to meet increasing stringent tailpipe emissions standards and fuel economy regulations.

Photo of 2016 Jeep Wrangler courtesy of FCA US.

FCA Ending Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart to Focus on Trucks, SUVs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will eventually discontinue the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart, increase Jeep SUV and Ram truck production, and roll out additional hybrids as part of its business plan leading toward 2018.

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Ford E-Series Recall Tied to Trailer Braking

The recall affects 83 2016 model-year cutaway and chassis cab vehicles in North America, including 75 in the U.S.

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Kardex Remstar Awarded Contract with NJPA

Kardex Remstar has announced the signing of a contract with the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA). NJPA’s cooperative contract is available to more than 50,000 member agencies, helping streamline the required purchasing process.

Infographic courtesy of Bosch.

Bosch's Smart Gas Pedal Lowers Fuel Consumption

Bosch has developed the active gas pedal, which notifies the driver when to lighten pressure on the pedal, promotes lowered fuel consumption, and issues warnings to drivers when they are speeding.

Photo of 2016 F-750 truck courtesy of Ford.

Fontaine Opens F-650/F-750 Upfitting Center in Ohio

Fontaine Modification Vocational Services has opened a modification center in Avon Lake, Ohio, to provide modifications for Ford's 2016 F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks, including an exclusive tractor package for beverage fleets, the truck upfitter has announced.

Philadelphia City Council Vehicles Questioned

More than 70% of the Philadelphia City Council members have signed up to use a city-issued vehicle, a practice frowned up during the recession that one member said would not be appropriate.

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Texas City Employees Charged with Gasoline Theft

Two former City of Port Arthur, Texas, employees were charged with felony theft by public servant in connection with fuel theft from the city amounting to $146,000.

Photo of 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT courtesy of GM.

GMC Sierra 1500 Named Texas Truck Towing Champ

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has been named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion during a head-to-head test conducted by editors from,, and


In Memoriam: Culver City’s Brian Haskins

Brian Haskins, fleet services supervisor for the City of Culver City, Calif., died on Jan. 19 following a motorcycle accident. Haskins had worked at the city fleet for more than 13 years.

Researchers to Develop Low-NOx NG Engines for California

UK-based Ricardo Inc. says it will partner with the Gas Technology Institute to design the engines to emit fewer NOx emissions while powering medium-duty commercial vehicles.

Source: EIA

Cheap Oil Drives Down Diesel Price Again

Diesel fuel prices at the pump fell again last week as the consistently low price of oil on the stock market lowered energy costs.

Screen shot courtesy of NHTSA via YouTube.

Record 51M Vehicles Recalled in 2015

Nearly 900 vehicle recalls were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2015, a new record involving more than 51 million vehicles — another record, the federal agency reported.

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Historic Snow Storm Pummels East Coast

More than 2 feet of snow fell along the East Coast and middle Atlantic regions over the weekend, leading transportation agencies to work around the clock to clear snow and ice, while closing highways and streets in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.

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Iowa DOT Tests Icy Road Warning Sensors

The Iowa Department of Transportation is currently testing road sensors designed to detect and warn drivers of icy road conditions to prevent accidents caused by slippery winter roads.

Safety Video Tip: Removing Snow from Your Vehicle

This AAA video offers advice on how to safely dig out your vehicle after a major snowstorm.

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Ford Expands Super Duty Chassis Cab Production

Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant will produce its 2017 F-Series Super Duty chassis cab for its next generation Super Duty trucks that will shed up to 350 pounds in an aluminum-intensive redesign.

IronPlanet Adds Fifth Day to Heavy Equipment Auction in Fla.

IronPlanet has added a fifth day to a Cat Auction Services event in Kissimmee, Fla., that will feature more than 2,000 pieces of equipment offered for sale.

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Mo. Fire Agency Replaces Aging Pumpers, Aerial

The Central County Fire & Rescue Fire Protection District (CCFR) in Saint Peters, Mo., is adding six Pierce Dash CF custom fire and emergency vehicles costing nearly $5 million to replace its aging fleet of Pierce units.

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