Government Fleet News

Chicago Spends Millions on Cop Car Accidents

CHICAGO, IL – In 2006, Chicago spent $7 million to settle lawsuits for police car accidents. According to records from the Department of Law, settlements for two police pursuit accidents in 2001 and 2003 accounted for $6 million of that money.

Report Shows Worn Tires May Have Played Role in Police Officer's Fatal Crash

IRVING, TX – A police squad car had been inspected and allegedly fitted with used tires a few weeks before the vehicle slid out of control in severe weather, killing an Irving, Tex., police officer.

Caltrans May Switch to Biodiesel for Some Trucks

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) may switch many of its diesel-powered trucks to biodiesel fuel following a $100,000 six-month pilot project that is wrapping up.

Utah DOT Growing Biodiesel Feedstocks Along State Highway

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has teamed with Utah State University (USU) and Ph.D. student Dallas Hanks on a project to grow biodiesel feedstocks along state highways.

Pima County Vans Being Inspected After Series of Flats

TUCSON, AZ – Forty-two county vans operated by Pima County in Arizona are being inspected after a series of flats in May raised concerns there might be issues with their tires.

NCSFA Soliciting Nominees for Annual Awards

WEST JORDAN, UT – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) is soliciting qualified nominees for its two annual awards: the “Honda Environmental Leadership Award” and “NCSFA Distinguished Member Award.”

APWA Awards 22 Professionals with First Fleet Professional Certification

KANSAS CITY, MO – The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently designated 22 candidates as Certified Public Fleet Professionals (CPFP).

New Traffic-Manager Low Profile Led Warning/Arrow Light Bars Available

ABSECON, NJ – Superior Signals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of vehicle safety lighting and traffic control products, now offers SRWW and SRTA Series low-profile light bars featuring three or four light heads with multiple flash patterns to provide the ultimate protection in workplace safety.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces New Fleet of Caltrans Vehicles Powered by Biodiesel Fuel

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is conducting a $100,000 six-month pilot project to determine the feasibility of using B-20 biodiesel fuel, derived mainly from recycled cooking oil in Southern California.

NCSFA'S 21st Annual Conference and Trade Show to Convene Sept. 10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

GAITHERSBURG, MD – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators' (NCSFA) 2007 annual Conference and Trade Show is scheduled for the week of Sept. 10-14 in Hershey, Pa.

New Fleet Manager Hired by City of Largo, Florida

LARGO, FL – The City of Largo, Fla., hired Virgil Wasko to be the city's fleet manager.

GPS Devices Provided to West Virginia State Troopers

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia will install GPS devices in state trooper vehicles.

BAF Secures Full Certification for Ford E-350

DALLAS, TX – BAF Technologies, a provider of natural gas and propane vehicle upfits, has received CARB and EPA certification, including OBD II, for the Ford E350.

Virginia Beach Downsizes Fleet

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – In an effort to lower budget costs, Virginia Beach officials recently formed an advisory group to reorganize management of the city's 2,000-plus passenger vehicle fleet.

Richmond Mayor Vows to Probe City Fleet Problems

RICHMOND, VA – Richmond Mayor Douglas Wilder said he's happy about a new audit that casts a harsh light on management of the city's vehicle fleet.

Rising Gas Prices Dip Into Budgets of Law Enforcement, Other Public Agencies

NAPLES, FL – While many Lee County agencies budgeted for a gas price spike this year, even though they're exempt from certain fuel taxes, those agencies are keeping a nervous eye trained on oil prices.

New Jersey City University Received Award for Significant Improvement in Fleet Safety by the National Safety Council

JERSEY CITY, NJ – The National Safety Council has recognized New Jersey City University for its significant fleet safety improvement.

Superior Signals Introduces Meteorlite High Intensity Led Modules

OLATHE, KS – Superior Signals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of vehicle safety lighting and traffic control products, recently introduced Meteorlite High Intensity LED Modules that feature an encapsulated power supply eliminating the need for an external power source.

Calaveras County Fleet Manager Charged With Alleged Embezzlement

ANDREAS, CA—Dave Sanders, fleet manager for Calaveras County in California, was arrested on suspicion of alleged embezzlement and has since retired.

North Carolina State Motor Fleet Not Affected by Rising Gas Prices

RALEIGH, NC — The North Carolina Highway Patrol is way over its yearly fuel budget, but the rest of the state's motor fleet is faring pretty well.

Faulconer Retires as Fleet Administrator for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

BOSTON– Herb Faulconer has retired as fleet administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Columbus Police Department to Get 41 Cruisers This Fall

COLUMBUS, OH – Forty-one new police cruisers will be hitting the streets in Columbus, Ohio, in the fall.

Audit Finds Deficiencies in City of Richmond Fleet Operations

RICHMOND, VA – Oversight of Richmond's government vehicle fleet is so lax that someone charged almost 45 gallons of gasoline for a car with a 16-gallon tank.

Arsenault Opens New Technology and Development Center in West Chester, Pa.

BURLINGTON, NJ – Arsenault Associates, a developer of fleet maintenance management software, has opened its new technology and development center in West Chester, Pa.

City of Chattanooga Switches to Biodiesel Fuel

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In the next few months all of Chattanooga city's 300-plus diesel vehicles will run on a B-20 blend.

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