Government Fleet News

Allen County Uses GPS to Track its Vehicles

FORT WAYNE, IN – Allen County government will soon start using global positioning devices to monitor some county-owned cars and trucks — a test program that could later lead to the tracking of all county vehicles.

GPS May Keep Track of Chicago's Police

CHICAGO – Every Chicago Police officer's movements could be electronically tracked by global positioning systems (GPS) if a program being tested in the Chicago Lawn District wins approval.

New Smoking Ban Includes City and County Vehicles

COOKEVILLE, TN – Since the new Non-Smoker Protection Act recently became effective in Cookeville, Tenn., those affected by the new law are still interpreting what that means for their workplaces.

Connecticut State-Run Garage to Dispense Ethanol

HARTFORD, CT – A state of Connecticut garage in Hartford will begin dispensing ethanol, adding a third fueling alternative for state vehicles that can run on the corn-based fuel.

No Rental Tax for Flexcar — For Now

SEATTLE – The State Department of Revenue has agreed to defer the car-rental tax it said it would begin imposing on Flexcar, the car-sharing company.

Government of Guam Uncertain of Number of Vehicles in Fleet

AGANA, GUAM – The government of Guam does not know the total number of vehicles its agencies own or lease, according to an audit report from the Office of the Public Auditor.

City of Somerville Switches DPW Fleet to Biodiesel

SOMERVILLE, MA – The city of Somerville, Mass., will now fuel all Department of Public Works (DPW) vehicles with biodiesel.

Private Use of Missouri State Vehicles Allowed

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Is it all right to use government property for private purposes as long as taxpayers are reimbursed? When it comes to Missouri state-issued cars driven by elected officials, the answer is yes, said the state's Office of Administration.

Massachusetts State Fleet to Test Plug-In Hybrids

BOSTON – Massachusetts state officials will drive 10 hybrid vehicles as part of a pilot program to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the commonwealth's vehicle fleet.

Allied Waste Garbage Trucks Switch to Biodiesel

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Allied Waste of San Mateo County will switch its entire 225-truck fleet from petroleum diesel to a biodiesel blend by January.

City of Mansfield Vehicles: Who Drives What Where?

MANSFIELD, OHIO – Mansfield's comparatively large fleet of City-owned vehicles creates a traffic jam of unanswered questions.

Illinois Adds First-Produced E-85 Hybrids to State Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently accepted four Ford E-85 Ford Escape Hybrids, the first hybrid gas-electric vehicle capable of running on ethanol.

57th Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference Set for March 24-27, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC), the West Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry, is holding its annual industry conference at the University of Washington on March 24-27, 2008.

Stamford Adds Two Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet

STAMFORD, CT – From navy blue police cruisers and orange dump trucks to pickups and refurbished sedans with the municipal seal on them, Stamford owns 300 vehicles, but none quite like the pair of Ford Escapes that were delivered yesterday to its fleet facility on Indian Field Road.

City Vehicle Use Policy Scrutinized

HATTIESBURG, MS – Although most city business shuts down at 5 p.m., it's not uncommon to see a City-owned automobile out on the streets after-hours.

Cost-Cutting Plan: No City Cars at Home

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indianapolis hopes to soon save millions of dollars by eliminating a long-standing perk for about 400 city and county employees: vehicles they can take home after hours.

IDOT: Prevent Farm Vehicle Collisions

AMES, IOWA – With harvest season approaching, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and local law enforcement are reminding drivers to watch for slow-moving vehicles on rural roadways and exercise patience when passing them.

Audit Shows Colorado Springs Utilities Didn't Follow Vehicle Policy

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Colorado Springs Utilities ignored its own policies for vehicles driven to and from work by employees, according to a city audit.

Four More States Join WSCA

LEXINGTON, KY - Four more states — Rhode Island, Iowa, West Virginia, and Colorado — have joined the Western State Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract for a state contract that offers discounted prices and a multiple award schedule of vehicle lifts.

LAPD Patrol Cars to Get Sticky-GPS-Tracker Cannon

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be able to fire sticky GPS tracker devices at fleeing miscreants' cars as soon as next year.

State Employees' Car Rentals Shot up After Privatization Deal With Enterprise

HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut state auditors said they can't tell whether the state's controversial privatization of a daily motor pool in 2003 saved any money.

First-Ever Public Sector Salary Survey Available Online

TORRANCE, CA – How do public sector fleet manager salaries stack up? Government Fleet takes an industry-first, exclusive look at all aspects of public sector fleet manager salaries.

Lawmaker Seeks Flex-Fuel Deal Subpoenas

SACRAMENTO - A state senator said Tuesday that he will seek subpoenas to force members of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration to testify about what he described as a non-competitive purchase of state fleet vehicles from General Motors.

White Rock City Fleet Could Switch to Biodiesel

WHITE ROCK, CANADA – The City of White Rock, Canada's entire fleet of diesel-powered vehicles could be running on environmentally friendly biodiesel by next year.

CCG/FASTER Purchases New Facility

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc, developer of the FASTER fleet management system, is moving to a new facility to accommodate its growth.

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