Government Fleet News

City of Victorville Donates Historic Fire Engine

VICTORVILLE, CA – The Victorville Fire Department has donated a historic 1956 International fire truck to train future firefighters.

Nashville Metro Police to Cut Fleet

NASHVILLE, TN – The Metro Police Department has parked 134 vehicles to comply with the mayor’s call to reduce the fleet and save money on gas.

Two More Sites Purchase FASTER Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – Harford County, Md., and the Town of Windsor, Colo., have purchased the FASTER fleet management system for implementation.

Reznor Introduces New Waste Oil Heater

MEMPHIS, TN – Thomas & Betts HVAC Division, Reznor, has added models RA-250 and RAD-250 Waste Oil Heaters to their line of products specifically designed for recycling used oils into free shop heat.

TOMPKINS

Code 3, Inc. Names Tompkins President

ST. LOUIS, MI – Dale Tompkins was named President of Code 3, Inc., a manufacturer of safety equipment, lighting, and electronics for police and fire departments, emergency medical services, and the construction industry.

Shaw Plant Uses Biodiesel From Cooking Oil

DALTON, GA – Shaw Industries Plant 65 in Andalusia, Ala., has announced a facility-wide initiative to collect and use local cooking oil as a source of biodiesel.

City of Grayslake to Begin Using Low-Emissions Fuel for Public Works Vehicles

GRAYSLAKE, IL – Biodiesel fuel will now be used by Grayslake Public Works Department vehicles.

Municipal Departments Looking for Fuel Cost Savings

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Times may have caught up with the tradition of sending municipally- owned vehicles home with employees, as rising fuel bills are forcing communities to eye more efficient vehicles and greater limits on their use.

City of Winter Haven Plugging Hybrids Into Vehicle Fleet

WINTER HAVEN, FL – On the outside, it looks like a regular vehicle, but underneath the hood the city’s new 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid is a going-green environmental machine.

The Chicago PD Buy 165 More SUVs

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Department will quadruple its fleet of Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs this year, to more than 200.

Stertil-Koni Announces Strategic Acquisition of ALM Corporation and Fleet America

STEVENSVILLE, MD – Stertil-KoniUSA, a provider of heavy-duty lifts to the vehicle maintenance industry, has completed two acquisitions.

Minneapolis Mayor Is Plugged In

MINNEAPOLIS – When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak decided to convert his gas-electric Toyota Prius to a plug-in, he found that Canada was the closest place to get it done. So Rybak vowed to make a local option available.

The City of Tampa Has No Plans to Change Take-Home Car Policy

TAMPA, FL– With gas prices reaching record highs, the Tampa Police Department said it will have to spend $800,000 more than originally budgeted this year to cover rising fuel costs; however, has no plans to change its take-home vehicle policy.

Auto Truck Group Celebrates 90th Anniversary

BENSENVILLE, IL – Auto Truck Group is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year.

Freightliner Trucks Makes Available High-Visibility Seat Belts

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner Trucks announced the availability of high-visibility seat belts as a factory-installed option on the Cascadia, Columbia, Century Class S/T, and M2.

City of Peoria PD Add “Armadillo” to Fleet

PEORIA, IL – Peoria Police are expanding their fleet with a new truck called the Armadillo. However, it’s aimed at drug dealers.

The Use of Alachua County Cars Is in Spotlight

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – Alachua County spokesman Mark Sexton was at the center of attention at Alachua County Commission meeting over an accident in which he was driving a county car while on vacation and hit a man crossing a Miami Beach street on a Christmas night in 2006

To Save Fuel, Westchester County Uses Veggie Oil

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Motivated by budget considerations, environmental concerns, and the desire for American energy independence, a handful of local governments have begun to fuel their vehicles with waste vegetable oil.

Thieves Take Eateries’ Oil

KANSAS CITY, MO – A national crime trend has slid into the metropolitan area. For months, a thief in Mission struck Popeyes restaurant in the night and took hundreds of pounds of used grease — a former waste product turned gold because it can power vehicle engines.

Steve Kane fills up his Pasco County Utilities truck at the county’s filling station in New Port Richey.

Pasco County Fleet of 2,100 Goes $2 Million Over Gas Budget

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL – Pasco County will spend an estimated $7 million on fuel this year for its 2,100 vehicles versus the $5 million budgeted.

Knox County Regulates Use of Take-Home Vehicles

KNOXVILLE, TEXAS – 6 News recently followed up on comments posted in a 6 Listens Question pertaining to the 150 vehicle take-home fleet used by Knox County government.

Going Green Saves Money for City of Reading

READING, PA – Reading is getting an energy makeover. In the last year, the town has reduced its energy use by five percent by dimming lights, minimizing or eliminating air-conditioning in public hallways, and overhauling its municipal fleet.

Montgomery County Assigns New Fleet Manager

NORRISTOWN, PA – Montgomery County government has appointed Thomas Schneider as its new fleet manager.

City of Lake Jackson's Vehicles Yield Unexpected Savings

LAKE JACKSON, TEXAS – Lake Jackson city officials were trying to leave a lighter footprint when they started purchasing compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles six years ago. Today, the benefits of that decision also include reduced fuel costs.

City of Newark Might Decrease City Fleet

NEWARK, N.J. – Newark City Council Ways and Means Committee is looking into cutting expenses by considering the number of necessary city vehicles.

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