Government Fleet News

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 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.

May 15: Last Chance for $100 GFX Discount

DENVER – Register for the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) by May 15 and save $100 on your registration.

Daytona Beach Fleet Manager Achieves Industry Honor

NEW ORLEANS – Jon Crull, CAFM, fleet manager for the City of Daytona Beach, Fla., became the 41st member to earn this year's NAFA Lifetime Honorary Membership.

More MN State Vehicles Fueled with Ethanol

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota state fleet vehicles are using more E-85 than ever, according to a new quarterly report from the Minnesota SmartFleet Committee.

USPS Fleet Manager Involved in $190K Kickback Scheme

CLEVELAND – Ulysses Bradley, vehicle maintenance facility manager for the U.S. Postal Service serving the northern district of Ohio, allegedly approved fake invoices for high-dollar maintenance and detailing work on post office vehicles.

Remanufacturing Reduces Carbon Footprint

JASPER, IN – Compared to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, Jasper Engines' remanufacture of a drivetrain component averaged only 1 percent of the energy consumed of manufacturing the entire vehicle.

2010 Toyota Sienna Prices Same as 2009-MY

TORRANCE, CA – Toyota Motor Sales announced manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the 2010 Sienna van will remain unchanged from 2009 model-year prices.

Commercial Vehicles to Give Bikers 6 Feet of Space

AUSTIN, TX – Commercial vehicles and large trucks in Texas would be required to give bicyclists and other vulnerable road users at least six feet of passing clearance under the "Safe Passing" bill, according to The Houston Chronicle.


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