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Dispute Keeps New Rescue Vehicle in Garage

NORTON, OH – A new, state-of-the art, custom-made $125,000 rescue squad vehicle that was delivered to the Norton Fire Department's main station has been put in storage.

Oregon Joins Multi-State Contract for Lifts and Garage Equipment

PORTLAND, OR – The state of Oregon has joined with eight other states to avail all Oregon government agencies of a multi-state contract that offers discounted prices on vehicle lifts and related garage equipment.

Arizona Cities of Scottsdale and Goodyear Purchase FASTER Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – Two Arizona cites, the City of Scottsdale and the City of Goodyear, have purchased CCG Systems, Inc.'s FASTER fleet management system for implementation.

Audit Said Change in Kansas State Fleet Policy Saved $24.5 Million

TOPEKA, KS A new state audit said Kansas has saved $24.5 million since Governor Sebelius' decision in 2003 to revamp the state's vehicle policy.

MAXIMUS Signs New Fleet Management Software Contract with Hennepin County, Minn.

RESTON, VA — MAXIMUS, a provider of fleet enterprise asset management software and fuel management solutions, has signed a fleet management software contract with Hennepin County in Minnesota. The county will use MAXIMUS FleetFocus and FuelFocus software to better manage two shops and more than 1,100 units of fleet equipment.

Natural Gas Possibly Best Alternative for Drivers

LOS ANGELES – One of the most viable alternative fuels could be compressed natural gas (CNG) because it's cleaner than gasoline or diesel, the fuel costs about 33-percent less than gasoline, and most natural gas is produced in the United States, which helps reduce dependency on foreign oil.

Ethanol Boom Could Boost U.S. Natural Gas Prices

NEW YORK – The U.S. ethanol boom could push natural gas prices even higher as the explosion of new distilleries and a soaring corn crop raise industrial and agricultural demand.

Michigan Cities Fill with New Fuels; Grants Help Make Transition Easier

DETROIT – Local governments across Michigan are replacing gasoline-powered vehicles with ones that run on alternative fuels.

Aftermarket Parts Can Void Vehicle Lift Safety Certification

MADISON, IN – Fleet maintenance managers and independent service providers who want to ensure they are buying vehicle lifts that reach the highest levels of safety and performance choose lifts that have been third-party certified to comply with ANSI/ALI ALCTV-1998 standards.

2007 NCSFA Conference to Be Held Sept. 10-14 in Hershey

HERSHEY, PA – The 2007 NCSFA Conference — themed “Sharing Information, The Fuel for Success!” — will be held Sept. 10-14, in Hershey Pa., at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center.

Certified CNG Cylinder Inspectors Needed in U.S. and Worldwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In order to ensure a positive safety record of storing compressed natural gas (CNG) onboard motor vehicles in the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all CNG cylinders be inspected once every three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first) and sometimes more often under special circumstances.

Enterprise Rent-A-Truck Selected as Provider Under U.S. Government Truck Rental Agreement

ST. LOUIS – Enterprise Rent-A-Truck, which specializes in providing commercial truck rental services to businesses nationwide, has been chosen to provide trucks for federal employees on official government business under the official United States Government Truck Rental Agreement.

Fire Truck too Heavy for Some Oklahoma Bridges

ENID, OK – An ongoing review of city bridges has found only six that are capable of supporting its heaviest firefighting truck.

BNSF Gives $100,000 to City of Belen to Buy Fire Truck

BELEN, N.M. – The City of Belen in New Mexico was presented a $100,000 check from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation.

300 Fleet Manager Across North Carolina Meet to Cut Fleet-Vehicle Emissions

GREENSBORO, N.C. – More than 300 fleet managers from governments across North Carolina gathered in Greensboro Apr. 18 to learn about alternative fuels and new fuel-saving technologies to cut emissions from vehicles.

New York Bill Aimed at Protecting Law Officers During Highway Stops

ALBANY, NY – New York State senators have approved a bill that seeks to better protect law enforcement and emergency workers while their vehicles are stopped along the highway. The legislation is now under consideration in the Assembly.

Mineral County Sheriff Wants to Use ‘Found' Money to Replace Vehicle

KEYSER, MD – A checking account that has gone unnoticed by the Mineral County Sheriff's Tax Office for the past several years has accumulated $35,419.76.

Monroe County Seeking to Turn Beer Waste into Ethanol to Power County Fleet

ROCHESTER, NY – Monroe County, N.Y., officials are developing a plan with High Falls Brewery Co. to turn beer waste into ethanol and produce enough of it to power much of the county's fleet of vehicles.

Dallas Police Objecting to Tickets From Red-Light Cameras

DALLAS, TX – Any Dallas police officer in a marked squad car who is captured on the city's cameras running a red light will have to pay the $75 fine if the incident doesn't comply with state law.

Drunken Detroit Airport De-Icer Crashes Truck

ROMULUS, MI – A man working as an airplane de-icer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was caught Apr. 11 with an open beer and legally drunk after tipping over his vehicle.

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles 2007 Industry Awards Announced

ANAHEIM, CA – The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) recognized outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry at the 13th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference & Expo 2007.

Municipalities Place Pre-Sales Orders for Phoenix Motorcars' EV Truck

ONTARIO, CAM – Phoenix Motorcars has received (via The Energy Blog) 75 fleet orders from several municipalities and a utility company for its zero-emission, all-electric, freeway-ready sports utility truck. The company, which is on target to manufacture and sell 500 fleet-ready vehicles by year's end, will produce 16 pilot-build vehicles next in May.

Madison Co. Sheriff to Replace Half of Patrol Fleet

CANTON, MS — The Madison County Sheriff's Department will soon be replacing half of its patrol fleet.

State & Local Governments Test Plug-in Cars

NEW YORK CITY, NY – State and local governments are testing hybrid electric-gas vehicles that recharge from a wall socket for their car and bus fleets, CNET reports.

Three Virginia Fleets Switch to Biodiesel

RICHMOND, VA – The Town of Blacksburg, City of Roanoke, and Virginia Tech are converting their diesel fuel-powered public works and facilities vehicles and power equipment to biodiesel fuel — a cleaner-burning, renewable diesel fuel replacement made primarily from soybean oil.



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