Government Fleet News

Economic Recovery Legislation to Include Grants to Aid with Green Efforts

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate recently completed a final version of the $789 billion economic recovery legislation which includes grants to aid the reduction of diesel emissions and promotion of electric vehicles and other transportation electrification projects.

Ocean City Examines Take Home Vehicle Use

OCEAN CITY, MD – In lieu of cutting expenditures, town officials many review Ocean City employees take home vehicle policy.

State Senators Urge Nevada State Fleet to be More Energy-Efficient

RENO, NV - By implementing the use of fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative fuels by getting its own garage in order, the State of Nevada can set a good example to be energy-efficient, said the chairman of a state Senate subcommittee.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Calls for Fleet Audit

SANTA CLARA COUNTRY, CA – Santa Clara County is purchasing too many cars and trucks for its 2,500-vehicle fleet according to County Supervisor Ken Yeager who has initiated an audit of the fleet.

Metropolitan Sewer District Hosts Technical Training Classes on the Ford Escape Hybrid

LOUISVILLE, KY- Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) of Louisville, Ky., is hosting two technical training classes on Ford's Escape Hybrid on March 24-25 and March 26-27.

City of Pawtucket Reducing Take-Home Vehicles

PAWTUCKET, RI – City Council President Henry Kinch Jr. is proposing changes to an ordinance regarding city-owned vehicles he says will cut the usage down by almost half, according to the Pawtucket Times.

Cochise County Anticipates More Budget Cuts

BISBEE, AZ – Recently the state requested the county give $75,000 for "return to competency," $43,000 as a local contribution to the state tourism fund, as well as accept a $28,000 reduction in shared lottery funds — on top of the $416,000 the state previously requested.

Cities Experiencing Worst Fiscal Conditions Since 1985, Reports NLC

WASHINGTON – A survey of city officials by the Washington-based National League of Cities (NLC) found that 84 percent of respondents reported facing fiscal difficulties, the highest percentage since NLC began taking surveys in 1985.

Maricopa County Evaluating Personal Car Use

PHOENIX – The county government has 2,500 cars, vans and trucks in its fleet. Like other governments, Maricopa is facing budget shortfalls and lower tax revenue due to the economy.

31 Nominees Announced for 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CA – A record field of 31 nominees are competing for the 5th Annual Government Fleet 2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The winner will be announced April 26 at the NAFA Institute & Expo in New Orleans.

CONOCOPHILLIPS COMPANY INTRODUCES DIESEL ENGINE OIL WITH EXCLUSIVE ‘LIQUID TITANIUM’ TECHNOLOGY

Leading Lubricants Supplier Launches Kendall Super-D XA™ with Liquid Titanium, a Synthetic Blend API CJ-4 Heavy Duty Diesel Engine Oil

Jasper Engines and Tranmissions Goes Ecoconscious

JASPER, IN – At a time when energy conservation is emerging as an important global issue for all types of businesses and industries, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has been awarded an Environmental Stewardship Award for its conservation efforts.

Fairfield, N.J. Police Department Awards Fleet Management Contract

FAIRFIELD, NJ - The Fairfield, N.J., Police Department has awarded an automated vehicle locator contract. Mobile Trak Pro will provide the police department with the ability to view the exact location of each vehicle, increasing the safety of their officers and the ability to deploy tracking devices to help fight crime.

Calling All Fleet Managers: We Need Your Help Planning GFX

TORRANCE, CA - With four months left before the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) on June 8-10 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport Convention Center, Government Fleet magazine and the GFX team is conducting a brief survey about our upcoming GFX show and we'd like to hear your input.

Bucks County Fleet Reduces Take-Home Vehicles

DOYLESTOWN, PA - Twenty-five employees from Bucks County, who were assigned take-home vehicles last year, will have to pay taxes for the benefit.

City of Flint Spends $87,219 on Vehicle Repairs Without Competitive Bids

FLINT, MI - The City of Flint spent $87,219 in 2007 and 2008 repairing vehicles without getting competitive bids and without following other procedures outlined in city ordinances.

Wisconsin and Delaware Join Western States Contracting Alliance

WISCONSIN and DELAWARE - The States of Wisconsin and Delaware have joined the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract titled Vehicle Lifts & related garage equipment, a cooperative including 27 states.

Denver’s Driving Change Program Reduces Vehicular CO2 Emissions

DENVER - Driving Change, the world’s first Internet-based vehicular greenhouse gas (GHG) tracking system, announced significant reductions in GHG emissions by the City and County of Denver as a result of online feedback on how driving behaviors impact the environment and fuel costs.

An Urgent Message to Public Sector Fleet Managers Everywhere from Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau

PACIFIC GROVE, CA - With the worldwide downturn in the economy facing cities, towns, counties, states, provinces and even villages everywhere, it is more important than ever for fleet managers to pay attention to their tire costs.

The City of Utica Sells Unused Snow Blower Vehicle

UTICA, NY - The city blew it in 2007 by buying an $85,000 snow blower vehicle that has never been used, some Utica officials said. Now, the city is listing the vehicle for sale on the Web site eBay through Oneida County’s page.

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Battersby Named Director of Fleet Services at UC Davis

DAVIS, CA - Richard Battersby has been appointed director of Fleet Services for the University of California, Davis.

State of Pennsylvania Keeps Poor Track of State Vehicles, Audit Finds

HARRISBURG, PA - Gov. Ed G. Rendell's administration is doing a poor job of tracking which of its employees are assigned state vehicles and why, and whether those vehicles are being used and maintained properly.

Baltimore County Saves $6 million in Fuel Costs

BALTIMORE -Baltimore County has locked in monthly gasoline prices with a fuel supplier that officials say will save about $6 million in fuel costs this year,

Knox County Sheriff Give Partial List of Take-Home Fleet to Task Force

KNOX COUNTY, TN - After prodding by Knox County commissioners examining county fleets, Sheriff Jimmy "J.J." Jones says he will provide the Fleet Task Force with a list of at least some of his department's take-home vehicles and their drivers.

City of Arlington Police Upgrade Vehicle Fleet with "New Look"

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - For about 30 years, Arlington police have been driving cars that could be described as a little "vanilla." But that will begin to change this week as the department rolls out the first of its dramatically redesigned fleet.

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