Government Fleet News

In Memoriam: David Barratti

CHATTANOOGA, TN – David Baratti, vice president of sales and marketing for Heil Environmental, died this weekend at home in Chattanooga.

Alabama Woman Charged With Stealing Driver License Receipts

DOTHAM, AL – The Alabama Department of Public Safety said a 53-year-old woman has been charged with allegedly stealing approximately $40,000 in missing driver license receipts.

City Council Delays Toledo Police Car Lease

TOLEDO, OH – An ordinance offered by the Toledo Police Department to lease 35 new police cars was pulled from Toledo City Council's agenda at a June 19 council meeting.

City of South Portland Garbage Truck Trashed in Rollover

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – A South Portland city worker faces termination for his alleged role in a rollover accident that demolished one of the city's two high-tech garbage trucks that cost a total of $360,000.

113 GM Hybrid-Powered Buses to Roll into New York

ROCHESTER, NY – The number of GM hybrid-powered buses ordered by New York transit agencies has grown to 113. When the deliveries are completed next year, New York will have the second-largest statewide fleet of GM hybrid-powered buses; the state of Washington leads with 240 hybrid-powered buses.

City of Jacksonville's Fleet Management Division is Audited

JACKSONVILLE, FL – An anonymous e-mail from a Jacksonville City employee to the Council Auditor's Office led to a recent audit of the City's Fleet Management Division.

City of Lansing Municipal Fleet Getting Greener

LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing will begin using engine lubricants made from vegetable and other bio-based oils as part of an effort to reduce greenhouse emissions and increase the city fleet's efficiency.

Fleet One Fuel Cards New Option for Cenex Sites

NASHVILLE– Fleet One, a provider of fuel cards and fleet-related payment solutions to businesses and government agencies with vehicles, said that its fuel cards are now accepted at participating Cenex convenience stores and fuel sites across the country.

Garbage Trucks in Major Cities Going Biodiesel

NEW YORK CITY –- Garbage truck fleets in a growing number of cities, including New York City and San Francisco, are switching to biodiesel, which experts say can cut soot and greenhouse gas emissions at no extra cost, according to USAgNet.

Las Vegas City Fleet Reduces NOx by 18 Percent with Additive

LAS VEGAS– The City of Las Vegas said it has to reduced the nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions of its diesel and biodiesel-fueled equipment by 18 percent using a fuel additive, called XenTx Diesel Fuel Treatment.

2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Standard with E-85 Capability

DEARBORN, MI – New for the 2008-model year, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor comes standard with E-85 capability.

Iowa Governor Orders 60 Percent of State Fleet Fuel Purchases to Be E-85

DES MOINES, IA – On June 21, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed an executive order requiring more of the state's flex-fuel vehicles be powered by E-85.

U.S. Postal Service Wins White House Environmental Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Postal Service has won two environmental awards — one for a revenue-generating recycling program and another for an E-85 alternative-fuel project.

Former Public Works Employee to Stand Trial

CALAVERAS, CA – Former Public Works Lead Mechanic Lee Rhodes will now stand trial before a jury on charges of alleged embezzlement of county property.

New Brunswick Bans Idling in Government Vehicle Fleet

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK –The New Brunswick government has told its employees that if the Canadian province's 800 vehicles are not in motion, the motors shouldn't be running.

Garbage Truck Explosion

BEAUMONT, TX – An explosion occurred aboard an Allied Waste Services garbage truck June 12 as the driver waited at a four-way stop in Beaumont, Texas.

Are You a Top 100 Alt-Fuel Vehicle Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA -- Automotive Fleet is currently updating our listing of the Top 100 Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Fleets in the U.S. Surveys are currently being mailed out.

Clean Diesel Grants Now Available

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has $1.7 million available to governments and non-profit organizations for clean diesel projects.

GSA Selects Purchasing Card Providers for Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected four purchasing card providers for its new GSA SmartPay 2 service contracts: Citibank of Sioux Falls, S.D.; GE Capital Financial Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah; JPMorgan Chase of New York, N.Y.; and U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis, Minn.

Chicago NAFA Chapter to Hold Education Seminar

CHICAGO – The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Chicago chapter will stage an educational seminar July 18 at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College in Palatine, Ill.

City of Mesa Fleet Earns Blue Seal of Excellence Certification

MESA, AZ – The Fleet Services Department's East Mesa Service Center has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Honda to Drop Hybrid Model for 2008 Accord

TORRANCE, CA – When the new 2008 Honda Accord line debuts later this year, the top model will no longer be a hybrid.

Biodiesel Mandated in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, OR – As of July 1, all diesel sold in Portland, Ore., must contain at least five percent biodiesel, a mandate approved by the City Council a year ago.

LAX to Purchase Additional Five Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

LOS ANGELES– On June 4, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the purchase of five alternative-fuel vehicles as part of Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA's) ongoing Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Program.

Increased Fleet Use of Propane Can Reduce U.S. Gasoline Consumption by Nearly 1 Billion Gallons, New Study Said

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent study by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) found if a select 10 percent of the commercial fleet vehicle population switched to propane, the country could displace nearly 1 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2017.

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