Government Fleet News

Chicago to Add Surveillance Cameras to Street Sweeper

CHICAGO – Drivers who park in the path of Chicago's 118 street sweepers may soon find themselves in the same boat as those who run red lights: caught in the act by surveillance cameras.

City of Arizona Fleet Director Wins Association's Fleet Manager of the Year Award

MESA, AZ - Pete Scarafiotti, fleet director for the City of Mesa, Ariz., was presented with the Fleet Manager of the Year award by the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association during their annual national conference on Sept. 28.

Three Government Fleets Among Winners in Dossier Fleet Calendar Photo Contest

BURLINGTON, N.J. – The 2008 wall calendar from Arsenault Associates will feature 12 winners of a Dossier fleet calendar photo contest. Three government fleets are among the winners.

City of Plainfield Utilities Authority Worker Shot on Back of Garbage Truck

PLAINFIELD, CT - City police are investigating a second shooting. Steve Soltys said a 38-year-old male Plainfield Municipal Utilities Authority employee was shot once in the back as he was riding on the back of a City garbage truck.

Miles Electric Vehicles Debuts New All-Electric Work Truck

SANTA MONICA, CA - All-electric automotive company Miles Electric Vehicles has upgraded its low-speed, zero emissions ZX40ST work truck.

EMS Worker Reprimanded for Washing Personal Vehicle

DENVER, NC – The Lincoln County EMS employee who washed his personal car recently was reprimanded.

Titan Will Raise Construction Tire Prices Up to Five Percent

AKRON, OH – Titan Tire Corp., a subsidiary of Titan International Inc., will raise the prices of its Titan and Goodyear brand construction tires up to five percent, effective Nov. 1.

2007 Alt-Car Expo Showcases More Than 150 Exhibits

SANTA MONICA, CA – The 2007 Alt-Car Expo will be showcasing more than 150 exhibits that will offer extensive presentations of the latest examples and information on vehicle and transportaion technologies including electric, natural gas, biodiesel, hydrogen, ethanol, propane and hybrid alternative technologies.

City of Yuma Adds to ‘Green Fleet'

YUMA, AZ – The City of Yuma unveiled new green vehicles, adding to its growing fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles, according to the Yuma Sun newspaper. City officials said they are acting ahead on an anticipated federal mandate already in place in nearby counties.

Green Fleet Vehicles – What You Should Know Web Seminar Oct. 25

TORRANCE, CA – From the panel experts of Bobit Business Media, Merchants Leasing and ZAP brings you this free online presentation about “greening fleet vehicles,” on Oct. 25.

Indianapolis Council Votes to End City Take-Home Cars

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Indianapolis City-County Council unanimously voted to save taxpayers millions of dollars by putting the brakes on take-home vehicles for about 400 city and county employees.

Allen County Uses GPS to Track its Vehicles

FORT WAYNE, IN – Allen County government will soon start using global positioning devices to monitor some county-owned cars and trucks — a test program that could later lead to the tracking of all county vehicles.

GPS May Keep Track of Chicago's Police

CHICAGO – Every Chicago Police officer's movements could be electronically tracked by global positioning systems (GPS) if a program being tested in the Chicago Lawn District wins approval.

New Smoking Ban Includes City and County Vehicles

COOKEVILLE, TN – Since the new Non-Smoker Protection Act recently became effective in Cookeville, Tenn., those affected by the new law are still interpreting what that means for their workplaces.

Connecticut State-Run Garage to Dispense Ethanol

HARTFORD, CT – A state of Connecticut garage in Hartford will begin dispensing ethanol, adding a third fueling alternative for state vehicles that can run on the corn-based fuel.

No Rental Tax for Flexcar — For Now

SEATTLE – The State Department of Revenue has agreed to defer the car-rental tax it said it would begin imposing on Flexcar, the car-sharing company.

Government of Guam Uncertain of Number of Vehicles in Fleet

AGANA, GUAM – The government of Guam does not know the total number of vehicles its agencies own or lease, according to an audit report from the Office of the Public Auditor.

City of Somerville Switches DPW Fleet to Biodiesel

SOMERVILLE, MA – The city of Somerville, Mass., will now fuel all Department of Public Works (DPW) vehicles with biodiesel.

Private Use of Missouri State Vehicles Allowed

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Is it all right to use government property for private purposes as long as taxpayers are reimbursed? When it comes to Missouri state-issued cars driven by elected officials, the answer is yes, said the state's Office of Administration.

Massachusetts State Fleet to Test Plug-In Hybrids

BOSTON – Massachusetts state officials will drive 10 hybrid vehicles as part of a pilot program to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the commonwealth's vehicle fleet.

Allied Waste Garbage Trucks Switch to Biodiesel

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Allied Waste of San Mateo County will switch its entire 225-truck fleet from petroleum diesel to a biodiesel blend by January.

City of Mansfield Vehicles: Who Drives What Where?

MANSFIELD, OHIO – Mansfield's comparatively large fleet of City-owned vehicles creates a traffic jam of unanswered questions.

Illinois Adds First-Produced E-85 Hybrids to State Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently accepted four Ford E-85 Ford Escape Hybrids, the first hybrid gas-electric vehicle capable of running on ethanol.

57th Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference Set for March 24-27, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC), the West Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry, is holding its annual industry conference at the University of Washington on March 24-27, 2008.

Stamford Adds Two Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet

STAMFORD, CT – From navy blue police cruisers and orange dump trucks to pickups and refurbished sedans with the municipal seal on them, Stamford owns 300 vehicles, but none quite like the pair of Ford Escapes that were delivered yesterday to its fleet facility on Indian Field Road.

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