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Lawrence City Council Said Mayor Failed to Enact Motor Pool Law

LAWRENCE, IN – The Lawrence City Council, Ind., voiced its discontent Mar. 5 over the city administration's failure to implement a three-year-old ordinance that establishes a motor pool for city-owned and leased vehicles.

Person County Eyes Fleet Management Program for Possible Vehicle Maintenance Savings

ROXBORO, NC – Person County government can't justify forming a full-fledged department to centralize maintenance of county-owned vehicles, but county officials think monetary savings can be realized by instituting a new program to manage the county's rolling stock.

Dutchess County Will Not Buy Alt-Fuel Vehicles to Replace New Cars

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus' administration has no plans to include alternative-fuel vehicles among 60 new replacement cars and trucks it plans to purchase.

Additional Keynote Speakers Announced for National Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) hosts the annual Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference + Expo in Anaheim, Calif., Apr. 1-4, 2007.

Ford Powertrain Team Announces Expanded Call Center Service to Include Placing Orders

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) has launched an expanded Ford Powertrain Sales Call Center located in Dearborn, Mich. Now, independent installers will be able to order Ford and Motorcraft New and Remanufactured engines and transmissions through the Call Center.

State Bill Would Force Illinois City Governments to Buy Flex Fuel, Biodiesel, or Hybrid Vehicles

GALESBURG, IL – State Rep. Mike Boland, D–East Moline, wants municipalities to support alternative fuels. He recently spoke about legislation he is introducing that would require city governments to buy flex fuel, biodiesel, or hybrid cars or trucks when buying new vehicles.

Audit Finds Savings in Washington State's Motor Pool

OLYMPIA, WA – An audit of the state's motor pool has determined that up to $2 million could be saved by making changes to the current system.

Smart Energy Solutions Named to GSA Schedule

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ – Smart Energy Solutions has been granted the federal government's GSA schedule contract enabling the company to offer its technology through a more simplified means of procurement to all local, state, and federal agencies.

Mohawk Renews Contract With HGAC and MARC Cooperatives

AMSTERDAM, NY – Mohawk Lifts has been awarded a second, two-year contract to supply fleet service equipment to the 2,500 members of the HGAC and MARC cooperatives.

Florida Names New Highway Safety Director

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has named Electra Theodorides-Bustle the new director of the state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Investigation Reveals That Ohio State Drivers Cause Thousands of Accidents

CLEVELAND, OH – There are approximately 7,000 vehicles in the Ohio fleet, ranging from sedans to snowplows, and NewsChannel5 found thousands of accidents caused by state drivers.

Holcomb Police Department Selects ICOP Model 20/20

LENEXA, KS – The Holcomb Police Department in Kansas has selected the ICOP Model 20/20 for deployment in its patrol fleet.

California Fleet News Fleet Management Conference & Vendor Fair to Be Held June. 6-8

SONOMA COUNTY, CA – The 9th California Fleet News Fleet Management Conference & Vendor Fair is slated for Northern California Sonoma Wine Country on Jun. 6-8, 2007.

Squarerigger Unveils Version 7 of SQ.7 Fleet Maintenance Information System

SILVERDALE, WA – Squarerigger, Inc. has released version 7.0 of its SQ.7 software. The new PocketPC devices are Squarerigger's fifth-generation handheld computers and are a significant step forward for mechanics on the move.

Hybrid Truck Hits the Streets in Suwanee

SUWANEE, GA – The City of Suwanee has taken delivery of a hybrid version of a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

New Alternative-Fuel Directory Features More Than 2,200 E-85, Biodiesel Retail Locations Nationwide

WHEATON, IL – USA Energy Independence Publications has released a directory covering both E-85 ethanol fuel and biodiesel fuel retail stations nationwide.

City of Osceola Looking at 21 Percent Budget Increase to Fund New Fire Truck

OSCEOLA, IA – The Osceola City Council unanimously decided to hold a public hearing on a 2007-08 city budget that spikes property taxes for one year, to set aside funding for a new fire truck.

Twelve 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid Vehicles Added to University of Minnesota Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Minnesota has expanded its fleet of hybrid vehicles to 28 by adding 12 2007 Toyota Priuses.

Government Red-Light Runners Cost $8,000 in Houston Fines

HOUSTON, TX – Houston's new red-light cameras nabbed more than 100 government and school vehicles since the enforcement program began last fall, resulting in about $8,000 in fines, police records show.

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Partners With Chevin Fleet Solutions

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), which provides statutory ambulance services to approximately 1.7 million people in the area and has a fleet in excess of 300 vehicles based at 32 sites, has selected Chevin Fleet Solutions' Web-based FleetWave software system to help manage its fleet.

Manheim Europe Acquires Two Portuguese Auctions

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Manheim has further extended its European remarketing operations with the acquisition of two auction centers in Portugal.

Most Company Car Accidents in Israel Caused by Family Members

TEL AVIV – Most accidents involving cars leased by high-tech companies to their employees take place after work hours and while driven by employees' family members.

Paragon Automotive Buys QEK Logistics Firm

LONDON, UK – The vehicle logistics company Paragon Automotive has acquired VAM (UK) and its vehicle services subsidiary QEK from their U.S. parent QEK Global Solutions, for an undisclosed consideration.

At-Work Safety Accelerates Work for Kwik-Fit Fleet

LONDON, UK – The ever-increasing focus by companies on at-work driver safety is driving up tire safety checks and brake inspection work to unprecedented levels at Kwik-Fit Fleet, Britain's largest independent fast-fit business.

Toronto CityNews Cruisers Go Hybrid

TORONTO, CANADA – Toronto's CityNews fleet is switching over to hybrid cruisers. The switch means less pollution and the chance to use up to 20 percent less fossil fuels.



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