Government Fleet News

Pennsylvania Legislators Test Costs of Leasing vs. Reimbursement

HARRISBURG, PA – Lawmakers in Pennsylvania are experimenting with mileage reimbursement versus leasing through the state after the Senate announced its members would no longer have the option of taxpayer-funded privately leased vehicles.

University of Wisconsin to Offer Fleet Maintenance Management Course in Las Vegas Feb. 20-21, 2007

MADISON, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Engineering Professional Development, will offer Fleet Maintenance Management, Course Number J000 on Feb. 20-21, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nev.

EDTA Conference & Exposition 2006 to be Held in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Electronic Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) will hold its 2006 conference — “Achieving Energy Independence Through Electric Drive: Industry & Government, Working Together” — Nov. 28-30, at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C.

International Debuts New Family of MaxxForce Diesel Engines

WARRENVILLE, IL – International Truck and Engine Corporation, a Navistar Company, has revealed its lineup of MaxxForce International diesel power engines for 2008-model-year trucks, and provided specifications and technical details.

City of Marshall, Minn., Division Managers to Track Daily Vehicle Use

MARSHALL, MN — For three months, Marshall City division heads will track daily mileage traveled in their personal vehicles for city business, track if three division heads are gone at the same time in personal vehicles, and other associated items.

New Report Available on NYCT Hybrid and CNG Transit Buses

NEW YORK CITY, NY – The National Renewable Laboratory (NREL) has published a final report: New York City Transit (NYCT) Hybrid (125 Order) and CNG Transit Buses: Final Evaluation Results.

Kubota Approves Use of B-5 Biodiesel Fuels in Specified Diesel-Powered Products

TORRANCE, CA – Kubota Tractor Corporation has approved the use of B-5 biodiesel fuels in specified Kubota diesel-powered products.

International Offers Upgraded, Remanufactured Engines

WARRENVILLE, IL – According to International, truck owners and fleet managers needing to replace their existing engines should consider the benefits of remanufactured engines from the original equipment manufacturer to ensure top-tier performance.

Bridgestone Firestone Expands its Medium Truck Tire Lineup

CHICAGO, IL – Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire LLC (BFNT) has expanded its medium truck tire line-up with three new products, including the M860, which is for severe service applications.

Odyne Corp. Awarded Municipal and Utility Projects

HAUPPAUGE, NY – Odyne Corp. has received two new orders. The customers, KeySpan Energy Delivery Long Island and the Town of Oyster Bay, received partial funding from the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition as part of its Round 7.1 Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.

Funding Available to Clean up Heavy-Duty Vehicles

PRINCETON, NJ – More than $6 million is going toward replacing heavy-duty, high-polluting diesel engines in garbage trucks, school buses, locomotives, and construction equipment in North Texas.

RMA Tech Bulletin Says “Nitrogen Is No Substitute for Regular Tire Pressure Checks”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has issued a service bulletin on nitrogen inflation for passenger and light truck tires.

NAFA Launches Fleet Contracts

PRINCETON, NJ - The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) has completed its Database of Government Fleet Contracts, which is available to members of the association.

Mohave County Looks at Updating Vehicle Fleet

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County, Ariz., is looking at engineering firms to design and build a new building to hold a fleet services station in downtown Kingman.

Mohave County Looks at Updating Vehicle Fleet

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County, Ariz., is looking at engineering firms to design and build a new building to hold a fleet services station in downtown Kingman.

City of Harrisburg Begins Using Biodiesel in City Vehicles

HARRISBURG, PA – The City of Harrisburg, Pa., began using biodiesel fuel in its diesel-operated vehicles, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.

Village of Lansing, IL, Adds to Equipment Fleet

VILLAGE OF LANSING, IL – The Village of Lansing, Ill., has bought $145,000 in equipment and agreed to sell five used vehicles.

Seattle PD to Put AEDs in All Patrol Cars

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) will deploy automatic external defibrillators (AED) in Seattle police cars.

Transit Fleet Interest in Natural Gas Vehicles Growing

LAS VEGAS, NV – Three hundred people from throughout the country participated in a recent Webcast to learn about fuel, vehicle, and emissions benefits derived from using natural gas in transit fleets.

University of Minnesota Studying the Driveability of Vehicles Using Experimental E-20

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The University of Minnesota (U of M) is in the early stages of a 14-month-long study of E-20, an experimental biofuel that contains 20 percent ethanol.

City of Prescott Adopts New Police Car Design

PRESCOTT, AZ – Beginning in spring 2007, the Prescott, Ariz., Police Department plans to change the design of its cars to a more universally accepted black-and-white color scheme.

Strom Named Deputy Director Fleet & Travel Management for South Dakota

PIERRE, SD - David Strom, CAFM, has been named deputy director fleet and travel management for the State of South Dakota.

U.S. Postal Service Deploys Carrier Route Optimization Solution

CHICAGO, IL – RouteSmart Technologies' Carrier Optimal Routing (COR) solution, has selected NAVTEQ as their map data provider.

Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable to Be Held Nov. 7

DIAMOND BAR, CA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will host the Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar, Calif., on Nov. 7.

HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks Offers ABumper

AUSTIN, TX – HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks now offers the ABumper, a cellular rubber pad designed to absorb energy during an impact and significantly reduce or eliminate collateral damage.

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