Government Fleet News

Town's First Green Fleet Vehicles Hit the Streets

DENVER – Castle Rock's air became a little cleaner last week, when the Town's first two hybrid vehicles hit the streets on Nov. 15.

Tehama County to Buy 21 New Vehicles to Replace Aging Fleet

RED BLUFF, CA – Tehama County in California will purchase 21 new vehicles after a series of bids for various departments was approved.

Dearborn Heights Officials to Review Cost and Use of City Vehicles

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – Dearborn Heights city officials agreed that purchasing city vehicles outright could reduce save the city money in the long run, but some say stricter enforcement regarding employees' use of those vehicles is still needed.

White Named Interim Fleet Management Superintendent for City of Norman

NORMAN, OK – Mike White has been named interim fleet management superintendent for the City of Norman following the death of Frank Lawson on Oct. 5.

Arizona Starts to Cut Greenhouse Gases From Vehicles

PHOENIX – In the 10 years from 1990 to 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in Arizona grew by 56 percent, the fastest rate of growth of any state in the country.

UPS to Use ZAP Electric Car and Truck Fleet for Deliveries

ATLANTA – United Parcel Service (UPS) has rolled out a small parcel delivery service in Northern California, using 42 electric cars and trucks from ZAP.

Basehor Chief Makes Case for New Vehicles

BASEHOR, KS - Police Chief Terry Horner says his department is behind the curve and trying to play catch up when it comes to patrol cars, according to Basehor Sentinel.

S.F. Program Recycles Restaurants' Cooking Oil For Fuel

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco officials are giving the city's old grease a new career - one that should mean cleaner air, cleaner sewers and Muni buses that smell like fried zucchini one day and fried chicken the next.

Signal Control Gets "Ok"

BURNABY, B.C. - Burnaby city councilors hope a high-tech traffic control system will prevent crashes between residents and emergency vehicles.

City of Little Rock Fleet Department Named 7th Best in North America

NORFOLK, VA - At a Fleet Professionals conference held recently in Norfolk, Virginia, the City of Little Rock's Fleet Services Department was named the 7th most efficient operation in North America. The designation was made by Government Fleet Magazine.

Carmel Has No Plans to Park its Fleet of 159 Take-Home Vehicles

CARMEL, IN – The City of Carmel, Ind., will continue to allow 159 city vehicles to be taken home after hours.

Reading Approves Fire Truck Purchase

READING, MA – The City of Reading has voted to borrow $850,000 to purchase a new ladder truck for the Fire Department. The town will replace its current truck, which is 16 years old and frequently out of service for repairs.

Polk County Fleet Management Recognized by APWA and Public Works Magazine

POLK COUNTY, FL - Polk County Fleet Management has been recognized by the APWA and Public Works Magazine with an Honorable Mention Award in their Public Works Department of the Year recognition for 2007.

Automotive Lift Institute Web Site Launched

CORTLAND, N.Y - The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) new Web site has been launched: Visit http://www.autolift.org. This new site will be undergoing continual updates, including some creative ones that will allow us to post images of ETL certified lifts, and links directly to that model and online product brochure.

County Fleet Manager Accused of Alleged Grand Theft

FORT MCCOY, FL - Sheriff's deputies have arrested the Marion County fleet manager - who was fired on Tuesday - on alleged charges of stealing more than $9,000 worth of items from the county, including 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel.

Evansville City Fleets Required to Go Green

EVANSVILLE, IN – Evansville city government has established a Green Fleets Policy that requires all city departments to purchase the most environmentally safe and fuel efficient vehicles possible.

Maricopa County Fleet To Go Green

MARICOPA, AZ - Maricopa County will replace its fleet of vehicles with hybrids and other fuel-efficient vehicles, the Board of Supervisors recently decided.

GPS Helps Cities Catch Cheating Employees

ISLIP, N.Y. — GPS tracking devices installed on government-issue vehicles are helping communities around the country reduce waste and abuse, in part by catching employees shopping, working out at the gym or otherwise loafing while on the clock.

Pekin Council Wants Public Input on Parking Issue

PEKIN, IL - Putting parking restrictions on some of the city's most narrow streets so emergency vehicles can get through will be decided after the public weighs in on the subject.

City to Begin Tracking DPW Vehicles Via GPS Devices

HAVERHILL, MA – Later this month, the City of Haverhill will begin tracking its snowplows and other public works vehicles with Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Drivers Ed Ordered for City of Winnipeg fleet

WINNIPEG – A city committee is calling for more training for people behind the wheel of city vehicles in Winnipeg.

Geneva OKs Purchase of First Hybrid Vehicle

GENEVA, IL – The Geneva, Ill., City Council has approved the purchase of a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid for use by the staff at the city's new water treatment facility.

California Sues Feds Over Emissions

SACRAMENTO, CA – California has sued the federal government to force a decision on the state's request to enforce tough new rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

Fleet Management Solutions Launches GPS and Two-Way Satellite Asset Tracking Services into 50th Country

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Fleet Management Solutions, Inc (FMS), announced that it has deployed systems into Australia, making that the 50th country where the company's GPS and all-satellite asset tracking services are in operation

Zipcar, Flexcar to Merge Car Sharing Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO – Zipcar and Flexcar, the two largest and only nationwide car sharing companies, are merging. The new company will operate under the Zipcar brand and use its technology.

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