Government Fleet News

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.

NY City Harvest Launches First “Green” Truck

NEW YORK - City Harvest has retrofitted a truck in its fleet to be a biofueled, custom-made vehicle that uses less fuel and cuts down on the need for the truck to be idling.

Vehicle Use Changes Proposed for City Staff

KAWARTHA LAKES, ONTARIO - Mayor Ric McGee presented proposed changes to the City's current policy regulating vehicle use, during the corporate and human resource services at a current committee meeting.

Elsa City Vehicles Not Insured

ELSA, TEXAS - Elsa city vehicles are driving city streets without insurance. City is negotiating to re-instate coverage.

UCLA Fleet Services Offer Transport Alternatives

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Fleet Services, which owns 1,112 vehicles valued at $7 million, is a transportation resource available for both university students and staff members.

City Fleet Receives National Recognition

FORT WAYNE, IN – The City of Fort Wayne's fleet maintenance program has been recognized in the 100 Best Fleets in North America list published by Government Fleet magazine.

MAXIMUS Congratulates Fleet Manager of the Year

CITY OF MESA, AZ – MAXIMUS is happy to congratulate Pete Scarafiotti, fleet director, City of Mesa, Ariz., on winning the 2008 Fleet Manager of the Year award, presented by The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association.

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Win Mitchell of King County Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc. presented its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award to Win Mitchell of King County at its 20th national conference.

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