Government Fleet News

This graph from a presentation about the waste management audit to City Council on April 12 shows the average age of the city's 52 garbage trucks.

Audit: 66% of Refuse Fleet Needs Replacement

An internal audit of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Ga., refuse fleet shows that 55 of the agency’s 83 refuse trucks exceed their useful life due to reduced purchases during the recession.

Photo courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

EPA Awards Ill. Forest Agency CNG Truck Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $23,387 grant to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (Ill.) to convert five 2016 Ford light-duty trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Fla. University Awards Fleet Outsourcing Contract

First Vehicle Services has announced that it has been awarded the fleet management contract for Florida International University (FIU). The company will also offer full-service oil changes to the students and faculty.

Source: IIHS

Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

Photo of Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Vehicle Depreciation Accelerating in 2016

Used vehicles depreciated an average of 3.6% in the first quarter compared to 0.6% in 2015 in a signal of sharper depreciation, but values improved in March over January and February levels, according to Black Book.

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

Photo of hydrogen fuel station courtesy of Air Liquide.

Northeast to Get First Hydrogen Stations

Air Liquide announced locations of four hydrogen fueling stations planned for the Northeast. The stations will be open to the public for consumers of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Photo of F-150 SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

F-150 SuperCrew, SuperCab Draw Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup a Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

Diesel Prices Rise Again After Brief Drop

A decline in the price of diesel fuel was not meant to last, as prices once again increased only a week after the first drop in a month and a half.

Photo by Fredlyfish4 via Wikimedia Commons.

Fleet Safety Tip: Resisting the Urge to Speed

Speeding is one of the most widespread and dangerous habits among drivers -- and it's a major cause of road deaths.

Chevin Issues Invitations to 2016 US User Group Meeting

Fleet management software specialist Chevin Fleet Solutions has invited its clients to its annual User Group Meeting to learn about best practices, network with industry peers, and help shape future developments.

IronPlanet's Denver-Area Cat Auction Dates Announced

IronPlanet has scheduled its Spring 2016 Cat Auction Services sale with an unreserved public auction in the Denver area for April 13, the company announced.

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Calif. County Hires Asst. Fleet Manager

Sonoma County, Calif., has hired a new assistant fleet manager, Greg Gilseth, after a lengthy national recruitment. He joined the fleet on March 29.

Photo via Flickr/Roman Boed

Beverly Hills to Develop Autonomous Vehicle Program

The City of Beverly Hills, Calif., is developing an autonomous vehicle program for public transportation. The City Council hopes the vehicles will address “first and last mile” issues related to the expansion of Los Angeles County’s Metro subway into the city.

N.J. DPW Bucket Truck Catches Fire

A bucket truck caught fire in Livingston, N.J., due to a downed wire, which nearly injured an Essex County, N.J., Department of Public Works (DPW) employee after a spring storm.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers More Stealthy Police Interceptor Utility

Ford will offer a factory interior visor light for its Police Interceptor Utility for agencies looking to use a more stealthy version of its police SUV for the 2017 model year.

Cummins-Led Team to Build Plug-in Hybrid Class 6 Truck

Cummins has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Ford Fleet Care Replaces Quality Fleet Care Billing Tool

Ford Fleet Care replaced Quality Fleet Care as the company's consolidated parts and service billing tool on April 1, according to Ford.

Announcing the 2016 Leading Fleets

Government Fleet magazine and the American Public Works Association (APWA) have announced the Leading Fleets for 2016. Rankings for the top 20 and No. 1 in various fleet size categories will be announced at GFX in June.

Photo of 2017 Fusion Sport courtesy of Ford.

Auto Truck Group Starts Ford Fusion Ship-Through

Ford has awarded Auto Truck Group ship-through status for the Fusion for fleets setting up the mid-size sedan for commercial use, the upfitter has announced.

Photo courtesy of Roush CleanTech

Roush CleanTech Offers Propane Fuel System for Ford F-750

The system meets a demand for heavier chassis for autogas-fueled bobtail applications, cylinder delivery trucks, and larger tank setters and box trucks.

Photo courtesy of CleanFUEL USA.

CleanFUEL USA Files for Bankruptcy

CleanFUEL USA, a manufacturer of alternative fuel equipment for propane autogas, announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to seek the restructure of its debts.

OSP's new unarked vehicles will allow the agency to crack down on distracted driving. Photo via Flickr/Oregon DOT

Ore. State Police Adds 40 Unmarked Cars

The Oregon State Police (OSP) has started using 40 new unmarked patrol cars in an effort to curb distracted driving, the agency announced at an event kicking off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Godlewski. Photo courtesy of NGVAmerica.

NGVAmerica Urges Oklahoma to Retain Natural Gas Incentives

Matthew Godlewski, president of NGVAmerica, asked Oklahoma legislators not to pass a bill that would cut a number of tax incentives for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and fueling stations.

Screenshot via Police Cars Matter/Facebook.

Kansas City Officers Disciplined for Shoddy Cars

Three Kansas City (Kan.) Police officers and a civilian employee have been disciplined, after photos of the agency's aging police vehicles appeared on Facebook showing peeling paint, rust, and torn upholstery.

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