Government Fleet News

Dossier User Group to Hold 18th Annual Meeting

ATCO, NJ – Fleet professionals from around the nation will converge on the Hilton Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 18 and 19, 2006 for the Dossier Fleet Maintenance Software Users Group meeting.

Caltrain Transit Agency Plans '07 Rollout of WiMax Wireless Net

SAN JOSE, CA – Caltrain has successfully tested uninterrupted wireless Internet access on a train traveling up to 79 miles per hour over a 16-mile stretch from Millbrae to Palo Alto in California.

Winston-Salem Tries to Make Fleet More Fuel Efficient

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the flow of gasoline to North Carolina — most of which came from a pipeline originating in the Gulf Coast — dried up, causing shortages and skyrocketing fuel costs.

The County of San Diego Selects MAXIMUS FuelFocus

SAN DIEGO, CA – The County of San Diego, Calif., has selected MAXIMUS FuelFocus as its fully integrated automated fuel system in a procurement valued at over $850,000.

Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel May Boost Truck Costs

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The lower energy content of ultra-low-sulfur diesel will force truckers to buy more fuel to run the same number of miles, driving fuel expenses up.

Mississippi Fleet Office Likely Won't Open Until Next Year

JACKSON, MS – The executive director of the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) says it's going to take some time to prepare a centralized office to oversee Mississippi's fleet of 9,428 vehicles.

MoDOT to Test Hybrid Bucket Trucks

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is the first government agency in the nation to test a new energy saving, environmentally friendly, diesel-electric bucket truck.

York County Parks Dept. Fleet Switches to Biodiesel

YORK, PA – The York County Parks Department has made the switch to using a combination of diesel and vegetable-based fuel in its tractors, mowers, and service trucks.

Researchers Say Soybean-Based Biofuel Is the Best Choice

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, soybean-based fuel blends are a superior choice to biofuel sourced from corn

Honda CNG Vehicles Certified for IRS Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service has acknowledged the certification by American Honda Motor Company, Inc. that two of its vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) meet the requirements of the Alterative Motor Vehicle Credit enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

City of Murfreesboro Re-Checks All Police Cars to See if Tires Are Safe

MURFREESBORO, TN – Every Murfreesboro police cruiser was ordered re-examined for tire safety this week, and officers were reminded about inspecting their cars daily for any problems.

City of Somerville, Tenn., Will Spend $1,386 to Stripe Unmarked Police Cars

SOMERVILLE, TN – The Somerville, Tenn., Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to spend $1,386 to stripe the police department's seven unmarked patrol cars.

Biofuels Conference to Be Held Oct. 3-4 at University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, OK – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and research institutions will speak at “Grow: The Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Biofuels,” which will be held Oct. 3-4, 2006, at the University of Oklahoma.

Baltimore County Councilman Removes Campaign Stickers From His County Vehicle

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – After complaints were made, Democratic County Councilman Vince Gardina has removed campaign stickers from his Baltimore county-issued vehicle.

Sebastian County in Arkansas Restricts Use of County Vehicles

FT. SMITH, AR – The Sebastian County Quorum Court voted to adopt an ordinance that limits the use of county-owned vehicles to “conduct official county business only.”

Dodge Chargers Will Be Added to Police Fleet for Long Beach, N.Y.

LONG BEACH, NY – The Long Beach Police Department received approval from the City Council to buy five Dodge Charger police cruisers under New York's state's contract.

Audits Reveal Lack of Control of Fleets

DENVER, CO – Several audits of local, state, and national government fleets reveal weaknesses in controlling personal use of government-owned vehicles.

CCG Systems Signs Fleet Management Contract With Dot.Comm

NORFOLK, VA – Douglas County and the City of Omaha, Neb., have signed contracts to implement FASTER — CCG Systems, Inc.'s fleet management solution — through the Douglas-Omaha Technology Commission (DOT.Comm) venture.

INSIDE BUSINESS Names CCG Systems, Inc. One of Top Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc./FASTER was recognized by INSIDE BUSINESS magazine as one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads.

Salt Lake City Buys ‘Chariots' for Parking Officers

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City has bought one new three-wheeled scooter for its parking enforcers, and four more are on the way.

Inspectors Suspended Over Big Brother GPS Fears

BOSTON – In Massachusetts, 20 state building and engineer inspectors were suspended for refusing to take GPS-enabled cell phones from the public safety commissioner.

City of Lakeland, Fla., Approves Additional Monies for Fleet Fuel Budget

LAKELAND, FL – The Lakeland City Commission recently approved $280,000 in additional gas money for its 1,251 city vehicles, and that was just for the last 2 1/2 months of the fiscal year.

Brattleboro, Vt., to Use Biodiesel for Town Fleet

BATTLEBORO, VT – The town of Brattleboro in Vermont is set to switch over to a biodiesel fuel for municipal vehicles, a move that officials say could improve air quality and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Voting to Begin for 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year

TORRANCE, CA– Voting for the 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year will begin Aug. 1.

Shell Says Biofuels From Food Crops “Morally Inappropriate”

SINGAPORE – Royal Dutch Shell, the world's top marketer of biofuels, considers using food crops to make biofuels “morally inappropriate”.

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