Government Fleet News

Metro Area Snowclearing Fleets Report Smooth Sailing, Though Higher Fuel Costs

ST. JOHN'S, CANADA – Paul Mackey, director of public works for the City of St. John's, said its fleet of snowclearing equipment has been able to handle the stress caused by the early winter storms.

Idaho Gov. Otter Mandates Added Measures to Improve Fleet Fuel Efficiency

BOISE, IDAHO – Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order aimed at improving the fuel efficiency of Idaho's fleet of vehicles.

New York City Cuts Employee Parking Privileges

NEW YORK CITY – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that the city will reduce the number of parking placards issued to city workers by “at least 20 percent” as of Mar. 1.

Restaurant Waste Oil Will Now Fuel FreshDirect's Trucks

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Tri-State Biodiesel, Brooklyn's first major producer of biodiesel fuel, has reached an agreement with mobile grocer FreshDirect to provide its entire fleet of trucks with a clean-burning biodiesel fuel blend.

Onondaga County to Tune Up its Vehicle Maintenance Facilities

NEW YORK – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)recently signed an agreement with Onondaga County's Departments of Transportation and Water Environment Protection, that will thoroughly review environmental practices at vehicle maintenance facilities at East Molloy Road, Warners, Jamesville, and Marcellus, as well as its wastewater treatment plant in Syracuse, and take action to correct any deficiencies it finds.

Jeffersonville Looks for Smaller, More Efficient Vehicles

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN – Former City Council candidate Mike Hutt and Councilman Keith Fetz have asked the Jeffersonville City Council to consider purchasing vehicles that are smaller, cheaper, and more fuel-efficient than traditional full-sized municipal cars.

City of Colorado Springs Needs $32M for Fleet

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The City of Colorado Springs needs to pump $32 million into new cars and trucks. A recent study concluded that 1,026 of the city's 1,939 vehicles — more than one for each of the city's 1,770 general fund employees — need replacing, city staff said in a memo to City Council.

San Francisco Residents Turn Holiday Meal Grease Into Biofuel for City's Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco residents can contribute holiday meal waste grease from meals to help run the city's biofuel fleet of vehicles, through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's(SFPUC)SFGreasecycle program.

Elgin Sweeper Introduces Chevron Conveyor Belt for Pelican and Eagle Sweepers

ELGIN, IL – Elgin Sweeper has introduced the high-performance Chevron conveyor belt for Elgin Pelican and Eagle broom sweepers. The design on the new conveyor belt provides improved debris pickup, longer wear, and quieter operation.

Doosan Infracore Completes Acquisition of Bobcat, Utility Equipment, and Attachments Businesses from Ingersoll Rand

SEOUL, KOREA – Doosan Infracore has completed the acquisition of the Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments businesses from Ingersoll Rand Company, Ltd.

Arsenault Partners With Networkcar for Automatic Fleet Data Import

BURLINGTON, N.J. – Arsenault Associates, a provider or fleet maintenance management software solutions, has partnered with Networkcar to bring vehicle data to Arsenault's Dossier system automatically and wirelessly.

Four Political Subdivisions Select FASTER as Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – The following sites have purchased the FASTER fleet management system for implementation: City of Concord, N.C.; City of Pomona, Calif.; City of Bakersfield, Calif.; and Housing Authority, District of Columbia.

Grand Junction Goes Green to Decrease Consumption

GRAND JUNCTION, CO – Grand Junction, Colo., will install an E-85 ethanol pump to accommodate the city's growing fleet of vehicles that can run on either gasoline or ethanol.

Minnesota Joins Western State Contracting Alliance

MINNESOTA – The state of Minnesota has become the 18th state to join the vehicle lifts and related shop equipment contract, as established by the Western State Contracting Alliance (WSCA) organization.

Accident Victim Sues L.A., Jury Awards Him $15.7 Million

LOS ANGELES - A jury has awarded $15.7 million to a San Diego man who filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles after a dump truck struck him while he was riding a motorcycle.

2008 FedFleet Conference Set for June 24-26, 2008

DALLAS – Registration is open for the FedFleet Conference set for June 24-26, 2008, to be held in Dallas, Texas, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Titled “Spurring Innovation,” the conference is aimed at government fleet managers.

City Adds Hybrid Vehicles to Fleet

GREATER SUDBURY, ONTARIO – The City of Greater Sudbury's fleet department has purchased seven new hybrid Toyotas.

New York City Orders 850 Hybrid Transit Buses

NEW YORK – The largest transit agency in North America has ordered 850 diesel-electric buses and will have the world's largest fleet of hybrids when the vehicles hit the streets of New York in 2010.

Minneapolis Hopes Solar Panels Will Power Future City Vehicle Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS – A solar-power project that aims to be the largest of its kind in the upper Midwest might someday provide fuel for a fleet of plug-in hybrid vehicles in Minneapolis.

Networkfleet Reduces Air Pollutants by Wirelessly Monitoring Emissions

SAN DIEGO – Municipal customers in Southern California are eligible for matching funds from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC funds are available as part of an effort to reduce harmful emissions produced by fleet vehicles within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).

Philadelphia Housing Authority Police First in City With GPS

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) Police have become the first and only police force in the city with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in all of their marked vehicles.

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Greens its Fleet With Purchase of 30 All-Electric, Zero-Emissions Cars

CHICAGO – The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, one of the nation's largest water authorities, has purchased 30 all-electric, low-speed MILES ZX40 cars as part of its strategy to slash fleet emissions and costs.

Dorchester County, S.C. Acquire a Dozen New Ferrara Fire Trucks

HOLDEN, LA – Ferrara Fire Apparatus, Inc., a builder of custom fire apparatus, recently completed a 12-truck order for Dorchester County, S.C. won in a competitive bid against several other national and regional fire apparatus builders, the trucks were sold by Fire Equipment Services in Sumter, S.C.

Yuma Fleet Taking Multifaceted Approach to “Going Green”

YUMA, AZ – With the recent addition of six new 2008 Toyota Camry hybrids and two new 2008 Ford Escape hybrids, the City of Yuma, Ariz., now has a total of 20 gasoline-electric hybrids, including six Toyota Priuses and six additional Escapes, to go along with 31 flex-fuel-compatible cars and trucks.

Save the Date: Government Fleet Expo June 8-11 in San Diego

SAN DIEGOGovernment Fleet magazine is hosting a Government Fleet Expo on June 8-11 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.

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