Government Fleet News

Stewart Hired by Goodwill Industries to Set Up Mechanic Training Program

MACON, GA – Retired Fleet Maintenance Director Tim Stewart has been hired by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia to set up a mechanic training program and to run its car donation program in Macon and Augusta, Ga.

City of Asheville Adds Five New Alternative Fuel Trucks

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Five new compressed natural gas (CNG) pickups have been put into service by the City of Asheville as part of the city's alternative-fuel vehicles initiative.

Salt Lake City to Amend Ordinance Allowing Certain Employees to Take Home City-Owned Vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City is proposing a change to its current ordinance that allows certain employees to take home city-owned cars if they live no farther than 35 miles from the corporate city limits of Salt Lake City. Also, police officers are allowed, by ordinance, to use their cars on an unrestricted basis inside Salt Lake County. And, some employees have been assessed fees based on the distance they live from the city.

Ohio State Cars Soon to Use More Ethanol and Biodiesel

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Under an upcoming Ohio bill, which Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is expected to sign into law, state vehicles must buy more of a cleaner-burning mix of gasoline and ethanol.

2006 NCSFA Annual Conference to be Held in Savannah, Ga.

WEST JORDAN, UTAH – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) will hold its annual conference Sept. 10-15, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Waterfront Hotel in Savannah, Ga., located 15 miles from the airport.

BAF Names Regional Sales Manager

DALLAS – BAF Technologies, a provider of natural gas and propane vehicle upfits, has appointed Dave Loper as regional sales manager for BAF. Loper joins BAF from Hybrid Fuel Systems, where he served as senior account manager.

Labrie Equipment Buys Leach Refuse Truck Lines From Federal Signal

APPLETON, WI – Labrie Equipment Ltd., of Quebec, has finalized its purchase of the Leach refuse truck product lines from Federal Signal Corp., according to Waste News. Labrie will gain control of the assets Aug. 1. The agreement also includes Leach's parts business, which Labrie will acquire Jan. 1, 2007.

Study Shows Portland, San Francisco, & Seattle Tops for Self-Sufficiency

SAN FRANCISCO – Portland, Ore., is the big city doing the best job of making its resources sustainable for future generations to enjoy without passing on a major cost burden, a new study says.

New CNG Facility Opens at Rhode Island Airport

WARWICK, RI – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has opened a new public use compressed natural gas (CNG) facility at the T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick.

Cincinnati Metro Lowers Fuel Costs With Biodiesel

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Metro is now fueling all of its buses with a 50-percent blend of biodiesel and regular diesel fuel. According to a Metro release, the agency intends to use the 50-percent blend in April through October, when the average temperature is over 40 degrees, and then switch back to the normal 20-percent blend in colder months.

The Number Two Cause of Death of Firefighters Is Auto Accidents

CINCINATTI – Drive Train Systems, a division of parent company Drive Train Industries, has released its video-based air brake training solutions. These training systems have been developed to train operators on how to safely drive air brake-equipped fire apparatus. Since the number two cause of death of firefighters is auto accidents.

San Francisco City Fleet Ramps Up Biodiesel Use

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently signed an Executive Directive to accelerate the pace of biodiesel use in city fleets. The city has been a long-term user of a B-20 biodiesel blend (80-percent petroleum diesel, 20-percent biodiesel) with the San Francisco Airport, Department of Public Works, MUNI buses, San Francisco Zoo, and ferries using the fuel successfully.

Oshkosh Truck Gets U.S. Marine Corps Pact

OSHKOSH, WI – Oshkosh Truck received a contract estimated to be worth $740.2 million to supply the Marine Corps with new logistics-vehicle system replacement trucks.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Puts a Subaru Legacy into Service

SEATTLE – At a public ceremony over the weekend in Port Orchard, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), and Subaru unveiled their latest effort in working together to enhance traffic safety.

Audit Says too Many Vehicles in DOE Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal auditors have found that several Department of Energy (DOE) operations have more vehicles than they use.

Salt Lake County to Phase Out Large Van Use

SALT LAKE CITY – In the wake of two fatal accidents in Utah during the past nine months that have involved large 15-passenger vans, the Salt Lake County Council has voted to immediately ban minors from riding in the vehicles.

Mendocino County Fleet Grappling With Fuel Costs

UKIAH, CA – With the significant rise in fuel costs, Mendocino County, Calif., fleet costs are skyrocketing. The County provides fuel and maintenance for 275 county vehicles, including those driven by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, County Public Health, Social Services, building inspectors, among others.

Mazda Donates Tribute Hybrid Prototypes to the Los Angeles Fire Department

LOS ANGELES – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has donated five clean-burning, fuel-efficient Tribute Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). The vehicles are prototypes of Mazda's Tribute compact SUV and are part of 30 total Tribute Hybrid SUVs that Mazda will loan to fire agencies across Southern California.

House Whip Proposes E-85 for Official Congressional Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) has proposed an amendment that would install an E-85 pump near the Capitol Complex for official vehicles to use. The amendment was included in the Manager's Amendment to the FY07 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill.

Winners of NAFA's 2006 Goill Awards Honored at FMI-LEG

ISELIN, NJ – The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) has announced the winners of its Larry Goill Awards for Quality Fleet Management Ideas. This year's winners are Gregg Hodgdon, CAFM, director of fleet operations with E.A. Sween Company in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Erle Potter, state equipment manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in Richmond, Va.

New Calumet City Graffiti Removal Vehicle Built by City Mechanic

CALUMET CITY, IL – Calumet City officials say they are confident that an old garbage truck converted into a graffiti-removal vehicle will dramatically help to keep the city clean.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's Fuel Costs Surge

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – Higher gasoline prices, more vehicles on the road, and a generous take-home car policy are driving the Palm Beach County sheriff's annual fuel costs over the $7 million mark.

Fleet Management Software Guide Published on Fleet-Central

TORRANCE, CA – The Government Fleet article on “How to Select Fleet Management Software,” along with tables, is now available on

San Francisco City Fleet to Switch to Biodiesel

SAN FRANCISCO – City-owned vehicles in San Francisco, including fire engines, buses, and even a mobile zoo, will use biodiesel fuel now that an executive directive has been issued by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

City of Chicago Places Add-On Order for Additional 550 WebTech Locators

BURNABY, B.C. – Following on the heels of a successful oversubscribed financing of $10 million, the City of Chicago has ordered an additional 550 WebTech WT5000 Locators and associated fleet services for use in the City's Street and Sanitation Department for use in refuse trucks and SUVs. This new order brings the number of WebTech-enabled City vehicles to over 1,700.

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