Government Fleet News

Street-Sweeper Cameras in Washington, D.C., Target Illegal Parking

WASHINGTON – District of Columbia officials have put cameras on light poles, police cars, and government buildings. Now they’re preparing to put them on street sweepers in the latest example of increasing surveillance of city residents.

City of Tucson Switches to B-20

TUCSON, AZ - Tucson Fire trucks and almost all city vehicles running on diesel fuel have gone green.

Daytona Chief Said Officer’s Use of City Car Violated Policy

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – A Daytona Beach police captain who drove his city vehicle to a job interview in another part of Florida will have to dole out $3,000 of his own money for damages sustained to the Chevrolet after he crashed into a deer on the way back to the city.

Miles Electric Vehicles Appoints Czinger to President/CEO Position

SANTA MONICA, CA – Miles Electric Vehicles has appointed Kevin Czinger as president and chief executive officer.

Elgin Sweeper Announces New Chassis Configuration for Sweepers

ELGIN, IL – Elgin Sweeper is making its sweepers available on the Nissan Diesel UD3300 chassis with 2007 emission engines. New regulations for on-highway diesel powered vehicles require the use of new “clean diesel” engines that reduce particulate emissions by 90 percent and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and hydrocarbon emissions by more than 50 percent.

City of Sacramento to Participate in Vectrix Fleet Program

SACRAMENTO, CA – Sacramento’s Mayor Heather Fargo recently annouced the city will become the second city in the U.S. to participate in a fleet program with Vectrix.

Hiniker Releases Salt and Sand Spreaders

MANKATO, MN – Hiniker Company’s snow and ice control product line includes two salt and sand spreaders. The 6.5-ft. model 625 is available in stainless steel and the 8-foot spreader is available in both stainless steel and carbon steel.

NYC Metro Region Showcases Commitment to Alternative-Fueled Garbage Trucks

NEW YORK – Actor and environmental activist Blythe Danner joined a gathering of business people, politicians, environmentalists, and community activists to celebrate and praise garbage trucks.

Rescue Truck Added to Quincy Fire Department’s Recovering Fleet

QUINCY, MA – Quincy firefighters have a new rescue truck. The MWRA donated to the department one of its tunnel rescue vehicles that was used several years ago.

New Cars, Trucks for the City of Frederick Will Cost $3.3M

FREDERICK COUNTY, MD – Overworked police cruisers, out-of-commission dump trucks, and nearly 20-year-old trash haulers are some of the 95 vehicles being replaced in the City of Frederick’s fiscal 2009 proposed budget.

Pennsylvania DA’s Office Sells Large Vehicle Fleet

READING, PA – Berks County’s new Chief Detective, Michael Gombar said he didn’t expect to become a used-car salesman. But Gombar said he had no choice after finding out that the District Attorney’s office owns 51 vehicles for 28 detectives.

Waste Disposal Trucking Firm Selects SmartFleet GPS Vehicle Tracking

EDMONTON, AB – Connecticut waste removal and demolition firm AMEC Carting has selected Safefreight’s GPS vehicle tracking system to provide them with real-time fleet management data for their trucks.

City of Livonia to Scale Back Take-Home Vehicles

DETROIT – As gasoline prices climb and budgets get tighter, city officials are looking to scale back on the use of city-owned vehicles.

City of Moline Goes Green

ROCK ISLAND, IL – By going paperless, recapping tires and buying flex-fuel vehicles, Molineis continuing its efforts to go green, the council’s No. 2 priority this year.

Public Agencies’ Fuel Budgets Near Empty

REDDING, CA – Many public agencies in Redding, Calif., are about to bust their fuel budgets. Redding's police department had used up 93 percent of its fuel budget for fiscal 2008 through March, figures from the city’s finance office show.

Campbell County New Fleet Policy in Question

GILLETTE, WY – Following in the footsteps of the City of Gillette and the Campbell County Fire Department, the Campbell County Commission has started a fleet management policy to replace old vehicles.

Collective Data Posts Record Sales for First Quarter

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA – Collective Data, Inc., a provider of fleet information and maintenance management software systems, announced record first quarter sales for the period ending Mar. 31, 2008. Sales posted for the first quarter in 2008 eclipsed by more than eight percent the old record for the same time period set in 2007.

Jay Leno Adds Vectrix Scooters to Garage

MIDDLETOWN, RI - Vectrix two- and three-wheel ZEVs have entered one of the world’s rarest car collections, Jay Leno’s Garage (www.Jaylenosgarage.com). Leno’s interest in alternative-fuel vehicles prompted him to test drive Vectrix — an all-electric scooter that has the horsepower to ride on the freeway.

State of Illnois Sells Vehicles Online

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Bidders from all over the country recently logged onto the State of Illinois Web site to find bargain vehicles.

Tehama County Fleet to Go Green

RED BLUFF, CA – Tehama County’s vehicle fleet is going green. Supervisors recently approved the bid specifications for four new hybrid sedans and one new hybrid SUV for the Department of Social Services.

Putnam County Take-Home Vehicle Policy Analyzed by Local Paper

PALATKA, FL – Policies vary on the personal use of government vehicles in Putnam County, including the employee’s job and for which agency or department the employee works, according to results of research by the Daily News.

Pittsburgh Mayor Vetoes Council's Plan for City Vehicles

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl vetoed the City Council’s plan to slash city take-home vehicles and swapped it with his own plan.

Montgomery County Urges Residents’ Use of Ethanol & CNG Fueling Stations

WASHINGTON – With the average nationwide price at the pump hitting $3.26 a gallon, Montgomery County is reminding the public that there are cheaper alternatives available for those driving flexible fuel or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

City of Fayetteville Adds First Hybrid to Fleet

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – The City of Fayetteville’s first hybrid vehicle, a Ford Escape for the Police Department’s park patrol, should be a good investment for the city.

Johnston Firefighters Add Custom Truck to Fleet

DES MOINES, IOWA – A $550,000 custom-made fire engine will improve rescue efficiency during emergency situations in Johnston and Grimes, Iowa.

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