Government Fleet News

Funding Available to Clean up Heavy-Duty Vehicles

PRINCETON, NJ – More than $6 million is going toward replacing heavy-duty, high-polluting diesel engines in garbage trucks, school buses, locomotives, and construction equipment in North Texas.

RMA Tech Bulletin Says “Nitrogen Is No Substitute for Regular Tire Pressure Checks”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) has issued a service bulletin on nitrogen inflation for passenger and light truck tires.

NAFA Launches Fleet Contracts

PRINCETON, NJ - The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) has completed its Database of Government Fleet Contracts, which is available to members of the association.

Mohave County Looks at Updating Vehicle Fleet

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County, Ariz., is looking at engineering firms to design and build a new building to hold a fleet services station in downtown Kingman.

Mohave County Looks at Updating Vehicle Fleet

KINGMAN, AZ – Mohave County, Ariz., is looking at engineering firms to design and build a new building to hold a fleet services station in downtown Kingman.

City of Harrisburg Begins Using Biodiesel in City Vehicles

HARRISBURG, PA – The City of Harrisburg, Pa., began using biodiesel fuel in its diesel-operated vehicles, according to the Central Penn Business Journal.

Village of Lansing, IL, Adds to Equipment Fleet

VILLAGE OF LANSING, IL – The Village of Lansing, Ill., has bought $145,000 in equipment and agreed to sell five used vehicles.

Seattle PD to Put AEDs in All Patrol Cars

SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Police Department (SPD) and the Seattle Police Foundation (SPF) will deploy automatic external defibrillators (AED) in Seattle police cars.

Transit Fleet Interest in Natural Gas Vehicles Growing

LAS VEGAS, NV – Three hundred people from throughout the country participated in a recent Webcast to learn about fuel, vehicle, and emissions benefits derived from using natural gas in transit fleets.

University of Minnesota Studying the Driveability of Vehicles Using Experimental E-20

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The University of Minnesota (U of M) is in the early stages of a 14-month-long study of E-20, an experimental biofuel that contains 20 percent ethanol.

City of Prescott Adopts New Police Car Design

PRESCOTT, AZ – Beginning in spring 2007, the Prescott, Ariz., Police Department plans to change the design of its cars to a more universally accepted black-and-white color scheme.

Strom Named Deputy Director Fleet & Travel Management for South Dakota

PIERRE, SD - David Strom, CAFM, has been named deputy director fleet and travel management for the State of South Dakota.

U.S. Postal Service Deploys Carrier Route Optimization Solution

CHICAGO, IL – RouteSmart Technologies' Carrier Optimal Routing (COR) solution, has selected NAVTEQ as their map data provider.

Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable to Be Held Nov. 7

DIAMOND BAR, CA – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) will host the Biodiesel Forum and Technology Roundtable at the AQMD headquarters in Diamond Bar, Calif., on Nov. 7.

HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks Offers ABumper

AUSTIN, TX – HDC Inc. P.O.P. Locks now offers the ABumper, a cellular rubber pad designed to absorb energy during an impact and significantly reduce or eliminate collateral damage.

Rhino Linings and HIT Creates New Protective Lining for U.S. Military Forces

SAN DIEGO, CA – Rhino Linings USA, Inc. has joined forces with High Impact Technologies (HIT) in creating a revolutionary new protective lining for U.S. military forces.

Webasto's BlueHeat Provides In-Cab Heating and Engine Pre-Heating

FENTON, MI – Webasto's BlueHeat Coolant Heater provides on-demand, in-cab heating, and engine pre-heating — without having to idle a vehicle's engine — by heating the engine's coolant and pumping it through the engine block and HVAC system.

Air Pollutants Might Be Causing Serious Damage to Chattanooga Fleet Cars

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Hundreds of cars and trucks in the East Chattanooga and Amnicola Highway areas in Tennessee are being eaten up by rust.

Maricopa County Fleet Awarded Environmental Excellence Award

PHOENIX, AZ – On Oct. 13, Maricopa County was awarded the Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Award, (Environmental Technologies; Public Sector) for their B-20 biodiesel initiative (Preserving the Future With Biodiesel).

N.Y. Town Switches Trash Trucks to Natural Gas

SMITHTOWN, NY – Community leaders in Smithtown, N.Y., have decided that by January, all city trash-collection trucks will run on natural gas instead of diesel fuel.

Save the Date for 2007 NCSFA Conference

WEST JORDAN, UT – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) has set its next annual conference from Sept 10-14, 2007, in Hershey Pennsylvania at the Hershey resort.

Monroe County in New York Invests in Ethanol Fleet

HENRIETTA, NY – Monroe County in New York is going to spend up to $400,000 to acquire 28 vehicles in their fleet that take E-85 fuel, and will start supplying county pumping stations with the E-85 fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded gasoline.

CCG/FASTER Acquires First Customer in North Dakota

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc., producer of the FASTER fleet management system, has acquired its first customer in North Dakota.

The City of St. Cloud, Minn., Deploys FleetWave to Gain Control Over Rising Fleet Costs

ST. CLOUD, MN – The City St. Cloud, Minn., has implemented Chevin Fleet Solutions' FleetWave enterprise fleet management information system to gain control over rising fleet running costs while allowing real-time remote access to the City's dispersed agencies.

Kingston Mayor Putting Vehicle Take-Home Approvals in Writing

KINGSTON, NY – Kingston, N.Y., Mayor James Sottile has stuck to his pledge to give written permission to employees who take home vehicles, an act he says was required under a rule adopted by the Common Council more than 30 years ago.

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