Government Fleet News

John Deere Displays Natural Gas Engine at Clean Cities Conference

WATERLOO, IOWA – John Deere Power Systems will display its 8.1L natural gas engine May 7-10 in Phoenix at the Clean Cities Conference. John Deere will also offer information about the soon-to-be-released 9.0L natural gas engine at the conference.

North Dakota to Hold Auction for Surplus State Vehicles

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota state fleet, part of North Dakota's Department of Transportation, will hold an auction for surplus vehicles on Apr. 20.

Motor Pool Fire That Destroyed Six City Vehicles Deemed Accident

WINTER HAVEN, FL – The fire that burned six City of Winter Haven, Fla., motor pool vehicles was accidental.

New Heavy-Duty Hybrid Hits Refuse Market

LAS VEGAS – Autocar LLC and Parker Hannifin Corp. unveiled a working prototype of the E3 heavy-duty hybrid truck at Waste Expo in Las Vegas.

New Fleet Manager Named for University of California, Davis

DAVIS, CA – Robert Summersett has been named manager of Fleet Services for the University of California, Davis.

Lee County's Rawlings Becomes First Female President of AEMP

FT. MYERS, FL – Marilyn Rawlings, CEM, director of fleet management for Lee County has become the first female president for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP). Rawlings was inducted into office at the AEMP Management Conference & 24th Annual Meeting March 5.

2006 Clean Cities Congress & Expo Set for May 7-10

PHOENIX – The annual Clean Cities Congress and Expo will be held in Phoenix May 7-12, 2006. The annual event features more than 100 speakers and is expected to draw 1,500 participants for workshops, networking, and a trade show.

City of Denton Switches to B-20 Biodiesel for Municipal Diesel Fleet

DENTON, TEXAS – The city of Denton has adopted the use of biodiesel in its city vehicles.

Fire Dept. Looks to Add ATV to Fleet

MONROE, WI – The Public Safety Committee of Monroe has moved the issue of adding an ATV to the fire department's fleet along to the Finance and Taxation Committee for further action.

Police Searching for Clues in Municipal Vehicle Thefts in Palm Springs, Calif.

PALM SPRINGS, CA - Palm Springs police along with authorities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department are searching for suspects believed responsible for stealing municipal vehicles the weekend of April 8-9.

Alabama Police Fleet Boasts 100% AFVs

HOOVER, AL – The city of Hoover runs a 160-vehicle fleet, comprised solely of flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) that run on E-85. Of the city's 160 FFVs, 104 are Chevrolet Tahoe police pursuit vehicles, making it the largest E-85-fueled law enforcement fleet in the nation. The remaining 56 vehicles are administrative or public works vehicles.

U.S. Army Advances Alternative Energy Technologies

DETROIT – By working closely with industry and academia nationwide to identify the latest technologies for hybrid, hydrogen, and fuel-cell vehicles, the U.S. Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), along with its National Automotive Center (NAC) is working to transfer these technologies for military and eventually industry use, according to Calstart/Weststart.

Maximus Signs Fleet Management Software Contracts with Four States

RESTON, VA — MAXIMUS, a provider of government services, announced that Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, have signed contracts to implement the company's fleet management software, FleetFocus.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Orders 46 Rotary Lift MOD30 Inground Lifts

MADISON, IN – The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has ordered 46 Rotary Lift MOD30 inground lifts for installation in its bus maintenance facilities throughout the metro Washington, D.C., area.

Court Rejects Attempt to Delay Alt-Fuel Vehicles Purchase Plan for Federal and Private Fleets

SAN FRANCISCO – Following an earlier ruling March 6 finding the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in violation of its obligations under the Energy Policy Act of 1992, District Court Judge William Alsup on March 30 rejected further government delay and ordered the DOE to finally come into compliance with the Act within two years, by mandating a plan for significant federal purchases of alternative fuels vehicles (AFVs).

Cameras to Provide Video Feeds to L.A. Police Cars

LOS ANGELES – A $1.2 million lighting and camera system will soon give officers a preview of what they can expect when responding to a call in the Jordan Downs area of Los Angeles.

Audit Says D.C. Fleet Missing 13 Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) Fleet Management Administration (FMA) has lost track of more than a dozen vehicles.

E-85 Fuel Fires Mean New Tactics for Fire Departments

CHICAGO – E-85 fires should be treated differently than conventional gasoline fires because E-85 is a polar/water-miscible flammable liquid, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Fleet of 13 Postal Vehicles Vandalized

MUKWANAGO, WI – Mukwonago police say vandals smashed the windshields of the entire fleet of the city's 13 postal vehicles.

NextEnergy Center Hosts the Michigan Clean Fleet Conference

DETROIT – On Mar. 22, NextEnergy hosted the Michigan Clean Fleet Conference at its headquarters in TechTown, Detroit. The conference spotlighted technologies, fuels, and funding for cleaner air and transportation cost savings.

Budget Shortfall Sparks Change in Minnehaha County Car Policy

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Minnehaha County suggests fleet policy changes as a result of high gas prices and a taxation glitch, according to the Argus Leader newspaper. County commissioners have requested policy changes that would save money and clarify rules for using fleet vehicles.

Fleet Services Manager Sues Arapahoe County

CENTENNIAL, CO – A 23-year Arapahoe County employee is suing the county in federal court. William Davis, who spent the last 12 years as the county's fleet services manager, said he was allegedly fired for blowing the whistle on wasteful spending.

City Worker Hits His Own Car Then Sues City

LODI, CA – Lodi city employee Curtis Gokey is suing the city for $4,800 in damages caused when a dump truck backed into Gokey's car.

Members of Congress Leases Premium Autos on Taxpayers' Dime

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives can use their office budgets to lease vehicles.

MTA Employee Retires On Eve Of 100th Birthday

LOS ANGELES – Arthur Winston, a service attendant for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, retired on the eve of his 100th birthday after 76 years with the transit agency.

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