Government Fleet News

Bill Mandates Biodiesel Use by Washington State Fleets

OLYMPIA, WA – A Washington state bill is expected to be signed into law that mandates state vehicle fleets use at least 20 percent biodiesel.

Michigan Receives Nine Homeland Security Vehicles

SOUTH HAVEN, MI – The State of Michigan received nine of 17 heavy rescue trucks manufactured by Michigan-based apparatus builder Spencer Manufacturing and cab and chassis builder, Spartan Chassis, as part of the Regional Response Team Network (RRTN).

Law Enforcement Group Roadeo Set for May 6

ISELIN, NJ – NAFA's Law Enforcement Group (LEG) Chair Wil Massey and LEG Vice Chair/Arrangements Chair Jon Crull have confirmed that the LEG Roadeo will take place May 6, 2006. The Roadeo will be held at the Osceola Sheriff's Training Facility.

Dallas Police to Lease Vehicles

DALLAS – The Dallas Police Department plans to lease cars in an effort to ease a shortage of reliable vehicles.

Wisconsin Governor Issues Ethanol Order for State Fleet Use

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has issued an executive order that requires all state fleet vehicles to reduce the use of petroleum-based gasoline by 20 percent by the year 2010, and by 50 percent by 2015.

Arsenault Introduces Customer Management Module for Dossier

ATCO, N.J. – Arsenault Associates, a provider of vehicle maintenance management software solutions, has introduced Customer Management, a new software module for Arsenault's Dossier Maintenance Software.

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks Introduces the AC Powered N-Generation

HOUSTON – Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has introduced its FBC15N-FBC30LN N-Generation of alternating current (AC) powered electric forklift trucks.

Fleet Manager Named City Manager of Livingston, Mont.

LIVINGSTON, MT – Ed Meece has been hired as city manager for the City of Livingston.

New Radios for LAPD Would Cost $51 Million

LOS ANGELES – It will cost $51 million to purchase new radios for Los Angeles Police Department officers.

Fleet Manager Accepts New Position

TUKWILA, WA – Al Spencer has resigned his position as fleet manager for the City of Tukwila, Wash., and has accepted a position as senior project manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which begins March 6.

Maryland Transportation Authority's New Mobile Command Post to Be Showcased at Security Expo

BALTIMORE – A customized mobile command post built by LDV, Inc., has been delivered for use by the State of Maryland Transportation Authority. It will be the centerpiece of LDV's booth at this year's Government Security Expo and Conference scheduled to take place at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center Apr. 26-27. The command center will be utilized for disaster event coordination and communications, as well as planned crowd control situations.

Conn. City Pays EPA Fines for Wastewater Violations at City Fleet Facilities

BOSTON – The City of New Britain, Conn., will pay $50,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act as the result of improper discharges of vehicle maintenance wastewaters at the City's Dept. of Public Works and other facilities where municipal vehicles were washed and maintained.

North Dakota Governor Switches From Sedan to E-85 SUV

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven has traded a sedan for an SUV, according to the Web site Hoeven's official car is now a black 2006 GMC Yukon. For the past three years, he's driven a Buick Park Avenue. Both vehicles are leased.

J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Cat C-15 Highest in Customer Satisfaction

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the Caterpillar C-15 highest in customer satisfaction with vocational heavy-duty truck diesel engines, according to a recently released study on Heavy-Duty Truck Engine/Transmissions. A Caterpillar engine has ranked highest in the vocational segment five consecutive times.

Rockville City Police Outfits Metro Fleet with In-Car Video Systems

ROCKVILLE, MD - ICOP Digital, Inc., a provider of digital in-car video systems for law enforcement, announced that the Rockville City Police Department has ordered 40 ICOP Model 20/20 units for fleet-wide deployment.

ExxonMobil Introduces New Mobil Delvac Extended Life Coolant/Anti-Freeze

FAIRFAX, VA – ExxonMobil has added a new product to its Mobil Delvac lubricants and greases lineup — Mobil Delvac Extended Life Coolant/Antifreeze.

Automotive Lift Institute Offers Updated Vehicle Lifting Points Guide

CORTLAND, NY – The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) has released its new guide called “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts,” which provides a quick-reference, single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series Updated

POWAY, CA – The Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series includes updates for the A1-A8, C1, L1, P2, and X1 manuals. The full Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series is a 12-manual Automotive Series comprehensive study guide.

Henderson, NC, Will Deny Personal Use of City Vehicles to Save an Estimated $57,000

HENDERSON, NC – Interim Manager Jerry Moss expects to save the City of Henderson more than $57,000 a year by no longer allowing 35 employees to drive their city vehicles to and from work.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Earns ASE Facility of Excellence Award

OSPREY, FL - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Sarasota, Fla., received the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Facility of Excellence certification. “We were one of the first law enforcement fleets to achieve this and we have obtained it every year since its inception,” said Steve Meadows, fleet administrator for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

GPS Tracks Police Officers in Charleston, WV

CHARLESTON, WV – Charleston police officers can now spot where other department vehicles are located as a result of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices being installed in many of the department's vehicles.

Cleveland Police Win Mercury Mariner Hybrid As Part Of Ford "Hybrid Patrol"

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Division of Police (CPD) on Feb. 24 received the keys to its new 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid as part of an award from the Ford Motor Company for helping boost consumers' fuel-economy awareness.

Aging Tires Spark Safety Concern

DETROIT – Michelin USA and Continental Tire North America Inc. have become the latest manufacturers to issue technical bulletins to dealers calling for the replacement of all tires 10 years or older.

City Fleet Not Seeing Savings on Outsourced Maintenance

PITTSBURGH – A privately run garage for Pittsburgh city vehicles has yet to save the city a promised $3 million a year.

City of Haverhill Installs In-House Fueling to Lower Fuel Costs

HAVERHILL, MA – The City of Haverhill installed an in-house fueling site in an effort to curb gasoline costs.

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