Government Fleet News

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.

Hoffman Estates Fleet Services Awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – Hoffman Estates Public Works Fleet Services staff recently received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

LEG Roadeo Is Finalized for NAFA FMI

ISELIN, NJ – The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute (FMI) has announced that the Law Enforcement Group's Roadeo will take place May 6. The Roadeo will be held at the Osceola Sheriff's Training Facility and will feature driving skill tests such as serpentine courses, reverse maneuvers, and other challenges.

Judge Rejects Jury's $750,000 Award to Former State Worker that Lack of Proper Fleet Vehicle Violated ADA

OLYMPIA, WA — A judge on Feb. 17 overturned a $750,000 verdict against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services after a jury determined the agency hadn't made a “reasonable accommodation” for a former employee's disability.

Sterling Trucks Launches Web Site for Municipalities

REDFORD, MI – Sterling Truck Corp. has launched a Web site to assist municipalities in selecting truck specs for their specific applications.

Companies Develop Product That Reduces Maintenance Reaction Time

INDIANAPOLIS – eMaint Enterprises, a provider of on-demand computerized maintenance management solutions (CMMS), and POLARIS Laboratories, an oil testing and data analysis services company, has formed a strategic alliance that will integrate oil analysis results directly into an organization's maintenance management system — eMaint X3 — to reduce reaction time to maintenance issues and improve overall reliability.

Bicycle Joins City Vehicle Fleet; Planner to Demonstrate Conservation Goals

WILLITS, CA – Instead of purchasing a new city vehicle, The City of Willits, Calif., has just bought a bicycle for Community Development Director Alan Falleri.

No Bids for Washington State County Hybrid Vehicle

PORT ANGELES, WA – Clallam County, Wash.'s plan to buy a hybrid vehicle met with silence from local dealers.

Moline Uses Web to Get Top Dollar for City Surplus

MOLINE, IL – Moline City Fleet Manager J.D. Schulte used an Internet auction to sell off back seat cages used in city police cars.

Kansas Saves $5M-Plus Annually From Changes in Fleet Management

TOPEKA, KS – The State of Kansas is saving $5-$6 million a year with improved management of its vehicle fleet, and it captured $28 million in one-time savings from various policy changes.

NYPD to Buy 15 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles

NEW YORK - The New York Police Department plans to buy 15 police versions of the Dodge Charger for a pilot program that will begin this summer.

Clean Cities Congress and Expo to be Held May 7-10 in Phoenix

LAS VEGAS – The Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006 will be held May 7-10 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix. The event will feature addresses by public figures and industry leaders, as well as panel discussions on the opportunities for alternative fuels.

Indianapolis Airport to Use New Buses to Aid Passenger Convenience

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis International Airport has acquired Easy On shuttles from Glaval Bus, which feature the low-floor chassis design for mid-sized buses from Workhorse Custom Chassis.

Vac-Con Celebrate Delivery of 1,000th Sterling Truck

REDFORD, MI – Vac-Con, Inc. recently accepted delivery of its 1,000th Sterling truck from Atlantic Truck Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Vac-Con, a manufacturer of truck-mounted sewer cleaning machines, has been purchasing Sterling trucks from the dealership for eight years.

Greater Cleveland RTA Testing GM Hybrid Technology

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is testing a transit vehicle — powered by General Motors' hybrid propulsion technology — that will be used for the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative called Silver Line.

No Tattoos Allowed for San Bernardino County Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – California's San Bernardino County is banning nose rings and visible tattoos for public employees.

Ohio City Wins Unimog and Use of Implements for One Year

PORTLAND, OR – The City of Brecksville, Ohio, a suburb outside of Cleveland won the “2005 Win a Year's Lease on a Unimog” promotion in a drawing that took place in January. More than 1,000 entries had been submitted. Robert Pech, director of public service for the City of Brecksville, was the contest winner.

The State of Illinois to Fuel Next Generation of State-Owned Vehicles With E-85 and Biodiesel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Three years ago, Gov. Blagojevich challenged the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to better manage the state's vehicle fleet. Since then, the state fleet has eliminated 1,600 vehicles from the state auto fleet, generated $1.1 million dollars from selling the unneeded vehicles, and reduced overall fuel and maintenance costs by more than $5.3 million in the past two fiscal years.

Bergen County Fleet Comes Under Scrutiny

BERGEN, NJ – The head of Bergen County's Weights & Measures Department and the county's purchasing director have take-home privileges of two vehicles each.

Hoffman Estates Fleet Services Awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Hoffman Estates Public Works Fleet Services staff recently received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE).

Fleet Manager Named Trendsetter of the Year by Public Works Magazine

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL – Gary Emerson, fleet manager for St. Johns County has been named “Trendsetter of the Year” for 2005 by Public Works magazine. Public Works is a national publication for all government public works departments, which include fleet maintenance.

Birmingham Airport Using Biodiesel to Fuel Vehicles

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Airport Authority will begin using biodiesel fuel in all diesel-burning engines in its fleet of vehicles and equipment.

New Executive Director Named for Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association

DENVER – Effective Mar. 1, Karen Bloodworth will assume the position of executive director of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA). She currently is the technical services program manager for the American Public Works Association.

Nearly Half of New Purchases for North Dakota State Fleet E-85 Ready

BISMARCK, ND – With the recent acquisition of 180 new 2006 sedans and four pickups, North Dakota's state fleet now has a total of 282 E-85 vehicles out of a total passenger fleet of 825 vehicles.

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