Government Fleet News

(clockwise from upper l.) 2017 F-150, Silverado 1500, Titan, and Ram 1500

Fleet Sales Decline in January Across the Board

Sales of fleet vehicles to commercial, daily rental, and government buyers slipped lower in January, despite year-over-year growth in sales of trucks, vans, and SUVs, according to the automakers and Automotive Fleet data.

Auction values for one- to three-year-old vehicles fell a substantial 6.8%, or $1,146 per unit, in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Pickup Truck Auction Values Finish 2016 Strong

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book reported that average values for one- to three-year-old pickup trucks have remained strong as a result of high demand at auction, despite fuel prices peaking in December 2016.

Photo of Azuga Asset Tracker Hardware courtesy of Azuga.

Azuga's Asset Tracker Enhances Real-Time Visibility

Azuga has launched Azuga Asset Tracker, a fleet solution designed to enhance customers’ real-time visibility of assets, which will improve operations, reduce risk, and lower costs.

Photo of Commercial Vehicle Center interior courtesy of Ford.

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program that will replace the Business Preferred Network (BPN) and offer improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program, Ford announced.

The City of Lakewood fleet consists of about 650 vehicles. At least one technician must be ASE certified in each area of service offered by the shop to qualify for the Blue Seal program. File photo

Colo. City Earns ASE Blue Seal

The City of Lakewood, Colo., has earned its first Blue Seal of Excellence from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

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Audit Advises La. City to Track Take-Home Vehicles with GPS

An internal audit from the City of Shreveport, La., found that the city failed to sufficiently keep track of its take-home vehicles with the proper documentation.

Photo courtesy of Wrightspeed Powertrains

Calif. Waste Hauler Sells Off Operations

Santa Rosa, Calif.-based Ratto Group announced it will sell off its refuse operation, North Bay Corp., less than a year after a city audit concluded that the company failed to meet contract requirements.

Photo courtesy of Shellback.

Shellback's Smartphone Cases Curb Distracted Driving

Shellback has released its “Smartphone Safe,” which helps prevent driver distraction and monitors driver habits.

Elaine Chao being sworn in as secretary of transportation by Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo: U.S. DOT)

Chao Confirmed as Transportation Chief

As expected, Elaine Chao was easily confirmed in largely bipartisan fashion on Jan. 31 as Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.

Photo of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV by Paul Clinton.

Chevrolet Rolling Out Bolt EV in Waves

Chevrolet has introduced its 2017 Bolt EV in California and Oregon, and will begin shipping it to dealers in other states starting in February. It will arrive in 50 states by September, according to General Motors.

Diesel Down Slightly for Third Straight Week

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down by less than a cent, marking the third straight week of decreases since the start of the year

Safety Tip: Ensuring a Safe Super Bowl Sunday

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some advice on how to make sure that Super Bowl parties don't end in tragedy. You may want to pass these tips along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Photo of 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 courtesy of Ford.

Ford F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x2 Draws Top Safety Score

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the truck model an overall safety rating of five stars — the highest possible score.

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N.J. County Insources Fleet Maintenance

Bergen County (N.J.) has added another customer to its insourced fleet operations. Officials approved a shared services contract with the Bergen County Board of Social Services.

Utah City Loses Plows in Fire

The City of Sandy, Utah, lost about half of its plows in a fleet facility fire. The origin of the fire was determined to be a ten-wheel vehicle with a mechanical or electrical cause, according to the city.

Left to Right: Joe Guerra with Turf Star, Scott Bentley with the City of San Diego, Mark Marney with the City of San Diego, Randy Harris with the Toro Company, Jim Heinze with the Toro Company, Herman Parker with the City of San Diego, Len Gregory with Turf Star, and Doug Dahl with Turf Star. Photo courtesy of Toro

Calif. Golf Course Enters $14M Mowing Equipment Agreement

The City of San Diego and Torrey Pines Golf Course have finalized an exclusive 12-year equipment and tournament support agreement with The Toro Company. The multi-year agreement is capped at $14 million.

Terex Announces 2017 Hands On Training

Registration for the 39th Annual Hands On Training is now open. The training event will be held August 21-23, 2017 in Watertown, S.D.

Photo courtesy of Vector

Fla. Sheriff Signs $4M Fleet Management Contract

The Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has entered into a multiple-year agreement with Vector Fleet Management for fleet management and maintenance. The contract is valued at $4 million per year.

Vassar College Increases Motor Pool Use by 30% Through Automation

Vassar College in New York is now able to bill for nearly 30% more vehicle usage since implementing the FleetCommander fleet management solution four months ago, according to Agile Fleet, creator of FleetCommander.

APWA, MEMA Enter Collaborative Agreement

The American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) signed a collaborative agreement to work together in the coming year.

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

WEX Inc. Awarded U.S. GSA Contract

WEX Inc., has been awarded a five-year IT Schedule 70 contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Through this agreement, federal customers will be able to purchase WEX Telematics solutions through a standardized procurement process.

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Ioniq Availability Announced

Hyundai will begin selling its gasoline-electric hybrid and battery-electric 2017 Ioniq models by April 1, and offer its plug-in hybrid Ioniq by Sept. 1, the automaker has announced.

Photo via Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

New Orleans to Add 300 Take-Home Patrol Cars

The City of New Orleans, La., is investing heavily in public safety for 2017, including 300 new take-home cars, a mobile booking unit, and additional K9 units. The investments will cost nearly $40 million.

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. County Sheriff Adds Drone to Fleet

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use an unmanned aircraft system for search and rescue, explosive ordinance detection, hazardous materials incidents, disaster response, arson fires, hostage rescue, and barricaded and armed suspects.

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