Government Fleet News

Twelve 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid Vehicles Added to University of Minnesota Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Minnesota has expanded its environmentally friendly fleet of hybrid vehicles to 28 by adding 12 2007 Toyota Priuses.

First Responders to Attend Hybrid Vehicle Training

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Nearly 1,800 first responders across Missouri will attend training in February and early March on the safest way to respond to crashes involving hybrid electric vehicles and vehicles with advanced airbag systems.

Boca Police Chief in the Market for Armored Vehicle

BOCA RATON, FL – When Dan Alexander took over as police chief in Boca Raton last July, he was told to check out the department's rolling stock to see if there was anything that should be added.

City Wants to Audit Efficiency

LARGO, FL – After months of discussion, Largo city leaders say they want to hire a consultant to study the efficiency of certain city programs.

Layton Police Fleet Gets New Camera System

LAYTON, UT – The Layton, Utah police department's entire fleet has been fitted with onboard digital camera systems.

Clean Water Services' Diesel Fleet Converts to B-5 Biodiesel

BEAVERTON VALLEY, WA – Clean Water Services converted all 74 of its diesel-powered vehicles and equipment to B-5 biodiesel in a pilot effort to reduce harmful emissions.

Vacalis Gets Permanent Suffolk City Manager Title

SUFFOLK, VA – The Suffolk, Va. City Council voted to make Jim Vacalis the permanent city manager on Feb. 21.

Ford Supplies Trucks for U.S. Border Patrol's ‘Operation Jump Start'

DEARBORN, MI – When U.S. Border Patrol agents go to work every day, they're often behind the wheel of a Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

West Virginia Salt Truck Driver Begins Route With Prayer

CHARLESTON, WV – Robert Runion, a salt truck driver for the City of Charleston, W.V., has been driving salt trucks for 26 years.

Car Thefts Typically Spike When Weather Turns Cold and Cars Are Left Running for Warmth

BROWNSVILLE, PA – On Feb. 11, an employee of Pennsylvania Settlement Service left his company car running outside a residence to warm it up.

Clark County to Use EMTA's XenTx Diesel Fuel Treatment in All County-Owned Diesel-Powered Vehicles

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Clark County, Nev., has agreed to use XenTx Diesel Fuel Treatment with CleanBoost technology in all county-owned diesel-powered vehicles.

$1.6M for Dutchess County Vehicles Gains OK

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Dutchess County Legislature's compromise on alternative-fuel vehicles could amount to little if County Executive William Steinhaus chooses to ignore it.

Announcing the Release of Chilton's 2007 Labor Guide

ALBANY, NY – Thomson Delmar Learning, a provider of materials for English language teaching and learning throughout the world, has released the Chilton 2007 Labor Guide Manuals and CD-ROM.

DUI Arrest Prompts City to Establish Vehicle Policy

ROCKFORD, IL – It's against the law to drive drunk, but there's no prescribed penalty for doing so if you're a city of Rockford employee behind the wheel of a city vehicle.

Graham Fire Dept. Donates Truck to Louisiana

GRAHAM, NC – The City of Graham, N.C., fire department has donated a used fire truck to the Lakeside Fire Department in Louisiana.

Winston-Salem Receives Grant to Help Buy Four Electric Vehicles

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The City of Winston-Salem fleet officials have been awarded a $28,800 state grant to help buy four electric vehicles that will be used by parking-meter readers downtown.

FEMA to Auction Off Trailers Left From Katrina

JONESBORO, AR – FEMA is putting thousands of travel-trailers up for sale at auction, saying they are too damaged to be repaired and put back into service.

Sparta Commercial Enters Municipal Leasing Market

NEW YORK, NY – Sparta Commercial Services, Inc., the New York-based financial services company dedicated to the powersports industry, has launched a new Municipal Leasing Program designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S.

Philadelphia Zoo Switches Trucks to Biodiesel

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Philadelphia Zoo has opted to start fueling its fleet of trucks with biodiesel.

EPA Awards $50,000 Grant to Wisconsin Department of Commerce for Clean-Diesel Project

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce for a project to cut emissions from heavy-duty diesel trucks that operate in Wisconsin.

Henderson Sheriff's Fleet Goes Black and White

HENDERSONVILLE – Henderson County Sheriff's Department's is repainting patrol cars black and white, replacing the previous solid-white color scheme.

Calhoun Named Director of Fleet Maintenance for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – Tim Calhoun has been appointed the director of fleet maintenance for the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, effective Feb. 26.

9th California Fleet News Fleet Management Conference & Vendor Fair to Be Held Jun. 6-8

SONOMA, CA – The 9th California Fleet News Fleet Management Conference & Vendor Fair will be held Jun. 6-8 at the Doubletree Sonoma Wine Country in Sonoma County, Calif.

Tennessee DOT Expands Biodiesel Use

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Tennessee Transportation Department has expanded the use of biodiesel in its vehicles to Chattanooga and Cookeville.

Toronto Police Crash One-Third of Their Police Cruisers in 2006

TORONTO, ONTARIO – A third of Toronto's police department's 1,600 vehicles were in an accident in 2006; however, that was considered a good year because that number has been dropping since 2004.

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