Government Fleet News

Feds Settle Discrimination Suit Against L.A. Transportation Agency

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Justice Department settled a lawsuit alleging that the county's transportation authority refused to accommodate a bus driver who requested time off to observe Jewish holidays.

New Mexico Governor Gets New Ford Escape Hybrid

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took possession of a new Ford Escape hybrid SUV today from Bob Turner Ford in Albuquerque.

Ocean County, NJ, Cuts 15 Take-Home Vehicles But 302 Remain

OCEAN COUNTY, NJ - Ocean County officials announced that 15 employees will no longer be granted use of take-home vehicles. That leaves 302 county employees with take-home privileges.

Sonoma City Council Picks Sedan Over Hybrid for Police Department

SONOMA, CA — The Sonoma City Council has decided that the Sonoma Police Department should purchase a mid-size sedan instead of a hybrid car for the replacement of one of their administrative vehicles, 1997 Ford Tauruses.

Allen County, Ind., to Review Fleet Policies for Take-Home Vehicle

FT. WAYNE, IN – Allen County officials will again examine how effectively its fleet of take-home vehicles is used.

Monmouth County's Fleet Now Largest County Fleet in New Jersey

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ - A new inventory of Monmouth County vehicles reveals the county has 1,049 cars, trucks, and buses, making it the largest county vehicle fleet in the state.

Oregon State University Motor Pool Touts Fleet of “Sustainable Vehicles”

CORVALIS, OR — Five Toyota Prius hybrids and 12 new Ford Tauruses, which run on up to 85 percent ethanol, have been added to the Oregon State University (OSU) motorpool fleet.

Legislative Audit Says Utah State Motor Pool Too Large

SALT LAKE CITY – The state's motor pool is too large and agencies aren't using the cars enough or paying high enough rates to steer the whole operation from a deficit that can require a budget subsidy, a legislative audit found.

Chesterfield County Fleet Management Division Honored for Environmental Commitment

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County Fleet Management, a division of the General Services Department, earned the International Standards Organization (ISO) for Standardization 14001 certification. Chesterfield County is only the second county in the nation to earn the certification.

First Fleet Opens New Fleet Maintenance Facility Near Philadelphia

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA — Fleet First, a full-service fleet maintenance facility, recently held its Grand Opening in Conshohocken.

Mercury Associates Appointments Top Executives, Secures New Contracts

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Mercury Associates, Inc., the fleet, travel, and relocation management consulting firm based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, has made the following appointments:

San Francisco City and County to Install Telematics Fleet Management System

SAN FRANCISCO — WebTech Wireless Inc. has won a second major municipal bid in California with a contract to deploy Quadrant Fleet Management products and services in more than 400 San Francisco City and County public works service vehicles.

Bangor Names Fuel Czar to Control City Vehicle Fuel Consumption

BANGOR, MAINE – Bracing for an upward trend in gasoline and diesel prices, Bangor officials this spring more than doubled their budget for vehicle fuel.

DigitalPatroller Wins Alabama State Contract for In-Car Digital Cameras

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Integrian, Inc. and its partner RMSS Inc. has been awarded an Alabama state contract for its DigitalPatroller video surveillance system. In Alabama, DigitalPatroller is currently being used by the Alabama Highway Patrol, Tuscaloosa Sheriff's Department, and Trussville Police Department.

Mississippi's Wayne County Buys 12 New Fire Trucks

WAYNESBORO, MS — Wayne County in Mississippi acquired 12 new fire trucks bought with funds from a million-dollar loan, a state grant, and county revenue, according to WTOK TV. The fire trucks cost $120,000 each.

Louisiana Police Car Theft Charges Investigated

NEW ORLEANS — State authorities are investigating allegations that New Orleans police officers broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars — including 41 new Cadillacs — as Hurricane Katrina closed in.

Maine Police Department Inflates Patrol Car Tires With Nitrogen to Improve Fuel Economy

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Tire Warehouse, located throughout New England, has seen a rise in city fleets using nitrogen to fill their tires. Tire Warehouse locations have offered free nitrogen dispensing to all law enforcement agencies and ambulance services since last October.

City of Napa Adds Hybrids to Municipal Fleet

NAPA, CA — Four hybrid, gasoline-electric cars are joining NAPA's municipal fleet, replacing less-efficient vehicles that had reached the end of their useful life.

City of Cape Coral Fleet Management Department Qualifies as Industry Competitive Fleet Management Operation

CAPE CORAL, FL – The city of Cape Coral's fleet management department has successfully completed Fleet Counselor Services, Inc. (FCS) fleet certification-testing program and has qualified as an Industry Competitive Fleet Management Operation.

Man Arrested for Stealing Gasoline from State Vehicle

BAY CITY, MI – Police have arrested a 37-year-old Bay County man who they say stole gasoline from a state vehicle.

Governors Parking SUVS as Gasoline Prices Soar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When gasoline prices soared after Hurricane Katrina, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson looked at the sport/utility vehicle that he drives and thought about the message he was sending.

Katrina Wipes Out 400 Municipal Vehicles in South Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Katrina destroyed approximately 400 municipal vehicles from the fleets of many South Mississippi towns, according to the Sun Herald. Hundreds more vehicles have severe damage.

Knox County Prohibits Vehicle Idling to Save Money

KNOXVILLE, TN — Knox County has implemented a new policy to save fuel and cut air pollution: Employees are now prohibited from leaving county vehicles running while parked.

Putnam FD Donates Truck to Hurricane-Damaged Mississippi Town

LAKE CARMEL, NY — A fire truck has been delivered to Kiln, Miss., courtesy of the Lake Carmel fire department, according to the Associated Press. The 1982 Ford Oren Pumper is stocked with hoses, tools, and other fire-fighting equipment.

U.S. Military Becomes Major User of Biodiesel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At military bases throughout the United States, soldiers are filling their gas tanks with biodiesel. Use of the environmentally friendly fuel at bases throughout the United States is growing rapidly.

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