Government Fleet News

City of Somerville Switches DPW Fleet to Biodiesel

SOMERVILLE, MA – The city of Somerville, Mass., will now fuel all Department of Public Works (DPW) vehicles with biodiesel.

Private Use of Missouri State Vehicles Allowed

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Is it all right to use government property for private purposes as long as taxpayers are reimbursed? When it comes to Missouri state-issued cars driven by elected officials, the answer is yes, said the state's Office of Administration.

Massachusetts State Fleet to Test Plug-In Hybrids

BOSTON – Massachusetts state officials will drive 10 hybrid vehicles as part of a pilot program to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to the commonwealth's vehicle fleet.

Allied Waste Garbage Trucks Switch to Biodiesel

HALF MOON BAY, CA – Allied Waste of San Mateo County will switch its entire 225-truck fleet from petroleum diesel to a biodiesel blend by January.

City of Mansfield Vehicles: Who Drives What Where?

MANSFIELD, OHIO – Mansfield's comparatively large fleet of City-owned vehicles creates a traffic jam of unanswered questions.

Illinois Adds First-Produced E-85 Hybrids to State Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) recently accepted four Ford E-85 Ford Escape Hybrids, the first hybrid gas-electric vehicle capable of running on ethanol.

57th Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference Set for March 24-27, 2008

WASHINGTON – The Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference (VMMC), the West Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry, is holding its annual industry conference at the University of Washington on March 24-27, 2008.

Stamford Adds Two Hybrid Vehicles to Its Fleet

STAMFORD, CT – From navy blue police cruisers and orange dump trucks to pickups and refurbished sedans with the municipal seal on them, Stamford owns 300 vehicles, but none quite like the pair of Ford Escapes that were delivered yesterday to its fleet facility on Indian Field Road.

City Vehicle Use Policy Scrutinized

HATTIESBURG, MS – Although most city business shuts down at 5 p.m., it's not uncommon to see a City-owned automobile out on the streets after-hours.

Cost-Cutting Plan: No City Cars at Home

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Indianapolis hopes to soon save millions of dollars by eliminating a long-standing perk for about 400 city and county employees: vehicles they can take home after hours.

IDOT: Prevent Farm Vehicle Collisions

AMES, IOWA – With harvest season approaching, the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) and local law enforcement are reminding drivers to watch for slow-moving vehicles on rural roadways and exercise patience when passing them.

Audit Shows Colorado Springs Utilities Didn't Follow Vehicle Policy

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Colorado Springs Utilities ignored its own policies for vehicles driven to and from work by employees, according to a city audit.

Four More States Join WSCA

LEXINGTON, KY - Four more states — Rhode Island, Iowa, West Virginia, and Colorado — have joined the Western State Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract for a state contract that offers discounted prices and a multiple award schedule of vehicle lifts.

LAPD Patrol Cars to Get Sticky-GPS-Tracker Cannon

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will be able to fire sticky GPS tracker devices at fleeing miscreants' cars as soon as next year.

State Employees' Car Rentals Shot up After Privatization Deal With Enterprise

HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut state auditors said they can't tell whether the state's controversial privatization of a daily motor pool in 2003 saved any money.

First-Ever Public Sector Salary Survey Available Online

TORRANCE, CA – How do public sector fleet manager salaries stack up? Government Fleet takes an industry-first, exclusive look at all aspects of public sector fleet manager salaries.

Lawmaker Seeks Flex-Fuel Deal Subpoenas

SACRAMENTO - A state senator said Tuesday that he will seek subpoenas to force members of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration to testify about what he described as a non-competitive purchase of state fleet vehicles from General Motors.

White Rock City Fleet Could Switch to Biodiesel

WHITE ROCK, CANADA – The City of White Rock, Canada's entire fleet of diesel-powered vehicles could be running on environmentally friendly biodiesel by next year.

CCG/FASTER Purchases New Facility

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc, developer of the FASTER fleet management system, is moving to a new facility to accommodate its growth.

Clean Vehicles NOW! Conference Launches Next Era in Green Technology

SEATTLE – A first-of-its-kind green fleet initiative to bring more clean and climate-friendly vehicles to King County has been launched by Executive Ron Sims, environmental leaders, and cities throughout the county.

Transportation Unions Vow to Stop Outsourcing of US Postal Service Positions

WASHINGTON – The Executive Committee of the Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO, is committed to put a stop to outsourcing at the United States Postal Service (USPS) and protecting the income and retirement security of public transit workers.

Right to Repair Act Continues to Gain Momentum in Congress

WASHINGTON – Congressional support for the Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act of 2007 (H.R. 2694) has reached 30 sponsors.

City of Moline and Waco Transit Acquire FASTER Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – The City of Moline, Ill., and Waco Transit, Texas, have implemented CCG Systems, Inc.'s FASTER fleet management system.

The 23rd International Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS-23) to Be Held Dec 2-5

ANAHEIM, CA – EVS-23: Sustainability —The Future of Transportation features the latest advancements in the global marketplace.

APWA Congress Attracts 8,000 Attendees

SAN ANTONIO – American Public Works Congress and Exposition took place in San Antonio, Texas from Sept. 9–12. It was the second largest congress with 8,000 attendees and 450 exhibitors.


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