Government Fleet News

Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel May Boost Truck Costs

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The lower energy content of ultra-low-sulfur diesel will force truckers to buy more fuel to run the same number of miles, driving fuel expenses up.

Mississippi Fleet Office Likely Won't Open Until Next Year

JACKSON, MS – The executive director of the state Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) says it's going to take some time to prepare a centralized office to oversee Mississippi's fleet of 9,428 vehicles.

MoDOT to Test Hybrid Bucket Trucks

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is the first government agency in the nation to test a new energy saving, environmentally friendly, diesel-electric bucket truck.

York County Parks Dept. Fleet Switches to Biodiesel

YORK, PA – The York County Parks Department has made the switch to using a combination of diesel and vegetable-based fuel in its tractors, mowers, and service trucks.

Researchers Say Soybean-Based Biofuel Is the Best Choice

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, soybean-based fuel blends are a superior choice to biofuel sourced from corn

Honda CNG Vehicles Certified for IRS Credits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service has acknowledged the certification by American Honda Motor Company, Inc. that two of its vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) meet the requirements of the Alterative Motor Vehicle Credit enacted by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

City of Murfreesboro Re-Checks All Police Cars to See if Tires Are Safe

MURFREESBORO, TN – Every Murfreesboro police cruiser was ordered re-examined for tire safety this week, and officers were reminded about inspecting their cars daily for any problems.

City of Somerville, Tenn., Will Spend $1,386 to Stripe Unmarked Police Cars

SOMERVILLE, TN – The Somerville, Tenn., Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to spend $1,386 to stripe the police department's seven unmarked patrol cars.

Biofuels Conference to Be Held Oct. 3-4 at University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, OK – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and research institutions will speak at “Grow: The Oklahoma Governor's Conference on Biofuels,” which will be held Oct. 3-4, 2006, at the University of Oklahoma.

Baltimore County Councilman Removes Campaign Stickers From His County Vehicle

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – After complaints were made, Democratic County Councilman Vince Gardina has removed campaign stickers from his Baltimore county-issued vehicle.

Sebastian County in Arkansas Restricts Use of County Vehicles

FT. SMITH, AR – The Sebastian County Quorum Court voted to adopt an ordinance that limits the use of county-owned vehicles to “conduct official county business only.”

Dodge Chargers Will Be Added to Police Fleet for Long Beach, N.Y.

LONG BEACH, NY – The Long Beach Police Department received approval from the City Council to buy five Dodge Charger police cruisers under New York's state's contract.

Audits Reveal Lack of Control of Fleets

DENVER, CO – Several audits of local, state, and national government fleets reveal weaknesses in controlling personal use of government-owned vehicles.

CCG Systems Signs Fleet Management Contract With Dot.Comm

NORFOLK, VA – Douglas County and the City of Omaha, Neb., have signed contracts to implement FASTER — CCG Systems, Inc.'s fleet management solution — through the Douglas-Omaha Technology Commission (DOT.Comm) venture.

INSIDE BUSINESS Names CCG Systems, Inc. One of Top Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc./FASTER was recognized by INSIDE BUSINESS magazine as one of the top 25 Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads.

Salt Lake City Buys ‘Chariots' for Parking Officers

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City has bought one new three-wheeled scooter for its parking enforcers, and four more are on the way.

Inspectors Suspended Over Big Brother GPS Fears

BOSTON – In Massachusetts, 20 state building and engineer inspectors were suspended for refusing to take GPS-enabled cell phones from the public safety commissioner.

City of Lakeland, Fla., Approves Additional Monies for Fleet Fuel Budget

LAKELAND, FL – The Lakeland City Commission recently approved $280,000 in additional gas money for its 1,251 city vehicles, and that was just for the last 2 1/2 months of the fiscal year.

Brattleboro, Vt., to Use Biodiesel for Town Fleet

BATTLEBORO, VT – The town of Brattleboro in Vermont is set to switch over to a biodiesel fuel for municipal vehicles, a move that officials say could improve air quality and reduce dependence on foreign oil.

Voting to Begin for 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year

TORRANCE, CA– Voting for the 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year will begin Aug. 1.

Shell Says Biofuels From Food Crops “Morally Inappropriate”

SINGAPORE – Royal Dutch Shell, the world's top marketer of biofuels, considers using food crops to make biofuels “morally inappropriate”.

Houston County Going Hybrid

DOTHAN, AL – Houston County, Ala., officials say something has to be done about the high gas prices that are decreasing gas tax revenue.

Dothan City Officials Are Test Driving Hybrid Cars

DOTHAN, AL – City officials in Dothan, Ala., are testing out new hybrid cars, and they may start investing in the vehicle.

Village of Glenview, Ill., Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund Exceeds Recommended Balances

GLENVIEW, IL – Village of Glenview, Ill., officials have uncovered millions of dollars in revenues through a study of the village's fleet replacement practices.

U.S. Military Seeks Alternative Fuels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. military wants to reduce its dependence on oil to power its aircraft, vehicles, and ships, and is seeking plant-based materials to replace petroleum fuels.

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