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Networkcar Announces Three-Year Agreement with East Bay Municipal Utility District

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar, a Reynolds and Reynolds company specializing in remotely monitoring vehicle location and diagnostics, was awarded a three-year contract to provide Networkcar's Networkfleet wireless vehicle management system to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EB-MUD) located in Oakland, Calif.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Durham, N.C. to Replace Half of 1,353-Vehicle City Fleet

DURHAM, NC – The Durham, N.C., City Council has been told by an independent consultant that almost half of the city fleet of 1,353 cars and trucks is overdue for replacement and officials should buy $11.5 million worth of new vehicles in the coming fiscal year to reduce the backlog, according to The Herald-Sun newspaper.

Freightliner Sells American LaFrance to Patriarch Partners, LLC

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner LLC has reached an agreement to transfer ownership of its fire apparatus and emergency vehicles business unit, American LaFrance, to the New York-based investment firm, Patriarch Partners, LLC.

Use of Passaic County Fleet Vehicle Must Be justified

NORTH PASSAIC, NJ – In an effort to lower gas, insurance, and repair costs, all Passaic County employees who use county cars are now being required to justify their need for a vehicle, according to the Herald Tribune newspaper.

EPA Certifies More CNG Conversion Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Natural gas vehicle (NGV) options continue to grow for U.S. vehicle owners, even though the number of factory NGVs from domestic OEMs has declined.

Fire Dept. Ladder Truck Sold on eBay

WENHAM, MA – Wenham, Mass. officials decided to sell the Fire Department's ladder truck on eBay when traditional sales methods failed, according to the Boston Globe.

Gwinnett County, Ga. Fleet Review Complete

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – A three-month review of the Gwinnett County, Ga., fleet management operations found that its cars were outdated, there were too many managers, and the county was too slow to get vehicles into the shop for oil changes, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Corpus Christi City Council asks for Hybrid Vehicles

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi City Council voted unanimously for city manager Skip Noe to purchase hybrid vehicles, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Acme Auto Leasing Selects Driveitaway's Program for Government Fleet Remarketing

CHICAGO, IL – Acme Auto Leasing, LLC of North Haven, Conn., will offer Driveitaway Inc.'s reDrive remarketing platform to its client base of government fleets.

Trucking Companies Report Engine Problems After Switching To Blended Biodiesel

MILWAUKEE – Days after Valley Cartage, a Wisconsin trucking firm, switched to biodiesel fuel, its trucks started breaking down on the road.

Illinois State Police Vehicle Fleet Outdated

SPRINGFIELD, IL - From gas tanks falling out of Illinois State Police cars because of rusted frames to transmission failures, state troopers throughout Illinois are experiencing the risks of driving high-mileage patrol cars.

Hawaii Debates Whether to Provide Officers With County-Owned Police Cars

HILO, HAWAII – Big Island officials are once again considering moving their police officers out of their privately owned cars with the blue lights mounted on top and into county-owned, marked police cruisers.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Manage-ment Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Arizona Senator John McCain Scheduled to Keynote Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006

LAS VEGAS – Arizona Senator John McCain will kick off The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI) international alternative fuels and advanced vehicle congress. The four-day event, which runs from May 7-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center, will feature more than 100 speakers with expertise in the fuels, vehicles, and technologies that offer alternatives to imported petroleum.

City of Batavia Switches to Biodiesel for Public Works Vehicles

BATAVIA, IL – The city of Batavia has created its first environmental commission.

State of California Awards Rental Contract to Enterprise

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of General Services has awarded a contract to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, making the rental car company the state's primary provider of rental vehicles to state employees on official business.

City of Chicago Truck Driver Alleges He Lost Job for Refusing Campaign Work

CHICAGO – A former Chicago city truck driver has sued to get his job back. The truck driver claimed in court documents that he was fired for refusing to do campaign work and make political donations.

Snohomish County Fleet Fills Up with B-20 Biodiesel

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – Hundreds of Snohomish County fleet vehicles, including off-road and construction equipment, are now using a blend of fuel that is 20 percent biodiesel.

GM Joins State of California in E-85 Joint Demonstration Project

LOS ANGELES – General Motors will help lead a joint demonstration project — along with the state of California, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Pacific Ethanol — to learn more about consumer awareness and acceptance of E-85 as a motor vehicle fuel by demonstrating its use in GM's flexible-fuel vehicles.

Honda Awards its Environmental Leadership Award for 2005

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO – The State of Illinois' Central Management Services Division of Vehicles was recently awarded the Honda Environmental Leadership Award at the 2005 National Conference of State Fleet Administrators' (NCSFA) in Idaho.

New City of Albany Drug Policy Will Test All Employees

ALBANY, GA – A new city policy for Albany mandates drug testing for all workers, including the mayor and city commissioners.

City of Canton to Use Cameras on City Vehicles to Catch Parking Violators

CANTON, OHIO – The city of Canton may invest in new technology to address downtown parking issues.

Keene Retires as Fleet Manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District

LAS VEGAS – Doug Keene, fleet manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District since 1993 and a 37-year industry retired Dec. 31. A native of Beckley, W. Va., Keene retired from a nearly 23-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 after leading motor transport organizations with more than 5,000 vehicles and 300 Marines.

Ford F-150 Wins AF's 2006 Fleet Truck of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA — Known for its ruggedness, durability, gritty performance, and dependability, the 2006 Ford F-150 upheld its reputation among fleet industry professionals as it brought home Fleet Truck of the Year honors. Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, this year's annual Fleet Truck of the Year competition featured 25 domestic and imported 2006-MY light trucks.



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