Government Fleet News

Mercury Associates Announces Appointment of VP

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Mercury Associates, Inc., the fleet, travel, and relocation management consulting firm based in Gaithersburg, appointed Stephen W. Burnett as associate vice president in the firm's fleet management consulting practice.

Freightliner to Transfer Ownership of Fire and Emergency Vehicle Operation

LADSON, SC — Freightliner LLC intends to divest its American LaFrance (ALF) fire and emergency services manufacturing business unit. Based in Ladson, ALF was acquired by the Freightliner organization in 1995 as part of a corporate expansion.

With Higher Gas Prices, Cities Limit Take-Home Cars

INDIANAPOLIS — Many small-town governments are looking hard at their fleet expenditures to ease strained budgets due to pump pains. One way to cut costs is to limit city employees from taking home fleet vehicles, according to news reports.

Salt Lake County Fleet Goes to Seven-Year Cycle

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT — A new report outlining fleet overhaul says the majority of Salt Lake County's fleet will slow to a seven-year replacement cycle, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Sheriff's and sanitation vehicles will not go to the seven-year cycle. The change is expected to reap $2.7 million in savings the first year and $27 million over the next decade.

Alabama Counties Making Plans to Keep Authorities' Vehicles Fueled

MONTGOMERY, AL — Local counties have enacted emergency plans to deal with a shortage of gas and keep sheriff's deputies on the road, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Elmore County declared a state of emergency Thursday to comply with the state bid law and allow county vehicles to begin filling up at gas stations.

Christensen Joins Mercury Associates as Director of Corporate Fleet Management Consulting Services

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Mercury Associates, Inc., an automotive fleet management consulting services firm, has announced that Janis Christensen, CAFM, has joined the company as senior manager and director of Corporate Fleet Management Consulting Services. Christensen is responsible for directing the activities, consultants, and associates in Mercury's new Corporate Fleet Management Services Division and will continue as a consultant and managing editor to Automotive Digest.

Monmouth County, New Jersey Seeks to Cut County Fleet

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — The 25 cars Monmouth County officials have vowed to remove from the county's “take-home” fleet of 269 represent the first step in a broader effort to review and possibly reduce the inventory of county-owned vehicles.

Franklin County in Ohio Increases Clean-Burning Fuel Fleet

FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO — Franklin County Commissioners have approved legislation that will add a number of vehicles to its clean-fuel fleet, according to Grant funding will add four vans that use natural gas and 10 to 12 flexible-fuel vehicles that use a blend of ethanol and gasoline.

Kentucky Municipality Considers Scaling Back Number of Take-Home Vehicles

JEFFERSONVILLE, KY – The city of Jeffersonville provides 77 take-home vehicles to employees – including some in the parks, engineering and street departments.

Hybrid, Energy-Efficient Cars to Help Clean Up City Fleet

LONG BEACH, CA – Long Beach may be cleaning up its act when it comes to the 1,700 cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and other vehicles in the city's fleet.

Three Major Cities Seek Effective Fleet Fueling Solutions from MAXIMUS

RESTON, VA – MAXIMUS, a provider of consulting, health, and human services program management, and information technology services, has signed contracts for its integrated fleet and fuel management solution with three cities in North America.

New Web-Based Maintenance Management Modules Released

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA — collectiveData, Inc., a provider of maintenance management software, has released its new schedule of Web-based maintenance management software modules. The new modules will run on nearly any Web-enabled device, including both handheld and desktop PC's, Web-enabled cell phones, BlackBerrys, and other devices.

Freightliner Donates Fire Truck to Oregon Community

PORTLAND, OR — Freightliner LLC donated a new $240,000 fire truck to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy. The truck is a 2005 model pumper that features an American LaFrance body on a Freightliner M2 medium-duty chassis. It can carry five fire fighters, has a 1,000 gallon water tank, and can pump up to 1,000 gallons per minute.

Virginia's Albermarle County Adds Two Ford Escape Hybrids to Fleet

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA — Albemarle County officials unveiled the county's newest vehicles — two white Ford Escape hybrids. The sport/utility vehicles will be used for county business, mostly for those who need four-wheel-drive to visit construction sites or navigate dangerous weather.

Fleet Numbers Surprise Kentucky During Fleet Assessment

FRANKFORT, KY — The Kentucky Transportation Department encountered a few surprises when it assessed its government fleet, including finding vehicles the state didn't know it owned and vehicles the state didn't know it had sold.

Vermont State Workers Question New Fleet Policy

MONTPELIER, VT — Some state workers in Vermont are questioning the prudence of the state's year-old Fleet Management Services program.

San Diego Police Department Is Trying Out New Motorcycles

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police traffic officers have started training with new BMW motorcycles that will replace the department's aging Kawasaki fleet, as Kawasaki no longer makes the police model.

269 Monmouth County Employees Driving Take-Home Vehicles with Free Gas

MONMOUTH, NJ – In Monmouth County, 269 government employees, 22 who are paid six-figure salaries, are provided a county-owned car with gas, maintenance, and insurance coverage paid for entirely by taxpayer dollars, according to the Asbury Park Press.

DaimlerChrysler Names New Govt./Alt Fuel Sales Manager for Midwest Business Center

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Effective since Aug. 1, Tricia Llewellyn, is the government/alternative-fuel sales manager in the Midwest Business Center.

30,000 Fleet Vehicles Missing in California

SACRAMENTO, CA – Last year, California's fleet of vehicles reached 70,000, but a recent asset-management campaign have officials able to locate just 40,000, the Oakland Tribune reported.

Massachusetts Selects NAVTEQ Data for Multi-Agency Enterprise Deployment

CHICAGO – NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has been selected by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through an agreement with American Digital Cartography, Inc. (ADCi), to provide an enterprise-wide license that allows Commonwealth-wide use of NAVTEQ base maps and associated address range data.

Fuel-Cell Cars Being Tested in Las Vegas City Fleet

LAS VEGAS – With gas prices hitting record highs, the fleet manager for the city of Las Vegas says hydrogen cars may have a future in the city, according to the Web site,

Former Fleet Manager Charged with Embezzlement

GREENVILLE, MS – Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney Joyce Chiles has confirmed that her office is reviewing the case of a former city department head charged with embezzling city funds, according to the Delta Democrat Times.

Chevin to Speak at Police Fleet Expo

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ron Katz, vice president of North American sales for Chevin Fleet Solutions, will be speaking on “Improved Decision Making with Fleet Management Information Systems” at the upcoming Police Fleet Exposition which will be held at the Amway Grand Plaza resort in Grand Rapids Aug. 17-21.

Safety of Police Tires Questioned in Colorado City

LAKEWOOD, CO – Most Lakewood Police patrol cars roll on tires not certified for law enforcement use and cost the city more than the model the vehicle manufacturer recommends.

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