Government Fleet News

2008 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Standard with E-85 Capability

DEARBORN, MI – New for the 2008-model year, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor comes standard with E-85 capability.

Iowa Governor Orders 60 Percent of State Fleet Fuel Purchases to Be E-85

DES MOINES, IA – On June 21, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed an executive order requiring more of the state's flex-fuel vehicles be powered by E-85.

U.S. Postal Service Wins White House Environmental Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Postal Service has won two environmental awards — one for a revenue-generating recycling program and another for an E-85 alternative-fuel project.

Former Public Works Employee to Stand Trial

CALAVERAS, CA – Former Public Works Lead Mechanic Lee Rhodes will now stand trial before a jury on charges of alleged embezzlement of county property.

New Brunswick Bans Idling in Government Vehicle Fleet

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK –The New Brunswick government has told its employees that if the Canadian province's 800 vehicles are not in motion, the motors shouldn't be running.

Garbage Truck Explosion

BEAUMONT, TX – An explosion occurred aboard an Allied Waste Services garbage truck June 12 as the driver waited at a four-way stop in Beaumont, Texas.

Are You a Top 100 Alt-Fuel Vehicle Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA -- Automotive Fleet is currently updating our listing of the Top 100 Alternative-Fuel Vehicle Fleets in the U.S. Surveys are currently being mailed out.

Clean Diesel Grants Now Available

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has $1.7 million available to governments and non-profit organizations for clean diesel projects.

GSA Selects Purchasing Card Providers for Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected four purchasing card providers for its new GSA SmartPay 2 service contracts: Citibank of Sioux Falls, S.D.; GE Capital Financial Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah; JPMorgan Chase of New York, N.Y.; and U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis, Minn.

Chicago NAFA Chapter to Hold Education Seminar

CHICAGO – The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Chicago chapter will stage an educational seminar July 18 at the Wojcik Conference Center at Harper College in Palatine, Ill.

City of Mesa Fleet Earns Blue Seal of Excellence Certification

MESA, AZ – The Fleet Services Department's East Mesa Service Center has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Honda to Drop Hybrid Model for 2008 Accord

TORRANCE, CA – When the new 2008 Honda Accord line debuts later this year, the top model will no longer be a hybrid.

Biodiesel Mandated in Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, OR – As of July 1, all diesel sold in Portland, Ore., must contain at least five percent biodiesel, a mandate approved by the City Council a year ago.

LAX to Purchase Additional Five Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

LOS ANGELES– On June 4, the Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners approved the purchase of five alternative-fuel vehicles as part of Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA's) ongoing Alternative-Fuel Vehicles Program.

Increased Fleet Use of Propane Can Reduce U.S. Gasoline Consumption by Nearly 1 Billion Gallons, New Study Said

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent study by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) found if a select 10 percent of the commercial fleet vehicle population switched to propane, the country could displace nearly 1 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2017.

Hilton Head Plans to Update Fire Truck Fleet

HILTON HEAD, SC – The fleet of aging water-pumping trucks Hilton Head Island in South Carolina uses to fight fires could be on its way out next year, replaced with brand new vehicles that might include cutting-edge foam-spraying technology.

Chicago Spends Millions on Cop Car Accidents

CHICAGO, IL – In 2006, Chicago spent $7 million to settle lawsuits for police car accidents. According to records from the Department of Law, settlements for two police pursuit accidents in 2001 and 2003 accounted for $6 million of that money.

Report Shows Worn Tires May Have Played Role in Police Officer's Fatal Crash

IRVING, TX – A police squad car had been inspected and allegedly fitted with used tires a few weeks before the vehicle slid out of control in severe weather, killing an Irving, Tex., police officer.

Caltrans May Switch to Biodiesel for Some Trucks

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) may switch many of its diesel-powered trucks to biodiesel fuel following a $100,000 six-month pilot project that is wrapping up.

Utah DOT Growing Biodiesel Feedstocks Along State Highway

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) has teamed with Utah State University (USU) and Ph.D. student Dallas Hanks on a project to grow biodiesel feedstocks along state highways.

Pima County Vans Being Inspected After Series of Flats

TUCSON, AZ – Forty-two county vans operated by Pima County in Arizona are being inspected after a series of flats in May raised concerns there might be issues with their tires.

NCSFA Soliciting Nominees for Annual Awards

WEST JORDAN, UT – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) is soliciting qualified nominees for its two annual awards: the “Honda Environmental Leadership Award” and “NCSFA Distinguished Member Award.”

APWA Awards 22 Professionals with First Fleet Professional Certification

KANSAS CITY, MO – The American Public Works Association (APWA) recently designated 22 candidates as Certified Public Fleet Professionals (CPFP).

New Traffic-Manager Low Profile Led Warning/Arrow Light Bars Available

ABSECON, NJ – Superior Signals, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of vehicle safety lighting and traffic control products, now offers SRWW and SRTA Series low-profile light bars featuring three or four light heads with multiple flash patterns to provide the ultimate protection in workplace safety.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Announces New Fleet of Caltrans Vehicles Powered by Biodiesel Fuel

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is conducting a $100,000 six-month pilot project to determine the feasibility of using B-20 biodiesel fuel, derived mainly from recycled cooking oil in Southern California.

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