Government Fleet News

Manheim Europe Acquires Two Portuguese Auctions

LISBON, PORTUGAL – Manheim has further extended its European remarketing operations with the acquisition of two auction centers in Portugal.

Most Company Car Accidents in Israel Caused by Family Members

TEL AVIV – Most accidents involving cars leased by high-tech companies to their employees take place after work hours and while driven by employees' family members.

Paragon Automotive Buys QEK Logistics Firm

LONDON, UK – The vehicle logistics company Paragon Automotive has acquired VAM (UK) and its vehicle services subsidiary QEK from their U.S. parent QEK Global Solutions, for an undisclosed consideration.

At-Work Safety Accelerates Work for Kwik-Fit Fleet

LONDON, UK – The ever-increasing focus by companies on at-work driver safety is driving up tire safety checks and brake inspection work to unprecedented levels at Kwik-Fit Fleet, Britain's largest independent fast-fit business.

Toronto CityNews Cruisers Go Hybrid

TORONTO, CANADA – Toronto's CityNews fleet is switching over to hybrid cruisers. The switch means less pollution and the chance to use up to 20 percent less fossil fuels.

DaimlerChrysler Supervisory Board Approves Small-Car Agreement

AUBURN HILLS, MICH./STUTTGART, GERMANY – The DaimlerChrysler Supervisory Board has approved the framework of a limited partnership to develop small vehicles between the Chrysler Group and Chery Motor Company of China.

Nine Coca-Cola Bottlers Choose Descartes to Optimize Regional Supply Chains in China

WATERLOO, ONTARIO – Nine Coca-Cola bottling plants have chosen the suite of routing and scheduling products offered by logistics software and services specialist Descartes Systems Group to support their regional supply chains.

UK Road Haulage Association Warns About of Belgian Tacho Rules

LONDON, UK – The UK Road Haulage Association (RHA) said that truckers traveling inBelgium should beware of the way the country is enforcing EU rules for digital tachographs.

DataScan Field Services Announces Rebranding of its Canadian Operations

ALPHARETTA, GA – DataScan Field Services (DFS), a floorplan audit and vehicle inspection company has rebranded its Canadian operations.

New Legal Entity for European Fleet Alliance

MUNICH, GERMANY – The European Fleet Alliance (EFA) has developed the European Economic Interest Group (EEIG), based in Munich.

UK Companies Ignoring Mobile Phone Laws

LONDON, UK – Firms are failing to put in place guidelines on mobile phone laws leaving staff and bosses open to prosecution.

Peru Interior Minister Quits Over Police Car Purchase

LIMA, PERU – Peruvian Interior Minister Pilar Mazzetti has resigned after being questioned for the purchase of police cars.

LeasePlan Signs Three-Year Remarketing Agreement With BCA in the UK

LONDON, UK – LeasePlan has signed a three-year remarketing deal with BCA in the United Kingdom.

SUVs Are on the Way Out From Norway's Company Car Market

OLSO, NORWAYEsmerk Norwegian News reports that Norwegian leasing companies have experienced a sharp drop in demand for SUVs on the company car market.

Deadline for Government Fleet Magazine Nominations for 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award is March 6th.

TORRANCE, CA – Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. Deadline is March 6th!

GSA Uses Real-Time Data to Monitor Fleet Card Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – General Services Administration fleet card managers and auditors rely on data to spot fraud and abuse of government charge cards.

Twelve 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid Vehicles Added to University of Minnesota Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Minnesota has expanded its environmentally friendly fleet of hybrid vehicles to 28 by adding 12 2007 Toyota Priuses.

First Responders to Attend Hybrid Vehicle Training

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Nearly 1,800 first responders across Missouri will attend training in February and early March on the safest way to respond to crashes involving hybrid electric vehicles and vehicles with advanced airbag systems.

Boca Police Chief in the Market for Armored Vehicle

BOCA RATON, FL – When Dan Alexander took over as police chief in Boca Raton last July, he was told to check out the department's rolling stock to see if there was anything that should be added.

City Wants to Audit Efficiency

LARGO, FL – After months of discussion, Largo city leaders say they want to hire a consultant to study the efficiency of certain city programs.

Layton Police Fleet Gets New Camera System

LAYTON, UT – The Layton, Utah police department's entire fleet has been fitted with onboard digital camera systems.

Clean Water Services' Diesel Fleet Converts to B-5 Biodiesel

BEAVERTON VALLEY, WA – Clean Water Services converted all 74 of its diesel-powered vehicles and equipment to B-5 biodiesel in a pilot effort to reduce harmful emissions.

Vacalis Gets Permanent Suffolk City Manager Title

SUFFOLK, VA – The Suffolk, Va. City Council voted to make Jim Vacalis the permanent city manager on Feb. 21.

Ford Supplies Trucks for U.S. Border Patrol's ‘Operation Jump Start'

DEARBORN, MI – When U.S. Border Patrol agents go to work every day, they're often behind the wheel of a Ford F-Series Super Duty truck.

West Virginia Salt Truck Driver Begins Route With Prayer

CHARLESTON, WV – Robert Runion, a salt truck driver for the City of Charleston, W.V., has been driving salt trucks for 26 years.

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