Government Fleet News

Clean Cities Congress and Expo to be Held May 7-10 in Phoenix

LAS VEGAS – The Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006 will be held May 7-10 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix. The event will feature addresses by public figures and industry leaders, as well as panel discussions on the opportunities for alternative fuels.

Fleet Manager for Thurston County Certified as a CEM

OLYMPIA, WA – Richard Weston, CEM, fleet and technical services manager of the Thurston County in Olympia, recently achieved Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) status with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

Farmington Hills Testing DCX Fuel-Cell Vehicle in City Fleet

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Over the next year, the City of Farmington Hills will test a Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell car, the F-Cell, in its fleet.

Former Orange County Fleet Manager Claims Misuse of Public Funds by Fellow Workers

SANTA ANA, CA – An Orange County employee has filed a lawsuit that claims fellow workers inappropriately tapped a group of restricted federal funds and local public safety taxes to help take the sting out of the county's 1994 bankruptcy.

NYC to Install GPS Technology in Ambulances and Fire Trucks

NEW YORK – New York City ambulances and fire trucks, 1,565 in total, are being equipped with global positioning satellite technology that will allow emergency dispatchers to track their movements in real time.

More Than 600 Fleets Now Using Biodiesel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 600 fleets now use biodiesel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy as published on the Web site www.chronotype.com.

Schwarz Named APWA 2005 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO – The American Public Works Association (APWA) selected George L. Schwarz as the 2005 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year. Schwarz is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of APWA and 26-year member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

Utah State University to Sell its Fleet of 15-Passenger Vans

LOGAN, UTAH – After reviewing the fleet's crash history and considering the government's recurring safety warning, Utah State University officials decided to sell its entire fleet, according to the Web site www.ksl.com.

University of Iowa Demolishing Motor Pool Headquarters Following Storm Damage

IOWA CITY, IOWA – The University of Iowa is demolishing its motor pool headquarters at the corner of Madison and Prentiss in Iowa City following the recent storm. It was the only university building to sustain serious damage during the storm. Mike Wilson, motor pool manager, said the roof was torn off the building and interior damage was extensive.

Winner of 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager Award to be Announced in Orlando May 7

TORRANCE, CA – The winner of the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by ARI, will be announced in Orlando, Fla., May 7, from 6-6:45 p.m. in the Orange Blossom Ballroom at the Gaylord Palms Resort.

One-Third of Dallas Police Dept. CNG Fleet Out of Service

DALLAS – Dallas' police department has said that converting more than 100 police cruisers to natural gas was a million-dollar mistake.

Early Registration Begins for FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workshop and Information Fair in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – The early registration ($500) period for FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workshop and Information Fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22 has begun and will end May 1, after which the fee will increase to $600. The conference's host hotel is the Westin Bonaventure.

State of Connecticut to Add More Hybrids to State Fleet

HARTFORD, CT – The state of Connecticut is adding more fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet, according to the Associated Press. Vehicles such as the Toyota Prius, Honda Civic, Ford Escape, and GMC Sierra will be integrated into service. The vehicles are part of the 575 alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles the state has purchased.

Bell Equipment Company Becomes Heil Distributor Serving Michigan and Ohio

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Bell Equipment Company, a municipal and refuse equipment distributor in Michigan, has joined the Heil Environmental distribution network.

Decatur to Vote on Replacing 20 Aging Police Cars

DECATUR, AL – The Decatur, Ala., City Council is set to vote on a resolution to buy 20 Ford Interceptor police cars at its next council meeting. The vehicles cost $447,212 at a local Ford dealership.

New Fleet Manager Named at Bonneville Power Authority

VANCOUVER, WA – Vicki Smith has been named fleet manager for the Bonneville Power Administration in Vancouver, Wash.

Fuel Cells May Help Cut U.S. Military's Gas Usage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Automotive fuel-cell technology may soon help the U.S. military reduce their dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

John Deere Displays Natural Gas Engine at Clean Cities Conference

WATERLOO, IOWA – John Deere Power Systems will display its 8.1L natural gas engine May 7-10 in Phoenix at the Clean Cities Conference. John Deere will also offer information about the soon-to-be-released 9.0L natural gas engine at the conference.

North Dakota to Hold Auction for Surplus State Vehicles

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota state fleet, part of North Dakota's Department of Transportation, will hold an auction for surplus vehicles on Apr. 20.

Motor Pool Fire That Destroyed Six City Vehicles Deemed Accident

WINTER HAVEN, FL – The fire that burned six City of Winter Haven, Fla., motor pool vehicles was accidental.

New Heavy-Duty Hybrid Hits Refuse Market

LAS VEGAS – Autocar LLC and Parker Hannifin Corp. unveiled a working prototype of the E3 heavy-duty hybrid truck at Waste Expo in Las Vegas.

New Fleet Manager Named for University of California, Davis

DAVIS, CA – Robert Summersett has been named manager of Fleet Services for the University of California, Davis.

Lee County's Rawlings Becomes First Female President of AEMP

FT. MYERS, FL – Marilyn Rawlings, CEM, director of fleet management for Lee County has become the first female president for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP). Rawlings was inducted into office at the AEMP Management Conference & 24th Annual Meeting March 5.

2006 Clean Cities Congress & Expo Set for May 7-10

PHOENIX – The annual Clean Cities Congress and Expo will be held in Phoenix May 7-12, 2006. The annual event features more than 100 speakers and is expected to draw 1,500 participants for workshops, networking, and a trade show.

City of Denton Switches to B-20 Biodiesel for Municipal Diesel Fleet

DENTON, TEXAS – The city of Denton has adopted the use of biodiesel in its city vehicles.

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