Government Fleet News

Gasoline Theft From Fleet Vehicles on Rise

DECATUR, IL – Police in Decatur, Ill., report gasoline thefts are on the rise and sometimes involve hundreds of dollars worth of fuel, according to the Herald & Review. Thieves — who are targeting fleet vehicles, large vans, or trucks — cut the filler hose to the gas tank and siphon out the fuel, bypassing any locking gas line caps. Not only is the gasoline lost, but the vehicles are damaged as well.

City of Oakland Acquires New Clean-Air Vehicles

OAKLAND, CA – The city of Oakland has added two more clean-air vehicles to its fleet as part of a continuing effort to reduce pollution in the city, according to Bay City News Wire. A grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District allowed the city's Public Works Agency to replace two of its diesel-powered units with clean-burning compressed natural gas vehicles.

$1 Million Dollars in Clean Transportation Funding Available to Local Governments

DIAMOND BAR, CA – The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) is offering funding to local governments for projects that will help improve air quality.

Laurel, Mont., City Council Considers Employee Vehicle Use Policy

LAUREL, MT – The Laurel, Mont., City Council has unanimously voted 8-0 to postpone a resolution authorizing Mayor Ken Olson to execute a revised contract for Perry Asher, the administrative assistant to the mayor position. The major change in the contract would be language providing a city vehicle for Asher's personal use, according to the Laurel Outlook newspaper

Salt Lake City International Airport to Receive New CNG-Powered Parking Lot Buses

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City International Airport is preparing to receive the first of what will be a fleet of 19 new CNG-powered parking lot buses. They are being built by ElDorado National at their Riverside, Calif., plant.

Havre, Mont., Restricts Cell Phone Use With City Equipment & Vehicles

HAVRE, MT – Safety has been made a top priority for the City of Havre, Mont., for the last four months. The city's Safety Committee meets each month to work on the adoption of a revised version of Havre's safety policy, according to the Havre Daily News

Gwinnett County Fleet Maintenance Recognized by the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Gwinnet County Fleet maintenance has earned Blue Seal of Excellence as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive/truck repair and service professionals. Today, more than 400,000 professionals are ASE certified.

Rocky Mountain Annual Fleet Management Regional Conference and Equipment Show to Be Held Oct. 17-20

WESTMINSTER, CO – The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will hold its 2006 Fleet Management Conference & Trade Show on Oct. 17-20, 2006, in Westminster, Colo.

LDV Delivers New Cyber Crime Unit to Combat Internet Sex Crimes

NORWICH, CT – A customized cyber crime mobile command unit built by LDV, Inc. is heading for the City of Norwich Police Department. According to Chief of Police Louis Fusaro, the idea for a cyber crime unit came about when Congressman Rob Simmons acknowledged the good work the City of Norwich Police Department was doing with a limited Internet crime prevention budget.

Austin City Employee Charged With Stealing Gas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Ray Wilmot, an Austin city employee has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $4,000 worth of gas from the City of Austin.

Santa Barbara City Fleet Goes Biodiesel

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Santa Barbara's fleet of 150 city vehicles will run on diesel fuel blended with virgin soybean oil beginning July 1.

Kalamazoo Police Cars Going Retro

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is going back to the old black-and-white paint scheme for its cars.

Yucca Mountain Cuts 19 Vehicles From Motor Pool After Audit

LAS VEGAS – Yucca Mountain managers have cut 19 vehicles from the project motor fleet after auditors found up to $9.1 million wasted a year on cars, trucks, minibuses, and work vans.

Ulster County Government Tried to Get a Handle on its Auto Fleet

KINGSTON, NY – Ulster County Fleet Manager Victor Work has been trying to get a handle on the county's fleet since his appointment in early-2006. The county's fleet consists of about 500 vehicles, which had no central purchasing, maintenance, or management in place prior to Work's hiring.

City of Huntsville to Buy 10 New Fire Trucks for $3.5 Million

HUNTSVILLE, AL – On June 22, the Huntsville City Council authorized the purchase of 10 new pumper trucks for $3.5 million.

State of Illinois Administration Won't Release State Fleet Study

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Gov. Blagojevich administration of the state of Illinois is claiming that a study of the state's car fleet ordered more than three years ago has generated millions of dollars in savings.

Flexcar Fleet Grows With City of Bellevue Partnership

SEATTLE – Flexcar is expanding its fleet of cars in Bellevue through a partnership with the City of Bellevue, King County Metro, Equity Office, and Unico Properties.

Decatur Seeks Plan to Replace Vehicles Without Bond Issue

DECATUR, AL – Decatur Police Chief Joel Gilliam met with city council members last week, describing an immediate need to develop a fleet replacement program. He said 58 of the fleet's 126 police cars are nearly a decade old.

Police Fleet Expo Set for Aug. 23-27 in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Police Fleet Expo “Navigate Your Future” — designed and operated by the police fleet community to address the specific issues and needs of the police fleet industry — will be held Aug. 23-27, 2006, in Louisville.

WestStart-CALSTART Brings Additional Fleet Expertise to Board of Directors

PASADENA, CA – WestStart-CALSTART, a transportation technology organization, has added George Survant to its board of directors. In his role as director of fleet services for Florida Power and Light (FP&L), managing the company's 3,600-vehicle fleet, Survant brings significant real-world expertise in vehicle and fleet operations, certification, testing, and maintenance.

Merced County Changes Vehicle Policy

MERCED, CA – Merced County is tightening up its policies for top employees after the State Office of Emergency Services concluded that District Attorney Gordon Spencer violated terms of a state grant.

City of Montgomery Decides Not to Outsource Car Washes

MONTGOMERY, AL – Terry Gaddis, director of the fleet management department, wants the City of Montgomery to purchase a $126,000 car wash to replace a 1997 touchless automatic unit that washes 5,000 cars and trucks monthly.

New Jersey to Auction Off 809 State Cars

TRENTON, NJ – Calling it a way to get a small, quick bit of cash and save $1 million a year, Gov. Jon Corzine announced June 21 that the state is ready to begin auctioning off 809 state cars.

Federal Fleet Initiative Moves to FEMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Fleet (FF) initiative is moving from the U.S. Department of Energy's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

Pentagon Plans Major Alternative Fuel Buys

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Defense (DOD) is asking companies to submit proposals for supplying 200 million gallons of alternative or synthetic fuel in anticipation of major field tests of vehicles and vessels by the Air Force and Navy in 2008 and 2009.

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