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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, www.KLAS-TV.com.

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.

San Francisco Stops Using Cushmans in City Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco is suspending its use of three-wheeled Cushman scooters in response to an accident that left a parking enforcement officer seriously injured, according to the TV station, KRON-4.

Want to Sound Off on Fleet?

TORRANCE, CA — Bobit Business Media introduces the Fleet Forums. The forums are a place to ask for help, share information, sound off, or take a stand on any fleet or automotive issue that's important to you. You can post questions, suggestions, or inquiries about our magazines, too.

Portland to Trade Auto Fleet for Rental Cars

SALEM, OR – The city of Portland aims to save money and the environment by giving up its motor pool of 16 sedans for a vehicle-sharing plan with Flexcar, according to the Web site www.oregonlive.com.

Jackson City Workers Caught Stealing Gas

JACKSON, MS – Jackson police are investigating city workers for the theft of gas, according to WLBT TV. They're not driving off from the pumps, but using taxpayer money to fill gas tanks in their personal vehicles.

New Study Says Salt Lake County Received Top Deals on Cars with One-Year Rotation

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Scrapping some of Salt Lake County's Rapid Rotation Program in the fleet division may not save taxpayers money after all, according to a report by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Heil Ready Truck Program Launches New Web Site

CHATTANOOGA, TN – The Heil Environmental Ready Truck program has launched a new Web site, www.heilreadytrucks.com, to serve as a resource for haulers looking for new or used refuse collection vehicles.

Polk County Joins Study on Merging with Rutherford County Transportation

POLK COUNTY, N.C. – Polk County has agreed to enter a Regional Transportation Development Plan designed to determine whether it will be beneficial for Polk and Rutherford County's transportation authorities to combine, according to the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

Miss. Senator Seeks Stricter Rules for State Fleet Vehicles

JACKSON, MS – State Sen. Billy Thames (D-Miss.), chairman of the Fees and Salaries Committee in the Mississippi State Senate is seeking stricter rules for the state-owned fleet due to concerns about the number of vehicles in the fleet, employee reimbursement for personal vehicle use, and a growing number of high-priced autos, such as SUVs, the Associated Press recently reported.

Kentucky Mulls Overhaul of State Fleet

FRANKFORT, KY – Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert thinks consolidating the fleet of state-owned cars could save millions of dollars, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.

City of Utica Opens New Fleet Maintenance Facility

UTICA, NY – The City of Utica Police Department opened its new fleet maintenance facility last month, taking approximately seven months to construct.

CCAR-GreenLink and Carfax Team Up to Assist Returning Troops

OVERLAND PARK, KS – CCAR-GreenLink, the National Environmental Compliance Assistance Center for Auto Repair, has partnered with Carfax to assist members of the U.S. Armed Forces returning from overseas duty with their vehicles.

Thousands of Dollars Stolen from University Police Car

BOONE, NC – A bag containing bank deposits belonging to Appalachian State University was stolen from the trunk of a University Police car July 12.

Minneapolis City Vehicles Caught on Camera Running Red Lights

MINNEAPOLIS – The new ‘Stop on Red' cameras in Minneapolis are not only catching citizens running red lights, they are also catching city vehicles — including police officers — running red lights.

Union Blasts Treatment of City Trash Truck Driver After Crash

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – A union official is criticizing city of Binghamton officials for their treatment of a garbage truck driver after a crash in which he and two co-workers were hurt.

Fire Department Equipment Shortage Forces City to Use Pickup Truck

WATERBURY, CT – An equipment shortage forced the fire department to temporarily replace Engine 11 with a pickup truck for much of the last week, according to the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper.

EPA to Update New Motorcycle Emission to Update New Motorcycle Emission Testing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EPA is planning to propose modernized emissions testing for new motorcycles to better reflect real-world conditions.

California's Natural Gas Bus Fleet Grows

SACRAMENTO, CA – California's compressed natural gas bus fleet is expanding following the delivery of 103 buses to San Diego transit providers and 30 to Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).

San Diego to Build New $10.7 Million Police Garage

SAN DIEGO – To make room for a new main library on the site, police moved their garage four miles away, near the police pistol range.

Cities of Tampa, Miami, and Decatur Report Garbage Truck Fires

DECATUR, AL – Another report of a garbage truck surfaced on July 7, adding Tampa, Fla., to a list with Decatur and Miami, Fla., that had trucks made by one company go up in flames, according to the Decatur Daily newspaper.

Salt Lake County Looking to Change Fleet Replacement Cycle

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Salt Lake County's fleet had been reselling cars an average of 18 months after purchase. Salt Lake County officials, however, are looking to get more use out of their fleet before replacing the unit, according to the Associated Press.

GM Donates E-85 SUV to State of Iowa

PLEASANT HILL — Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack accepted the donation of an E-85-enabled SUV on July 6, saying the vehicle will be used in the state's efforts to promote ethanol, according to the Globe Gazette newspaper.



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