Government Fleet News

No Bids for Washington State County Hybrid Vehicle

PORT ANGELES, WA – Clallam County, Wash.'s plan to buy a hybrid vehicle met with silence from local dealers.

Moline Uses Web to Get Top Dollar for City Surplus

MOLINE, IL – Moline City Fleet Manager J.D. Schulte used an Internet auction to sell off back seat cages used in city police cars.

Kansas Saves $5M-Plus Annually From Changes in Fleet Management

TOPEKA, KS – The State of Kansas is saving $5-$6 million a year with improved management of its vehicle fleet, and it captured $28 million in one-time savings from various policy changes.

NYPD to Buy 15 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles

NEW YORK - The New York Police Department plans to buy 15 police versions of the Dodge Charger for a pilot program that will begin this summer.

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.

Indianapolis Airport to Use New Buses to Aid Passenger Convenience

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis International Airport has acquired Easy On shuttles from Glaval Bus, which feature the low-floor chassis design for mid-sized buses from Workhorse Custom Chassis.

Vac-Con Celebrate Delivery of 1,000th Sterling Truck

REDFORD, MI – Vac-Con, Inc. recently accepted delivery of its 1,000th Sterling truck from Atlantic Truck Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Vac-Con, a manufacturer of truck-mounted sewer cleaning machines, has been purchasing Sterling trucks from the dealership for eight years.

Greater Cleveland RTA Testing GM Hybrid Technology

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is testing a transit vehicle — powered by General Motors' hybrid propulsion technology — that will be used for the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative called Silver Line.

No Tattoos Allowed for San Bernardino County Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – California's San Bernardino County is banning nose rings and visible tattoos for public employees.

Ohio City Wins Unimog and Use of Implements for One Year

PORTLAND, OR – The City of Brecksville, Ohio, a suburb outside of Cleveland won the “2005 Win a Year's Lease on a Unimog” promotion in a drawing that took place in January. More than 1,000 entries had been submitted. Robert Pech, director of public service for the City of Brecksville, was the contest winner.

The State of Illinois to Fuel Next Generation of State-Owned Vehicles With E-85 and Biodiesel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Three years ago, Gov. Blagojevich challenged the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to better manage the state's vehicle fleet. Since then, the state fleet has eliminated 1,600 vehicles from the state auto fleet, generated $1.1 million dollars from selling the unneeded vehicles, and reduced overall fuel and maintenance costs by more than $5.3 million in the past two fiscal years.

Bergen County Fleet Comes Under Scrutiny

BERGEN, NJ – The head of Bergen County's Weights & Measures Department and the county's purchasing director have take-home privileges of two vehicles each.

Hoffman Estates Fleet Services Awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Hoffman Estates Public Works Fleet Services staff recently received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE).

Fleet Manager Named Trendsetter of the Year by Public Works Magazine

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL – Gary Emerson, fleet manager for St. Johns County has been named “Trendsetter of the Year” for 2005 by Public Works magazine. Public Works is a national publication for all government public works departments, which include fleet maintenance.

Birmingham Airport Using Biodiesel to Fuel Vehicles

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Airport Authority will begin using biodiesel fuel in all diesel-burning engines in its fleet of vehicles and equipment.

New Executive Director Named for Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association

DENVER – Effective Mar. 1, Karen Bloodworth will assume the position of executive director of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA). She currently is the technical services program manager for the American Public Works Association.

Nearly Half of New Purchases for North Dakota State Fleet E-85 Ready

BISMARCK, ND – With the recent acquisition of 180 new 2006 sedans and four pickups, North Dakota's state fleet now has a total of 282 E-85 vehicles out of a total passenger fleet of 825 vehicles.

Riverside Opens 1st Municipal H2 Fueling Station

RIVERSIDE, CA – Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, city council members, and Air Quality Management District (AQMD) officials dedicated the first municipal hydrogen fueling station in the Inland Empire at the city's Corporation Yard.

Miami-Dade Garbage Fleet Goes Three Years Without an Oil Change

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Approximately 200 garbage trucks in the county fleet for Miami-Dade General Services Administration have gone more than three years without an oil change. The vehicles use the puraDYN bypass oil filtration system.

Utah State University Will Buy Small Vans and Buses for its Fleet

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State University (USU) will replace all of its 12- and 15-passenger vans with small buses and minivans. The decision comes after losing eight students and their in-structor in a van rollover.

Los Angeles Police Dept. to Use RFID in Vehicle Chases

LOS ANGELES – By using a compressed air cannon, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) can blast a RFID tag onto a suspect's car and track it with radio-transmitted GPS from a distance.

State Bill Would Affect Buying of New State Fleet Vehicles in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois state government would be required to buy flexible-fuel vehicles that use ethanol and other alternative fuels under a bill approved by the Illinois House Feb. 1.

Arsenault Reports Major Gains in Maintenance Management Technology Market in 2005

ATCO, N.J. – Arsenault Associates Inc., a provider of fleet maintenance management solutions, has announced record growth in 2005 and plans for 2006. Charles Arsenault, company founder and president, said Arsenault Associates acquired 80 new fleet clients in 2005. Revenues grew by 18 percent over the previous year.

GE Commercial Finance Fleet Services to Use Black Book Commercial Index for Resale Benchmarking

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – GE Commercial Finance Fleet Services has selected Black Book National Auto Research, a provider of wholesale pricing guidebooks, as its resale benchmark. GE will be the first fleet leasing company to benchmark used-vehicle sales performance against the Black Book Commercial Index.

Bill Requiring Colorado to Fuel State Trucks With Biodiesel Clears Senate Committee

DENVER – A bill that would require the State of Colorado to fill its trucks' gas tanks with biodiesel passed 5-1 in the State Senate Transportation Committee.

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