Government Fleet News

City of Largo Cuts & Then Reinstates Fleet Manager Position

LARGO, FL – The city of Largo having decided to eliminate the post of citywide fleet manager, has reconsidered and is now interviewing candidates for the job included in this year's city budget.

Fire Destroys Gary, Ind., City Vehicle Building

GARY, IN – The city of Gary fleet maintenance building was destroyed by a fire that started Dec. 21. At sunrise Dec. 22, fire crews were still at the scene of the fire.

City of Passaic Car-Use Rules in Question

PASSAIC, NJ – The City of Passaic, N.J., business administrator Greg Hill drives back and forth more than 150 miles every day to his home in Henryville, Pa., in a city-owned car. But Hill sent out a memorandum in 2003 to several city employees that prohibited taking city vehicles out of Passaic without an exemption from Mayor Samuel Rivera.

Wichita Rejects Fleet Outsourcing Contract

WICHITA, KS -- Wichita may someday hire a private company to manage its troubled fleet maintenance operations, but the 60 or so workers in the department will remain city employees. That was the message Wichita City Council members sent Dec. 26 when they denied CH2M Hill OMI and Kelley Fleet Services a two-year contract that would have outsourced repair of most city vehicles and equipment

Denver Snowplows Have Trouble Keeping Up With Snow

DENVER, CO – Last week, The Colorado Department of Transportation dispatched nearly 900 snowplows and tankers statewide, including 79 in the metro area.

Kingsport May Soon Have an Assistant to City Manager

KINGSPORT, TN – Kingsport City Manager John Campbell has called for some restructuring of duties at City Hall, creating one new position and retooling an old position.

New York Adds First Plug-in Hybrid to State Fleet

ALBANY, NY – New York Governor George Pataki showcased a new plug-in hybrid car that is being added to New York State's vehicle fleet.

Decision on Outsourcing of Indiana University Motor Pool Put Off

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Indiana University (IU) administrators have postponed, until at least next month, a decision on whether to hire a private company to take care of about 600 school vehicles used on the Bloomington campus.

City of Red Bank, N.J. Aims to Trim Size of Vehicle Fleet

RED BANK, NJ – Mayor-elect Pasquale “Pat” Menna and his Republican challenger in the recent election, Councilman John Curley, would like to put the borough's fleet of vehicles on a diet.

Washington DC's Metro Expands Car Sharing Program With ZipCar

WASHINGTON-- After initial results showed increased ridership and decreased car ownership, Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing service, announced Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has extended its partnership with Zipcar and will bring Zipcars to additional Metro stations.

OCSD Awards Contract to CCG/FASTER

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems, Inc. announced that the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) in Fountain Valley, Calif. awarded its RFP contract to CCG/FASTER, developer of the FASTER fleet management system used by top fleets in the nation.

Yokohama to Adjust Prices on OTR Tires Jan. 1

FULLERTON, CA – Due to the continued rising costs of raw materials, Yokohama Tire Corp. will increase prices on its Off The Road (OTR) tires by 3 to 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2007.

Heil Releases 2007 Factory Training Schedule

CHATTANOOGA, TN — The Heil Institute of Technology announced its 2007 schedule of factory training courses. Most of the classes will be held at the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Education Center, a dedicated training facility adjacent to the Heil Environmental manufacturing plant in Fort Payne, Alabama.

North American Cities Take to Hybrid Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The recent popularity of hybrid cars has obscured an even more impressive surge in North American demand for diesel-electric city buses.

Indiana University Considers Outsourcing Maintenance of 600 School Vehicles on Bloomington Campus

BLOOMINGTON, IND. - City and county officials are urging Indiana University (IU) trustees to block the possible outsourcing of some school operations.

Avon Lake Passes Smoking Ban Affecting All City Vehicles and City Buildings

AVON LAKE, OHIO -- The Avon Lake City Council in Ohio on Dec. 19. passed an indoor smoking ban affecting all city property, including vehicles as well as buildings, to bring city law into compliance with the statewide indoor smoking ban passed by Ohio voters Nov. 7.

Wichita City Fleet Workers Worry about Plan to Privatize Fleet Maintenance Department

WICHITA, KS -- Just a few months after an international company appeared poised to take over the city of Wichita's fleet maintenance department, it has backed out and two new companies have stepped in.

UC Irvine Extension Offers Unique and Comprehensive Motor Fleet Safety Course

IRVINE, CA – To meet the demands of the changing fleet industry, UC Irvine Extension in California is offering a new course, titled “Motor Fleet Safety for the Safety and Health Professional,” that explores how to develop safety practices and procedures for motor fleet departments.

Pennsylvania Pursues Biofuels Leadership

HARRISBURG, PA – According to Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell, $3 million will be used to fund alternative-fuel incentive grants.

Bloomingdale Public Works Building Collapses & Damages Fleet Vehicles

BLOOMINGDALE, MI – The collapse of the Village of Bloomingdale public works building over the weekend of Dec. 9-10 damaged several village vehicles inside and severed some natural-gas lines.

Five Dodge Chargers Added to El Paso Police Fleet

EL PASO, TEXAS – The El Paso Police Department has added five new Dodge Chargers to its fleet as part of a pilot program to test the vehicles' effectiveness.

National Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo to Be Held Apr. 1-4, 2007

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) is holding the 13th National Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Conference + Expo on Apr. 1-4, 2007.

Shenandoah Police Department Adds Dodge Charger to Fleet

HOUSTON, TX – The Shenandoah, Tex., City Police Department recently made the addition of four rear-wheel-drive 2006 Dodge Chargers to its patrol fleet.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award.

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