Government Fleet News

Gas Prices Prompt Cities to Consider Smaller Police Cars

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The city of Jacksonville has almost spent its fuel budget for the year with a full five months left to go.

Heil Introduces New Recycle Vehicle Line Brochure

CHATTANOOGA, TN – To help customers choose the right recycle vehicle for their needs, Heil Environmental has created a new brochure covering its recycle vehicle line. The four-page, full-color brochure features the Rapid Rail Co-Collector automated split body recycling unit, Formula 4060 split-body rear loader, and Recycle 2000 semi-automated split-body recycling unit.

Illinois City to Bid on Hybrid Vehicles

CARBONDALE, IL – As a result of rising fuel costs and growing environmental concerns, the City of Carbondale is now considering hybrid vehicles when buying new city vehicles.

Police Fleet Managers Test Driving Skills at NAFA Show

ISELIN, NJ – Nearly 250 police fleet managers from across the United States and Canada tested their driving skills and competed in timed driving events during the recent annual conference and trade show for the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

State of Florida Signs Comdata as its Fleet Card Provider

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Comdata Corp., a provider of payment systems for the transportation and retail industries, has been retained by the State of Florida as its fleet card provider. Comdata will issue fuel cards for the 25,000 state-owned vehicles and will provide line-item detail and authorization prompting data on the usage under a five-year contract.

Police Fleet Managers Flock to NAFA LEG Roadeo

ISELIN, NJ - Nearly 250 police fleet managers from across the US and Canada attended the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) FMI-LEG Conference and Expo, featuring the first-ever NAFA LEG "Roadeo."

McCorkhill Wins Government Fleet's 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA – John McCorkhill, CFM, CAFM, CEM, City of Lynchburg, Va., was presented with Government Fleet's 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and co-sponsored Fleet Counselor Services, May 7 in Orlando, Fla.

FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workship and Information Fair to be Held in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workshop and Information Fair will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22. Registration fee is $600. The conference's host hotel is the Westin Bonaventure.

Durham Budget Proposes Tax Increase to Cover City Fleet Fuel Costs

DURHAM, NC - Durham City Manager Patrick Baker made public a recommended 2007 budget May 15 that includes a 3.75-cent property tax increase.

Beverly Hills Vehicle Fleet Awarded Blue Seal of Excellence

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – For the third consecutive year, the City of Beverly Hills' Public Works & Transportation Department's fleet has been awarded the Blue Seal of Excellence by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Commonwealth of Kentucky Adds Wireless Fleet Management Services

BURNABY, B.C. – The Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Corrections awarded WebTech Wireless Inc., a mobile telematics supplier, a contract for wireless fleet management services for prisoner transport vehicles.

Maryland Governor Mandates Half of State Fleet to Use Biodiesel

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. signed more than 80 bills into law May 16, one of which mandates that half of the state's vehicle fleet use biodiesel fuel.

City of Durango Ends Biodiesel Experiment

DURANGO, TEXAS – The City of Durango stopped using biodiesel in its fleet because engines were becoming contaminated with an unidentified sludge.

Postal Service Converts Mail-Delivery Van to Hybrid Technology

BOSTON — At a ceremony this week at the Boston General Mail facility, the Postal Service launched the first conversion of a mail-delivery van into a hybrid-electric vehicle.

Erie County Increases Use of Take-Home Cars

BUFFALO, NY – Some Erie County employees who lost their county take-home vehicle last year are once again driving county cars, according to a WQRZ-TV report.

California State Workers Using More Rental Cars

SACRAMENTO, CA – Many California state employees are refusing to use their personal vehicles for work-related trips and are renting cars instead to protest state mileage rates that they feel are too low, according to the Monterey Herald.

Sheriff Wins Battle Against County Over Vehicle Maintenance Procedures

FAYETTE COUNTY, GA – A Superior Court judge has ruled that Georgia's Fayette County Sheriff's Department will no longer have to go through the county government for conducting vehicle maintenance or purchasing items, according to TheCitizen.com.

Cochise County Fleet Staff Recognized for Excellence

BISBEE, AZ - The Cochise County Fleet Management Department has been awarded the Blue Seal of Excellence by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

New Hampshire State Police to Purchase 46 Dodge Chargers

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire state police have agreed to purchase 46 Dodge Chargers, replacing part of the 300-car fleet of Ford Crown Victorias, according to the Union Leader newspaper.

Chicago Expands Use of Telematics in City Fleet

CHICAGO – The City of Chicago has ordered 550 WebTech WT5000 locators and associated fleet services for use in the city's Street and Sanitation Department's refuse trucks and SUVs. This new order brings the number of WebTech-enabled city vehicles to more than 1,700.

N.J. Governor Planning to Cut 614 Vehicles From State Fleet

TRENTON, NJ – N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine is planning to sell more than 600 state vehicles in an effort to save $2.5 billion.

Alliance Launches Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Web Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance has launched www.clean-diesel.org to provide comprehensive information about the nationwide transition to ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as engine, vehicle, and component manufactures, all sectors of the petroleum industry, and fuel consumers, are providing comprehensive information and technical coordination.

Pennsylvania Working to Help Local Governments Cut Costs

HERSHEY, PA – Pennsylvania's Cooperative Sourcing to Achieve Reductions in Spend (COSTARS) program, created in 2004, is helping local governments save money. COSTARS helps reduce the cost of state government by giving municipalities the option to “piggyback” state contracts and buy products — such as motor oil, loaders, backhoes, and trucks — at a reduced price. COSTARS includes 260 state contracts for supplies, services, or equipment.

Clark County Fleet to Evaluate Using O2Diesel

LAS VEGAS – O2Diesel Corporation has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Automotive Division of Clark County, Las Vegas, to test the use of O2Diesel prior to switching their 300-vehicle fleet to the cleaner burning fuel.

City of Barstow Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Ultra-Clean Fuel Provider Hythane

BARSTOW, CA – The City of Barstow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hythane Company, LLC stating its intention to explore the use of Hythane (a fuel blend consisting of 20 percent hydrogen and 80 percent natural gas) as a vehicle fuel for the city's fleet.

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