Government Fleet News

Networkcar Announces Three-Year Agreement With Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar, which specializes in remotely monitoring vehicle location and diagnostics, has been awarded a three-year agreement to provide its Networkfleet wireless vehicle management system to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago (MWRD).

South Dakota Governor Signs Executive Order on Biodiesel

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed an executive order promoting the use of biodiesel fuels in South Dakota.

Compton Upgrades its Firefighting and Rescue Fleet

COMPTON, CA – Compton officials recently christened a $3-million firefighting and rescue fleet — the first significant update in the city's emergency response equipment in two decades.

Illinois State Fleet Burning More E-85 and Biodiesel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Many of Illinois state vehicles currently on the road are running on E-85 or biodiesel, and the number of those state vehicles continues to grow.

Networkcar Announces Three-Year Agreement with East Bay Municipal Utility District

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar, a Reynolds and Reynolds company specializing in remotely monitoring vehicle location and diagnostics, was awarded a three-year contract to provide Networkcar's Networkfleet wireless vehicle management system to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EB-MUD) located in Oakland, Calif.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Durham, N.C. to Replace Half of 1,353-Vehicle City Fleet

DURHAM, NC – The Durham, N.C., City Council has been told by an independent consultant that almost half of the city fleet of 1,353 cars and trucks is overdue for replacement and officials should buy $11.5 million worth of new vehicles in the coming fiscal year to reduce the backlog, according to The Herald-Sun newspaper.

Freightliner Sells American LaFrance to Patriarch Partners, LLC

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner LLC has reached an agreement to transfer ownership of its fire apparatus and emergency vehicles business unit, American LaFrance, to the New York-based investment firm, Patriarch Partners, LLC.

Use of Passaic County Fleet Vehicle Must Be justified

NORTH PASSAIC, NJ – In an effort to lower gas, insurance, and repair costs, all Passaic County employees who use county cars are now being required to justify their need for a vehicle, according to the Herald Tribune newspaper.

EPA Certifies More CNG Conversion Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Natural gas vehicle (NGV) options continue to grow for U.S. vehicle owners, even though the number of factory NGVs from domestic OEMs has declined.

Fire Dept. Ladder Truck Sold on eBay

WENHAM, MA – Wenham, Mass. officials decided to sell the Fire Department's ladder truck on eBay when traditional sales methods failed, according to the Boston Globe.

Gwinnett County, Ga. Fleet Review Complete

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – A three-month review of the Gwinnett County, Ga., fleet management operations found that its cars were outdated, there were too many managers, and the county was too slow to get vehicles into the shop for oil changes, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Corpus Christi City Council asks for Hybrid Vehicles

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi City Council voted unanimously for city manager Skip Noe to purchase hybrid vehicles, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Acme Auto Leasing Selects Driveitaway's Program for Government Fleet Remarketing

CHICAGO, IL – Acme Auto Leasing, LLC of North Haven, Conn., will offer Driveitaway Inc.'s reDrive remarketing platform to its client base of government fleets.

Trucking Companies Report Engine Problems After Switching To Blended Biodiesel

MILWAUKEE – Days after Valley Cartage, a Wisconsin trucking firm, switched to biodiesel fuel, its trucks started breaking down on the road.

Illinois State Police Vehicle Fleet Outdated

SPRINGFIELD, IL - From gas tanks falling out of Illinois State Police cars because of rusted frames to transmission failures, state troopers throughout Illinois are experiencing the risks of driving high-mileage patrol cars.

Hawaii Debates Whether to Provide Officers With County-Owned Police Cars

HILO, HAWAII – Big Island officials are once again considering moving their police officers out of their privately owned cars with the blue lights mounted on top and into county-owned, marked police cruisers.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Manage-ment Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Arizona Senator John McCain Scheduled to Keynote Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006

LAS VEGAS – Arizona Senator John McCain will kick off The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI) international alternative fuels and advanced vehicle congress. The four-day event, which runs from May 7-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center, will feature more than 100 speakers with expertise in the fuels, vehicles, and technologies that offer alternatives to imported petroleum.

City of Batavia Switches to Biodiesel for Public Works Vehicles

BATAVIA, IL – The city of Batavia has created its first environmental commission.

State of California Awards Rental Contract to Enterprise

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of General Services has awarded a contract to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, making the rental car company the state's primary provider of rental vehicles to state employees on official business.

City of Chicago Truck Driver Alleges He Lost Job for Refusing Campaign Work

CHICAGO – A former Chicago city truck driver has sued to get his job back. The truck driver claimed in court documents that he was fired for refusing to do campaign work and make political donations.

Snohomish County Fleet Fills Up with B-20 Biodiesel

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – Hundreds of Snohomish County fleet vehicles, including off-road and construction equipment, are now using a blend of fuel that is 20 percent biodiesel.

GM Joins State of California in E-85 Joint Demonstration Project

LOS ANGELES – General Motors will help lead a joint demonstration project — along with the state of California, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Pacific Ethanol — to learn more about consumer awareness and acceptance of E-85 as a motor vehicle fuel by demonstrating its use in GM's flexible-fuel vehicles.

Honda Awards its Environmental Leadership Award for 2005

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO – The State of Illinois' Central Management Services Division of Vehicles was recently awarded the Honda Environmental Leadership Award at the 2005 National Conference of State Fleet Administrators' (NCSFA) in Idaho.

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