Government Fleet News

Certified CNG Cylinder Inspectors Needed in U.S. and Worldwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In order to ensure a positive safety record of storing compressed natural gas (CNG) onboard motor vehicles in the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all CNG cylinders be inspected once every three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first) and sometimes more often under special circumstances.

Enterprise Rent-A-Truck Selected as Provider Under U.S. Government Truck Rental Agreement

ST. LOUIS – Enterprise Rent-A-Truck, which specializes in providing commercial truck rental services to businesses nationwide, has been chosen to provide trucks for federal employees on official government business under the official United States Government Truck Rental Agreement.

Fire Truck too Heavy for Some Oklahoma Bridges

ENID, OK – An ongoing review of city bridges has found only six that are capable of supporting its heaviest firefighting truck.

BNSF Gives $100,000 to City of Belen to Buy Fire Truck

BELEN, N.M. – The City of Belen in New Mexico was presented a $100,000 check from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Foundation.

300 Fleet Manager Across North Carolina Meet to Cut Fleet-Vehicle Emissions

GREENSBORO, N.C. – More than 300 fleet managers from governments across North Carolina gathered in Greensboro Apr. 18 to learn about alternative fuels and new fuel-saving technologies to cut emissions from vehicles.

New York Bill Aimed at Protecting Law Officers During Highway Stops

ALBANY, NY – New York State senators have approved a bill that seeks to better protect law enforcement and emergency workers while their vehicles are stopped along the highway. The legislation is now under consideration in the Assembly.

Mineral County Sheriff Wants to Use ‘Found' Money to Replace Vehicle

KEYSER, MD – A checking account that has gone unnoticed by the Mineral County Sheriff's Tax Office for the past several years has accumulated $35,419.76.

Monroe County Seeking to Turn Beer Waste into Ethanol to Power County Fleet

ROCHESTER, NY – Monroe County, N.Y., officials are developing a plan with High Falls Brewery Co. to turn beer waste into ethanol and produce enough of it to power much of the county's fleet of vehicles.

Dallas Police Objecting to Tickets From Red-Light Cameras

DALLAS, TX – Any Dallas police officer in a marked squad car who is captured on the city's cameras running a red light will have to pay the $75 fine if the incident doesn't comply with state law.

Drunken Detroit Airport De-Icer Crashes Truck

ROMULUS, MI – A man working as an airplane de-icer at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was caught Apr. 11 with an open beer and legally drunk after tipping over his vehicle.

Alternative Fuels & Vehicles 2007 Industry Awards Announced

ANAHEIM, CA – The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVi) recognized outstanding leadership in the alternative fuels and vehicles industry at the 13th Alternative Fuels & Vehicles National Conference & Expo 2007.

Municipalities Place Pre-Sales Orders for Phoenix Motorcars' EV Truck

ONTARIO, CAM – Phoenix Motorcars has received (via The Energy Blog) 75 fleet orders from several municipalities and a utility company for its zero-emission, all-electric, freeway-ready sports utility truck. The company, which is on target to manufacture and sell 500 fleet-ready vehicles by year's end, will produce 16 pilot-build vehicles next in May.

Madison Co. Sheriff to Replace Half of Patrol Fleet

CANTON, MS — The Madison County Sheriff's Department will soon be replacing half of its patrol fleet.

State & Local Governments Test Plug-in Cars

NEW YORK CITY, NY – State and local governments are testing hybrid electric-gas vehicles that recharge from a wall socket for their car and bus fleets, CNET reports.

Three Virginia Fleets Switch to Biodiesel

RICHMOND, VA – The Town of Blacksburg, City of Roanoke, and Virginia Tech are converting their diesel fuel-powered public works and facilities vehicles and power equipment to biodiesel fuel — a cleaner-burning, renewable diesel fuel replacement made primarily from soybean oil.

Three Finalists Named for 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet's 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists are...

Become an NCSFA Corporate Partner

WEST JORDAN, UT – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA), which focuses on fleet management at the State level, sends its corporate members a fleet member mailing list.

Save the Date! 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Awards Ceremony May 6

HOUSTON, TX – Mark your calendars — the 3rd annual Government Fleet magazine 2007 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Awards Ceremony, will be held on May 6, 2007.

In Memoriam: John M. “Mack” Gillis

In Memoriam:
John M. “Mack” Gillis
1933–2007

Tampa Mayor Switches From Lincoln Town Car to Toyota Camry Hybrid

TAMPA, FL – Tampa's mayor is giving up her Lincoln Town Car for a hybrid vehicle.

PERC Presents Exceptional Energy Fleet Awards

ANAHEIM, CA – During the Clean Cities Congress & Expo 2007 in Anaheim, Calif., the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) named the 2007 winners of the Propane Exceptional Energy Fleet Awards.

City of Dallas to Use NOx-Cutting Biodiesel Technology From ORYXE Energy

DALLAS, TX – Building on efforts to expand the use of clean and renewable energy, the City of Dallas has started running much of its fleet on biodiesel, an alternative fuel made mostly from vegetable oil.

Clean Fuels 2007 to Be Held June 25-26 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Clean Fuels 2007 will be held Jun. 26-26 in San Antonio, Texas, at the Hilton Palaxio del Rio hotel.

PennDOT Benchmarks GPS

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is in the middle of preparing specifications for using GPS technology that includes automated precision grading with bulldozers and motor graders.

City of Tampa Adds 10 Ford Escape Hybrids to Fleet

TAMPA, FL – Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio has put forth a pilot hybrid vehicle replacement program directing the municipality to begin with the purchase of 10 Ford Escape Hybrids.

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