Government Fleet News

New City of Albany Drug Policy Will Test All Employees

ALBANY, GA – A new city policy for Albany mandates drug testing for all workers, including the mayor and city commissioners.

City of Canton to Use Cameras on City Vehicles to Catch Parking Violators

CANTON, OHIO – The city of Canton may invest in new technology to address downtown parking issues.

Keene Retires as Fleet Manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District

LAS VEGAS – Doug Keene, fleet manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District since 1993 and a 37-year industry retired Dec. 31. A native of Beckley, W. Va., Keene retired from a nearly 23-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 after leading motor transport organizations with more than 5,000 vehicles and 300 Marines.

Ford F-150 Wins AF's 2006 Fleet Truck of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA — Known for its ruggedness, durability, gritty performance, and dependability, the 2006 Ford F-150 upheld its reputation among fleet industry professionals as it brought home Fleet Truck of the Year honors. Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, this year's annual Fleet Truck of the Year competition featured 25 domestic and imported 2006-MY light trucks.

Tennessee DOT Begins Biodiesel Pilot Fleet Program

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced that a biodiesel fuel pilot fleet program is in use at its maintenance facilities in Knoxville and Johnson City.

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

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is now 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.

Chevrolet Impala Wins AF's 2006 Fleet Car of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA — A hit among many commercial fleets, fleet managers selected the completely redesigned 2006 Chevrolet Impala as this year's Fleet Car of the Year. The annual award, sponsored by Automotive Fleet magazine, showcased 53 domestic and import nominees for 2006 — AF's largest-ever selection of cars.

Alt-Fuel Training Materials Available Online

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Energy Department has made available driver training materials for the operation of alternative-fuel vehicles.

San Francisco to Add Clean-Air Vehicles to City's Taxi Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Gavin Newsom joined environmental leaders to announce a major new package of financial incentives to boost the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid taxis serving San Francisco.

Wirkus Promoted to Program Assistant for Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen promoted Becky Wirkus to program assistant. Wirkus has been with NSU since 1999.

North Dakota buys new batch of flex-fuel vehicles for State Fleet

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's motor pool has added 180 Ford Taurus cars and four Chevrolet pickups that can burn E-85 fuel.

Salt Lake County Names New Fleet Manager

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – John Webster has been named fleet manager of the Salt Lake County vehicle operation.

TSA Endorses RFID for Airport Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has released a report based on the results of an RFID trial at Newark Liberty International Airport intended to track baggage-loaders, fueling trucks, and other maintenance vehicles as they travel around 20 to 30 percent of the airport's roadways and approach airplanes.

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

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is now 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.

LDV Delivers Command Post With Four Slide-Outs for Illinois Emergency Management Agency

BURLINGTON, WI – A 53-foot mobile command center, designed and manufactured by LDV Inc., was delivered to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Dec. 10. It will be deployed from Springfield, Ill., and will also serve as the governor's mobile office during an incident command situation.

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

TORRANCE, CA – Beginning Dec. 15, Government Fleet magazine will begin 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.

Saltzgiver Assumes Senior Associate Position for Mercury and Associates Inc. and NCSFA Executive Director

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Effective Jan. 1, Steve Saltzgiver will assume the senior associate position with Mercury and Associates Inc. He is currently director of fleet operations for the state of Utah.

All Terrain Tire Now Available for Government Fleets on Explorer XLS

DEARBORN, MI – Ford Motor Company now offers a new Fleet-Only Option for government accounts that offers the ability to order a 17” wheel with P245/65R All Terrain tire (64X) for the 2006 Explorer XLS 4x4.

Governments Wonder Whether Hybrid Cars Are Worth It

PHILADELPHIA – The city of Philadelphia recently purchased 20 hybrid Ford Escapes to add to the six Toyota Priuses already in its 6,000-vehicle fleet in an effort to improved air quality.

San Diego PD Gets $17.5 Million Will Buy New Cars & Improve Outdated Radio System

SAN DIEGO – San Diego's patrol fleet received a $17.5 million upgrade as the city bought 103 new police vehicles and ordered a $15.1-million upgrade to its 15-year-old radio system.

Boston Adds GPS Snow Removal Equipment

BOSTON – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently unveiled a new GPS technology that is helping city personnel track the deployment of snow equipment during the winter months. GPS-enabled cell phones are now in 200 pieces of contracted snow equipment, ranging from salt spreaders to snow plows.

DaimlerChrysler Stages Dodge Charger/Magnum Police Unit Ride and Drive Program

AUBURN HILLS, MI – Law enforcement officials throughout the country have been invited to participate in one of DaimlerChrysler's 2006 Dodge Charger and 2006 Magnum Police Unit ride and drive programs over the next month.

In Memoriam: William Daniel Anderson — 1945-2005

TUCSON, AZ — William (Dan) Daniel Anderson, retired director of fleet management for Pima County, Arizona, passed away at home in Tucson on Nov. 23, 2005, from cancer. He was 60. Anderson is survived by Iva, his wife of 36 years, and four children, Elaine, Daniel, William, and Elizabeth. Anderson was born on July 29, 1945, in Tucson.

4 Federal Agencies Admit to Violating EPACT and Will Buy More Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Four federal agencies have settled a lawsuit with the Center for Biological Diversity and Bluewater Network, and have agreed to buy thousands of vehicles that run on natural gas, electricity, ethanol, propane, and other alternative fuels, according to the Associated Press.

Snohomish County's Successful Bid for Grants Help Keep the County “Green”

EVERETT, WA — Snohomish County, Washington, has recently won several grant awards aimed at protecting and improving air quality and fish and wildlife habitat in Snohomish County.

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