Government Fleet News

DaimlerChrysler Donates Dodge Ram 3500 and GEM Electric Vehicle to Its Hometown Heroes - Detroit's Firefighters

AUBURN HILLS-- The season of giving isn't over in Detroit. Last night, DaimlerChrysler donated a Dodge Ram 3500 and a GEM electric vehicle to the Detroit Fire Department as well as $25,000 to the Detroit Fireman's Benevolent Fund.

Harper College Upgrades its Fuel Management Capabilities With Complete System From OPW Fuel Management Systems

HODGKINS, IL – Harper College recently upgraded its existing Petro Vend commercial fuel management system to a new Petro Vend K800/System2 Hybrid Fuel Control System.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Experiments With Plug-In Hybrid

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR), as part of the governor's “Smart Fleet” initiative, has led the way for vehicle technology for the state.

SmartDrive Wins Contract With California CALTRANS

SAN DIEGO, CA – SmartDrive Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract with the State of California and the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS).

Northampton Department of Public Works Switches to Biodiesel

NORTHAMPTON, MA – Northampton's public works vehicles are now running on B-20 biodiesel fuel.

Saturn Hybrid Debuts as NYC Taxi

NEW YORK CITY – A Saturn VUE Green Line recently was put into service as a taxi in New York City. This is the first GM vehicle to be approved by the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission since 1996 when GM discontinued the rear-wheel-drive Caprice.

Arlington County Plans to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Arlington County plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent over the next five years.

Monmouth County New Jersey Selects Collective Data as Fleet Management Software Provider

NORTH LIBERTY, IA – Monmouth County, N.J., has selected Collective Data, Inc. as its fleet information management systems (FIMS) provider.

City of Salem Switches to Biodiesel

SALEM, VA -- The City of Salem announced that it has switched all of its heavy trucks, buses, and heavy equipment to B-2 biodiesel.

GPS Systems Added to Cruisers in Leominster, Mass., PD

LEOMINSTER, MA – Police supervisors and dispatchers will be allowed to track the whereabouts of cruisers as part of the new three-year contract agreement between the patrolmen's union and the mayor.

Bobit Business Media to Launch Fleet Remarketing News Section

TORRANCE, CA – On Jan. 1, 2007, Bobit Business Media will launch a new fleet remarketing section for the Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet, and Government Fleet Web sites.

City of Red Bank to Trim the Fleet Size

RED BANK, NJ – Red Bank, N.J., officials are preparing to review an updated list of all vehicles owned by the borough, pledging to trim the fleet.

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.


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