Government Fleet News

Dodge Charger Receives Top Safety Rating From NHTSA

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2006 Dodge Charger the government's highest rating for frontal-impact crash protection.

City of Decatur Receives New Police Cars in Classic Black and White

DECATUR, IL – The city of Decatur, Ill., received the first of the new black and white Chevrolet Impala police cruisers that will replace the present white cars, according to the Herald-Review. The current fleet will be phased out over the next several years.

Dutchess County Legislature Advises on Buying Alt-Fuel Vehicles

MIDDLETOWN, NY – The Dutchess County Legislature is on record requesting that when county agencies buy new vehicles, they consider purchasing alternative-fuel vehicles, according to the Website...

Sheriff's Office in Geauga County Creates Fleet Manager Position

CHARDON, OH – Geauga County Sheriff's Office in Chardon, Ohio, promoted Gerald R. Farrow to the newly created position of fleet manager.

150,000 Crown Victorias Used by Police and Taxi Fleets Recalled by Ford

TUCSON, AZ – Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles used by police departments and taxi companies due to reports of problems with insulation on the dashboard becoming overheated, according to the Tucson Citizen.

Salt Lake County to Overhaul Fleet

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Salt Lake County has announced another overhaul of its fleet operations by selling many of its cars, parking dozens of take-home vehicles, adding hybrids, and switching some SUVs to sedans, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

N.C. County Looks to Consolidate Vehicle Maintenance

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NC – Some business owners in Rockingham County, N.C., say efforts to balance the county's budget will hurt their bottom lines, according to WFMY News in Greensboro, N.C.

N.M. County to Change Personnel Policy on Vehicle Use

SOCORRO, NM – The County Commission of Socorro County, N.M., revised the personnel policy covering vehicle use, according to the El Defensor Chieftain.

Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works to Rid Fleet of 104 Vehicles

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Department of Public Works is proposing to sell 104 underused vehicles from its fleet, with the first ones going on sale as early as May 21, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Indiana Governor Signs Legislation for the Use of Renewable Fuels

EVANSVILLE, IN – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the Clean Indiana Energy bill in hopes of reviving Indiana's coal industry, according to the website...

State of Wisconsin Enforces Driving Policies for Workers

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Department of Administration said it is taking steps to make sure that state employees with poor driving records aren't operating state cars, according to the Associated Press.

City of Cleveland Spends Thousands of Dollars to Keep City Cars Clean

CLEVELAND – The city of Cleveland has been spending thousands of dollars at car washes all over the city to keep its fleet vehicles clean, according to NewsChannel5. As reported, tax dollars are being spent to clean the cars.

City of Midland, Texas May Use Vehicle Tracking Devices

MIDLAND, TX – After a successful pilot program, Midland, Texas, city officials are considering purchasing vehicle monitoring devices that track the locations of city vehicles, according to the Website,

City of Miramar, Fla. Gets OK to Spend $45,000 on New Tires

MIRAMAR, FL – City commissioners for the city of Miramar, Fla., have approved spending the balance of the $80,000 for new tires on police cars and other city vehicles, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Indiana Governor Signs Legislation for the Use of Renewable Fuels

EVANSVILLE, IN – Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the Clean Indiana Energy bill in hopes of reviving Indiana's coal industry, according to the website...

Polk County to Receive Five Hybrids

POLK COUNTY, FL – Polk County is joining other municipalities in the fight against pollution by receiving five hybrid Ford Escapes, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Report Uncovers 'Questionable' Policies in Wisconsin Fleet

MADISON, WI – A Legislative Audit Bureau report on the state's management of its fleet of cars identified several policies that lawmakers called "questionable," according to WKOW TV.

Salt Lake County Places County Fleet Manager on Paid Leave

MIDVALE, UT - Salt Lake County's fleet manager, who came under fire last year over county car abuse, has been placed on paid leave and is being investigated by the District Attorney's Office, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Judge Allows Southern California Smog Agency to Enforce Rules on State Fleets

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge ruled that a Southern California clean-air agency could impose its anti-smog rules on state and local public fleet vehicles, according to the Associated Press.

Fleet Manager Arrested for Alleged Embezzlement

GREENVILLE, MS - Terry Robertson, fleet manager for the City of Greenville, Miss. has been arrested by the Greenville Police Department and charged with alleged felony embezzlement, according to the Delta Democrat Times newspaper on May 5.

Deadline Missed for Removing Aging Patrol Cars in Dallas

DALLAS – City officials missed a self-imposed deadline to update the Dallas Police Department's aging patrol car fleet, and are likely to miss a second deadline, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Fleet of Garbage Trucks to Be Replaced in City of Flint

FLINT, MI – The city of Flint, Mich., is going to replace its entire fleet of garbage trucks, according to the Web site,

State of Texas Showcases Hybrid Vehicles

AUSTIN, TX – Outside the State Capitol of Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality showcased new hybrid cars, trucks, and SUVs, according to News 8 Austin.

City of Bethlehem, Pa. Asks Employees to Use City Vehicles Less to Save Fuel

BETHLEHEM, PA – A city council panel in Bethlehem, Pa., has urged all city workers to use their work vehicles less to save gas, according to the Express-Times.

More Cuts Called for in Milwaukee Fleet

MILWAUKEE – Two Milwaukee alderman called for faster and deeper cuts by the Milwaukee Department of Public Works, even after DPW officials moved to cut the size of the city fleet and eliminate many take-home vehicles, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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