Government Fleet News

Ohio DOT to Use Alternative Fuels to Power Heavy Equipment and Cars

COLUMBUS, OHIO — After a successful pilot program, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is now fully integrating alternative fuels into its fleet. By executive order, Ohio Governor Bob Taft asked ODOT to use at least 1 million gallons of biodiesel fuel and 30,000 gallons of ethanol per year and to purchase only new cars that are able to run on both unleaded fuel and ethanol.

Rotary Introduces Higher-Capacity Low-Rise Lifts

MADISON, IN — Rotary has redesigned its VersaLift family of low-rise vehicle lifts to handle higher capacities, enabling technicians to use the lifts to service a wider variety of vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

Washington, D.C. to Receive 50 GM Hybrid-Powered Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first 50 GM hybrid-powered buses manufactured by New Flyer Industries will begin to roll into the Washington Metro fleet by the end of this year. Metro purchased 28 buses and has agreed to buy 22 more.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority to Implement Ultramain Purchasing, Maintenance, and Inventory System

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ultramain, a transit maintenance and materials management software system, has been chosen by Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) to support the organization's vehicle maintenance, inventory, and purchasing operations.

Fuel Costs Cramp Budget of Gallatin City Fleet

GALLATIN, TN — Fuel costs for Gallatin's city departments are expected to exceed the budget by $68,018 for 2005-06, based on current prices, according to the News Examiner newspaper. Fluctuating prices have prompted city departments to look for ways to cut expenses to make up overages in fuel costs.

Los Angeles MTA to Implement Wireless Fleet Management Services

BURNABY, B.C. — WebTech Wireless Inc., a supplier of mobile telematics, will deploy wireless fleet management services for 188 of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's contracted tow truck vehicles. LA. Metro will be using the fleet management solution to increase public accountability, improve customer service, and improve traffic flow for more than 450 miles of L.A. County's freeways.

Utah State University Grounds Van Fleet After Fatal Accident

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — After an accident that killed eight students and one instructor and wounded two others, Utah State University (USU) has temporarily grounded its fleet of 50 15-passenger vans for safety inspections.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Awarded Federal Supply Contract

FITCHBURG, MA — Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of fleet management information systems, has been awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 contract to service the federal government as well as state and local government agencies throughout the fleet sector.

Virginia Gubernatorial Hopeful Vows to Convert Half of State's Motor Pool to Biodiesel and Hybrids

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia's major-party candidates for governor announced that they would support tax incentives to encourage the production of biodiesel fuel in Virginia, saying rising gas prices demand government efforts to pursue alternative energy sources, according to The Roanoke Times.

DeKalb County's Fleet Fuel Bill Spikes by 71%

DEKALB COUNTY, IL — DeKalb County expects to spend nearly 71 percent more for regular and diesel gasoline this fiscal year than the $188,000 it had budgeted, according to the Daily Inquirer. DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki said the city set aside about $220,000 for gas in its FY2006 budget, but expects to exceed that amount by about 20 percent if the current trend continues.

Tire Buys by City Employees Draw Scrutiny

LAKEWOOD, CO — A police investigation has concluded that a number of city employees bought tires from a dealer at a government discount rate, a practice that violates state purchasing rules, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

San Jose City Fleet Over Budget

SAN JOSE, CA — For July, San Jose's fleet of 2,863 vehicles or other gas-using units cost $48,000 more than budgeted, as measured by dividing the budget by 12 months, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Arizona Police Departments to Acquire BMW Police Motorcycles

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will buy about 35 BMW RT 1150P motorcycle models by next summer, while the Scottsdale Police Department is expected to add 18 bikes.

Evansville Reduces Take-Home Vehicles For City Employees

EVANSVILLE, IN — In response to increased fuel costs and in accordance with suggestions made by the city of Evansville efficiency study, Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel on Sept. 19 an-nounced changes to the city employee take-home vehicle policy that will reduce the number of assigned take-home vehicles, excluding public safety vehicles, from 23 to 10.

Casper Seeks to Reduce City Fleet Consumption by 5%

CASPER, WY — Even before gas prices shot up, city of Casper officials had made it a goal to reduce fuel consumption by 5 percent this year, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

Phoenix Police Test Chevy Tahoes

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is testing a dozen Chevrolet Tahoes, according to the Arizona Republic.

Greenwich Fleet Department Technicians Receive Blue Seal of Excellence

GREENWICH, CT - The town of Greenwich fleet department technicians received the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition, according to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence program.

U.S. Postal Service Places New Orders with I.D. Systems, Inc. for Wireless Vehicle Management Systems

HACKENSACK, NJ — I.D. Systems, Inc., a provider of RFID-based wireless asset tracking and management solutions, has received new orders from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to deploy the company's Wireless Asset Net-powered industrial vehicle management system at five additional USPS facilities.

Gas Price Run Up Has Government Fleet Managers Reeling

SALEM, OR — Daniel Clem's gasoline bill was more than $905,000 last year. Clem is the fleet manager for Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, which is responsible for more than 3,000 vehicles assigned to various state agencies, according to the News-Register.

Palm Beach County Fleet Management Division to Provide Fuel to FBI

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL — Palm Beach County Fleet Management Division entered in a three-year fuel purchase agreement with the FBI, with a five-year option to renew the agreement. The FBI office located in Palm Beach County was looking for ways to cut its fuel cost and contacted the county inquiring about purchasing fuel from their 13 fuel sites.

Boston Mayor Vows to Say Goodbye to Guzzlers in City Fleet

BOSTON — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino recently test-drove a hybrid SUV around Government Plaza to promote the city's planned mass conversion to a more fuel-efficient fleet of cars.

Monmouth County, NJ Reduces Number of Take-Home Cars

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ — As a result of the rise in gasoline costs, 69 Monmouth County employees, including most department heads, will no longer be permitted to use all-expenses-paid county vehicles to commute to work.

Mercury Associates Announces Appointment of VP

GAITHERSBURG, MD — Mercury Associates, Inc., the fleet, travel, and relocation management consulting firm based in Gaithersburg, appointed Stephen W. Burnett as associate vice president in the firm's fleet management consulting practice.

Freightliner to Transfer Ownership of Fire and Emergency Vehicle Operation

LADSON, SC — Freightliner LLC intends to divest its American LaFrance (ALF) fire and emergency services manufacturing business unit. Based in Ladson, ALF was acquired by the Freightliner organization in 1995 as part of a corporate expansion.

With Higher Gas Prices, Cities Limit Take-Home Cars

INDIANAPOLIS — Many small-town governments are looking hard at their fleet expenditures to ease strained budgets due to pump pains. One way to cut costs is to limit city employees from taking home fleet vehicles, according to news reports.

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