Government Fleet News

Jackson County May Cut 70 Cars From Fleet

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – In an effort to make the county government run more smoothly, Jackson County is considering trimming 70 vehicles from its fleet, according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Rising Gas Prices Could Stall Ulster County Police Budgets

ULSTER COUNTY, NY – The budgets of local police departments in Ulster County are becoming thin trying to keep Impalas, Crown Victorias, and SUVs filled with gasoline, according to Times Herald-Record.

Dallas Police Dept. Pushes to End Ford Crown Victoria Boycott

DALLAS – After the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Dallas' former city attorney, Dallas police officials are pushing to end a two-year boycott of Ford Crown Victoria cruisers, according to the Dallas Morning News.

City of Bowling Green Profits From Online Auction Service

BOWLING GREEN, KY – The city of Bowling Green, Ky., has received about $22,000 more in the last year selling its used equipment on than it would have gotten by auctioning the items locally, according to Bowling Green Daily News.

New EPA Rules Could Drive Diesel Prices Up for City of Portland

PORTLAND, OR – Diesel prices in Portland, Ore., are expected to go up after new EPA requirements go into effect next year, according to the Portland Tribune.

City of Honolulu Abandons GPS Gear for Parks Vehicles

HONOLULU – Honolulu officials have scrapped a $1.5 million GPS satellite system, which was designed to dispatch parks vehicles to trouble spots, because the fleet lacks radios to contact the vehicles, according to the Honolulu Advertiser.

New York City Tightens Rules on Emissions for Fleet

NEW YORK – New York City is going to impose strict environmental standards on cars and vans it buys, and require that diesel trucks and buses be modified in a effort to reduce harmful emissions, according to the New York Times.

San Diego City Council Reviews Police BMW Motorcycle Purchase Plan

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego City Council is considering whether to award a contract to purchase BMW motorcycles to replace the San Diego Police Department's fleet, according to the San Diego News Service.

Fairfax County to Charge for Ambulance Trips

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA – In Fairfax County, anyone who calls for an ambulance will be charged for the service, according to the Washington Post.

Mayor in Scottsboro, Texas Decides to Retain Take-Home Vehicle Policy

SCOTTSBORO, TX – Mayor Dan Deason of Scottsboro, Texas, reported to the city council that he would not make sweeping changes in the city's policies with regards to the use and consumption of fuel, according to the Daily Sentinel.

Executive Order Issued for Iowa State Agencies to Reduce Energy Consumption

DES MOINES, IA – Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack proposed an executive order requiring state agencies to reduce energy consumption and boost their use of renewable energy and alternative fuels, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Funding Sought for Ethanol-to-Hydrogen Fueling Station for Chicago City Fleet

CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and Rep. Rahm Emanuel said they are seeking federal funding for an ethanol-to-hydrogen fueling station for Chicago, according to the Associated Press.

New York City Plans to Retool Refuse Trucks by 2009

NEW YORK – New York City's Department of Sanitation is looking to retrofit its existing fleet of diesel-powered refuse trucks, or replace them with more compliant vehicles by 2009 as part of the EPA's 2007 diesel emissions standards, according to the Website...

5 Finalists Compete for GF's Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award - UPDATE

The nominees for Government Fleet's Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award have been narrowed down to five finalists. They are Bob Stanton, Marilyn Rawlings, Nick Morgan, John Hunt, and Fred DeBono.

City of Durango Adds Two Hybrid Vehicles to Fleet

DURANGO, CO – The city of Durango, Colo., added two Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles to its fleet to be used by code-enforcement officers, according to the Durango Herald.

West Springfield, Mass. Officials Divided on Leasing City Vehicles

WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA – A plan to lease a segment of the West Springfield, Mass., public works fleet is being sup-ported by Mayor Edward J. Gibson and the head of the Department of Public Works, Jack L. Dowd, according to the Republican.

City Workers in Boston Rack Up Inordinate Amount of Parking Tickets

BOSTON – Boston officials are scrambling to find employees responsible for racking up parking violations while using city vehicles, according to the Boston Herald.

James Madison Univ. to Produce Biodiesel for Fleet

HARRISONBURG, VA – James Madison University and its fuels diversification program are working together to produce biodiesel fuel from waste cooking oil collected from campus dining facilities, according to the university.

Minot, N.D. Police Dept. Hit by Rising Gas Costs

MINOT, ND – Minot Police Chief Dan Draovitch noted that the price increase in gasoline has come at a time when the number of calls police handle has been increasing, according to the Minot Daily News.

Milwaukee Mayor to Cut 100 Vehicles From City Fleet

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has pledged to put at least 100 of the Department of Public Works' 585 cars on the auction block, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Fort Wayne Replaces Older Trucks With Hybrid Pickups

FORT WAYNE, IN – The city of Fort Wayne has replaced four pickups with hybrid GMC Sierras for the Water Maintenance and Water Pollution Control Maintenance departments, according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel.

Eugene, Ore. Hybrids Make Up 34% of Non-Police Fleet

EUGENE, OR – According to the Register-Guard, 12 Toyota Prius gasoline-electric hybrids were delivered to the city of Eugene, Ore.

Mayor of Middletown, N.Y. Gives Up Take-Home City Vehicle

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Marlinda Duncanson, Middletown's new mayor, turned in her city vehicle on her first day on the job, according to the Hudson Valley News.

Queen Anne's County Receives $60,000 Biodiesel Fuel Grant

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, MD – Queen Anne's County, Md., has received $60,000 for the purchase of biodiesel fuel for its county fleet from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), in partnership with the Department of Energy.

State of Montana Agencies Struggle With Rising Fuel Prices

HELENA, MT – According to the Billings Gazette, rising gas prices are expected to drain millions of dollars from Montana government agencies over the next two years.

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