Government Fleet News

Government and Industry Leaders to Attend National Retrofit Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Government and industry leaders are gathering at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Clean Diesel Campaign Policy Leaders Summit on Dec. 7 and 8.

City of Shreveport Sees Dramatic Drop in Accident Claims Against Municipal Fleet Vehicles

SHREVEPORT, LA — The City of Shreveport has reduced accident claims from $2 million in 2001 to $333,000 in 2004, by emphasizing safe driving through the city's risk management office, according to The Times of Shreveport newspaper.

Colorado's Eagle County to Convert Motor Pool to Run on B-20 Biodiesel

EAGLE COUNTY, CO — In April 2006, Eagle County, Colorado, will introduce B-20 biodiesel fuel (20 percent biodiesel blended with 80 percent standard No. 2 diesel) to its motor pool fleet, according to the Vail Daily newspaper.

National Alternative Fuels Conference & Expo Scheduled for May 2006

LAS VEGAS, NV — The Clean Cities Congress (CCC) and Expo 2006 will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 7-10.

EPA Certifies Bifuel System for Gasoline/Propane Conversion of Ford 4.6L Engines

MESA, AZ — AFV Solutions, Inc., a diversified energy company, has received a certificate of conformity from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its gasoline/propane bifuel conversion system for the model-year 2003 Ford Motor Co. 4.6L engine.

Cincinnati to Equip Snowplows With GPS

CINCINNATI, OH — The City of Cincinnati will begin using satellite technology this winter to keep close track of its snowplows, according to the Web site

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.

San Antonio to Add 39 Hybrid Vehicles to City Fleet

SAN ANTONIO, TX — In order to reduce gas consumption and help improve air quality in San Antonio, City Council approved the purchase of 39 new 2006 Toyota Prius hybrids, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

County Employee Who Lost Mudflap That Killed Woman Won't Face Charges

EL PASO COUNTY, CO — A traffic charge has been dropped against Thomas Edmisten, an El Paso County, Colorado, dump truck driver whose vehicle lost a mudflap that went through the windshield of a Toyota RAV-4, killing the driver.

South Dakota to Purchase Flex-Fuel Vehicles for State Fleet

PIERRE, SD — According to South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, the state Bureau of Administration's Fleet and Travel Management will replace current fleet vehicles with 251 E-85 flex-fuel vehicles (FFV), as reported in the Black Hills Today newspaper.

University of Virginia Fleet Switches to B-20 Biodiesel

RICHMOND, VA — The University of Virginia's Transit System has begun using B-20 biodiesel fuel.

City of Livermore Fleet Services Section Awarded A.S.E Blue Seal of Excellence for 2005-2006

LIVERMORE, CA — The city of Livermore fleet was awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence for having all six of its technicians certified in at least three different A.S.E categories, according to Mike Arnerich, acting maintenance division manager, Maintenance Division for the city of Livermore.

Rotary Offers Free Facility Planning Assistance For Fleets

MADISON, IN — Rotary, a vehicle lift manufacturer, offers free professional facility planning assistance through its assistPRO program, available to fleets, dealers, and independent repair facilities that service any type of vehicle, as well as their architects. Rotary has recently expanded the assist-PRO program to include training courses and a Web portal.

CALSTART 2020 Conference Set for Dec. 1 at L.A. Convention Center

PASADENA, CA — CALSTART's second annual 2005 California's Transportation Energy Future Conference, also known as the “2020” conference, is set for December 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The conference will chart a course toward the year 2020 and a path to a better, more secure transportation energy future in California.

North Carolina and New Mexico to Transition State Fleets to Biodiesel

RALEIGH, NC and ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico and North Carolina are set to increase the use of alternative fuels. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order in late-September that requires cabinet-level state agencies, public schools, and institutions of higher education to meet 15 percent of their transportation fuel needs with ethanol or biodiesel by 2010.

Bobit to Publish Vincentric Lifecycle Cost Data

TORRANCE, CA – Bobit Business Media and Vincentric, an automotive data compilation and analysis firm, have formed a strategic alliance to provide access to lifecycle cost data to the fleet industry.

U.S. Military Using B-20 Biodiesel to Power Large Transport Vehicles

CAMP PENDLETON, CA — At Camp Pendleton, the semis that haul the Marines' 70-ton M-1 tanks have been running on B-20, a mix of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel, for more than two years.

Collins Named Fleet Manager for City of Forest Park, Ga.

FOREST PARK, GA – William Collins has assumed the role of fleet manager for the city of Forest Park, Ga. He replaces Steve Riley.

Wisconsin State Patrol Going Electronic With Tickets

MILWAUKEE — The Wisconsin State Patrol is adding printers to its squad cars that will produce tickets with the push of a button.

County of Los Angeles to Replace Old Vehicles With Hybrids

LOS ANGELES — On Nov. 15, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on a motion by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky to adopt the policy of making hybrid vehicles the primary choice when replacing or acquiring sedans and light-duty trucks within the county's fleet of approximately 15,000 vehicles.

Eight Out of 10 Vehicles in State of South Dakota Fleet are E-85 Vehicles

CHANCELLOR, SD — Eight of 10 new vehicles in the state of South Dakota's motor pool this year will be flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs). The vehicles are capable of running on a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

Georgia Tech Offers Federal Logistics Certificate Program

ATLANTA — The Logistics Institute at Georgia Tech now offers a Federal Logistics Certificate Program for federal employees. Any federal government or military employee with a valid “.gov” or “.mil” e-mail address is eligible for the courses.

Clearwater to Add Hybrid Sedans to Police Fleet

CLEARWATER, FL — The city of Clearwater will add six more hybrid sedans to the three it already owns.

IRS Certifies Ford and Mercury Hybrid Vehicles for the Clean-Fuel Deduction

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internal Revenue Service has certified the 2006-MY Ford Escape Hybrid and the 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid vehicles as being eligible for the clean-burning fuel deduction. This certification means that taxpayers who purchase one of these hybrid vehicles new during calendar year 2005 may claim a tax deduction of up to $2,000 on Form 1040.

State of Indiana Announces Alternative Fuels Grant Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Department of Agriculture signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indiana Energy Group to administer the $1.1 million Alternative Fuels Grant Program, formerly known as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program.

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