Government Fleet News

University of Florida Implements Green Fleet Initiatives

TALAHASSEE, FL – A recent University of Florida (UF) event demonstrated the school's first ethanol fuel station.

Heil Environmental Sells its Truck Equipment Business

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental sold its truck equipment business, consisting of the Heil Truck Equipment Group and Heil South distributorship, to Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc., a portfolio company of Kirtland Capital Partners.

Police Car Squabble Has Judge Seeing Red

PATERSON, NJ –Police cars in Paterson, N.J. will continue to be painted in the colors of red, white, and blue, according to a recent state court settlement brought on by a political feud.

Hybrids May Replace SUVs in County Fleet

EAGLE, CO – The Eagle County, Colo., commissioners have asked for bids to buy as many as 20 gas/electric hybrid cars — possibly Toyota Priuses and a handful of Toyota Camrys — to replace the same number of vehicles in the county's current fleet.

Police Car Tech Woes for Gilroy Police Department

GILROY, CA – State-of-the-art computers installed over the past two years in 28 Police Department police cruisers for the City of Gilroy have gone haywire, costing the city more than $50,000 in repairs and replacement parts.

Des Moines Police to Test 8 Honda Accord Hybrids in Pilot Program

DES MOINES, IA – Des Moines taxpayers will pay more than $220,000 for eight new hybrid police cars — a move officials said could save thousands of dollars as gasoline prices remain high.

Zipcar Expands Partnership With City of Somerville

SOMERVILLE, MA – The City of Somerville has expanded its partnership with Zipcar, North America's largest car sharing company, to provide more area residents and businesses with a cost-effective and greener alternative to car ownership.

Record Use of Biofuels by Illinois State Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Building on efforts to help support Illinois' farmers and to expand the use of clean and renewable energy, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced a record use of biofuels and a dramatic increase of flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) in the State's motor vehicle fleet.

LoJack-Equipped Dump Truck Leads Police to Chop Shop Bust

WESTWOOD, MA – A LoJack-equipped Sterling dump truck was instrumental in helping the Multi-Agency Auto Theft Task Force of Palm Beach County, Fla., uncover a chop shop that specialized in the dismantling of dump trucks. Four dump trucks, a cargo container, and a trailer were recovered with an estimated value of $200,000. One suspect has been arrested.

Hybrid Garbage Trucks on the Way

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Next year an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-influenced hybrid garbage truck made by Peterbilt will roll out with both a diesel engine and a hydraulic pump.

City of Ames Iowa and CyRide Select collectiveData to Provide Fleet Maintenance Management Software

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA – The City of Ames, Iowa, and CyRide, the public transit authority of Ames, have each selected collectiveFleet Pro — from collectiveData Inc. — to serve as their perspective fleet information management systems (FIMS) provider.

Morgan Joins City of Long Beach Fleet Operations

LONG BEACH, CA – Frank Morgan has been named manager of fleet services bureau for the City of Long Beach.

Elgin Sweeper Introduces LifeLiner Hopper System

ELGIN, IL – Elgin Sweeper, a manufacturer of street sweepers, has introduced the LifeLiner hopper system, a specially designed hopper liner and finish system that greatly improves the life, durability, and functionality of a sweeper hopper.

Orlando International Airport Testing Biodiesel Use in Fleet

ORLANDO, FL – Orlando International Airport is testing biodiesel fuel in 100 of its vehicles.

City of Ames, Iowa Selects collectiveData for Fleet Maintenance Management Software

NORTH LIBERTY, IA -- collectiveData, Inc. a provider of fleet maintenance management software announced that the City of Ames, Iowa and CyRide, the public transit authority of Ames, Iowa, have each selected collectiveFleet Pro to serve as their fleet information management systems (FIMS) provider.

Ford Presents Escape Hybrid Taxi Case Study to City of Miami

MIAMI, FL – On Aug. 17, Ford Motor Co. presented a case study highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of Escape Hybrid taxis to Miami, Fla., its Mayor, and government and commercial fleet representatives.

Fleet Professionals to Gather for 19th CCG/FASTER National Conference

NORFOLK, Va. - Fleet professionals nationwide will convene during the 19th CCG/FASTER Annual National Conference commencing on Oct. 1- 4, 2006 at the Norfolk Waterside Marriot Hotel in Norfolk, Va.

Vote for 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year

TORRANCE, CA - Voting for the 2007 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year is underway. Professional fleet managers may vote for one model in each car and truck category.

Penn Bus Maintenance Education Program to be Held Sept. 25-26 in Altoona

ALTOONA, PA – The Penn Bus Maintenance Education Program will be held in Altoona, Pa., on Sept. 25-26.

Biofuel Conference Set for Oct. 3-4 in Oklahoma

NORMAN, OK – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, research institutions, and others will speak at the 2006 Conference on Biofuels Oct. 3-4 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Nevada Department of Transportation Adds Western Star Trucks to Its Fleet

CARSON CITY, NV – The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT purchased 36 Western Star trucks and will distribute the trucks among its snowplow, sander, and dump truck fleets.

NY State Energy Agency Targets Hybrid Fleet Conversion

NEW YORK – The New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA) has launched a new $10 million effort in New York State aimed at converting the state's hybrid fleet — consisting mostly of Toyota Priuses and Ford Hybrid Escapes — into plug-in hybrids.

‘No Smoking' Ban in NY Workplaces Also Applies to Work Vehicles

OLEAN, NY – The city of Olean, N.Y., is defending itself against a claim that it allowed a city employee to smoke in a city-owned vehicle.

Cities Learn How to Extract Value From Municipal WiFi Networks for Wireless Fleet Monitoring

OTTAWA, ON – At the recent MuniWireless SV 2006 conference, municipalities learned that they can leverage their existing or planned municipal WiFi infrastructure by deploying a wireless fleet monitoring solution to lower fleet maintenance costs, increase efficiencies in city vehicles, and improve service to businesses.

University of Minnesota Converts to Using Biodiesel Blend for Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation Services has converted its fuel tanks on the Minneapolis and St.Paul campuses from diesel to a 20 percent biodiesel blend.


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