Government Fleet News

Take-Home Vehicles Cut by 40% in Suffolk County

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – According to Newsday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has cut the number of county take-home vehicles by nearly 40 percent.

Dodge Enters Police Car Market

NEW YORK – Dodge has announced that it will enter the police car market with modified versions of the Charger and the Magnum.

Ulster County in NY Devises Plan to Manage its Own Fleet

KINGSTON, NY – The Government Efficiency and Reform Committee for Ulster County, along with the Purchasing Department, have devised a plan to manage the county's fleet of vehicles and bolster its in-house mechanic staff at a cost of about $15,000, according to the Daily Freeman.

No More Use of Cell Phones in City Vehicles for Chandler, AZ

CHANDLER, AZ – The city of Chandler is telling its employees not to talk on cell phones while they are driving a city vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

City of Decatur Passes Vehicle Take-Home Policy

DECATUR, IL – According to the Decatur Daily, Decatur City Council passed a policy on take-home vehicles for city employees that could force some to park their city cars at night.

Biodiesel Policy Under Review in Berkeley, CA

BERKELEY, CA – City leaders have revised a two-year program to power the city's fleet of nearly 200 trucks entirely on a derivative of vegetable oil, according to the Berkeley Daily Planet.

City Council Presses Milwaukee Dept. of Public Works to Reduce Fleet

MILWAUKEE, WI – A Milwaukee Common Council committee voted to give the Department of Public Works (DPW) officials 30 days to decide how to cut the fleet, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Los Altos, CA Joins Trend of Cities Buying Hybrid Vehicles

LOS ALTOS, CA – The city council for Los Altos, Calif., has approved the purchase of a Honda Civic Hybrid, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Tallahassee, FL Receives Fleet Certification

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The city of Tallahassee's Fleet Management Division passed Fleet Counselor Services Inc.'s rigorous 18 criteria and received certification.

Hybrid Cars Coming to Boca Raton Police Fleet

BOCA RATON, FL – Four new hybrid cars will be added to the Boca Raton Police Services Department, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Cameras Keep Watch in New Chicago Police Cars

CHICAGO – Fleet Manager Commissioner Michael Picardi disclosed plans to install cameras on 125 new squad cars scheduled for delivery over the next two months, according to Chicago Sun-Times.

Interactive E-85 Fleet Toolkit Helps Fleet Managers Build Fueling Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) EPAct Regulated Fleet Initiatives made public the E-85 Fleet Toolkit, an online tool designed to help fleet managers build ethanol-fueling infrastructures.

Four Virginia Cities to Test Hybrid Vehicles in Fleets

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth will be adding hybrid vehicles to their fleets, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Cat Lift Trucks Introduces New Lift Trucks

HOUSTON – Cat Lift Trucks is now offering its E7000-E12000 Series lift trucks, which come in four different models and feature a platform and engineered controls.

Acquisition Enhances U.S. Market Position for Serco

HERNDON, VA – Serco Group plc has announced that it has completed the $215 million purchase of U.S.-based RCI Holding Corp.

Police Departments Drop Out of Ford Lawsuit

CHICAGO – Dozens of police departments across Illinois are trying to drop out of a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., according to the Chicago Tribune.

AQMD & City of Burbank to Convert Priuses to Hydrogen-Electric Hybrids

BURBANK, CA – The California South Coast Area Quality Management District (CSCAQMD) and the city of Burbank, Calif., are partnering to convert five Toyota Priuses to hydrogen-electric hybrids for testing and use in the Burbank city fleet, according to the Green Car Congress.

San Diego Police Push Plan to Replace Motorcycle Fleet

SAN DIEGO – A plan was advanced by the San Diego City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee to purchase up to 65 new BMW motorcycles to replace the San Diego Police Department's obsolete fleet, according to

Union Leasing Enters Government Leasing Market

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Fred Bulterman has joined Union Leasing as national account manager for government leasing. Bulterman will be responsible for all municipality, state, and federal leasing.

Longmont Debates Future of CNG Vehicles in City Fleet

LONGMONT, CO – According to the Longmont Times, members of the Longmont City Council will consider whether to pay Clean Energy $6,000 annually to subsidize the natural gas fueling station, buy it outright for $30,000, or get rid of the city's nine dedicated CNG vehicles.

King County Signs Contracts to Buy Hybrid Vehicles

SEATTLE – King County (Wash.) has initiated two hybrid vehicle contracts, which will open purchasing power to area jurisdictions.

County in NY Scrutinizes Vehicle Take-Home Policy

ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Rockland County approved a new policy that requires 60 employees to justify why they need their county vehicle 24 hours a day, according to the Journal News.

Calif. County Investigates Need for Take-Home Vehicles

MENDOCINO, CA – According to a report in the Ukiah Daily Journal, the Mendocino, Calif. County Board of Supervisors decided that too many county employees might be taking county cars home at night.

Veteran Protests Ban on Patriotic Decals on Company Vehicles

BOSTON – A city worker in Boston is protesting the removal of American flags and other patriotic items from company vehicles, according to the Boston Globe.

City Employees Including Personal Use of Vehicles to Boost Pension Payment

BEVERLY, MA – Beverly city councilors are looking to curb the use of city vehicles by off-duty public employees after news spread of a former public safety commissioner that will be getting bigger pension payments by including the personal-use value of the city-issued SUV he drove, according to the Beverly Citizen.

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