Government Fleet News

N.J. Governor Planning to Cut 614 Vehicles From State Fleet

TRENTON, NJ – N.J. Gov. Jon Corzine is planning to sell more than 600 state vehicles in an effort to save $2.5 billion.

Alliance Launches Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Web Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance has launched to provide comprehensive information about the nationwide transition to ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as engine, vehicle, and component manufactures, all sectors of the petroleum industry, and fuel consumers, are providing comprehensive information and technical coordination.

Pennsylvania Working to Help Local Governments Cut Costs

HERSHEY, PA – Pennsylvania's Cooperative Sourcing to Achieve Reductions in Spend (COSTARS) program, created in 2004, is helping local governments save money. COSTARS helps reduce the cost of state government by giving municipalities the option to “piggyback” state contracts and buy products — such as motor oil, loaders, backhoes, and trucks — at a reduced price. COSTARS includes 260 state contracts for supplies, services, or equipment.

Clark County Fleet to Evaluate Using O2Diesel

LAS VEGAS – O2Diesel Corporation has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Automotive Division of Clark County, Las Vegas, to test the use of O2Diesel prior to switching their 300-vehicle fleet to the cleaner burning fuel.

City of Barstow Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Ultra-Clean Fuel Provider Hythane

BARSTOW, CA – The City of Barstow has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hythane Company, LLC stating its intention to explore the use of Hythane (a fuel blend consisting of 20 percent hydrogen and 80 percent natural gas) as a vehicle fuel for the city's fleet.

State of California Issues RFP to Establish 3 Stations and Lease 14 Hydrogen Vehicles

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Air Resources Board has announced that the Senate Bill 76 Development of Hydrogen Refueling Stations request for proposal RFP 05-609 has been issued. The State of California is seeking to establish three hydrogen fueling stations and lease a diverse fleet of 14 hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Vanderburgh County Implements GPS Tracking of Highway Dept. Fleet

EVANSVILLE, IN – Vanderburgh County's new automatic vehicle locating system for Highway Department vehicles and equipment is operational.

FleetCor Awarded State of Utah's Fuel Dispensing Network Contract

ATLANTA – After an industry-wide competitive review, the State of Utah has awarded its contract for an electronic fuel dispensing system network to FleetCor once again. FleetCor has been providing its networked fleet fuel management service to the State of Utah for the past 16 years. Top considerations in awarding this new two-year contract included service capabilities, past performance, the number of sites in strategic locations, system security and pre-authorized controls.

Texas Cities, University, & School Districts Partner to Purchase Fuel in Greater Bulk

BRYAN, TEXAS – The cities of Bryan and College Station, Texas, and both school districts, along with the City of Hearne and Texas A&M University, have entered into a partnership to purchase both gasoline and diesel fuel for their fleets. The partnership allows them a lower price by buying in bulk.

City of Fayetteville to Switch to B-20 Biodiesel for Municipal Fleet

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Fayetteville has begun transitioning its diesel fleet to B-20.

In Memoriam:Larry Rabai: 1939-2006

BULLHEAD CITY, AZ – The Public Works Fleet Maintenance Superintendent for Bullhead City, Ariz., Larry Rabai, died suddenly Apr. 16.

Government Fleet Magazine Announces Three Finalists for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet's 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year finalists are: Walter J. Burnett, CAFM, City of Beverly Hills, Calif.; John McCorkhill, CFM, CAFM, CEM, City of Lynchburg, Va.; and Bob Stanton, fleet manager, Polk County, Fla.

PennDOT Fleet Maintenance Manager Leaves Post

YORK, PA - Charlie Webb, longtime maintenance manager for PennDOT in York County, no longer works for the state agency, according to agency spokesmen.

Araphahoe County Fleet Receives Blue Seal of Excellence Award

ENGLEWOOD, CO – Arapahoe County Fleet Management division received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE). This is the first year the fleet management staff has qualified and attained this achievement award for maintaining a high number of knowledge- and skill-based automotive certifications.

Chilton's 2006 Edition Service Manuals Now Available

ALBANY, NY – Thomson Delmar Learning, a provider of tailored learning solutions for customers in the educational, computer, and professional markets, has released the Chilton 2006 Edition Mechanical and Diagnostic Service Manuals.

Barron County Highway Dept. Testing Biodiesel in its Fleet

RICE LAKE, WI – The Barron County Highway Department is testing biodiesel in its fleet vehicles.

Dealer Delivered Cocaine From a Philadelphia City Van

PHILADELPHIA – Idris Enlow was convicted last month of possession of drugs with the intent to deliver and with conspiracy, and was sentenced to up to 14 years in prison.

York County Updates Fleet Management Program

YORK, PA – York County commissioners received an update on the fleet-management program, which the county started more than a year ago.

Clean Cities Congress and Expo to be Held May 7-10 in Phoenix

LAS VEGAS – The Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006 will be held May 7-10 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix. The event will feature addresses by public figures and industry leaders, as well as panel discussions on the opportunities for alternative fuels.

Fleet Manager for Thurston County Certified as a CEM

OLYMPIA, WA – Richard Weston, CEM, fleet and technical services manager of the Thurston County in Olympia, recently achieved Certified Equipment Manager (CEM) status with the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP).

Farmington Hills Testing DCX Fuel-Cell Vehicle in City Fleet

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Over the next year, the City of Farmington Hills will test a Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell car, the F-Cell, in its fleet.

Former Orange County Fleet Manager Claims Misuse of Public Funds by Fellow Workers

SANTA ANA, CA – An Orange County employee has filed a lawsuit that claims fellow workers inappropriately tapped a group of restricted federal funds and local public safety taxes to help take the sting out of the county's 1994 bankruptcy.

NYC to Install GPS Technology in Ambulances and Fire Trucks

NEW YORK – New York City ambulances and fire trucks, 1,565 in total, are being equipped with global positioning satellite technology that will allow emergency dispatchers to track their movements in real time.

More Than 600 Fleets Now Using Biodiesel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 600 fleets now use biodiesel, according to the U.S. Department of Energy as published on the Web site

Schwarz Named APWA 2005 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year

KANSAS CITY, MO – The American Public Works Association (APWA) selected George L. Schwarz as the 2005 Professional Fleet Manager of the Year. Schwarz is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of APWA and 26-year member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

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