Government Fleet News

Privatized Fleet Maintenance Saving City of Pittsburgh Less Than Expected

PITTSBURGH – The outsourcing of a Pittsburgh-area maintenance garage to private contractor First Vehicle Services of Cincinnati since Feb. 21, 2005, has been a key piece of the city's drive toward fiscal recovery, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper.

El Paso County Dump Truck Driver Asked Loose Bracket To Be Fixed Which Killed a Motorist

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- An El Paso County dump truck driver asked for repairs for a loose mudflap and metal bracket several times before the bracket broke and the mudflap smashed through a windshield and killed a woman, according to the Web site, www.thedenverchannel.com.

FirstGroup America Deploys Datastream 7i to Manage Transportation Fleet Across 400 U.S. Sites

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Datastream Systems, Inc. announced that FirstGroup America, a provider of transportation and fleet services, has deployed the Datastream 7i asset performance management solution across 400 sites in the United States.

Wisconsin Police Use GM's OnStar to Rescue Abducted Baby

DETROIT — Police in Wisconsin are crediting General Motors' OnStar system and the AMBER Alert program with the successful rescue of a 17-month-old child taken from his mother's home.

University of Nebraska's 870-Vehicle Fleet Switches to Biodiesel & E-85

LINCOLN, NB – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 870 cars, trucks, buses, vans, tractors, and utility vehicles now run on alternative fuels produced primarily from Nebraska crops, according to a June 25 report in The Independent.

John Deere Equipment to be GPS-Ready

MOLINE, IL -- John Deere Construction & Forestry Company soon will offer equipment that ships from the factory with hardware, software, and wiring already integrated and ready to support the use of global positioning systems (GPS) or laser guidance systems, according to Ground Maintenance magazine.

City of Olympia May Go 'Nuclear-Free' & Prohibit Purchase of Chrysler Police Vehicles

OLYMPIA, WA – Washington's capital city is considering a plan to declare itself a "nuclear-free zone," according to the Associated Press.

Snohomish County Begins Pilot Program to Evaluate Hybrid Technology

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – Snohomish County has taken delivery of three Toyota Priuses and two Ford Escape hybrids as a pilot program to evaluate hybrid technology. The county has provided technician training on the Toyotas and intends to obtain Ford training when it is available, according to Allen Mitchell, Snohomish County fleet manager.

Use of Erie County Government Vehicles Scrutinized

BUFFFALO, NY – Erie County taxpayers spend about $1 million annually on fuel for the entire fleet of county vehicles, according to county authorities as reported by WGRZ TV news.

Whisenhunt Appointed to Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

ATLANTA – Livia Whisenhunt, president and CEO of PS Energy Group, Inc., was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).

Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Request Proposals for Biodiesel Projects

CONCORD, NH – The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services have requested proposals for biodiesel projects. Two types of proposals will be considered.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Certified for the Clean-Fuel Deduction

LOS ANGELES – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has certified the 2006-model year Toyota Highlander Hybrid 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.

Salt Lake County Fleet Manager Plans to Retire

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County's fleet manager plans to retire this fall after unspecified allegations surfaced and an investigation is launched, according to the Associated Press.

Winnebago County Balks at $90 Oil Changes

ROCKFORD, IL - Winnebago County officials are asking why the county is paying the city of Rockford $90 every time a county vehicle gets an oil change at the garage in the downtown Public Safety Building, according to the Rockford Register Star newspaper.

Court of Appeals Rejects Florida Police Class Action Against Ford Motor Co.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – An appellate court on has reversed a trial judge's ruling that would have expanded a Florida Panhandle sheriff's lawsuit over the safety of Ford patrol cars to include police agencies throughout the state, according to the Associated Press.

Hunt Wins 2005 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

FRESNO, CA – John Hunt, fleet manager for the city of Fresno, has won Government Fleet's 2005 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and co-sponsored by Fleet Counselor Services, Inc.

McCorkill Jr. Receives Third Fleet Management Certification

LYNCHBURG, VA – John McCorkhill, Jr., fleet director for the city of Lynchburg, recently received a third fleet management certification.

Jury Rules That Ford Not Liable in Death of Missouri Trooper

KANSAS CITY, MO – A jury found that Ford Motor Co. wasn't liable in the 2003 death of a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper whose Crown Victoria was struck from behind and caught fire, according to the Associated Press.

Pa. Gov. Rendell Administration Touts Cuts to State Vehicle Fleet

HARRISBURG, PA – Shrinking the state-government vehicle fleet has generated nearly $40 million in actual and projected savings and eliminated 228 sport/utility vehicles, including nine that were used by cabinet secretaries, according to the Department of General Services, reported the Associated Press.

Washington, D.C. Police Chief's Vehicle Stolen

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey reported his Ford Crown Victoria police vehicle stolen a block from his home, according to the Washington Post newspaper.

City of Davie Backs Officer to Park Take-Home Police Car in His Driveway

DAVIE, FL – Officer Kevin Millan is getting widespread community support in his struggle to keep a marked police car in the driveway of his western Davie home, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

Pennsylvania Has too Many Fire Companies, Report Says

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania volunteer fire companies are urged to share resources, promote regional partnerships and, in some cases, consolidate two or more small departments into larger ones, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

NJ Secretary of State Car's Mileage and Fueling Reports Lead to Questions

TRENTON, NJ – New Jersey Secretary of State Regena Thomas' state-owned car was driven nearly 8,000 miles last year during three months when she spent most of her time on vacation or on leave, state records show, according to an article in the Newark Star-Ledger newspaper.

Garfield County, Colo., Adding Hybrids to Motor Pool

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – Garfield County now has 11 hybrid vehicles in its motor pool and plans to add five more a year, County Manager Ed Green said, according to the Associated Press.

NCSFA Names Three New Fleet Manager Certification Graduates

LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA), a trade association of public-sector state-level fleet administrators, announced the following Professional, Advanced, and Master's Degree Certification Graduates.

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