Government Fleet News

MIT, Cambridge Awarded EPA Grant to Cut Diesel Emissions

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave a grant of $83,467 to the city of Cambridge and MIT to collaborate in an effort to reduce diesel pollution from their respective vehicle fleets over the next two years, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hennepin County in MN Appoints New Fleet Manager

HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN – Mike Judkins has been appointed fleet manager for Hennepin County. The county's Central Mobile Equipment Division (CMED) fleet includes over 600 rolling stock and 500 pieces of equipment.

Fort Lewis Contracts for Automated Fleet Management System

NORFOLK, VA – CCG Systems Inc. has announced a partnership with NISH in providing automated fleet management solutions for Fort Lewis, Wash.

Two-Year Freeze on State Vehicle Purchases Thaws in Kansas

TOPEKA, KS – The state of Kansas is scheduled to spend $6.1 million on new cars, pickups, and vans after a two-year moratorium, according to the Lawrence Journal World.

Cayuga County Mulls Over Vehicle Take-Home Policy

AUBURN, NY – In Cayuga County, the legislature's Government Operations Committee is asking department heads to justify why some of their employees should be able to take county-owned vehicles home, according to the Citizen.

Napa County Auctions Off Old Equipment

NAPA COUNTY, CA – Napa County is scheduled to auction off 20 vehicles in various states of repair, according to the NAPA News.

Record Fire Truck Orders in February for Spartan Chassis

CHARLOTTE, MI – Spartan Chassis has announced that it secured 100 orders in the month of February 2005 for its custom fire truck chassis.

Buses for City of Lincoln Convert to Ethanol Diesel Blend

LINCOLN, NE – The city of Lincoln is the nation's first city to convert its public transit bus fleet to a cleaner burning ethanol-diesel fuel blend called O2Diesel, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

Four NJ Towns Receive Emergency Vehicles From Homeland Security Grants

MANNINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ – Four municipalities were presented with a new emergency vehicle from the Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Prosecutor's Office, according to

Councilwoman Questions Personal Use of City Vehicles in NY

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Shirley Savage, Fourth Ward councilwoman, wants the Common Council to adopt a policy that would prohibit city employees from using city vehicles for personal errands, according to the Leader-Herald.

$800,000 in Grants Helps City of Lodi Add More Natural Gas Buses

LODI, CA – Nearly $800,000 in grants will help the city of Lodi increase its use of natural gas buses for the city's GrapeLine and Dial-A-Ride services, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel.

Fort Collins Experiments With B20 Biodiesel in City Fleet

FORT COLLINS, CO – The city of Fort Collins is experimenting with biodiesel and fueling up city buses, backhoes, and other vehicles with the fuel made partially of vegetable oil, according to the Associated Press.

City in New York to Acquire 7 Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs

NORTH HAMPSTEAD, NY - Town Supervisor John Kaiman has announced the purchase of seven hybrid SUVs for the city's fleet, according to the New York Daily News.

Chattanooga City Fleet Switches to Biodiesel

CHATTANOOGA, TN - The city of Chattanooga has started to use biodiesel for its fleet of 400 vehicles. City Fleet Manager Brian Kiesche stated that the city will use a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent petroleum diesel. The city plans to use a 20 percent biodiesel blend soon, as reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

California Fleet News National Fleet Management Conference Scheduled for Oct. 26-28

SAN DIEGO - The 8th Annual California Fleet News National Fleet Management Conference is scheduled to be held on Oct. 26-28 in San Diego.

Deteriorating Police Fleet in Honolulu

HONOLULU - Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is going to buy 40 new squad cars, but police officials say they need more, according to the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Seminole County Receives $470,000 Check From Serco North America

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL - Seminole County will receive more than $470,000 from Serco North America as a result of a two-year fixed price contract.

Garbage-Truck Driver Crashes Into Parked Cars, Receives Suspension

COOK COUNTY, IL – A Cook County Forest Preserve worker plowed into four parked vehicles while allegedly intoxicated, according to the Chicago Tribune.

San Diego Seeks Bids for Fire Engine Lease

SAN DIEGO - In a unanimous vote, the Public Safety & Neighborhood Services Committee directed the City Manager's Office to seek bids and negotiate a contract to lease 50 fire engines, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Intoxicated Woman Allegedly Takes Police Cruiser

PITTSBURGH – A woman was charged with theft and driving under the influence for stealing a police car that was parked outside a police station, according to the Associated Press.

State of Illinois Can't Cover Insurance

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The state of Illinois has run out of money to pay for motor vehicle insurance claims, according to

Arkansas State Police Order Chevrolet Impalas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Col. Steve Dozier, state police commander for the Arkansas State Police, ordered 41 patrol cars from General Motors Corp. due to the legal dispute between Attorney General Mike Beebe and Ford Motor Co., according to the Associated Press.

IRS Extends Use of Fuel Cards by Tax-Exempt Fleets

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued official guidance to extend the transitional rule with respect to gasoline purchased on an oil company credit card by making several corrections to Notice 2005-4, according to the IRS Notice 2005-24.

GF Fleet Manager of the Year Deadline Extended

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine has extended the nomination deadline for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award to March 15 in part to a great response and to compensate for lost time due to a slight technical difficulty.

Diesel Emissions Reduction for Public Agency and Utility Fleets Conference Set for April 4-5

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Diesel Emissions Reduction for Public Agency and Utility Fleets Conference is scheduled to be held on April 4-5 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.

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