Government Fleet News

Louisiana Police Car Theft Charges Investigated

NEW ORLEANS — State authorities are investigating allegations that New Orleans police officers broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars — including 41 new Cadillacs — as Hurricane Katrina closed in.

Maine Police Department Inflates Patrol Car Tires With Nitrogen to Improve Fuel Economy

AUGUSTA, MAINE — Tire Warehouse, located throughout New England, has seen a rise in city fleets using nitrogen to fill their tires. Tire Warehouse locations have offered free nitrogen dispensing to all law enforcement agencies and ambulance services since last October.

City of Napa Adds Hybrids to Municipal Fleet

NAPA, CA — Four hybrid, gasoline-electric cars are joining NAPA's municipal fleet, replacing less-efficient vehicles that had reached the end of their useful life.

City of Cape Coral Fleet Management Department Qualifies as Industry Competitive Fleet Management Operation

CAPE CORAL, FL – The city of Cape Coral's fleet management department has successfully completed Fleet Counselor Services, Inc. (FCS) fleet certification-testing program and has qualified as an Industry Competitive Fleet Management Operation.

Man Arrested for Stealing Gasoline from State Vehicle

BAY CITY, MI – Police have arrested a 37-year-old Bay County man who they say stole gasoline from a state vehicle.

Governors Parking SUVS as Gasoline Prices Soar

WASHINGTON, D.C. - When gasoline prices soared after Hurricane Katrina, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson looked at the sport/utility vehicle that he drives and thought about the message he was sending.

Katrina Wipes Out 400 Municipal Vehicles in South Mississippi

JACKSON, MS — Katrina destroyed approximately 400 municipal vehicles from the fleets of many South Mississippi towns, according to the Sun Herald. Hundreds more vehicles have severe damage.

Knox County Prohibits Vehicle Idling to Save Money

KNOXVILLE, TN — Knox County has implemented a new policy to save fuel and cut air pollution: Employees are now prohibited from leaving county vehicles running while parked.

Putnam FD Donates Truck to Hurricane-Damaged Mississippi Town

LAKE CARMEL, NY — A fire truck has been delivered to Kiln, Miss., courtesy of the Lake Carmel fire department, according to the Associated Press. The 1982 Ford Oren Pumper is stocked with hoses, tools, and other fire-fighting equipment.

U.S. Military Becomes Major User of Biodiesel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At military bases throughout the United States, soldiers are filling their gas tanks with biodiesel. Use of the environmentally friendly fuel at bases throughout the United States is growing rapidly.

Ohio DOT to Use Alternative Fuels to Power Heavy Equipment and Cars

COLUMBUS, OHIO — After a successful pilot program, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is now fully integrating alternative fuels into its fleet. By executive order, Ohio Governor Bob Taft asked ODOT to use at least 1 million gallons of biodiesel fuel and 30,000 gallons of ethanol per year and to purchase only new cars that are able to run on both unleaded fuel and ethanol.

Rotary Introduces Higher-Capacity Low-Rise Lifts

MADISON, IN — Rotary has redesigned its VersaLift family of low-rise vehicle lifts to handle higher capacities, enabling technicians to use the lifts to service a wider variety of vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.

Washington, D.C. to Receive 50 GM Hybrid-Powered Buses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first 50 GM hybrid-powered buses manufactured by New Flyer Industries will begin to roll into the Washington Metro fleet by the end of this year. Metro purchased 28 buses and has agreed to buy 22 more.

Ann Arbor Transportation Authority to Implement Ultramain Purchasing, Maintenance, and Inventory System

ANN ARBOR, MI — Ultramain, a transit maintenance and materials management software system, has been chosen by Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) to support the organization's vehicle maintenance, inventory, and purchasing operations.

Fuel Costs Cramp Budget of Gallatin City Fleet

GALLATIN, TN — Fuel costs for Gallatin's city departments are expected to exceed the budget by $68,018 for 2005-06, based on current prices, according to the News Examiner newspaper. Fluctuating prices have prompted city departments to look for ways to cut expenses to make up overages in fuel costs.

Los Angeles MTA to Implement Wireless Fleet Management Services

BURNABY, B.C. — WebTech Wireless Inc., a supplier of mobile telematics, will deploy wireless fleet management services for 188 of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's contracted tow truck vehicles. LA. Metro will be using the fleet management solution to increase public accountability, improve customer service, and improve traffic flow for more than 450 miles of L.A. County's freeways.

Utah State University Grounds Van Fleet After Fatal Accident

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — After an accident that killed eight students and one instructor and wounded two others, Utah State University (USU) has temporarily grounded its fleet of 50 15-passenger vans for safety inspections.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Awarded Federal Supply Contract

FITCHBURG, MA — Chevin Fleet Solutions, a global provider of fleet management information systems, has been awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 70 contract to service the federal government as well as state and local government agencies throughout the fleet sector.

Virginia Gubernatorial Hopeful Vows to Convert Half of State's Motor Pool to Biodiesel and Hybrids

RICHMOND, VA — Virginia's major-party candidates for governor announced that they would support tax incentives to encourage the production of biodiesel fuel in Virginia, saying rising gas prices demand government efforts to pursue alternative energy sources, according to The Roanoke Times.

DeKalb County's Fleet Fuel Bill Spikes by 71%

DEKALB COUNTY, IL — DeKalb County expects to spend nearly 71 percent more for regular and diesel gasoline this fiscal year than the $188,000 it had budgeted, according to the Daily Inquirer. DeKalb City Manager Mark Biernacki said the city set aside about $220,000 for gas in its FY2006 budget, but expects to exceed that amount by about 20 percent if the current trend continues.

Tire Buys by City Employees Draw Scrutiny

LAKEWOOD, CO — A police investigation has concluded that a number of city employees bought tires from a dealer at a government discount rate, a practice that violates state purchasing rules, according to the Rocky Mountain News.

San Jose City Fleet Over Budget

SAN JOSE, CA — For July, San Jose's fleet of 2,863 vehicles or other gas-using units cost $48,000 more than budgeted, as measured by dividing the budget by 12 months, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Arizona Police Departments to Acquire BMW Police Motorcycles

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) will buy about 35 BMW RT 1150P motorcycle models by next summer, while the Scottsdale Police Department is expected to add 18 bikes.

Evansville Reduces Take-Home Vehicles For City Employees

EVANSVILLE, IN — In response to increased fuel costs and in accordance with suggestions made by the city of Evansville efficiency study, Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel on Sept. 19 an-nounced changes to the city employee take-home vehicle policy that will reduce the number of assigned take-home vehicles, excluding public safety vehicles, from 23 to 10.

Casper Seeks to Reduce City Fleet Consumption by 5%

CASPER, WY — Even before gas prices shot up, city of Casper officials had made it a goal to reduce fuel consumption by 5 percent this year, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

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