Government Fleet News

Toyota Ramps Prius Production Up by 50 Percent

TOKYO, JAPAN – Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase production of its Prius hybrid cars in Japan to 300,000 units in 2007, a rise of 50 percent.

Updated ASE Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Manuals Series Released

ALBANY, NY – Thomson Delmar Learning, a leading provider of lifelong learning solutions for customers in the educational and professional markets, and part of The Thomson Corporation, has published the ASE Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Test Preparation Manual Series.

Clean Energy Launches NY CNG Refuse Truck Effort

SMITHTOWN, NY – California-based Clean Energy and Hallahan Truck Sales, a Holtsville, N.Y., natural gas refuse truck dealer, hosted special ceremonies on Sept. 19 to salute Smithtown, N.Y.'s commitment to ensuring a clean-air environment.

Indiana University Considering Outsourcing Motor Pool to Cut Costs

MARTINSVILLE, IN – Indiana University (IU) will solicit proposals next month to find out if it can save money by outsourcing its Bloomington-campus motor pool.

Postal Service Expands Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Testing to West Coast; East Coast Testing Extended Another Year

IRVINE, CA – The U.S. Postal Service has signed an agreement with General Motors to extend for another year hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing in the Washington, D.C., area and to expand the program to the West Coast.

GM Delivers Chevrolet Police Impalas to NYPD

DETROIT-General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations recently delivered several hundred Chevrolet Police Impalas to the New York City Police Department.

Bay Area Set to Retrofit 1,700 Diesel Buses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the area's transit systems are near completion of an unprecedented diesel cleanup program.

Bloomington, Ill., City Council Approves Purchase of Hybrid Vehicles

BLOOMINGTON, IL – The Bloomington, Ill., City Council has approved the purchase of four hybrid vehicles that operate on gasoline and electricity.

Wash. Public Agencies Buy More Hybrids Than Gasoline-Powered Cars for First Time

OLYMPIA, WA – For the first time, public agencies in Washington bought more hybrid cars than standard gasoline-powered cars in a model year. Public agencies bought 222 of the hybrid Toyota Prius compared to 218 standard vehicles through state contracts managed by the state Department of General Administration. Agencies also bought 206 hybrid Ford Escape SUVs and 390 flexible-fuel vehicles, those capable of running on a mixture of gasoline and ethanol.

Massachusetts City Debates Adding Personal Use Value to Pension Costs

BEVERLY, MA – Beverly, Mass., City Councilor Bill Coughlin has submitted a proposal that calls on the Beverly City Council to oppose the inclusion of the personal-use value of a city vehicle in computing an employee's pension payment.

UMass Adds Five Buses to Transportation Fleet

AMHERST, MS – It's going to be a little easier to get around U-Mass and the four other colleges in the Amherst area.

Carwash Employee Takes Police Car for Joyride

FOREST PARK, IL – An employee at a carwash in Forest Park jumped into a police car and drove off, only to hit several parked cars and injure a police officer and two fellow carwash employees.

Socorro County Sets Reimbursement Policies

SOCORRO, NM – The Socorro County, N.M., commissioners passed a resolution to set the county's policies on travel and reimbursement in an attempt to standardize the policy interdepartmentally.

Wright Express Names Caine New Government Account Manager

SALT LAKE CITY – Renata Caine has joined Wright Express as the government account manager, where she supports public sector fleets nationwide. In this role she works with her customers to attain cost efficiencies in both fuel and service expenditures.

Arsenault Releases Version 4.3 of Dossier Maintenance Software

BURLINGTON, NJ – Arsenault Associates has released Dossier Maintenance Software, Version 4.3, which incorporates new customer-driven features and options. The new Repair Order and Invoice Data Import feature eliminates manual entry of vendor invoices and repair orders by importing invoice data directly into Dossier's database from a vendor's electronic file.

U.S. Auctions Signs Auction Contracts With Omnitrans of San Bernardino County and New York Power Authority.

LOS ANGELES – US Auctions has signed a three-year auction contract with Omnitrans of San Bernardino County, Calif. After a competitive bid, US Auctions was selected to auction transit buses for Omnitrans for the next three years with two additional single-year extensions.

City of Ukiah Adds Hybrids to its Fleet

UKIAH, CA – The City of Ukiah has bought four Toyota hybrid vehicles to add to its expanding alternative-fuel fleet.

Contra Costa County, Calif. Estimates $30,000 Savings with Biodiesel

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA – Contra Costa County in Northern California estimates a savings of $30,000 annually once its 150-vehicle diesel fleet switches to biodiesel.

Wright Express Holds Annual Government Fleet Advisory Board Meeting

SALT LAKE CITY – Wright Express recently held its annual Government Fleet Advisory Board meeting in conjunction with the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA).

Massachusetts State Inspector Pushes to Toughen Take-Home Vehicle Rules

BOSTON – After a Daily News report on take-home municipal vehicles, the Massachusetts state inspector general is pushing more than a dozen local communities to impose strict standards over employees getting a taxpayer-fueled ride. The Office of the Inspector General is the state's watchdog agency empowered to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in government.

Fairfax County Employees Run Up Odometers to Keep Their Cars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fairfax County employees are driving hundreds of vehicles across the county — or are swapping cars with those who drive more — to run up the odometers.

Pittsburgh City Audit Says $5 Million Needed to Pay Fleet Outsourcing Company

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh must find more than $5 million by 2008 to pay a private company that manages the city's fleet, according to a city controller's audit.

John Setina - In Memoriam: 1919-2006

OLYMPIA, WA – Longtime Olympia, Wash., resident, John Setina passed away at Providence St. Peter Hospital on Sept. 7, 2006.

Government Proposal May Result in Most Auto Safety Benefits Ever

NEW YORK – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is soon expected to propose requiring that all vehicles have electronic stability control (ESC) systems, which use brakes and engine power to keep a car from veering out of a driver's control.

Utah County Auctions Off Old Government Cars

PROVO, UT – On Sept. 16, the Utah County Public Works Department auctioned off 35 old county cars. The surplus vehicles auction allowed the public to bid on vehicles that were no longer used by Utah County employees.


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