Government Fleet News

Corpus Christi City Council asks for Hybrid Vehicles

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Corpus Christi City Council voted unanimously for city manager Skip Noe to purchase hybrid vehicles, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Acme Auto Leasing Selects Driveitaway's Program for Government Fleet Remarketing

CHICAGO, IL – Acme Auto Leasing, LLC of North Haven, Conn., will offer Driveitaway Inc.'s reDrive remarketing platform to its client base of government fleets.

Trucking Companies Report Engine Problems After Switching To Blended Biodiesel

MILWAUKEE – Days after Valley Cartage, a Wisconsin trucking firm, switched to biodiesel fuel, its trucks started breaking down on the road.

Illinois State Police Vehicle Fleet Outdated

SPRINGFIELD, IL - From gas tanks falling out of Illinois State Police cars because of rusted frames to transmission failures, state troopers throughout Illinois are experiencing the risks of driving high-mileage patrol cars.

Hawaii Debates Whether to Provide Officers With County-Owned Police Cars

HILO, HAWAII – Big Island officials are once again considering moving their police officers out of their privately owned cars with the blue lights mounted on top and into county-owned, marked police cruisers.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Manage-ment Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Arizona Senator John McCain Scheduled to Keynote Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006

LAS VEGAS – Arizona Senator John McCain will kick off The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Institute (AFVI) international alternative fuels and advanced vehicle congress. The four-day event, which runs from May 7-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center, will feature more than 100 speakers with expertise in the fuels, vehicles, and technologies that offer alternatives to imported petroleum.

City of Batavia Switches to Biodiesel for Public Works Vehicles

BATAVIA, IL – The city of Batavia has created its first environmental commission.

State of California Awards Rental Contract to Enterprise

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Department of General Services has awarded a contract to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, making the rental car company the state's primary provider of rental vehicles to state employees on official business.

City of Chicago Truck Driver Alleges He Lost Job for Refusing Campaign Work

CHICAGO – A former Chicago city truck driver has sued to get his job back. The truck driver claimed in court documents that he was fired for refusing to do campaign work and make political donations.

Snohomish County Fleet Fills Up with B-20 Biodiesel

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – Hundreds of Snohomish County fleet vehicles, including off-road and construction equipment, are now using a blend of fuel that is 20 percent biodiesel.

GM Joins State of California in E-85 Joint Demonstration Project

LOS ANGELES – General Motors will help lead a joint demonstration project — along with the state of California, Chevron Technology Ventures, and Pacific Ethanol — to learn more about consumer awareness and acceptance of E-85 as a motor vehicle fuel by demonstrating its use in GM's flexible-fuel vehicles.

Honda Awards its Environmental Leadership Award for 2005

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO – The State of Illinois' Central Management Services Division of Vehicles was recently awarded the Honda Environmental Leadership Award at the 2005 National Conference of State Fleet Administrators' (NCSFA) in Idaho.

New City of Albany Drug Policy Will Test All Employees

ALBANY, GA – A new city policy for Albany mandates drug testing for all workers, including the mayor and city commissioners.

City of Canton to Use Cameras on City Vehicles to Catch Parking Violators

CANTON, OHIO – The city of Canton may invest in new technology to address downtown parking issues.

Keene Retires as Fleet Manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District

LAS VEGAS – Doug Keene, fleet manager for the Las Vegas Valley Water District since 1993 and a 37-year industry retired Dec. 31. A native of Beckley, W. Va., Keene retired from a nearly 23-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1990 after leading motor transport organizations with more than 5,000 vehicles and 300 Marines.

Ford F-150 Wins AF's 2006 Fleet Truck of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA — Known for its ruggedness, durability, gritty performance, and dependability, the 2006 Ford F-150 upheld its reputation among fleet industry professionals as it brought home Fleet Truck of the Year honors. Sponsored by Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines, this year's annual Fleet Truck of the Year competition featured 25 domestic and imported 2006-MY light trucks.

Tennessee DOT Begins Biodiesel Pilot Fleet Program

KNOXVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced that a biodiesel fuel pilot fleet program is in use at its maintenance facilities in Knoxville and Johnson City.

Government Fleet Magazine Now Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is now accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Chevrolet Impala Wins AF's 2006 Fleet Car of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA — A hit among many commercial fleets, fleet managers selected the completely redesigned 2006 Chevrolet Impala as this year's Fleet Car of the Year. The annual award, sponsored by Automotive Fleet magazine, showcased 53 domestic and import nominees for 2006 — AF's largest-ever selection of cars.

Alt-Fuel Training Materials Available Online

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Energy Department has made available driver training materials for the operation of alternative-fuel vehicles.

San Francisco to Add Clean-Air Vehicles to City's Taxi Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Gavin Newsom joined environmental leaders to announce a major new package of financial incentives to boost the number of compressed natural gas (CNG) and hybrid taxis serving San Francisco.

Wirkus Promoted to Program Assistant for Northern State University

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen promoted Becky Wirkus to program assistant. Wirkus has been with NSU since 1999.

North Dakota buys new batch of flex-fuel vehicles for State Fleet

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's motor pool has added 180 Ford Taurus cars and four Chevrolet pickups that can burn E-85 fuel.

Salt Lake County Names New Fleet Manager

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – John Webster has been named fleet manager of the Salt Lake County vehicle operation.

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