Government Fleet News

Austin City Employee Charged With Stealing Gas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Ray Wilmot, an Austin city employee has been charged with allegedly stealing more than $4,000 worth of gas from the City of Austin.

Santa Barbara City Fleet Goes Biodiesel

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Santa Barbara's fleet of 150 city vehicles will run on diesel fuel blended with virgin soybean oil beginning July 1.

Kalamazoo Police Cars Going Retro

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is going back to the old black-and-white paint scheme for its cars.

Yucca Mountain Cuts 19 Vehicles From Motor Pool After Audit

LAS VEGAS – Yucca Mountain managers have cut 19 vehicles from the project motor fleet after auditors found up to $9.1 million wasted a year on cars, trucks, minibuses, and work vans.

Ulster County Government Tried to Get a Handle on its Auto Fleet

KINGSTON, NY – Ulster County Fleet Manager Victor Work has been trying to get a handle on the county's fleet since his appointment in early-2006. The county's fleet consists of about 500 vehicles, which had no central purchasing, maintenance, or management in place prior to Work's hiring.

City of Huntsville to Buy 10 New Fire Trucks for $3.5 Million

HUNTSVILLE, AL – On June 22, the Huntsville City Council authorized the purchase of 10 new pumper trucks for $3.5 million.

State of Illinois Administration Won't Release State Fleet Study

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Gov. Blagojevich administration of the state of Illinois is claiming that a study of the state's car fleet ordered more than three years ago has generated millions of dollars in savings.

Flexcar Fleet Grows With City of Bellevue Partnership

SEATTLE – Flexcar is expanding its fleet of cars in Bellevue through a partnership with the City of Bellevue, King County Metro, Equity Office, and Unico Properties.

Decatur Seeks Plan to Replace Vehicles Without Bond Issue

DECATUR, AL – Decatur Police Chief Joel Gilliam met with city council members last week, describing an immediate need to develop a fleet replacement program. He said 58 of the fleet's 126 police cars are nearly a decade old.

Police Fleet Expo Set for Aug. 23-27 in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Police Fleet Expo “Navigate Your Future” — designed and operated by the police fleet community to address the specific issues and needs of the police fleet industry — will be held Aug. 23-27, 2006, in Louisville.

WestStart-CALSTART Brings Additional Fleet Expertise to Board of Directors

PASADENA, CA – WestStart-CALSTART, a transportation technology organization, has added George Survant to its board of directors. In his role as director of fleet services for Florida Power and Light (FP&L), managing the company's 3,600-vehicle fleet, Survant brings significant real-world expertise in vehicle and fleet operations, certification, testing, and maintenance.

Merced County Changes Vehicle Policy

MERCED, CA – Merced County is tightening up its policies for top employees after the State Office of Emergency Services concluded that District Attorney Gordon Spencer violated terms of a state grant.

City of Montgomery Decides Not to Outsource Car Washes

MONTGOMERY, AL – Terry Gaddis, director of the fleet management department, wants the City of Montgomery to purchase a $126,000 car wash to replace a 1997 touchless automatic unit that washes 5,000 cars and trucks monthly.

New Jersey to Auction Off 809 State Cars

TRENTON, NJ – Calling it a way to get a small, quick bit of cash and save $1 million a year, Gov. Jon Corzine announced June 21 that the state is ready to begin auctioning off 809 state cars.

Federal Fleet Initiative Moves to FEMP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Fleet (FF) initiative is moving from the U.S. Department of Energy's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program to the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

Pentagon Plans Major Alternative Fuel Buys

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Defense (DOD) is asking companies to submit proposals for supplying 200 million gallons of alternative or synthetic fuel in anticipation of major field tests of vehicles and vessels by the Air Force and Navy in 2008 and 2009.

Stewart Hired by Goodwill Industries to Set Up Mechanic Training Program

MACON, GA – Retired Fleet Maintenance Director Tim Stewart has been hired by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia to set up a mechanic training program and to run its car donation program in Macon and Augusta, Ga.

City of Asheville Adds Five New Alternative Fuel Trucks

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Five new compressed natural gas (CNG) pickups have been put into service by the City of Asheville as part of the city's alternative-fuel vehicles initiative.

Salt Lake City to Amend Ordinance Allowing Certain Employees to Take Home City-Owned Vehicles

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City is proposing a change to its current ordinance that allows certain employees to take home city-owned cars if they live no farther than 35 miles from the corporate city limits of Salt Lake City. Also, police officers are allowed, by ordinance, to use their cars on an unrestricted basis inside Salt Lake County. And, some employees have been assessed fees based on the distance they live from the city.

Ohio State Cars Soon to Use More Ethanol and Biodiesel

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Under an upcoming Ohio bill, which Ohio Gov. Bob Taft is expected to sign into law, state vehicles must buy more of a cleaner-burning mix of gasoline and ethanol.

2006 NCSFA Annual Conference to be Held in Savannah, Ga.

WEST JORDAN, UTAH – The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) will hold its annual conference Sept. 10-15, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Waterfront Hotel in Savannah, Ga., located 15 miles from the airport.

BAF Names Regional Sales Manager

DALLAS – BAF Technologies, a provider of natural gas and propane vehicle upfits, has appointed Dave Loper as regional sales manager for BAF. Loper joins BAF from Hybrid Fuel Systems, where he served as senior account manager.

Labrie Equipment Buys Leach Refuse Truck Lines From Federal Signal

APPLETON, WI – Labrie Equipment Ltd., of Quebec, has finalized its purchase of the Leach refuse truck product lines from Federal Signal Corp., according to Waste News. Labrie will gain control of the assets Aug. 1. The agreement also includes Leach's parts business, which Labrie will acquire Jan. 1, 2007.

Study Shows Portland, San Francisco, & Seattle Tops for Self-Sufficiency

SAN FRANCISCO – Portland, Ore., is the big city doing the best job of making its resources sustainable for future generations to enjoy without passing on a major cost burden, a new study says.

New CNG Facility Opens at Rhode Island Airport

WARWICK, RI – The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has opened a new public use compressed natural gas (CNG) facility at the T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick.

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