Government Fleet News

City of Knoxville Holds Surplus Vehicle Auctions

KNOXVILLE, TN – Auctions held each month by the City of Knoxville feature vehicles seized in drug raids, DUI arrests, and those found abandoned on the streets.

Pierce Manufacturing Unveils New Fire Truck With New Features

APPLETON, WI – Pierce Manufacturing Company unveiled its new truck at the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2006 convention in Dallas.

Morris County to Cut Down on Use of County Vehicles

MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morris County freeholders approved a new employee car policy that will reduce the number of vehicles in six county departments by more than half.

Los Angeles Airport Receives Alternative-Fuel Airfield Buses

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has received 12 higher-capacity, compressed natural gas (CNG), airfield buses from North American Bus Industries, Inc.

Man Files Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Against Suffolk, Va., in Garbage Truck Crash

SUFFOLK, VA – The city of Suffolk, Va., faces a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that accuses municipal officials and employees of putting motorists at risk when the city allowed its garbage trucks to park on its roads and highways to pick up trash.

Urbana to Consider Permit for Fleet Maintenance Facility

URBANA, IL – The Urbana, Ill., City Council will consider whether to issue a special use permit to allow Champaign County government to build a new highway fleet maintenance building at the southeast corner of East Main Street and Lierman Avenue.

Segway Recalls Entire Fleet of Personal Transporters

NEW YORK – On Sept. 14, Segway — famous for its Segway Personal Transporter scooters — announced a recall of all 23,500 machines it has sold to date.

City of Ukiah Adds Hybrids to its Fleet

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

First Public E-85 Station Opens in Florida

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – The first public E85 retail station in the state of Florida has opened. The Inland Food Store at 3500 North Monroe in Tallahassee is the location of this first public E85 station in the Florida.

Pittsburgh Fleet Outsource Agreement Over-Budget

PITTSBURGH, PA – An Ohio company hired last year to streamline maintenance of the City of Pittsburgh's 1,000-vehicle fleet and cut costs is projected to exceed its three-year spending limit.

Charlotte City Council OKs Purchase of Video Cameras for Police Fleet

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte City Council voted 6-4 to spend $4.5 million over five years for digital video cameras in police vehicles.

Winston-Salem Names City Manager to Oversee Fleet Services Department

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The City of Winston-Salem has hired Martha Wheelock to be the city manager.

Under the hood: Clinton takes a look at the Mariner Hybrid's four cylinder electric combination motor

Former President Clinton to Get Custom Hybrid SUV

NEW YORK – Former President Bill Clinton will take delivery of a specially outfitted ‘Presidential Edition' Mercury Mariner Hybrid SUV later this month.

NAFA President Gibbens Speaks at Virginia DOT Award Ceremony

ISELIN, NJ – Charles Gibbens, Jr., president of the National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA), addressed the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) Annual Equipment Repair Supervisors/Managers Workshop on Aug. 23-24, 2006.

Flagstaff to Implement Program to Limit Greenhouse Gasses

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Officials in Flagstaff, Ariz., agreed to undergo a major push to inventory pollution sources and limit their future output in a continuing effort to ‘go green.'

California Switches to New Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel Fuel

SACRAMENTO, CA – The state of California has made the switch to new Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel in preparation for new, cleaner-operating, heavy-duty trucks equipped with advanced emission control systems that debut next January.

University of Florida Implements Green Fleet Initiatives

TALAHASSEE, FL – A recent University of Florida (UF) event demonstrated the school's first ethanol fuel station.

Heil Environmental Sells its Truck Equipment Business

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Heil Environmental sold its truck equipment business, consisting of the Heil Truck Equipment Group and Heil South distributorship, to Truck Bodies and Equipment International, Inc., a portfolio company of Kirtland Capital Partners.

Police Car Squabble Has Judge Seeing Red

PATERSON, NJ –Police cars in Paterson, N.J. will continue to be painted in the colors of red, white, and blue, according to a recent state court settlement brought on by a political feud.

Hybrids May Replace SUVs in County Fleet

EAGLE, CO – The Eagle County, Colo., commissioners have asked for bids to buy as many as 20 gas/electric hybrid cars — possibly Toyota Priuses and a handful of Toyota Camrys — to replace the same number of vehicles in the county's current fleet.

Police Car Tech Woes for Gilroy Police Department

GILROY, CA – State-of-the-art computers installed over the past two years in 28 Police Department police cruisers for the City of Gilroy have gone haywire, costing the city more than $50,000 in repairs and replacement parts.

Des Moines Police to Test 8 Honda Accord Hybrids in Pilot Program

DES MOINES, IA – Des Moines taxpayers will pay more than $220,000 for eight new hybrid police cars — a move officials said could save thousands of dollars as gasoline prices remain high.

Zipcar Expands Partnership With City of Somerville

SOMERVILLE, MA – The City of Somerville has expanded its partnership with Zipcar, North America's largest car sharing company, to provide more area residents and businesses with a cost-effective and greener alternative to car ownership.

Record Use of Biofuels by Illinois State Fleet

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Building on efforts to help support Illinois' farmers and to expand the use of clean and renewable energy, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced a record use of biofuels and a dramatic increase of flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs) in the State's motor vehicle fleet.

LoJack-Equipped Dump Truck Leads Police to Chop Shop Bust

WESTWOOD, MA – A LoJack-equipped Sterling dump truck was instrumental in helping the Multi-Agency Auto Theft Task Force of Palm Beach County, Fla., uncover a chop shop that specialized in the dismantling of dump trucks. Four dump trucks, a cargo container, and a trailer were recovered with an estimated value of $200,000. One suspect has been arrested.


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