Government Fleet News

Cameras to Provide Video Feeds to L.A. Police Cars

LOS ANGELES – A $1.2 million lighting and camera system will soon give officers a preview of what they can expect when responding to a call in the Jordan Downs area of Los Angeles.

Audit Says D.C. Fleet Missing 13 Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) Fleet Management Administration (FMA) has lost track of more than a dozen vehicles.

E-85 Fuel Fires Mean New Tactics for Fire Departments

CHICAGO – E-85 fires should be treated differently than conventional gasoline fires because E-85 is a polar/water-miscible flammable liquid, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Fleet of 13 Postal Vehicles Vandalized

MUKWANAGO, WI – Mukwonago police say vandals smashed the windshields of the entire fleet of the city's 13 postal vehicles.

NextEnergy Center Hosts the Michigan Clean Fleet Conference

DETROIT – On Mar. 22, NextEnergy hosted the Michigan Clean Fleet Conference at its headquarters in TechTown, Detroit. The conference spotlighted technologies, fuels, and funding for cleaner air and transportation cost savings.

Budget Shortfall Sparks Change in Minnehaha County Car Policy

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Minnehaha County suggests fleet policy changes as a result of high gas prices and a taxation glitch, according to the Argus Leader newspaper. County commissioners have requested policy changes that would save money and clarify rules for using fleet vehicles.

Fleet Services Manager Sues Arapahoe County

CENTENNIAL, CO – A 23-year Arapahoe County employee is suing the county in federal court. William Davis, who spent the last 12 years as the county's fleet services manager, said he was allegedly fired for blowing the whistle on wasteful spending.

City Worker Hits His Own Car Then Sues City

LODI, CA – Lodi city employee Curtis Gokey is suing the city for $4,800 in damages caused when a dump truck backed into Gokey's car.

Members of Congress Leases Premium Autos on Taxpayers' Dime

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives can use their office budgets to lease vehicles.

MTA Employee Retires On Eve Of 100th Birthday

LOS ANGELES – Arthur Winston, a service attendant for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, retired on the eve of his 100th birthday after 76 years with the transit agency.

Judge Rules DOE Violated Energy Policy Act of 1992

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the Department of Energy (DOE) is violating The Energy Policy Act of 1992, which was designed to increase the country's use of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Illinois State Police to Patrol Roads on Motorcycles

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police plans to use $550,000 in federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to begin patrolling highways with motorcycles.

Bill Mandates Biodiesel Use by Washington State Fleets

OLYMPIA, WA – A Washington state bill is expected to be signed into law that mandates state vehicle fleets use at least 20 percent biodiesel.

Michigan Receives Nine Homeland Security Vehicles

SOUTH HAVEN, MI – The State of Michigan received nine of 17 heavy rescue trucks manufactured by Michigan-based apparatus builder Spencer Manufacturing and cab and chassis builder, Spartan Chassis, as part of the Regional Response Team Network (RRTN).

Law Enforcement Group Roadeo Set for May 6

ISELIN, NJ – NAFA's Law Enforcement Group (LEG) Chair Wil Massey and LEG Vice Chair/Arrangements Chair Jon Crull have confirmed that the LEG Roadeo will take place May 6, 2006. The Roadeo will be held at the Osceola Sheriff's Training Facility.

Dallas Police to Lease Vehicles

DALLAS – The Dallas Police Department plans to lease cars in an effort to ease a shortage of reliable vehicles.

Wisconsin Governor Issues Ethanol Order for State Fleet Use

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has issued an executive order that requires all state fleet vehicles to reduce the use of petroleum-based gasoline by 20 percent by the year 2010, and by 50 percent by 2015.

Arsenault Introduces Customer Management Module for Dossier

ATCO, N.J. – Arsenault Associates, a provider of vehicle maintenance management software solutions, has introduced Customer Management, a new software module for Arsenault's Dossier Maintenance Software.

Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks Introduces the AC Powered N-Generation

HOUSTON – Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks has introduced its FBC15N-FBC30LN N-Generation of alternating current (AC) powered electric forklift trucks.

Fleet Manager Named City Manager of Livingston, Mont.

LIVINGSTON, MT – Ed Meece has been hired as city manager for the City of Livingston.

New Radios for LAPD Would Cost $51 Million

LOS ANGELES – It will cost $51 million to purchase new radios for Los Angeles Police Department officers.

Fleet Manager Accepts New Position

TUKWILA, WA – Al Spencer has resigned his position as fleet manager for the City of Tukwila, Wash., and has accepted a position as senior project manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which begins March 6.

Maryland Transportation Authority's New Mobile Command Post to Be Showcased at Security Expo

BALTIMORE – A customized mobile command post built by LDV, Inc., has been delivered for use by the State of Maryland Transportation Authority. It will be the centerpiece of LDV's booth at this year's Government Security Expo and Conference scheduled to take place at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center Apr. 26-27. The command center will be utilized for disaster event coordination and communications, as well as planned crowd control situations.

Conn. City Pays EPA Fines for Wastewater Violations at City Fleet Facilities

BOSTON – The City of New Britain, Conn., will pay $50,000 to resolve violations of the federal Clean Water Act as the result of improper discharges of vehicle maintenance wastewaters at the City's Dept. of Public Works and other facilities where municipal vehicles were washed and maintained.

North Dakota Governor Switches From Sedan to E-85 SUV

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven has traded a sedan for an SUV, according to the Web site Hoeven's official car is now a black 2006 GMC Yukon. For the past three years, he's driven a Buick Park Avenue. Both vehicles are leased.

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