Government Fleet News

Cincinnati Metro Lowers Fuel Costs With Biodiesel

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Metro is now fueling all of its buses with a 50-percent blend of biodiesel and regular diesel fuel. According to a Metro release, the agency intends to use the 50-percent blend in April through October, when the average temperature is over 40 degrees, and then switch back to the normal 20-percent blend in colder months.

The Number Two Cause of Death of Firefighters Is Auto Accidents

CINCINATTI – Drive Train Systems, a division of parent company Drive Train Industries, has released its video-based air brake training solutions. These training systems have been developed to train operators on how to safely drive air brake-equipped fire apparatus. Since the number two cause of death of firefighters is auto accidents.

San Francisco City Fleet Ramps Up Biodiesel Use

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently signed an Executive Directive to accelerate the pace of biodiesel use in city fleets. The city has been a long-term user of a B-20 biodiesel blend (80-percent petroleum diesel, 20-percent biodiesel) with the San Francisco Airport, Department of Public Works, MUNI buses, San Francisco Zoo, and ferries using the fuel successfully.

Oshkosh Truck Gets U.S. Marine Corps Pact

OSHKOSH, WI – Oshkosh Truck received a contract estimated to be worth $740.2 million to supply the Marine Corps with new logistics-vehicle system replacement trucks.

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Puts a Subaru Legacy into Service

SEATTLE – At a public ceremony over the weekend in Port Orchard, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), and Subaru unveiled their latest effort in working together to enhance traffic safety.

Audit Says too Many Vehicles in DOE Fleet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal auditors have found that several Department of Energy (DOE) operations have more vehicles than they use.

Salt Lake County to Phase Out Large Van Use

SALT LAKE CITY – In the wake of two fatal accidents in Utah during the past nine months that have involved large 15-passenger vans, the Salt Lake County Council has voted to immediately ban minors from riding in the vehicles.

Mendocino County Fleet Grappling With Fuel Costs

UKIAH, CA – With the significant rise in fuel costs, Mendocino County, Calif., fleet costs are skyrocketing. The County provides fuel and maintenance for 275 county vehicles, including those driven by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, County Public Health, Social Services, building inspectors, among others.

Mazda Donates Tribute Hybrid Prototypes to the Los Angeles Fire Department

LOS ANGELES – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) has donated five clean-burning, fuel-efficient Tribute Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV) to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). The vehicles are prototypes of Mazda's Tribute compact SUV and are part of 30 total Tribute Hybrid SUVs that Mazda will loan to fire agencies across Southern California.

House Whip Proposes E-85 for Official Congressional Vehicles

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (Md.) has proposed an amendment that would install an E-85 pump near the Capitol Complex for official vehicles to use. The amendment was included in the Manager's Amendment to the FY07 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill.

Winners of NAFA's 2006 Goill Awards Honored at FMI-LEG

ISELIN, NJ – The National Association of Fleet Administrators, Inc. (NAFA) has announced the winners of its Larry Goill Awards for Quality Fleet Management Ideas. This year's winners are Gregg Hodgdon, CAFM, director of fleet operations with E.A. Sween Company in Eden Prairie, Minn., and Erle Potter, state equipment manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) in Richmond, Va.

New Calumet City Graffiti Removal Vehicle Built by City Mechanic

CALUMET CITY, IL – Calumet City officials say they are confident that an old garbage truck converted into a graffiti-removal vehicle will dramatically help to keep the city clean.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office's Fuel Costs Surge

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL – Higher gasoline prices, more vehicles on the road, and a generous take-home car policy are driving the Palm Beach County sheriff's annual fuel costs over the $7 million mark.

Fleet Management Software Guide Published on Fleet-Central

TORRANCE, CA – The Government Fleet article on “How to Select Fleet Management Software,” along with tables, is now available on Fleet-Central.com.

San Francisco City Fleet to Switch to Biodiesel

SAN FRANCISCO – City-owned vehicles in San Francisco, including fire engines, buses, and even a mobile zoo, will use biodiesel fuel now that an executive directive has been issued by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

City of Chicago Places Add-On Order for Additional 550 WebTech Locators

BURNABY, B.C. – Following on the heels of a successful oversubscribed financing of $10 million, the City of Chicago has ordered an additional 550 WebTech WT5000 Locators and associated fleet services for use in the City's Street and Sanitation Department for use in refuse trucks and SUVs. This new order brings the number of WebTech-enabled City vehicles to over 1,700.

Gas Prices Prompt Cities to Consider Smaller Police Cars

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The city of Jacksonville has almost spent its fuel budget for the year with a full five months left to go.

Heil Introduces New Recycle Vehicle Line Brochure

CHATTANOOGA, TN – To help customers choose the right recycle vehicle for their needs, Heil Environmental has created a new brochure covering its recycle vehicle line. The four-page, full-color brochure features the Rapid Rail Co-Collector automated split body recycling unit, Formula 4060 split-body rear loader, and Recycle 2000 semi-automated split-body recycling unit.

Illinois City to Bid on Hybrid Vehicles

CARBONDALE, IL – As a result of rising fuel costs and growing environmental concerns, the City of Carbondale is now considering hybrid vehicles when buying new city vehicles.

Police Fleet Managers Test Driving Skills at NAFA Show

ISELIN, NJ – Nearly 250 police fleet managers from across the United States and Canada tested their driving skills and competed in timed driving events during the recent annual conference and trade show for the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

State of Florida Signs Comdata as its Fleet Card Provider

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Comdata Corp., a provider of payment systems for the transportation and retail industries, has been retained by the State of Florida as its fleet card provider. Comdata will issue fuel cards for the 25,000 state-owned vehicles and will provide line-item detail and authorization prompting data on the usage under a five-year contract.

Police Fleet Managers Flock to NAFA LEG Roadeo

ISELIN, NJ - Nearly 250 police fleet managers from across the US and Canada attended the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) FMI-LEG Conference and Expo, featuring the first-ever NAFA LEG "Roadeo."

McCorkhill Wins Government Fleet's 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA – John McCorkhill, CFM, CAFM, CEM, City of Lynchburg, Va., was presented with Government Fleet's 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and co-sponsored Fleet Counselor Services, May 7 in Orlando, Fla.

FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workship and Information Fair to be Held in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – FedFleet 2006 Fleet Management Workshop and Information Fair will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22. Registration fee is $600. The conference's host hotel is the Westin Bonaventure.

Durham Budget Proposes Tax Increase to Cover City Fleet Fuel Costs

DURHAM, NC - Durham City Manager Patrick Baker made public a recommended 2007 budget May 15 that includes a 3.75-cent property tax increase.

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