Government Fleet News

J.D. Power and Associates Ranks Cat C-15 Highest in Customer Satisfaction

THOUSAND OAKS, CA – J.D. Power and Associates has ranked the Caterpillar C-15 highest in customer satisfaction with vocational heavy-duty truck diesel engines, according to a recently released study on Heavy-Duty Truck Engine/Transmissions. A Caterpillar engine has ranked highest in the vocational segment five consecutive times.

Rockville City Police Outfits Metro Fleet with In-Car Video Systems

ROCKVILLE, MD - ICOP Digital, Inc., a provider of digital in-car video systems for law enforcement, announced that the Rockville City Police Department has ordered 40 ICOP Model 20/20 units for fleet-wide deployment.

ExxonMobil Introduces New Mobil Delvac Extended Life Coolant/Anti-Freeze

FAIRFAX, VA – ExxonMobil has added a new product to its Mobil Delvac lubricants and greases lineup — Mobil Delvac Extended Life Coolant/Antifreeze.

Automotive Lift Institute Offers Updated Vehicle Lifting Points Guide

CORTLAND, NY – The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) has released its new guide called “Vehicle Lifting Points for Frame Engaging Lifts,” which provides a quick-reference, single-source manual for lifting point information as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers.

Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series Updated

POWAY, CA – The Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series includes updates for the A1-A8, C1, L1, P2, and X1 manuals. The full Mitchell 1 ASE Test Preparation Series is a 12-manual Automotive Series comprehensive study guide.

Henderson, NC, Will Deny Personal Use of City Vehicles to Save an Estimated $57,000

HENDERSON, NC – Interim Manager Jerry Moss expects to save the City of Henderson more than $57,000 a year by no longer allowing 35 employees to drive their city vehicles to and from work.

Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Earns ASE Facility of Excellence Award

OSPREY, FL - The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Sarasota, Fla., received the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Facility of Excellence certification. “We were one of the first law enforcement fleets to achieve this and we have obtained it every year since its inception,” said Steve Meadows, fleet administrator for the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

GPS Tracks Police Officers in Charleston, WV

CHARLESTON, WV – Charleston police officers can now spot where other department vehicles are located as a result of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) devices being installed in many of the department's vehicles.

Cleveland Police Win Mercury Mariner Hybrid As Part Of Ford "Hybrid Patrol"

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Division of Police (CPD) on Feb. 24 received the keys to its new 2006 Mercury Mariner Hybrid as part of an award from the Ford Motor Company for helping boost consumers' fuel-economy awareness.

Aging Tires Spark Safety Concern

DETROIT – Michelin USA and Continental Tire North America Inc. have become the latest manufacturers to issue technical bulletins to dealers calling for the replacement of all tires 10 years or older.

City Fleet Not Seeing Savings on Outsourced Maintenance

PITTSBURGH – A privately run garage for Pittsburgh city vehicles has yet to save the city a promised $3 million a year.

City of Haverhill Installs In-House Fueling to Lower Fuel Costs

HAVERHILL, MA – The City of Haverhill installed an in-house fueling site in an effort to curb gasoline costs.

Hoffman Estates Fleet Services Awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – Hoffman Estates Public Works Fleet Services staff recently received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

LEG Roadeo Is Finalized for NAFA FMI

ISELIN, NJ – The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute (FMI) has announced that the Law Enforcement Group's Roadeo will take place May 6. The Roadeo will be held at the Osceola Sheriff's Training Facility and will feature driving skill tests such as serpentine courses, reverse maneuvers, and other challenges.

Judge Rejects Jury's $750,000 Award to Former State Worker that Lack of Proper Fleet Vehicle Violated ADA

OLYMPIA, WA — A judge on Feb. 17 overturned a $750,000 verdict against the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services after a jury determined the agency hadn't made a “reasonable accommodation” for a former employee's disability.

Sterling Trucks Launches Web Site for Municipalities

REDFORD, MI – Sterling Truck Corp. has launched a Web site to assist municipalities in selecting truck specs for their specific applications.

Companies Develop Product That Reduces Maintenance Reaction Time

INDIANAPOLIS – eMaint Enterprises, a provider of on-demand computerized maintenance management solutions (CMMS), and POLARIS Laboratories, an oil testing and data analysis services company, has formed a strategic alliance that will integrate oil analysis results directly into an organization's maintenance management system — eMaint X3 — to reduce reaction time to maintenance issues and improve overall reliability.

Bicycle Joins City Vehicle Fleet; Planner to Demonstrate Conservation Goals

WILLITS, CA – Instead of purchasing a new city vehicle, The City of Willits, Calif., has just bought a bicycle for Community Development Director Alan Falleri.

No Bids for Washington State County Hybrid Vehicle

PORT ANGELES, WA – Clallam County, Wash.'s plan to buy a hybrid vehicle met with silence from local dealers.

Moline Uses Web to Get Top Dollar for City Surplus

MOLINE, IL – Moline City Fleet Manager J.D. Schulte used an Internet auction to sell off back seat cages used in city police cars.

Kansas Saves $5M-Plus Annually From Changes in Fleet Management

TOPEKA, KS – The State of Kansas is saving $5-$6 million a year with improved management of its vehicle fleet, and it captured $28 million in one-time savings from various policy changes.

NYPD to Buy 15 Dodge Charger Police Vehicles

NEW YORK - The New York Police Department plans to buy 15 police versions of the Dodge Charger for a pilot program that will begin this summer.

Clean Cities Congress and Expo to be Held May 7-10 in Phoenix

LAS VEGAS – The Clean Cities Congress and Expo 2006 will be held May 7-10 at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center in Phoenix. The event will feature addresses by public figures and industry leaders, as well as panel discussions on the opportunities for alternative fuels.

Indianapolis Airport to Use New Buses to Aid Passenger Convenience

INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis International Airport has acquired Easy On shuttles from Glaval Bus, which feature the low-floor chassis design for mid-sized buses from Workhorse Custom Chassis.

Vac-Con Celebrate Delivery of 1,000th Sterling Truck

REDFORD, MI – Vac-Con, Inc. recently accepted delivery of its 1,000th Sterling truck from Atlantic Truck Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Vac-Con, a manufacturer of truck-mounted sewer cleaning machines, has been purchasing Sterling trucks from the dealership for eight years.

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