Government Fleet News

Car Lease Perk Eliminated for Pennsylvania State Senators

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania state legislature is enacting cutbacks in members' perks after a legislative pay raise sparked taxpayer revolt and was repealed last summer.

City of Decatur, Ala., Writes Off About $200,000 After Garbage Truck Mistake

DECATUR, AL – A multimillion-dollar bond issue slated for approval in the fall could compensate for a garbage-truck mistake that cost Decatur taxpayers $200,000 or more.

City of Wichita Weighs Privatizing Fleet Maintenance

WICHITA, KS – Troubled by its management culture and slow-paced repair work, the city of Wichita may turn over its fleet maintenance division to an Ohio company.

City of Flint Shows Off its New Fleet of City Garbage Trucks

FLINT, MI – The City of Flint's new fleet of 20 garbage trucks has been launched and is on the road.

Toledo Employees Banned From Reading in City Trucks

TOLEDO, OHIO – Truck drivers for the City of Toledo won't be able to spend their breaks reading newspapers or magazines in their trucks now that the city has banned them.

City of Peoria in Arizona Implements Biodiesel Program

PEORIA, AZ -- The City of Peoria, Ariz., implemented a biodiesel program this week as part of the City's clean air program.

Arsenault Associates Moves to Expanded Headquarters

ATCO, N.J.-- Arsenault Associates Inc., the provider of Dossier fleet maintenance management software and technology solutions, announced it has completed plans to move the company headquarters to expanded space in Burlington, N.J.

UCLA Fleet Services Recognized as a Model Pollution Prevention Vehicle Service and Repair Facility

LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA Fleet Services has been recognized for becoming a model pollution prevention vehicle service and repair facility from the California Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

Utah Highway Patrol to Replace Fleet With Dodge Chargers

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) will add 350 Dodge Chargers to its police vehicle fleet over a three- to four-year period starting with 2006-models.

The State of Oklahoma Awards Fleet Management Software Contract to Maximus

RESTON, VA –, The state of Oklahoma awarded a fleet management software contract to implement FleetFocus, the company's transportation enterprise asset and maintenance management solution.

City of Pine Bluff, Ark. Debates Take-Home Vehicle Policy

PINE BLUFF, AR – A debated city ordinance regulating the use of Pine Bluff city-owned vehicles topped Pine Bluff City Council's agenda, according to the online edition of the Pine Bluff Commercial.

Gasoline Theft From Fleet Vehicles on Rise

DECATUR, IL – Police in Decatur, Ill., report gasoline thefts are on the rise and sometimes involve hundreds of dollars worth of fuel, according to the Herald & Review. Thieves — who are targeting fleet vehicles, large vans, or trucks — cut the filler hose to the gas tank and siphon out the fuel, bypassing any locking gas line caps. Not only is the gasoline lost, but the vehicles are damaged as well.

City of Oakland Acquires New Clean-Air Vehicles

OAKLAND, CA – The city of Oakland has added two more clean-air vehicles to its fleet as part of a continuing effort to reduce pollution in the city, according to Bay City News Wire. A grant from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District allowed the city's Public Works Agency to replace two of its diesel-powered units with clean-burning compressed natural gas vehicles.

$1 Million Dollars in Clean Transportation Funding Available to Local Governments

DIAMOND BAR, CA – The Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) is offering funding to local governments for projects that will help improve air quality.

Laurel, Mont., City Council Considers Employee Vehicle Use Policy

LAUREL, MT – The Laurel, Mont., City Council has unanimously voted 8-0 to postpone a resolution authorizing Mayor Ken Olson to execute a revised contract for Perry Asher, the administrative assistant to the mayor position. The major change in the contract would be language providing a city vehicle for Asher's personal use, according to the Laurel Outlook newspaper

Salt Lake City International Airport to Receive New CNG-Powered Parking Lot Buses

SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City International Airport is preparing to receive the first of what will be a fleet of 19 new CNG-powered parking lot buses. They are being built by ElDorado National at their Riverside, Calif., plant.

Havre, Mont., Restricts Cell Phone Use With City Equipment & Vehicles

HAVRE, MT – Safety has been made a top priority for the City of Havre, Mont., for the last four months. The city's Safety Committee meets each month to work on the adoption of a revised version of Havre's safety policy, according to the Havre Daily News

Gwinnett County Fleet Maintenance Recognized by the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Program

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Gwinnet County Fleet maintenance has earned Blue Seal of Excellence as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive/truck repair and service professionals. Today, more than 400,000 professionals are ASE certified.

Rocky Mountain Annual Fleet Management Regional Conference and Equipment Show to Be Held Oct. 17-20

WESTMINSTER, CO – The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) will hold its 2006 Fleet Management Conference & Trade Show on Oct. 17-20, 2006, in Westminster, Colo.

LDV Delivers New Cyber Crime Unit to Combat Internet Sex Crimes

NORWICH, CT – A customized cyber crime mobile command unit built by LDV, Inc. is heading for the City of Norwich Police Department. According to Chief of Police Louis Fusaro, the idea for a cyber crime unit came about when Congressman Rob Simmons acknowledged the good work the City of Norwich Police Department was doing with a limited Internet crime prevention budget.

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.


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