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City in Canada Installs Wing Plow Cameras

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA – The city of Mississauga became the first city in Canada to install 13 new wing plow cameras on winter maintenance equipment, according to www.mississauga.ca.

Delay in Possible Purchase of City Vehicles Due to Outstanding Loans

NEW ALBANY, IN – The New Albany City Council has held off on the possible purchase of new police cars and garbage packers, according to the New Albany Tribune.

Family of Boy Killed by U.S. Government Vehicle May Sue

PITTSBURGH – The family of a Baden boy killed by a government-owned vehicle has been gathering evidence with the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government, according to the Beaver County Times.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Proposes Selling Ads on Garbage Trucks

LOS ANGELES – As a way to fund the hiring of new police officers, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel has proposed selling advertising space on city garbage trucks, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

ATC Selects DriveCam for Fleet of Transit Buses

SAN DIEGO – ATC has selected the Driving Feedback System from DriveCam Video Systems for ATC's 1,600 transit buses in its national fleet.

Hybrids Replace SUVs and Sedans as Vehicles for Arkansas Government Officials

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR – Many central Arkansas government officials are replacing their sedans and SUVs for hybrids, according to the Associated Press.

Kaua'i County Adds Gasboy Fuel Management System

LIHU'E, HI – Kaua'i County in Hawaii has selected Gasboy FleetKey as the county's computerized fleet fuel management system.

Anderson County Director Proposes Plan to Save Money

ANDERSON COUNTY, SC – Holt Hopkins, Anderson County (S.C.) transportation division director, has proposed to make each individual department in the county pay "rent" on the true cost of vehicles they use rather than owning them outright, according to the Anderson Independent-Mail.

NTSI Selected to Develop International Driver Safety Program for Soldiers

TUCSON, AZ – The United States Army has put up $1.6 million for a driver awareness program, and has selected the National Traffic Safety Institute to spearhead the four-year campaign. It is expected to launch March 2005.

Study Finds More Police Officers Die in Car Crashes Than Dealing With Criminals

BUFFALO, NY – A new study published in the Journal of Trauma has found that more police officers die each year in patrol car crashes than at the hands of criminals.

New Policy Restricts Use of County Vehicles by Department Heads in Florida

MACCLENNY, FL – A new vehicle policy restricting the use of county cars and trucks to department heads was presented by MacClenny County Manager Jason Griffis.

City of Las Vegas Receives Honda Fuel Cell Vehicle

LAS VEGAS – Two Honda FCX fuel cell (FC) vehicles are scheduled to be leased to the city of Las Vegas, as announced by American Honda.

State-Owned Vehicles Leave No Room for Visitors in Iowa Parking Garage

DES MOINES, IA – After moving hundreds of state-owned vehicles into the new $17 million Capitol parking garage, state officials were reprimanded by lawmakers because the state vehicles took up too many parking spaces, according to the Des Moines Register.

Fleet Equipment Assistant Leads Police on Highway Chase

LODI, CA – Kevin Harr, a fleet equipment parts assistant for the city of Stockton, Calif., led Lodi police on a chase that reached up to 80 mph on Interstate 5, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel.

Contractor Kickbacks Carry Penalty for Oregon DOT Workers

SALEM, OR – According to the Associated Press, 12 Oregon transportation workers will be penalized for accepting gifts from a cleaning chemicals company that sold products to state offices.

MDOT Sends Back Ford Vehicles in Recall

JACKSON, MS – The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been affected by the recent recall on Ford trucks and sport/utility vehicles, according to www.thejacksonchannel.com.

Large Turnout for Spartan Chassis Dealer Meeting

CHARLOTTE, MI – In Las Vegas, Spartan Chassis kicked off a two-day training conference for fire truck dealer partners and apparatus builders.

John Clark to Retire as Director of Transportation Services

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – Effective March 1, 2005, John Clark is scheduled to retire as director of transportation services for Loudoun County, as announced by County Administrator Kirby M. Bowers.

Salt Lake County Puts Six-Month Moratorium on New Vehicle Purchase

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Mayor Peter Corroon will adopt the recommendations of a citizen panel to fix the vehicle program, according to KSL News.

Indianapolis Receives Hybrid Buses From GM

INDIANAPOLIS – The city of Indian-apolis and IndyGo announced the addi-tion of two new hybrid transit buses.

California Taxpayers Spared $1.1 Million by Strategic Sourcing

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Strategic Sourcing Initiative negotiated with car dealers to lower their prices for pursuit vehicles used by state and local public-safety agencies.

Caterpillar Sets Sales and Revenues Milestone

PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar Inc. reported record 2004 sales and revenues of $30.3 billion and a record profit of $2 billion, up 85 percent from a year ago.

U of Oregon Orders Removal of Decal From State-Owned Vehicle

EUGENE, OR – The University of Oregon has been under fire since asking an employee to remove a sticker expressing support for U.S. troops from a state-owned delivery truck, according to OregonLive.com.

Worn Brakes Cause Fatal Fire Truck Crash

KANSAS CITY, MO – The poorly serviced brakes of a Kansas City fire pumper truck contributed to a fatal crash, according to the Associated Press.

Oregon Agencies Start Pilot Program With Flexcar

PORTLAND, OR – Oregon's Department of Administrative Services and Flexcar, the car-sharing company, have entered into a contract together for a six-month pilot program, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.



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