Government Fleet News

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Saves $500,000 Annually

ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently paid off the last of their fleet loans by making a final payment of nearly $600,000 on what had been $11 million of debt.

DOE Publishes Notice of Rulemaking on EPACT 2010 Goal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) outlining a proposed modification to the 2010 goal of 30 percent U.S. motor fuel production to be supplied by replacement fuels.

Wayne County Looking to Hire Fleet Manager

GOLDSBORO, NC – Wayne County officials said they are looking to hire a fleet manager to manage the more than 225 county-owned vehicles.

Boston Police Fleet Has 184 Take-Home Vehicles

BOSTON, MA – More than 180 Boston Police Department employees are assigned personal take-home cars, with all gas paid for by taxpayers.

Las Vegas Valley Water District Earns Fleet Certification

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Las Vegas Valley Water District's (LVVWD) Fleet Services Division has successfully completed the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association's (RMFMA) Fleet Certification program and is now a certified Industry Competitive Fleet Management Operation.

California Fuel Cell Partnership Announces Strategy to Further the Commercialization of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

ANAHEIM, CA - On Oct. 4, members of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) announced a plan to further the commercialization of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles at the Orange County Auto Show.

Automakers Get Court Nod to Fight Cal Rules

FRESNO, CA – A federal judge in Fresno turned down California's request to throw out the challenge to the state's greenhouse gas by major automakers.

Major Police Supply Adds In-House Graphics to Complete Turnkey Services for Emergency Vehicles

KENVIL, NJ – Major Police Supply, the emergency vehicle equipment company, has added a full-service, in-house Graphics Division to their service and installation shop in New Jersey.

DoD Wants a Humvee That Sips Gas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department wants a new Humvee because, among other things, the current models consume too much fuel.

Smithtown Chooses CNG to Cut Refuse Collection Costs

SMITHTOWN, NY – Faced with rising refuse collection costs, the Town of Smithtown, N.Y., is requiring its refuse collection contractors to use compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks.

John Deere Power Systems Sponsors Alternative-Fuel Education Day

WATERLOO, IA – John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) is a sponsor of the third National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey, which will take place Oct. 12 at numerous locations in the United States and Canada.

Problems With Heavy-Duty Truck Engines Increase as More Manufacturers Employ New Emission Standards

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA – As manufacturers of heavy-duty truck engines strive to meet government-regulated emission standards by implementing new emission technologies, customers are increasingly experiencing problems with their engines.

Toyota Ramps Prius Production Up by 50 Percent

TOKYO, JAPAN – Toyota Motor Corp. plans to increase production of its Prius hybrid cars in Japan to 300,000 units in 2007, a rise of 50 percent.

Updated ASE Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Manuals Series Released

ALBANY, NY – Thomson Delmar Learning, a leading provider of lifelong learning solutions for customers in the educational and professional markets, and part of The Thomson Corporation, has published the ASE Medium/Heavy Duty Truck Test Preparation Manual Series.

Clean Energy Launches NY CNG Refuse Truck Effort

SMITHTOWN, NY – California-based Clean Energy and Hallahan Truck Sales, a Holtsville, N.Y., natural gas refuse truck dealer, hosted special ceremonies on Sept. 19 to salute Smithtown, N.Y.'s commitment to ensuring a clean-air environment.

Indiana University Considering Outsourcing Motor Pool to Cut Costs

MARTINSVILLE, IN – Indiana University (IU) will solicit proposals next month to find out if it can save money by outsourcing its Bloomington-campus motor pool.

Postal Service Expands Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Testing to West Coast; East Coast Testing Extended Another Year

IRVINE, CA – The U.S. Postal Service has signed an agreement with General Motors to extend for another year hydrogen fuel cell vehicle testing in the Washington, D.C., area and to expand the program to the West Coast.

GM Delivers Chevrolet Police Impalas to NYPD

DETROIT-General Motors Fleet and Commercial Operations recently delivered several hundred Chevrolet Police Impalas to the New York City Police Department.

Bay Area Set to Retrofit 1,700 Diesel Buses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the area's transit systems are near completion of an unprecedented diesel cleanup program.

Bloomington, Ill., City Council Approves Purchase of Hybrid Vehicles

BLOOMINGTON, IL – The Bloomington, Ill., City Council has approved the purchase of four hybrid vehicles that operate on gasoline and electricity.

Wash. Public Agencies Buy More Hybrids Than Gasoline-Powered Cars for First Time

OLYMPIA, WA – For the first time, public agencies in Washington bought more hybrid cars than standard gasoline-powered cars in a model year. Public agencies bought 222 of the hybrid Toyota Prius compared to 218 standard vehicles through state contracts managed by the state Department of General Administration. Agencies also bought 206 hybrid Ford Escape SUVs and 390 flexible-fuel vehicles, those capable of running on a mixture of gasoline and ethanol.

Massachusetts City Debates Adding Personal Use Value to Pension Costs

BEVERLY, MA – Beverly, Mass., City Councilor Bill Coughlin has submitted a proposal that calls on the Beverly City Council to oppose the inclusion of the personal-use value of a city vehicle in computing an employee's pension payment.

UMass Adds Five Buses to Transportation Fleet

AMHERST, MS – It's going to be a little easier to get around U-Mass and the four other colleges in the Amherst area.

Carwash Employee Takes Police Car for Joyride

FOREST PARK, IL – An employee at a carwash in Forest Park jumped into a police car and drove off, only to hit several parked cars and injure a police officer and two fellow carwash employees.

Socorro County Sets Reimbursement Policies

SOCORRO, NM – The Socorro County, N.M., commissioners passed a resolution to set the county's policies on travel and reimbursement in an attempt to standardize the policy interdepartmentally.


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