Government Fleet News

Lease-Purchase Acquisition Program Adopted in Jefferson County

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Jefferson County Commission agreed to change the way it replaces vehicles by switching to a lease-purchase system, according to the Birmingham News.

Ford Delivers Police Cars in Ark., but Requires Waiver

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Ford Motor Co. has become a target of an Arkansas attorney general's investigation of cars that the company sells to police agencies, and has since required signed waivers from customers if they want to receive their cars, according to the Associated Press.

Northampton County Considers Consultant on Whether to Hire a Fleet Manager

LEHIGH VALLEY, PA – Mercury Associates Inc. has placed an offer to Northampton County to do consulting work to study whether Northampton County could oversee its vehicles more efficiently by hiring a fleet manager, according to the Morning Call.

I.D. Systems Wins USPS Contract

HACKENSACK, NJ – I.D. Systems Inc. has announced that it has received a contract from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to deploy I.D. Systems' Wireless Asset Net industrial equipment tracking and management system.

Marion County Sheriff's Office Techs Receive EVT Certificates

MARION COUNTY, FL – The Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) Certification Commission awarded five members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office the first-ever certificates for becoming certified law enforcement technicians.

Asbury Park Considers Alt-Fuel Fleet for Cost Savings

SEASIDE PARK, NJ – Asbury Park, N.J., will begin considering alternative fuel vehicles when it comes time for future purchases, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Biodiesel Gets Test Run in Forsyth County Fleet Trucks

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Forsyth County (N.C.) officials have started the trial use of biodiesel fuel in the county's truck fleet, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Marshfield, Wis., Puts the Brakes on Take-Home City Vehicles

MARSHFIELD, WI – In the City of Marshfield, Wis., city-owned vehicles may no longer be used for commuting due to a unanimous Board of Public Works decision.

NYC Department of Correction Seeks Fleet Contractor

NEW YORK – The New York City Department of Correction is currently seeking competitive sealed bids for the services of a contractor to provide repairs, overhaul, mobile service, tire service, fleet management, vehicle fueling, and other related services for the automotive fleet of the department.

St. Louis County Board Approves $1 Million Vehicle Purchase

DULUTH, MN – A total of 59 vehicles costing $1,025,558.22 received approval for purchase by the St. Louis County Board as it re-organized for business in 2005, according to the Mesabi Daily News.

Crawford County Sheriff Gets 'No' Vote on New Pickups

FORT SMITH, AR – A proposal by Crawford County's new sheriff to purchase five new patrol pickups was rejected on Jan. 3 by the Arkansas county's Quorum Court, according to the Times Record newspaper.

Nearly Half of Police Officers' Deaths in 2004 Traffic-Related

ISELIN, NJ – Law enforcement organizations reported that 154 officers died in the line of duty in 2004, nearly half of them in traffic-related accidents, according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators' Fleet Focus e-mail newsletter.

First Vehicle Services Receives ISO9001:2000 Certification

CINCINNATI – First Vehicle Services has announced that it has become the first and only company in the vehicle fleet management market to receive ISO9001:2000 certification.

Chicago Gives City Vehicles New Decals

CHICAGO – After paying more than $11 million in traffic accident settlements last year, Chicago officials are slapping "How's my driving?" decals on city vehicles, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

First Vehicle Services Renews Contract With Beaufort County, S.C.

CINCINNATI – First Vehicle Services has announced the renewal of its agreement with Beaufort County, S.C., for the provision of total fleet maintenance and management services on a three-year contract.

Networkcar Receives Federal Supply Contract

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar announced that it has been awarded a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule Contract.

LAPD Camera System Helps Arrest Car Thieves

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Police Department is testing a camera system that could improve its chances of arresting car thieves, according to the Associated Press.

Vermont to Consolidate State Fleet

MONTPELIER, VT – After years of allowing each arm of state government to buy and maintain its own vehicles, Gov. Douglas' administration is consolidating management of most of the 1,088 state-owned vehicles in the Department of Buildings and General Services, according to the Associated Press.

Puerto Rico Governor Announces Reduction in Vehicle Fleet

SAN JUAN, PR — Puerto Rico Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila on Jan. 3 announced that he will reduce the vehicle fleet at La Fortaleza to 27 from 52, according to the Associated Press.

Officer's Death Prompts Switch Of Dallas Police Cars

DALLAS — Two years ago, Dallas police Officer Patrick Metzler died after his Ford Crown Victoria patrol car exploded following a rear-end collision.

Ft. Wayne to Prohibit Vehicle Take-Home if Vehicle Driven Fewer than 6,000 Miles Annually

FT. WAYNE, IN – More than four months after it was first proposed, a policy restricting the use of county-owned vehicles is expected to be approved on Dec. 28 by the Allen County Commissioners, according to the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel newspaper on December 27.

Gov. Perdue Plans to Cut Georgia's Fleet of State Vehicles

ATLANTA — Gov. Sonny Perdue vowed on December 22 to cut the state's fleet of cars by 2,000 before the end of June, part of an initiative to save tax dollars by keeping better track of state vehicles, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Fuel Excise Tax Uncertainties Continue

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Uncertainty continues as a result of recent Congressional action that threatens the ability of government and educational fleets to use fleet credit card companies to recover the gasoline excise tax, according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

City of Ripon to Convert Half of Municipal Fleet to CNG

RIPON, CA — It's only a matter of time until almost half of Ripon's city fleet will be powered by compressed natural gas, according to Manteca Bulletin newspaper.

Kansas City Fire Truck Involved in Fatal Accident Had Bad Brakes

KANSAS CITY, MO — Some Kansas City Council members said December 23 they wanted to know why a fire pumper with improperly adjusted brakes was in use when it was involved in a fatal accident, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper.

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