Government Fleet News

Cities of Tampa, Miami, and Decatur Report Garbage Truck Fires

DECATUR, AL – Another report of a garbage truck surfaced on July 7, adding Tampa, Fla., to a list with Decatur and Miami, Fla., that had trucks made by one company go up in flames, according to the Decatur Daily newspaper.

Salt Lake County Looking to Change Fleet Replacement Cycle

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – Salt Lake County's fleet had been reselling cars an average of 18 months after purchase. Salt Lake County officials, however, are looking to get more use out of their fleet before replacing the unit, according to the Associated Press.

GM Donates E-85 SUV to State of Iowa

PLEASANT HILL — Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack accepted the donation of an E-85-enabled SUV on July 6, saying the vehicle will be used in the state's efforts to promote ethanol, according to the Globe Gazette newspaper.

Los Angeles Airport Awarded Top Honor in Airport Industry Environmental Achievement

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has won this year's Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Environmental Achievement Award in the large-airport class for constructing the first retail hydrogen-fueling and generation station at an airport.

PHH Arval Develops Maintenance and Fuel Cost Capture Capabilities for On-Site Facilities

SPARKS, MD – PHH Arval has developed two new services to help organizations manage fuel and maintenance costs when they operate one or more on-site facilities and also use retail facilities.

Sutey to Retire from Hennepin County after 35 Years

HENNEPIN COUNTY, MN -- Barbara Sutey, director of the Public Works Management Support Department for Hennepin County, will retire July 15 after 35 years of service with county.

Washington State Police Uses Unmarked 18-Wheeler to Ticket Drivers

OLYMPIA, WA – Washington State Police began using an unmarked police 18-wheeler truck and a spotter helicopter in an effort to ticket motorists on the I-5 freeway.

City of Flagstaff Purchases First Hybrid Vehicle to Cut Fuel Costs

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – After approving about $400,000 for petroleum products and gasoline, the Flagstaff City Council took a big step toward reducing these costs and advancing its green community stance by purchasing its first hybrid vehicle, according to the Arizona Daily Sun newspaper.

Gainesville, Florida, Selects CEI for Fleet Accident Management Services

TREVOSE, PA – The City of Gainesville, Fla., and the Gainesville Regional Transit System have selected The CEI Group, Inc. to provide accident management services for its fleets of cars, trucks, and buses.

King County Council Adopts Uniform Reimbursement Program

SEATTLE, WA – No longer will members of the King County Council be reimbursed more per mile for driving their personal SUVs on county business than other council members who drive smaller cars, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Privatized Fleet Maintenance Saving City of Pittsburgh Less Than Expected

PITTSBURGH – The outsourcing of a Pittsburgh-area maintenance garage to private contractor First Vehicle Services of Cincinnati since Feb. 21, 2005, has been a key piece of the city's drive toward fiscal recovery, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper.

El Paso County Dump Truck Driver Asked Loose Bracket To Be Fixed Which Killed a Motorist

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- An El Paso County dump truck driver asked for repairs for a loose mudflap and metal bracket several times before the bracket broke and the mudflap smashed through a windshield and killed a woman, according to the Web site,

FirstGroup America Deploys Datastream 7i to Manage Transportation Fleet Across 400 U.S. Sites

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Datastream Systems, Inc. announced that FirstGroup America, a provider of transportation and fleet services, has deployed the Datastream 7i asset performance management solution across 400 sites in the United States.

Wisconsin Police Use GM's OnStar to Rescue Abducted Baby

DETROIT — Police in Wisconsin are crediting General Motors' OnStar system and the AMBER Alert program with the successful rescue of a 17-month-old child taken from his mother's home.

University of Nebraska's 870-Vehicle Fleet Switches to Biodiesel & E-85

LINCOLN, NB – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 870 cars, trucks, buses, vans, tractors, and utility vehicles now run on alternative fuels produced primarily from Nebraska crops, according to a June 25 report in The Independent.

John Deere Equipment to be GPS-Ready

MOLINE, IL -- John Deere Construction & Forestry Company soon will offer equipment that ships from the factory with hardware, software, and wiring already integrated and ready to support the use of global positioning systems (GPS) or laser guidance systems, according to Ground Maintenance magazine.

City of Olympia May Go 'Nuclear-Free' & Prohibit Purchase of Chrysler Police Vehicles

OLYMPIA, WA – Washington's capital city is considering a plan to declare itself a "nuclear-free zone," according to the Associated Press.

Snohomish County Begins Pilot Program to Evaluate Hybrid Technology

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WA – Snohomish County has taken delivery of three Toyota Priuses and two Ford Escape hybrids as a pilot program to evaluate hybrid technology. The county has provided technician training on the Toyotas and intends to obtain Ford training when it is available, according to Allen Mitchell, Snohomish County fleet manager.

Use of Erie County Government Vehicles Scrutinized

BUFFFALO, NY – Erie County taxpayers spend about $1 million annually on fuel for the entire fleet of county vehicles, according to county authorities as reported by WGRZ TV news.

Whisenhunt Appointed to Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority

ATLANTA – Livia Whisenhunt, president and CEO of PS Energy Group, Inc., was appointed by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).

Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Request Proposals for Biodiesel Projects

CONCORD, NH – The Granite State Clean Cities Coalition and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services have requested proposals for biodiesel projects. Two types of proposals will be considered.

Toyota Highlander Hybrid Certified for the Clean-Fuel Deduction

LOS ANGELES – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has certified the 2006-model year Toyota Highlander Hybrid as being eligible for the clean-burning fuel deduction. This certification means that taxpayers who purchase one of these hybrid vehicles new during calendar year 2005 may claim a tax deduction of up to $2,000 on Form 1040.

Salt Lake County Fleet Manager Plans to Retire

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County's fleet manager plans to retire this fall after unspecified allegations surfaced and an investigation is launched, according to the Associated Press.

Winnebago County Balks at $90 Oil Changes

ROCKFORD, IL - Winnebago County officials are asking why the county is paying the city of Rockford $90 every time a county vehicle gets an oil change at the garage in the downtown Public Safety Building, according to the Rockford Register Star newspaper.

Court of Appeals Rejects Florida Police Class Action Against Ford Motor Co.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – An appellate court on has reversed a trial judge's ruling that would have expanded a Florida Panhandle sheriff's lawsuit over the safety of Ford patrol cars to include police agencies throughout the state, according to the Associated Press.

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