Government Fleet News

Minnesota Governor Getting New Vehicle Fueled by E-85

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is replacing his gasoline-powered Chevy Suburban with a Suburban that runs on 85-percent ethanol, E-85. The state will take delivery on the new black Suburban in November.

Fleet Awards to be Presented to Ft. Worth and Ft. Wayne

FT. WORTH, TEXAS and FT. WAYNE, IN – Austin Energy will sponsor a seminar by Fort Worth Fleet Department Nov. 17. Purdue University will host the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec. 15.

University of Washington Motor Pool Operations Earns ASE Blue Seal of Excellence

SEATTLE – The University of Washington Motor Pool Operations maintenance shop received the Institute of Automotive Service Excellence's (ASE) Blue Seal of Excellence for 2005-2006.

City of Maryville Fuels Fleet Only With B-20 Biodiesel

MARYVILLE, TN — The City of Maryville has decided to fuel its fleet entirely with biodiesel.

Allen County May Consider Acquiring E-85 Fleet Vehicles

FT. WAYNE, IN — Allen County Council member Roy Buskirk has recommended that the county investigate buying vehicles that run on ethanol-based fuel when replacing old cars.

Berkeley Planning to Buy Hybrid Cars for City Fleet

BERKELEY, CA — Berkeley city council members recently voted to authorize the purchase of new hybrid cars to update the city's sedan fleet.

NAFA Atlanta Chapter's Fleet Industry Symposium to Be Held Nov. 17-19

STOCKBRIDGE, GA – The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) Atlanta Chapter's Fleet Industry Symposium 2005 will be held Nov. 17-19 at Manheim's DRIVE Center in Stockbridge, just outside of Atlanta.

San Francisco Reduces City Fleet

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom reported in his annual State of the City address that San Francisco reduced the number of the city's vehicle fleet by 21 percent, resulting in $1.2 million dollars in annual savings.

Results Released for Michigan State Police Evaluation Program for Charger and Magnum

AUBURN HILLS, MI — The Michigan State Police announced preliminary results of its 2006-model year Police Vehicle Evaluation Program, which included evaluation of the Dodge Charger and Magnum.

California Air Qaulity Board OKs Diesel Bus Trade-Off

DIAMOND BAR, CA — California's air quality board has left intact a stringent smog-fighting standard for new buses but will allow transit agencies to keep buying more highly polluting diesel buses as long as they compensate by retrofitting some old ones.

American Trucking Association Endorses B-5

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The American Trucking Associations' (ATA) board of directors has unanimously endorsed an energy resolution that includes promoting low blends of biodiesel as part of the organization's efforts to help shape a strong national energy plan.

Police Cruisers Going Retro

NEW YORK — Several police departments across the country are converting their police cruisers to the classic black and white squad cars from decades ago.

Las Vegas to Reduce Fleet After Audit Finds a Surplus of Vehicles

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas city audit of 1,247 vehicles found that the city owns about 30 vehicles more than it needs. Disposing of them could save about $700,000.

DFW International Airport Receives Energy Efficiency Award

DALLAS-FT.WORTH — The Alliance to Save Energy, a U.S. energy conservation group, recently presented the “Star of Energy Efficiency” award to the DFW International Airport for its work in reducing energy consumption and air pollution, and making North Texas a “greener” place to live and visit.

Massachusetts State Senate Bill Provides Incentives for Hybrid & Alternative Vehicle Use

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate has passed legislation to encourage the development, purchase, and use of hybrid and alternative vehicles in Massachusetts, creating a broad variety of incentives to promote the purchase of hybrid vehicles over the next three years.

Monmouth County to Auction 53 City Vehicles

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Monmouth County will auction off 53 vehicles in late-October, according to the Asbury Park Press. Last month, 69 Monmouth County employees — including most depart-ment heads — were told they will no longer be permitted to use all-expenses-paid county vehicles to commute to work.

State Auditor Assails Knott County Spending Practices

HINDMAN, KY — An audit of Knott County, Kentucky, has been referred to the state attorney general's office, the Kentucky State Police, the FBI and the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Ann Arbor City Fleet to Test Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle

ANN ARBOR, MI — The city of Ann Arbor will be road testing the Ford Focus by using it in its fleet for the next three years, according to the Web site www.fuelcellworks.com. Ann Arbor al-ready operates 150 alternative-fuel vehicles.

University of Virginia Switches to B-20 Biodiesel for its 30-Bus Fleet

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — The University of Virginia is adding B-20 biodiesel to fuel its 30-bus fleet.

U.S. Postal Service Fleet Operations Outsources Waste Management With Safety-Kleen

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year exclusive contract by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to provide hazardous and regulated waste management solutions.

Highland Park Creates Hybrid Motor Pool Using 21 Toyota Priuses

HIGHLAND PARK, IL — Highland Park Public Works Department has completed a six-month comparison of fuel costs for 21 Toyota Priuses they bought earlier this year.

City Fleet Manager Gets Two Years House Arrest for Embezzlement

GREENVILLE, MS — Former Greenville city department head Terry Robertson was sentenced to two years of house arrest and was ordered to pay back the city more than $18,000 after being convicted of embezzling city funds, according to the Delta Democrat Times.

Feds Settle Discrimination Suit Against L.A. Transportation Agency

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Justice Department settled a lawsuit alleging that the county's transportation authority refused to accommodate a bus driver who requested time off to observe Jewish holidays.

New Mexico Governor Gets New Ford Escape Hybrid

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took possession of a new Ford Escape hybrid SUV today from Bob Turner Ford in Albuquerque.

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