Government Fleet News

Greater Cleveland RTA Testing GM Hybrid Technology

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is testing a transit vehicle — powered by General Motors' hybrid propulsion technology — that will be used for the city's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative called Silver Line.

No Tattoos Allowed for San Bernardino County Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – California's San Bernardino County is banning nose rings and visible tattoos for public employees.

Ohio City Wins Unimog and Use of Implements for One Year

PORTLAND, OR – The City of Brecksville, Ohio, a suburb outside of Cleveland won the “2005 Win a Year's Lease on a Unimog” promotion in a drawing that took place in January. More than 1,000 entries had been submitted. Robert Pech, director of public service for the City of Brecksville, was the contest winner.

The State of Illinois to Fuel Next Generation of State-Owned Vehicles With E-85 and Biodiesel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Three years ago, Gov. Blagojevich challenged the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) to better manage the state's vehicle fleet. Since then, the state fleet has eliminated 1,600 vehicles from the state auto fleet, generated $1.1 million dollars from selling the unneeded vehicles, and reduced overall fuel and maintenance costs by more than $5.3 million in the past two fiscal years.

Bergen County Fleet Comes Under Scrutiny

BERGEN, NJ – The head of Bergen County's Weights & Measures Department and the county's purchasing director have take-home privileges of two vehicles each.

Hoffman Estates Fleet Services Awarded the A.S.E. Blue Seal of Excellence

HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Hoffman Estates Public Works Fleet Services staff recently received the Blue Seal of Excellence Award from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (NIASE).

Fleet Manager Named Trendsetter of the Year by Public Works Magazine

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FL – Gary Emerson, fleet manager for St. Johns County has been named “Trendsetter of the Year” for 2005 by Public Works magazine. Public Works is a national publication for all government public works departments, which include fleet maintenance.

Birmingham Airport Using Biodiesel to Fuel Vehicles

BIRMINGHAM, AL – The Birmingham Airport Authority will begin using biodiesel fuel in all diesel-burning engines in its fleet of vehicles and equipment.

New Executive Director Named for Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association

DENVER – Effective Mar. 1, Karen Bloodworth will assume the position of executive director of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA). She currently is the technical services program manager for the American Public Works Association.

Nearly Half of New Purchases for North Dakota State Fleet E-85 Ready

BISMARCK, ND – With the recent acquisition of 180 new 2006 sedans and four pickups, North Dakota's state fleet now has a total of 282 E-85 vehicles out of a total passenger fleet of 825 vehicles.

Riverside Opens 1st Municipal H2 Fueling Station

RIVERSIDE, CA – Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge, city council members, and Air Quality Management District (AQMD) officials dedicated the first municipal hydrogen fueling station in the Inland Empire at the city's Corporation Yard.

Miami-Dade Garbage Fleet Goes Three Years Without an Oil Change

BOYNTON BEACH, FL – Approximately 200 garbage trucks in the county fleet for Miami-Dade General Services Administration have gone more than three years without an oil change. The vehicles use the puraDYN bypass oil filtration system.

Utah State University Will Buy Small Vans and Buses for its Fleet

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State University (USU) will replace all of its 12- and 15-passenger vans with small buses and minivans. The decision comes after losing eight students and their in-structor in a van rollover.

Los Angeles Police Dept. to Use RFID in Vehicle Chases

LOS ANGELES – By using a compressed air cannon, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) can blast a RFID tag onto a suspect's car and track it with radio-transmitted GPS from a distance.

State Bill Would Affect Buying of New State Fleet Vehicles in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois state government would be required to buy flexible-fuel vehicles that use ethanol and other alternative fuels under a bill approved by the Illinois House Feb. 1.

Arsenault Reports Major Gains in Maintenance Management Technology Market in 2005

ATCO, N.J. – Arsenault Associates Inc., a provider of fleet maintenance management solutions, has announced record growth in 2005 and plans for 2006. Charles Arsenault, company founder and president, said Arsenault Associates acquired 80 new fleet clients in 2005. Revenues grew by 18 percent over the previous year.

GE Commercial Finance Fleet Services to Use Black Book Commercial Index for Resale Benchmarking

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – GE Commercial Finance Fleet Services has selected Black Book National Auto Research, a provider of wholesale pricing guidebooks, as its resale benchmark. GE will be the first fleet leasing company to benchmark used-vehicle sales performance against the Black Book Commercial Index.

Bill Requiring Colorado to Fuel State Trucks With Biodiesel Clears Senate Committee

DENVER – A bill that would require the State of Colorado to fill its trucks' gas tanks with biodiesel passed 5-1 in the State Senate Transportation Committee.

Networkcar Announces Three-Year Agreement With Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar, which specializes in remotely monitoring vehicle location and diagnostics, has been awarded a three-year agreement to provide its Networkfleet wireless vehicle management system to the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago (MWRD).

South Dakota Governor Signs Executive Order on Biodiesel

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds signed an executive order promoting the use of biodiesel fuels in South Dakota.

Compton Upgrades its Firefighting and Rescue Fleet

COMPTON, CA – Compton officials recently christened a $3-million firefighting and rescue fleet — the first significant update in the city's emergency response equipment in two decades.

Illinois State Fleet Burning More E-85 and Biodiesel

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Many of Illinois state vehicles currently on the road are running on E-85 or biodiesel, and the number of those state vehicles continues to grow.

Networkcar Announces Three-Year Agreement with East Bay Municipal Utility District

SAN DIEGO – Networkcar, a Reynolds and Reynolds company specializing in remotely monitoring vehicle location and diagnostics, was awarded a three-year contract to provide Networkcar's Networkfleet wireless vehicle management system to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EB-MUD) located in Oakland, Calif.

Government Fleet Magazine Accepting Nominations for 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

TORRANCE, CA - Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the 2006 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award. The annual award, now in its second year, sponsored by Automotive Resources International (ARI) and Fleet Counselor Services, Inc., will be presented at the National Association of Fleet Administrators' (NAFA) Fleet Management Institute, held May 6-9 in Orlando, Fla.

Durham, N.C. to Replace Half of 1,353-Vehicle City Fleet

DURHAM, NC – The Durham, N.C., City Council has been told by an independent consultant that almost half of the city fleet of 1,353 cars and trucks is overdue for replacement and officials should buy $11.5 million worth of new vehicles in the coming fiscal year to reduce the backlog, according to The Herald-Sun newspaper.

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