Government Fleet News

City to Sell Refuse Fleet, Still Owes $5.8M

The City of Fall River, Mass., is privatizing the city trash collection, entering into a 10-year contract with a private provider beginning July 1. The city will sell its refuse fleet, for which it still owes money, for less than its value.

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Calif. County Contracts with Zipcar for Motor Pool

Contra Costa County Calif., Fleet Services, has entered into an agreement to use Local Motion by Zipcar for its motor pool fleet. Zipcar announced the new car sharing product last week.

Oregon ARCO Stations Accepting Voyager Fleet Cards

BP's ARCO-branded fueling stations in Oregon have begun accepting U.S. Bank's Voyager Fleet Cards, the company has announced.

Photo of F-150 XL SSV courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers F-150 Special Service Truck for Police

Ford will offer a special service F-150 truck to law enforcement agencies for the 2016 model year that will compete with existing special service trucks from Chevrolet and Ram Truck. Ford will also offer a special service Expedition large SUV.

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FCA Offers Mopar Fleet Parts Program

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer a Mopar parts and service program for fleets as a one-stop maintenance solution to increase uptime, driver safety, and competitive pricing, FCA has announced.

Aerial view of the Tsutsumi Plant, where Toyota assembles the Prius hybrid, courtesy of Toyota.

Quakes Halt Toyota, Hino Production

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Fuel Prices Up, Crude Oil Production Unlikely to Drop

The price of diesel fuel rose last week for the second straight week, but uncertainty in the crude oil market could curb the increases.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

Terex Recalls Aerial Devices for Pedestal Issue

The recall covers 33 TLM37, TLM40, TLM41 and TLM50 aerial devices in the 2007-2013 model years.

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Public Fleet Hall of Fame Voting Ends Tomorrow

Voting for the 2016 inductees of the Public Fleet Hall of Fame ends Tuesday, April 19. Anyone affiliated with the public fleet industry, including fleet professionals, fleet technicians or other staff members, and suppliers, can vote.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Cruze courtesy of GM.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Offers 42 MPG Highway

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze's 42 miles per gallon on the highway, as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, increased from initial estimates by GM that the compact car would deliver 40 mpg highway.

Ore. Offers $6M for Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) will provide up to $6 million in state tax credits for fleets that replace at least two existing fleet vehicles with new or converted vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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Ford Upgrading 2017 Super Duty's Brakes, Suspension

Ford has beefed up the axles, brakes, hitch, and suspension of its 2017 Super Duty pickups, after removing 350 pounds in weight-saving aluminum body panels, the automaker has announced.

Screenshot via YouTube/MLive.

Mich. Sheriff Adds LED Beacons to Patrol Cars

The Saginaw County (Mich.) Sheriff's Department has equipped its 32 patrol vehicles with retro beacon lights that use brighter LED lighting to increase visibility.

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Zipcar Launches New Car Sharing Technology

Zipcar has launched a new fleet management service called Local Motion by Zipcar, following its acquisition of car sharing technology company Local Motion in August 2015.

Fleet Safety Tip: Preventing the Big Rig ‘Squeeze Play’

When sharing the road with large commercial trucks, drivers need to remember to give truck drivers plenty of room to complete right turns.

Drivers Still Multitasking Behind the Wheel

The majority of drivers (61%) continue to multi-task from behind the wheel, even though nearly every U.S. state and Washington D.C. has laws prohibiting the use of mobile phones while driving, according to a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

(L-R) Lentsch, Reagan, Stine

2016 Fleet Manager of the Year Finalists Announced

Government Fleet has announced three finalists for the 2016 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The winner will be announced in June at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX).

This graph from a presentation about the waste management audit to City Council on April 12 shows the average age of the city's 52 garbage trucks.

Audit: 66% of Refuse Fleet Needs Replacement

An internal audit of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Ga., refuse fleet shows that 55 of the agency’s 83 refuse trucks exceed their useful life due to reduced purchases during the recession.

Photo courtesy of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

EPA Awards Ill. Forest Agency CNG Truck Grant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $23,387 grant to the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County (Ill.) to convert five 2016 Ford light-duty trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Fla. University Awards Fleet Outsourcing Contract

First Vehicle Services has announced that it has been awarded the fleet management contract for Florida International University (FIU). The company will also offer full-service oil changes to the students and faculty.

Source: IIHS

Video: Ford F-150 Leads Pack in Latest Pickup Crash Tests

IIHS recently conducted a round of crash tests for large pickup trucks, and the results were mostly disappointing except for the Ford F-150 SuperCab.

Photo of Chevrolet Express courtesy of GM.

Vehicle Depreciation Accelerating in 2016

Used vehicles depreciated an average of 3.6% in the first quarter compared to 0.6% in 2015 in a signal of sharper depreciation, but values improved in March over January and February levels, according to Black Book.

Average Diesel, Gasoline Costs Expected to Remain Low

A new fuel price forecast from the U.S. Energy Department shows little change from expectations a month ago for the price of diesel, but the outlook for gasoline has moved a little higher.

Photo of hydrogen fuel station courtesy of Air Liquide.

Northeast to Get First Hydrogen Stations

Air Liquide announced locations of four hydrogen fueling stations planned for the Northeast. The stations will be open to the public for consumers of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Photo of F-150 SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

F-150 SuperCrew, SuperCab Draw Top Safety Pick

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the 2016 Ford F-150 pickup a Top Safety Pick for SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations.

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