Government Fleet News

John Deere & Hitachi Launch Fuel Reimbursement Program

John Deere and Hitachi have launched a Fuel Advantage Program that aims to reward lower fuel consumption, provides quarterly reports to help operators improve fuel efficiency, and incentivize users to work closely with their dealers.

GFX Registration Opens, Educational Sessions Announced

Registration is now open for the 2016 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) in Nashville. The conference will take place June 20-23 at the Music City Center.

Video Tip: Buckling Up in Back

Rear-seat passengers are three times more likely to die in a crash if they’re unbuckled, so it's important for fleet drivers to make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts each and every trip.

Photo of 2016-MY Dodge Grand Caravan by Paul Clinton.

FCA to Eventually Discontinue Grand Caravan

FCA US will eventually phase out its Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, as the company focuses on its revamp of the Chrysler Town & Country for 2016 and existing Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City vans.


Mercury Associates Hires Republic's Fleet Manager

Steve Saltzgiver has been named senior associate at Mercury Associates, Inc., a fleet consulting company. Saltzgiver assumed this position in October.

File photo of Toledo Edison fleet vehicles.

Northeast Utilities Prep Trucks for Winter Safety

FirstEnergy subsidiaries are preparing for winter weather by completing inspections and conducting maintenance on weather-sensitive equipment.

U.S. Capitol Photo: David Cullen

Highway Bill Signed by President Obama

Ten years in the making, a fully funded highway bill that runs longer than two years has become law.

House T&I Chair Bill Shuster (l.) and T&I Ranking Member Peter DeFazio

House Passes FAST Act Highway Bill

The House of Representatives on Dec. 3 approved by a wide bipartisan margin the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the compromise highway bill legislation that emerged Dec. 1 from the House-Senate Conference Committee.

Photo of 2017 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Increase 12.5% for November

Sales of vehicles to government fleets from nine manufacturers increased 12.5% to 17,363 for the month of November, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Charts courtesy of USEPA.

EPA Finalizes Volumes for Biofuel Blending

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has finalized the volume requirements under its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for blending with the nation's fuel supply that includes increases from existing levels but falls short of expectations from producers.

Photo courtesy of Vision Fleet.

Vision Fleet Wins Back Indianapolis Leasing Contract

Vision Fleet will lease battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, and provide charging infrastructure to the City of Indianapolis, following legal and political entanglements over the company's previous deal with the city.

Photo: U.S. DOT

New Highway Bill Scores High Marks

Reaction of industry stakeholder groups to the highway bill compromise forged by Congress is mixed, but decidedly more positive than negative.

The city plans to add 2,000 electrified vehicles to its fleet. Pictured are Chevrolet Volts used by the Parks Department. Photo courtesy of DCAS.

New York City to Add 2K Electrified Vehicles

New York City will replace 2,000 sedans with battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which would make it the largest electrified vehicle fleet of any U.S. city.

Tenn. Worker Fired After Dump Truck Strikes Colleagues

A Bradley County (Tenn.) Road Department employee has been terminated after he struck two colleagues with a county dump truck while backing up.

Photo: David Cullen

Congress Forges 5-Year Highway Bill Compromise

The House-Senate conference committee charged with writing a compromise highway bill announced completion today of the FAST Act, a "fully funded five-year plan for surface transportation reauthorization.”

Photo via Flickr

Conn. Offering Grants for Fleet ZEV Adoption

Connecticut is providing $1 million in state grant funding to encourage government fleets to add zero-emission vehicles and EV charging infrastructure, and encourage consumers to purchase battery-electric vehicles with rebates.

Photo via Wikipedia.

NHTSA Delays EV Warning Noise Requirements

The deadline for requiring hybrids and electric vehicles to produce pedestrian-alerting noises to warn sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists has been pushed back until March.

Diesel Prices Continue Sliding Toward Lows

With diesel and gasoline prices consistently falling all year, there is no sign of a permanent rebound as prices approach new lows.

Minn. State Fleet Director to Retire

Paul Hanson, CAFM, director of Fleet and Surplus Services for the Minnesota Dept. of Administration, will retire this week. The state has posted the opening for the fleet director position online.

File photo

N.C. City's Donated Vehicles Questioned

The City of Wilmington, N.C., will continue to donate some of its used vehicles to local nonprofits after the City Council rejected a proposal to end the practice.

Safety Tip: Dealing With Headlight Glare

In the view of some drivers, this problem has grown much worse. Here's some advice from AAA as well as news about upcoming technology that might help.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Tests 2017 Super Duty with Aftermarket Equipment

Ford has tested the 2017 F-Series Super Duty truck to ensure that it can perform while equipped with popular aftermarket equipment fitted to its cargo box.

Photo of City of Albuquerque refuse truck via Solid Waste Entertainment/YouTube.

Albuquerque Investing $33M in Refuse Trucks

The City of Albuquerque is rolling out an aggressive vehicle replacement plan for its refuse fleet to add 397 vehicles over a 10-year period, the city announced.

Photo courtesy of SCDOT Facebook page.

SCDOT Suffers Minimal Fleet Damage From Flooding

The minimal damage South Carolina Department of Transportation’s fleet sustained will help it continue repairs on flood-stricken roads.

Chris Urmson Photo: U.S. DOT

DOT to Host Self-Driving Vehicle Talk with Google Expert

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a talk on self-driving vehicles with the director of Google’s Self-Driving Car Program, Chris Urmson.

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