Government Fleet News

Two Government Fleets Acquire New Internet-Based Fleet Management System

FITCHBURG, MA — Louisville Metropolitan Public Works and Lexington Fayette Urban County Government announced that they have acquired FleetWave, an Internet-based fleet management system offered by Chevin Fleet Solutions.

CARB Okays Diesel Hybrid Buses for Diesel Path

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Air Resources Board (CARB) conditionally approved the use of diesel hybrid-electric buses (HEBs) for use by some transit agencies in California on June 24, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Federal Funds for Natural Gas Vehicles Aimed at Improving Kansas City Air Quality

SHAWNEE, KS — To improve air quality, Shawnee, Kan., this fall will invest city and federal funds in a compressed natural gas fueling station and three compressed natural gas fuel cars, according to the Kansas City Star newspaper on July 8.

Street Sweeper Heist Foiled

JACKSON, MI — A 32-year-old Jackson man apparently bet a friend he could make off with a street sweeper in the wee hours of July 7.

Long Beach, CA, Police Will Buy 55 Crown Victorias

LONG BEACH, CA — The Long Beach City Council was asked to purchase 55 new Ford Crown Victorias for police and other uses.

Fiscal Oversight Board Tells Pittsburgh $33 Million in Spending Cuts Not Enough; Wants $50 Million Total

PITTSBURGH — The city's fiscal oversight board told the Mayor Murphy administration to find an additional $17 million in spending cuts, on top of the $33 million required next year by the Act 47 recovery plan, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on July 7.

N.J. Princeton Borough Reduces Fleet Size

PRINCETON, NJ — The Princeton Borough Council authorized about $86,000 worth of cuts, including reducing the vehicle fleet.

Proposed Legislation Could Increase Biodiesel Use in Federal Fleet

ST. LOUIS — A new bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives could do much to increase the use of biodiesel in the U.S. commercial and private automobile fleet, according to a report on the Web site SolarAccess.com on July 9.

Dodge Magnum Police Package Set for 2006 Release

AUBURN HILLS, MI — Attendees to NAFA's Law Enforcement Group Conference, held August 14-18 in Las Vegas, will get the first opportunity to drive the police packaged Dodge Magnum at the DaimlerChrysler-sponsored Ride and Drive on Saturday, August 14.

Birmingham City Council Members Question Use Of City Automobiles

BIRMINGHAM, AL — One week after a Birmingham city car was falsely reported stolen, the City Council has taken action against the employee who allegedly filed the report, according to TV station NBC13.com.

State Gas Use in California? It's a Guess

SACRAMENTO, CA — In these times of high gas prices, the state of California can only ballpark how many vehicles it has, how much gas it uses, and how much it pays for fuel.

DaimlerChrysler to Offer Dodge Magnum with Police Package

AUBURN HILLS, MI — Dodge is targeting the law enforcement market, currently dominated by Ford’s Crown Victoria, with a new rear-wheel-drive Dodge Magnum police car powered by an optional Hemi V8 engine, the company recently announced.

Harleys Cruise into Minneapolis Police Fleet

MINNEAPOLIS — Planning on speeding in Minneapolis in the near future? Don't be surprised if you get tagged by an officer driving a spanking new Harley, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

State of Georgia Awards Fuel Tax Recovery Services Contract to CSI’s ‘Global-Fleet’

BONITA SPRINGS, FL —“Global-Fleet,” a CSI Enterprises, Inc., fleet fuel management/corporate fuel card provider and fleet fuel tax recovery company, was awarded the state of Georgia’s contract to perform fuel tax recovery services.

NTSI Launches Van Safety Curriculum to Help Prevent Rollover Deaths

TUCSON, AZ — Drivers of multi-passenger vans assume decidedly different responsibilities than standard automobile drivers, harnessing a unique set of skills required to keep passengers safe.

Northern Illinois University Police Roll Out Gas/Electric Hybrid Squad Car

DEKALB, IL — When police officers talk about new and improved vehicles, that generally translates to larger and faster.

Higher Fuel Prices Raise Tax Bills as Governments Pass Along Cost of Gassing Up

CHARLOTTE, NC — Like the general public, local governments throughout the Catawba Valley are struggling with high fuel costs, according to the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

Limiting New Buys of SUVs, Official Says Counties Should Order More Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

SAN FRANCISCO — Noting their gas-guzzling and pollution spewing attributes, Contra Costa County Supervisor Mark DeSaulnier wants the county to limit the purchase of SUVs and instead buy as many fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles as possible, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nashville Holds Public Ceremony for Replacement of Old Buses with New Fleet

NASHVILLE, TN — Riders and politicians gathered to pay their last respects to 14 Metro Transit Authority buses being retired to make way for 25 new high-tech vehicles, according to a story in The Tennessean newspaper.

City Manager Gets Car Without Gas Allowance

SANTAQUIN, UT — Santaquin's newly appointed city manager, Stefan Chatwin, will get a city car — but no fuel allowance to go with it, according to the Desert Morning News newspaper.

South Florida Cities Deal with High Gas Prices by Using Less Fuel

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — To save money on gas, some South Florida cities are simply using less, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

University of California, Santa Cruz Mechanics are Going Eco-Friendly

SANTA CRUZ, CA — Recycling used oil and batteries; setting oil drums on platforms that can catch leaks; washing vehicle parts with hot water and soap instead of solvents containing harmful chemicals.

Miami-Dade and Broward County Governments Added Hybrid Vehicles to Fleets This Year

MIAMI — Broward and Miami-Dade Counties recently invested millions of dollars in purchasing hybrid vehicles, which operate on a combination of gasoline and battery power.

Tulare County Grand Jury Report: Conclusions, Recommendations

TULARE, CA — Over the past year, the 19-member Tulare County Grand Jury has overseen investigations into various county functions, from education to the county's vehicle fleet maintenance, according to the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper.

Audit Finds Flaws in Jacksonville Fleet Management Division

JACKSONVILLE, FL — The city of Jacksonville will spend more than $8 million on gas alone this year, according to a report on WJXX TV First Coast News.

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