Government Fleet News

Proposal to Accelerate Dallas PD Fleet Replacement

DALLAS, TX - The Dallas Police Department should shorten its fleet lifecycle from five to four years, according to interim City Manager Mary Suhm, reported The Dallas Morning News.

County Needs Bigger Budget for Rising Gas Prices

FREDERICK, MD – Rising gas prices have prompted Frederick County (Md.) budget officials to request $440,000 more for the Fleet Services Division in fiscal year 2006, reported The Gazette newspaper.

Wireless Technology Improves Firefighters´ Response Time

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - Seven fire rescue vehicles in Pinellas County (Fla.) are being equipped with technology that gives firefighters access to 911 dispatch information on the way to a call, according to the St. Petersburg Times newspaper.

Tenn. Sheriff Wants Newer Cars to Prevent Accidents

COLUMBIA, TN - The Maury County (Tenn.) Sheriff´s Department is making an effort to retire its older vehicles to prevent the type of tragedies that have occurred in the past, according to the Tennessean newspaper.

N.J. Teen Hit by Street Sweeper

JERSEY CITY, NJ – A 16-year-old boy fractured his skull after being run over by a street sweeper operated by the Jersey City Incinerator Authority, reported the Secaucus Journal newspaper.

Plano, Texas Weighs Benefits of Car Allowances

PLANO, TX – Fewer city employees in Plano, Texas, will receive car allowances to operate personal vehicles for official business as the city tries to reduce costs, reported The Dallas Morning News newspaper.

Alt-Fuel Vehicles on Display at CALSTART 2020 Conference

PASADENA, CA – Automakers, technology and energy suppliers, and regulatory agencies are sponsoring “2020: California´s Transportation Energy Future” conference, which focuses on finding ways to reduce petroleum consumption and increase the use of alternative fuels by 2020.

Government Fleet Administrators Join Mercury Associates

GAITHERSBURG, MD - Mercury Associates, Inc. recently announced several new business projects and personnel changes to its professional consulting staff.

Effects of High Fuel Prices Felt by City Fleet

ELK GROVE, CA - Rising fuel costs have caused Elk Grove, Calif., to limit its use of vehicles by the parks and fire departments and the school district, reported The Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Air Quality Conference Stresses Governments´ Role

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Improving air quality and setting stricter emissions standards for vehicles starts with government fleets, said speakers at a conference on air quality, reported The Journal News newspaper.

Canine Approves K-9 Dodge Magnum

The dogs have gone for the Dodge Magnum and now it´s just up to the police to follow suit. This chocolate-colored Labrador Retriever is sitting pretty and looks quite at home in this mock-up K-9 unit.

Accident Involving Town´s Firetruck Raises Safety Concerns

BROWNSBURG, IN – A member of the Brownsburg (Ind.) Town Council wants emergency personnel to develop a better procedure to warn drivers that they are approaching an incident where extra caution is needed, according to The Indianapolis Star newspaper.

Bangladesh Aims to Improve Crime Fighting with Expanded Police Fleet

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Bangladesh´s government approved the addition of 616 vehicles to the police fleet to improve safety and decrease crime in the country, reported the Daily News Monitoring Service.

Sheriff Tests Hybrid Prius for Future Unmarked Squad Car

APPLETON, WI – Wisconsin´s Outagamie County is preparing to test its first hybrid gas-electric vehicle with the purchase of a 2005 Toyota Prius. The vehicle will be used as an unmarked sheriff´s department squad car, but in a testing capacity rather than for actual calls, reported The Post-Crescent newspaper.

County Board Members Want Better Fleet Accountability

CHICAGO - Cook County board members are beginning to question how county vehicles are used and what guidelines are followed in the purchase and management of fleet vehicles, according to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

No Leaks Found in CNG Vehicles Despite Officer´s Sickness

DALLAS - Tests to detect carbon monoxide in Dallas´ compressed natural gas (CNG) patrol cars have been unable to provide answers as to how an officer got sick after driving a retrofitted vehicle, reported The Dallas Morning News newspaper.

Caterpillar Reports Strong Third-Quarter Profits

PEORIA, IL - Caterpillar, a heavy equipment manufacturer, more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared to a year ago, reported the Associated Press.

Firefighters Suspended for Misuse of Truck

FRANKLIN, NJ - Misuse of a firetruck in New Jersey´s Franklin Park neighborhood resulted in the suspension of four firefighters, reported The Star-Ledger newspaper.

Senate Passes Biodiesel Tax Incentive

Users of biodiesel may soon pay less for the environmentally friendly fuel due to the U.S. Senate’s approval of a biodiesel tax incentive.

Mercury Associates Adds Three New Fleet Consultants

GAITHERSBURG, MD – Mercury Associates, Inc. has added several senior fleet management professionals to the consulting firm. Rod Lohof joined the firm as a senior consultant on Sept. 1. Lohof brings more than 30 years of experience in the fleet industry, including fleet manager for the State of Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

Wireless System Improves Response Time, Safety for Firefighters

BOSTON – Wireless computers on the Boston Fire Department’s fleet are giving firefighters access to floor plans and other information about buildings throughout the city. A $1 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security made it possible to install the technology, reported The Boston Globe newspaper.

Douglas County Considers Tracking Fleet with GPS

DOUGLAS COUNTY, NE – Fleet vehicles in Douglas County may soon be equipped with global positioning system technology to track employees’ movements while at work, reported the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

Jury Rules that Ford’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is Safe

BELLEVILLE, IL – Ford’s Crown Victoria police cruisers were ruled safe by a jury deciding the first class-action lawsuit against the automaker, according to the Associated Press.

High Demand for Hybrids Causes Delivery Delays

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – County governments in South Florida are expecting a delay in their 2005 shipments of hybrid vehicles due to increased demand through the summer, reported the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper.

Police Cars Add Seat-Mounted Cameras

TROY, MI – A car camera mounted to the seat about the driver’s right shoulder has been introduced to the law enforcement market as an alternative to windshield-mounted cameras, according to the Detroit News newspaper.

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