Government Fleet News

Florida State Fleet to Add 21 Escape Hybrids

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The first two of 21 Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs have been received by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Outsourcing Vehicle Fleet a Possibility for Ulster County

KINGSTON, NY – According to the Daily Freeman, Ulster County is looking into whether a fleet management service might help the county better manage the fleet of 487 vehicles.

Pennsylvania Gives Out $1M in Alternative Fuel Grants

HARRISBURG, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) awarded more than $1 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG), according to the Green Car Congress.

City in Kansas Auctions Off Vehicles on Internet

PITTSBURG, KS – The city of Pittsburg (Kan.) has developed a plan to sell its used vehicles over the Internet, according to the Morning Sun.

Michigan Mayor Turns in Car Over Controversy

LINCOLN PARK, MI – Mayor Steve Brown's city-issued 1999 Sable has been the focus of a lot of attention over the last several weeks, forcing him to turn in the car, according to the News-Herald.

San Francisco Adds Fleet of 15 New Hybrid Taxis

SAN FRANCISCO – A taxi fleet of 15 hybrid Ford Escape SUVs was introduced at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza by Mayor Gavin Newsom and a handful of taxi commissioners, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.

No Car Charge for Corrections Officials

MILWAUKEE – Four state Department of Corrections administrators don't have to pay for personal travel in state cars, according to the Associated Press.

Proposal for City Vehicle Building Delayed

DES MOINES, IA – A proposal to buy land to house maintenance and repair shops for city vehicles has been delayed, according to the Des Moines Register.

Auto Dealership Protests Car Auction in California

SACRAMENTO, CA – Downtown Ford in Sacramento, Calif., is scheduled to file a formal protest against the Department of General Services and is accusing the agency of improperly awarding a $21 million police car contract to a rival dealer, according to the Associated Press.

City in Massachusetts Looks to Automate Meter-Reading

FALL RIVER, MA – Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. has asked the Fall River City Council to approve a $1.6 million loan order to pay for a new meter-reading technology, according to the Herald News.

Mike Albert Leasing Wins Lease Contract From County of Placer, California

CINCINNATI – The Board of Supervisors for Placer County (Calif.) has approved a three-year contract with Cincinnati-based Mike Albert Leasing Inc. to provide vehicle lease services to Placer County.

Take-Home Car Policy Gets Revision by Louisiana Police Dept.

BATON ROUGE, LA – The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office has reviewed its take-home policy and has taken 36 unmarked cars and trucks from deputies and other workers who don't need them for round-the-clock duty, according to the Advocate.

Summit County Receives First Hybrid

SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – Summit County received its first gasoline- and electric-powered hybrid vehicle, according to the Summit Daily News.

Fort Wayne Fleet Goes Hybrid

FORT WAYNE, IN – Fort Wayne has started to buy hybrid vehicles in an effort to save money and reduce pollution, according to the Associated Press.

Woman Steals Police Vehicle After Arrest

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – A woman who was arrested during a prostitution sting escaped from police custody after the officer left her alone in the police car with the keys inside, according to www.thewpbfchannel.com.

City Dump Truck Leads Police on Highway Chase

INDIANAPOLIS – A high speed chase started on Interstate 69 when a man driving a stolen dump truck crashed into a state highway vehicle and kept going, according to www.theindychannel.com

Gov. Bush Begins Construction on Florida's First Hydrogen Station

ORLANDO, FL – Officials from ChevronTexaco and Ford Motor Co. joined Gov. Jeb Bush in downtown Orlando to signal the start of construction of Florida's first hydrogen generating station, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

GM Promotes Use of Ethanol as Alternative Fuel

PARADISE VALLEY, AZ – General Motors has announced that it will provide 28 state governments with Chevrolet Avalanche demonstration vehicles that can run on a fuel blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, according to the Arizona Republic.

Ford Waiver Signed by Another Arkansas Agency

HOT SPRINGS, AR – The Garland County Sheriff's Office has signed a waiver of liability with Ford Motor Co. for the delivery of five Crown Victoria cars, according to the Associated Press.

UW–Madison Fuels Up on Biodiesel Mix

MADISION, WI – In an effort to improve air quality, the University of Wisconsin–Madision will have the first fleet in Wisconsin to fill its tanks with a blend of ultra-low sulfur diesel and a soybean-based biodiesel fuel.

City in Canada Installs Wing Plow Cameras

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA – The city of Mississauga became the first city in Canada to install 13 new wing plow cameras on winter maintenance equipment, according to www.mississauga.ca.

Delay in Possible Purchase of City Vehicles Due to Outstanding Loans

NEW ALBANY, IN – The New Albany City Council has held off on the possible purchase of new police cars and garbage packers, according to the New Albany Tribune.

Family of Boy Killed by U.S. Government Vehicle May Sue

PITTSBURGH – The family of a Baden boy killed by a government-owned vehicle has been gathering evidence with the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government, according to the Beaver County Times.

Los Angeles Councilwoman Proposes Selling Ads on Garbage Trucks

LOS ANGELES – As a way to fund the hiring of new police officers, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel has proposed selling advertising space on city garbage trucks, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

ATC Selects DriveCam for Fleet of Transit Buses

SAN DIEGO – ATC has selected the Driving Feedback System from DriveCam Video Systems for ATC's 1,600 transit buses in its national fleet.

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