Government Fleet News

Legislators Eliminate Fleet Management Office

NASSAU COUNTY, NY – After eight months, Nassau County legislators eliminated the Office of Fleet Management Services, saying County Executive Thomas Suozzi did not have authority to create the agency, according to Newsday.

Longer Replacement Schedule for Dallas P.D. Creates Vehicle Shortage

DALLAS, TX – The Dallas City Council’s decision to postpone the replacement of police patrol cars has increased maintenance times and forced officers to wait in line for available vehicles, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Competition Prompts Better Service from Iowa Fleet

DES MOINES, IA – Allowing agencies that once used the state vehicle fleet to now choose between state services, private garages, or rental companies has improved services provided by the government fleet, according to the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

Grant Offered for Best Mobile Asset Tracking Project

CENTENNIAL, CO – A $50,000 grant from CompassCom, Sierra Wireless, and AT&T Wireless is being offered to any state, regional, or local government agency that plans to develop the most innovative Mobile Asset Tracking project.

Hollywood Commissioners Approve Garbage Truck Advertising

HOLLYWOOD, FL – Although garbage trucks can carry all manner of trash, the advertisements on the sides must be in good taste, according to Hollywood City commissioners, reported the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Minn. Gov. States Plan to Reduce Gas Use in State Fleet by 50 Percent

ST. PAUL, MN – Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced a plan to reduce state gas consumption in the government vehicle fleet by 50 percent, according to news sources. The plan also calls for a doubling of ethanol levels in gasoline to 20 percent in the state.

RMFMA Sponsors Seminar for Fleet Managers

PHOENIX — The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) is sponsoring a Master’s Certification Seminar in Advanced Public Sector Equipment, Fleet, and Shop Management.

West Coast Partnership Aims to Cut Diesel Soot

SAN JOSE, CA – A partnership between 400 government agencies, environmental organizations, and private business groups has been formed to reduce diesel pollution on the West Coast, announced the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the San Jose Mercury News newspaper.

City Council President Proposes Cuts to Take-Home Fleet

YONKERS, NY – City Council President Richard Martinelli has proposed that the city reduce its take-home fleet of vehicles from more than 200 to 28 and eliminate city employees’ use of luxury sport utility vehicles, according to The Journal News.

Freightliner Appoints New President of American LaFrance

PORTLAND, OR – Freightliner LLC has named John Stevenson president of American LaFrance. Stevenson, who most recently managed Freightliner’s largest manufacturing facility, will now lead the company's American LaFrance fire and emergency apparatus subsidiary.

Judge: Ford Can Refuse to Sell Cars to Police in Lawsuit

SHALIMAR, FL – Florida law enforcement agencies involved in a lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. cannot force the automaker to sell police cars to them, a judge ruled, according to the Associated Press.

Road Rally Shows Benefits of Fuel Cell Technology

DIAMOND BAR, CA — City officials and fleet managers in Southern California had the opportunity to learn about environmentally friendly vehicle technology during the California Fuel Cell Partnership’s (CaFCP) annual road rally on Sept.17.

Voting is Now Open for 2005 Fleet Car & Truck of the Year Awards

TORRANCE, CA — Competition has begun for the 2005 Fleet Car and Truck of the Year Awards, sponsored by Automotive Fleet, Business Fleet, and Fleet Financials magazines. Qualified fleet buyers will choose from a wide slate of car, pickup, and SUV models. All are 2005-model year vehicles.

Pittsburgh Mechanics Say Repair Shop Privatization Not the Answer

PITTSBURGH, PA — Mechanics for the City of Pittsburgh say privatizing repair shops will only put city employees out of work without saving any money, reported the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Los Angeles Mayor Reminds City Workers About Vehicle Responsibility

LOS ANGELES — City employees were reminded in a Sept. 10 memo from Mayor James Hahn that they must pay the parking fines incurred when they illegally park municipal vehicles, reported the Los Angeles Daily News.

ASE Offers Training, Certification for Repair Technicians

CLIFTON PARK, NY — The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers testing and certification for automotive repair technicians in an effort to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service in the U.S. Upon passing at least one ASE exam, and providing proof of two years of related work experience, a technician becomes ASE certified.

3M Commercial Graphics Launches Web Tool for Transit Wraps

ST. PAUL, MN — The Commercial Graphics Division of 3M has launched an interactive, online tool showcasing Scotchprint Graphics for Transit Wraps.

Dallas Police Dept. CNG Squad Cars Parked Due to Faulty Hose

DALLAS, TX — A faulty fuel hose grounded the Dallas Police Department’s fleet of 26 compressed natural gas (CNG) squad cars for a second time, reported the Dallas Morning News newspaper.

Columbia, SC Gas Station Offers Ethanol 85

COLUMBIA, SC — Two years after the Department of Health and Environmental Control began using ethanol 85, it is now available to the public in Columbia, S.C., reported WIS News 10.

Wisconsin Administrators Managing State Vehicles Moved to New Positions

MADISON, WI – Four administrators who oversaw state vehicles have been removed from their jobs and assigned different positions, reported the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper.

Gov. Bush: No gas rationing in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, FL — Florida’s fuel shortages during the recent hurricanes were the result of increased demand and interruptions in delivery, not gas rationing, Gov. Jeb Bush’s office told the Tallahassee Democrat.

Louisville Sends Surplus Vehicles to Sister City, Quito, Ecuador

LOUISVILLE, KY — Louisville recently donated vehicles and emergency equipment to Quito, Ecuador, one of its seven Sister Cities throughout the world.

Maintenance In-sourcing Program Receives National Attention

TYLER, TEXAS — The City of Tyler’s maintenance “in-sourcing” program for government agency vehicles was featured in the September 2004 issue of Utility Fleet Management, reported the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Three Cars Added to Palm Desert's Alternative-Fuel Fleet

PALM DESERT, CA — Officials have purchased three new Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles based on the success of a city experiment using a car that runs on gasoline and electricity, reported the Riverside Press-Enterprise on Sept. 1.

NJ University Updates Fleet with Hybrid Vehicles

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Two ultra low emissions gasoline/electric vehicles have been added to New Jersey City University’s campus fleet.

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