Government Fleet News

King County Purchases 235 Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp.'s advanced hybrid technology will be used on transit buses in the Seattle area beginning in June, eventually creating the nation's largest fleet of diesel-electric hybrid buses, according to The Associated Press.

Lake County, Ind. Considers Reducing Size of Fleet to Cut Costs

CROWN POINT, IN -- Lake County commissioners are considering reducing the size of the county’s fleet to cut government expenses, according to Northwest Indiana newspaper The Times.

High Price of Gas Stretches Budgets of South Florida Cities

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- South Florida's cities are feeling the financial pinch of rising gas prices, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Citizen Panel will Audit Salt Lake County Practices

SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- In the wake of a vehicle-use scandal that has tarnished county government, Salt Lake City Mayor Nancy Workman announced Wednesday the creation of a "citizens panel" to review and recommend policy and procedure changes, according to the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper.

Lansing, Mich., Not Focusing on Heavy Fleet Reductions While Balancing Budget

LANSING, MI -- As Lansing officials scramble to balance next year's budget, one area that has escaped serious scrutiny is the $1.4 million fleet of city administrative vehicles, according to the Lansing State Journal newspaper.

Long-time Fleet Manager at UC Davis Retires

DAVIS, CA -- Jack Harris, long-time fleet manager for UC Davis, retired in mid-May.

Scottsdale to Begin using Biofuels in Municipal Vehicles

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- Scottsdale will begin using biofuels in many of its municipal vehicles in an effort to make its fleet operation more environment-friendly and energy-efficient, according to the East Valley Tribune newspaper.

Stanton receives Two Awards for Excellence in Fleet Management

POLK COUNTY, FL –- Bob Stanton, fleet manager of Polk County, Fla., received the 2004 Excellence in Maintenance Management Award from the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations.

Denver to Use Biodiesel in 60 City Vehicles

DENVER -- The City of Denver will begin using biodiesel, an alternative fuel, in 60 city vehicles as part of a pilot project unveiled this year on Earth Day, according to the Rocky Mountain News newspaper.

Management of Pittsburgh’s Fleet Could be Privatized to Cut Costs

PITTSBURGH –- The proposed plan by a Pennsylvania state-appointed fiscal recovery team to solve Pittsburgh’s budget problems includes the possible privatization of the city’s vehicle fleet management, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper.

Simon to Retire After Being Santa Clara County Fleet Manager for 22 years

MARTINEZ, CA -- Richard Simon, fleet manager for Santa Clara County, has decided to take an early retirement package from the county. He has worked for Santa Clara County for 30 years – eight years as an accountant and 22 years as fleet manager. Simon was also the past chairman of the NAFA Alternate Fuels Committee.

Wisconsin Governor Orders Elimination of 1,000 State Vehicles and Improved Accountability

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle extended a freeze on state vehicle purchases and ordered the Department of Administration to reduce the state vehicle fleet by an additional 1,000 cars, according to WisPolitics.com.

Oregon State Fleet Saves Money with CNG and Hybrid Vehicles

SALEM, OR – The state of Oregon is saving money on fleet fuel costs because its fleet contains natural gas-powered and hybrid vehicles, according to the Statesman Journal.

Increased Gas Prices Draining Municipal Budgets

DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Florida public safety officials also are struggling to find ways to stay within fuel budgets, according to the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Virginia Police Department Auctions off Camaro Police Cruiser After Failed Attempt on eBay

BOONES MILL, VA – Despite the fact that online auction company eBay pulled the listing for a decommissioned police cruiser because it was being sold with its light bar on, the Boones Mill police department was able to sell the vehicle by continuing the auction themselves, according to The Roanoke Times.

Municipal Police Car Take-Home Policy Boundary Widened to Include Entire Country

KINSTON, N.C. -- All Kinston, N.C. police officers who live in Lenoir County now can drive their cars home, according to the Kinston Free Press.

Maryland City Plans to Add Hybrid Vehicle to Fleet

COLLEGE PARK, MD -- The College Park City Council will seek to add at least one gas-electric hybrid vehicle to its fleet beginning next fiscal year, according to the University of Maryland’s newspaper, The Diamondback.

Knoxville Police Dept. to Test Impalas Against Crown Vic Police Interceptor

KNOXVILLE, TN -- The Knoxville police department has begun a pilot program with Chevrolet Impalas, according to WBIR-TV in Knoxville.

Department of Energy Presents Awards for Advancing Alternative Fuels Used in Transportation

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the recipients of this year’s Clean Cities National Partner Awards at a ceremony at the 2004 National Clean Cities Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fleet Purchases Prompt Mass. Governor to Review Sheriff’s Department Operations

LOWELL, MA – Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said he will order a review of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department after reporters at the Lowell Sun uncovered information on the size and cost of the department’s fleet, according to the Lowell Sun.

Salt Lake City Criticizes County for its SUV Fleet Use

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The mayor of Salt Lake City criticized Salt Lake County officials for driving sport/utility vehicles (SUVs) despite high gas prices, according to KSL TV.

Local Governments are Frustrated Over Gas Prices

Gasoline prices are taking a bigger bite out of household finances and gnawing at local government budgets as well, reported the Times-Dispatch newspaper.

High Fuel Prices Pinch Government Budgets

Escalating gasoline prices have left some Porter County officials searching for ways to manage budgets as fuel costs soar into uncharted territory, according to Northwest Indiana Times newspaper.

Spokane to Promote Self Using Truck Ads

The city of Spokane struck a five-year agreement to sell Spokane on the side of trucks, according to KXLY TV.

City of Louisville Washes Vehicle Fleet

Two thousand five hundred city-owned cars and trucks, including police cruisers and SUVs, zoo vans and trucks, city garbage trucks, and even the bookmobile from the library were recently washed clean, according to WHAS TV.

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