Government Fleet News

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.

Propane Industry Presents Awards for Top Propane-Powered Commercial Fleets

The propane industry announced the winners of the fourth annual PROPANE Exceptional Energy Fleet Awards. Five fleets were recognized for exceptional propane-powered fleet applications: the City of San Antonio, TX; El Milagro, Chicago, IL; Island Explorer, Ellsworth, ME; VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, TX; and Jacksonville Electric Authority, Jacksonville, FL.

Ford Pledges to Build Greener Cars

Ford Motor Co. Chairman and CEO Bill Ford Jr. — responding to criticism from environmentalists — told company shareholders that the automaker is committed to spending 50 percent of its research budget on technology designed to boost fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions, according to the Detroit News.

Salt Lake County Finance Chief Resigns Over Car Use

Salt Lake County's chief financial officer has resigned in the wake of last week's discovery that he used his county-owned vehicle for two personal trips to Lake Powell last year, according to the Salt Lake Desert Morning News.

Indianapolis Fire Department Feels Budget Pinch

The City of Indianapolis is cutting budgets by more than $8 million, according to WISH TV in Indianapolis.

City Manager Accepts Hits, Not Tone from Privatization Critics

Those unhappy that the city is considering contracting with private companies for transit, graffiti, and street-sweeping services are particularly upset with City Manager Kevin Northcraft, according to the Tulare Advance-Register.

Natural-Gas Cars for Police Get OK

By next month, Dallas patrol officers will begin driving natural-gas-powered Ford Crown Victoria patrol cruisers that look like typical, police cars but, police say, perform like low-budget imports, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Italian Cops Add Lamborghini to Fleet

Italian drivers who like to use roads as their personal speedways are about to lose the race, according to the Monterey Herald newspaper.

Scranton Installs Cameras on Recycling Trucks

The city of Scranton is trying to make the job safer for public works employees by conducting an experiment and mounting cameras on the back of recycling trucks, according to WBRE TV.

City Backs Biodiesel Fuel for Garbage Trucks

Windsor's garbage trucks may soon have a decidedly different scent about them, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper on April 8.

Former Sheriff’s Car Bought at Auction Contained Bomb

A Thousand Oaks, Calif., man who bought a former Kern County sheriff's squad car at auction got a shock when he opened the trunk and found a bomb.

Illinois Secretary of State Office Criticized on Use of Cars

Secretary of State Jesse White's office issued 82 state vehicles to employees for full-time use but couldn't show why they were needed, according to an audit released on May 7, according to the Associated Press.

Gas Cost Strains Counties

As county governments begin debating their budgets for next year, they’re getting hit with rising costs of operating their fleets, according to State.com.

USPS to Replace Its Trucks Prior to '07 EPA Deadline

The United States Postal Service said it would replace its fleet of about 2,000 Class 8 tractors in 2005 and that its normal eight-year replacement cycle would enable the federally owned corporation to bypass the Environmental Protection Agency’s next two deadlines for additional emissions restrictions on heavy-duty diesel engines, according to Transport Topics.

Virginia’s Fairfax County to Conduct Audit on Feasibility of Reducing Fleet Size

A Fairfax County, Va., Board Chairman thinks he may have found a way of saving money: reduce the number of vehicles assigned to county agencies.

Detroit Settles Two Lawsuits Involving City-Owned Vehicles

The Detroit City Council has approved settling two lawsuits filed by the families of Detroit residents who were struck — one fatally — by city employees who had been drinking and were driving city vehicles.

NAFA Law Enforcement Group to Hold LEG 2004 in Las Vegas

The National Association of Fleet Administrators will hold its Law Enforcement Group Conference (LEG) Autust 14-18 in Las Vegas.

Oshkosh Truck Announces Record Sales Months for Its Contender Fire Trucks

Oshkosh Truck Corporation has announced three straight record sales months for its Contender brand of fire trucks.

Providence City Employee Suspended for Alleged Misuse of City Vehicle

A Providence city employee is in hot water after being accused of misusing a city vehicle.

Proposal to Privatize Pittsburgh City Garage

Pittsburgh Mayor Murphy wants to privatize the city garage to save the city money, a move that could result in half of the city's 26 mechanics losing their jobs.

SCAQMD Officials Say Ruling Does Not Prevent Them From Imposing Standards on Publicly Owned Vehicles

Despite this week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Southern California air pollution officials say they will still attempt to require most large-vehicle fleets to buy low-polluting trucks and cars.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that South Coast Air Quality Management District Went too Far with Anti-Smog Rules

The United States Supreme Court ruled on April 28 that a Southern California air quality management district may have gone too far in imposing its own anti-smog rules for city buses, airport shuttles, and other vehicles.

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