Government Fleet News

Half of Tucson, Ariz., Commercial Garbage Trucks Out of Service

TUCSON, AZ — Most of Tucson's commercial garbage collection trucks will be out of service indefinitely for repairs, forcing a minor change in collection times for the city's 3,700 commercial customers, according to the Associated Press.

Ford Won't Sell Cars to Arkansas Police

EL DORADO, AR — A dispute with Arkansas' attorney general over claims made about its police cars has led Ford Motor Co. to suspend delivery of its Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (CVPI) to Arkansas agencies, according to the Associated Press on December 20.

Seattle Firefighters to Seek Ballot Measure on Truck Staffing

SEATTLE — Seattle firefighters have spent the last few years arguing that the only safe fire truck is one that has four fire fighters on board, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Reporter on December 22.

Serco to Enhance U.S. Market Position Through Acquisition of RCI

HERNDON, VA — Serco Group plc, a service company, announced on December 20, that it has agreed to purchase RCI Holding Corporation, parent company of Resource Consultants, Inc. (RCI) of Vienna, Va.

Plan to Increase City Vehicle Visibility With Seals and Department Names

NASHUA, NH — Nashua city cars and trucks would be more visible on the roadways under a plan backed by an aldermanic committee to require that city seals and department names be attached to the vehicles, according to the Nashua Telegraph newspaper.

Report Shows Widespread Problems With Salt Lake County Government Vehicle Policies

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT —An independent panel has issued its review of Salt Lake County's vehicle policies and practices, and found "widespread" and "serious" problems, costing taxpayers untold millions of dollars, according to KSL TV on December 22.

GM Delivers Hybrid Power Buses to Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM –The city of Albuquerque has added 12 hybrid buses to its mass transit fleet.

Networkcar Awarded Contract with U.S. Marine Corps

SAN DIEGO — Networkcar, a Reynolds and Reynolds company, announced on Dec. 9 that it has been awarded a firm, fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with the U.S. Marine Corps.

City of Bangor to Convert Fleet to Biodiesel to Resolve Complaints

BANGOR, ME — The City of Bangor has agreed to pay a nearly $60,000 fine and convert its fleet of vehicles to clean-burning biodiesel to resolve hazardous waste and clean water complaints by the federal government, according to the Associated Press on December 8.

Tulare County Becomes First California County Fleet to Roll-Out O2Diesel

TULARE, CA — O2Diesel Corporation announced on December 8 that it began fueling a range of heavy-duty diesel-powered equipment operated by the County of Tulare, CA, on O2Diesel in what could become the company´s first one million gallon per year customer.

Honda and Los Angeles Celebrate Two-Year Anniversary of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

TORRANCE, CA — American Honda announced on December 2 the second anniversary of its relationship with the City of Los Angeles as the first customer for its hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, the Honda FCX.

Minnesota Town to Bill for Fire Calls

PRINCETON, MN — Princeton Fire and Rescue Department is going to start billing for time spent responding to fire calls in its service territory, starting Jan. 1, according to the Princeton Union-Eagle newspaper on December 9.

Cranston, RI Donates Used Fire Truck to Guatemala

CRANSTON, RI — What started as a one-time goodwill gesture has become a pattern of giving, as the city continues to donate old fire trucks and vans to volunteer firefighters in Guatemala for use as much-needed rescue vehicles, according to the Providence Journal newspaper.

Moving Toward Alternative-Fuel Vehicles – Biodiesel and Hybrids Appear as Bright Spots

ALEXANDRIA, VA — According to a press release issued by the American International Automobile Dealers Association, in recent years, many of the nation´s fleets managed by public works departments have begun to use alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs).

Maricopa County Sheriff´s Office is Changing Color of Police Cars

MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ – The Maricopa County Sheriff wanted a "sharper" image for his patrol cars.

Texas City Set to Reduce Size of Municipal Fleet

PARIS, TEXAS — The city of Paris announced on December 9 that its fleet of vehicles could experience a significant reduction in the coming weeks.

Cleveland Mayor´s Driver Suspended For Using City Car

CLEVELAND — One of Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell´s personal drivers has some extra time off, but not by her choice, according to NewsChannel5 on December 7. The city´s chief of police suspended Detective Jeannie Joyce Monday for using a city car during off hours.

Florida City Buys 15 Hybrids for Municipal Fleet

HOLLYWOOD, FL — In an effort to be more environmentally responsible and save money on rising fuel costs, Hollywood, Florida, is adding 18 fuel-efficient vehicles to its fleet of city cars, according to the Miami Herald on December 12.

Atlanta Firefighters Short-Staffed

ATLANTA — The recent furor over relatively small pay raises for Atlanta firefighters caught more attention than what could be a life-and-death issue at the Fire Department, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Department of Homeland Security Makes Vehicle Safety a Priority

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response (DHS) in October released the Fire Service Emergency Vehicle Safety Initiative report.

LED Technology Comes of Age in Fire Dept. Fleets

CHICAGO — If you rejected light-emitting diode technology for vehicle lights a few years ago, look again. The cost has come down and new colors and applications make LEDs an attractive alternative to incandescent lights, according to the Web site In Service Online produced by Fire Chief magazine.

NEVs Under Consideration in City of Fresno

FRESNO, CA — The City of Fresno announced that it is establishing a pilot program to promote neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs), low-speed vehicles that are more than a golf cart but less than a car, reports The Fresno Bee.

King County Reduces Mercury Pollution by Working with Region´s Vehicle Fleets

SEATTLE, WA — A pilot program managed by King County Solid Waste Division and the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program is helping public and private vehicle fleet managers and technicians safely remove and recover mercury-containing “tilt switches” in many vehicles, the county announced on December 6.

Deadline for Gasoline Excise Tax Collections Changes Causes Uncertainty

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning January 1, state or local government or non-profit educational organizations will see a change in the way the excise tax is recovered on purchases of gasoline, according to the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA).

Maine DMV Unveils New Service Provides Online Driving Records

AUGUSTA, ME — Maine´s Bureau of Motor Vehicles is launching a new service that provides state driving records online. Public driving records obtained through the new service include three years of driving history.

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