Government Fleet News

Toledo Divided About Delaying Vehicle Replacements to Balance City Budget

The Toledo City Council, in an effort to balance the city budget, is considering delaying the purchase of police cars and fire engine replacements.

Baltimore School System to Auction Under-Utilized Fleet Vehicles to Raise Cash

The Baltimore city school system has identified up to 84 school vehicles that can be eliminated because of lack of use, according to the Baltimore Sun newspaper.

Oil Surplus Over, Says Energy Author

An energy writer for Harper’s magazine and author of The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World, warns that the days of cheap oil are gone.

New FedEx Express Hybrid Electric Trucks Begin Service in Sacramento

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., has placed into service the first of its new, low-emission, hybrid electric powered delivery vehicles in concert with the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, Environmental Defense and Eaton Corporation.

Critics of Take-Home City Vehicles Used Pittsburgh City Cars Themselves

Three Pittsburgh City Council members used city-owned cars for weeks at a time this winter before criticizing Mayor Tom Murphy for allowing officials and administrators to take home city vehicles, records show, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

New Safety Study Finds 34% More Drivers Maintain Better Control With Electronic Stability Control

Robert Bosch Corporation, a member of the Electronic Stability Control Coalition, has issued results of a newly published research study by the University of Iowa that concludes 34 percent more drivers maintain control of vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) than drivers without ESC.

California Legislators Consider Increasing Fuel Tax

Two bills making their way through the California General Assembly would raise the state’s fuel taxes.

Wisconsin Governor Outlines Steps to Reduce State Car Fleet and Improve Accountability

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has outlined steps his administration has already taken to reduce the state car fleet and ordered further actions to continue to reduce the size of the fleet and bring greater accountability to the system.

Despite Efforts to Cut, More than 1,500 NYC Officials Use City Vehicle for Drive to Work

More than 1,500 city officials enjoy the privilege of driving to work in taxpayer-funded cars, despite Mayor Bloomberg's attempts to cut the city's car fleet.

Purdue University is Switching to Soy Biodiesel for Diesel-Engined Vehicles in its Transportation Fleet

If it belongs to Purdue University, and it runs on diesel fuel, chances are it's now powered by a force friendlier to the environment and farmers.

Philadelphia, PhillyCarShare Target 400 City Cars

City adminstrators are taking further steps to significantly reduce the number of vehicles provided to city employees.

City of San Francisco Takes Delivery of Two Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicles

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. delivered two Honda FCX hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, in a ceremony held at City Hall.

Nye County, NV, Saves Fleet Costs with Used Vehicle Purchase

TONOPAH, NV – Buying used rather than new will save Nye County, Nev., $104,244 in fleet acquisition costs.

Audit Calls for City of Long Beach, CA, to Reduce Fleet

LONG BEACH, CA – The City of Long Beach could save $6.3 million annually by eliminating 427 vehicles, downsizing another 232, and changing the way it staffs the fleet bureau, according to a recent city audit.

Audit Calls for Switch to Marked Police Fleet on Big Island of Hawaii

HILO, HAWAII – A Big Island auditor says the police should gradually switch to a fleet of county-owned marked patrol cars, rather than subsidize personal vehicles.

New York’s Nassau County Overhauls Fleet

MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County officials have announced a plan to scale back its aging fleet of passenger cars, consolidate management of county vehicles, inventory them by computer, and centralize repairs.

Fort Wayne Police Department Boosts Fleet Numbers

FORT WAYNE, IN – Forty-three new Chevrolet Impalas will be added to the Fort Wayne Police Department's fleet this year.

New Orleans Approves Buying 130 Additional Fleet Vehicles

NEW ORLEANS – A plan by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's administration to borrow $4 million to buy more than 130 vehicles, including 44 police cars, was approved this week by the city council.

City of Ann Arbor Finds $1 Million Savings in Fleet

ANN ARBOR, MI – The city of Ann Arbor may be able to wipe out part of its budget deficit by getting rid of under-utilized cars and trucks.

Long Beach City Council Debates Fleet Services Bureau Reductions

A city Fleet Services Bureau report concludes that hundreds of vehicles are not needed and their elimination, coupled with operational changes in the bureau, could save the city millions of dollars.

Wayne County Recovers Cost of Fuel Overcharges

Wayne County officials have recovered more than $280,000 in overcharges paid for gasoline and diesel fuel over the past four years.

Crown Victoria Police Interceptor Cleared in Missouri Highway Patrol Crash

The gas tank of a Missouri state highway patrolman’s Ford Crown Victoria was not to blame when the cruiser burst into flames last year after being slammed from behind during an Interstate 70 traffic stop, killing the law enforcer.

Port of Oakland Diesel Emissions to Comply with Settlement

The Port of Oakland announced a new initiative to reduce air pollution around the port

Fleet Maintenace for California Forest Service Outsourced

Serco Group, Inc., a leading outsourcing company, was recently awarded the vehicle fleet maintance contract for the United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Service fleet in California's 18 National Forests.

USPS Places $8 Million Fleet Order with XATA

As part of the United States Postal Service (USPS) 2004 cargo van purchase, International Truck & Engine Corp. has placed a major order with XATA Corporation, a provider of onboard fleet-management systems for private fleet transportation.

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