Government Fleet News

GF Announces Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award

Government Fleet magazine announces that it will begin recognizing a Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year in 2005.

Inmate Steals Alabama State Vehicle, Flees Prison Garage

GADSDEN, AL State prison officials and police in Alabama´s Etowah County are looking for a man who escaped from the Elmore Correctional Center Nov. 30 in a white state-owned vehicle, according to the Associated Press.

Victorville Adds 13 Vehicles to Fleet

VICTORVILLE, CA - The City of Victorville is buying 12 new vehicles from local dealers and getting a sedan from the state to replace 23 vehicles from the 1970s and ´80s, reported the Victorville Desert Dispatch.

Class-Action Suit Against Ford Could Prevent Vehicle Replacement

BATON ROUGE, LA - The Louisiana State Police is considering whether to drop its lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. which claims its police vehicles are unacceptably dangerous. The discussion arose one week after lawyers won the right to bring any state police department that owns a Crown Victoria police car into the suit, reported the Associated Press.

Dayton, Ohio Considers Wireless Network

DAYTON, OH – City officials may create a free, public wireless Internet network throughout the city that would make Dayton a national leader in wireless Web services, reported the Dayton Business Journal.

N.Y. Leases 2005 Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicles

ALBANY, NY - The State of New York has leased two 2005 Honda FCX fuel cell vehicles and will be Honda´s first customer for a fuel cell vehicle in the Northeastern United States.

St. Petersburg, Fla. Signs 3-Year Agreement with FleetBoss GPS

ORLANDO, FL - The City of St. Petersburg, Fla., signed a three-year agreement with FleetBoss Global Positioning Solutions, Inc. to receive a GPS-based fleet management solution.

Yonkers, N.Y. Reduces Take-Home Fleet

YONKERS, NY - The city is making good progress in reducing its fleet of take-home vehicles, said City Council President Richard Martinelli, according to The Journal News newspaper.

Ft. Wayne Parks & Rec Considering Outsourcing Fleet Maintenance

b>FORT WAYNE, IN - The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is considering consolidating its fleet maintenance department with the rest of the city government, Director Dianne Hoover told city board members, reported the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel.

Fire Chief Suspended for Improper Vehicle Use

HAMMOND, IN – The fire chief of Hammond, Ind., received a five-day suspension after admitting he drove his city-owned vehicle to a bar, reported the Munster Times newspaper.

Oklahoma Audit Finds Too Many Vehicles

OKLAHOMA CITY – A state audit found that selling some of Oklahoma´s state-owned vehicles along with other changes could save $21 million, according to the Associated Press.

Wash. Gov. Honors University Motor Pool for Pollution Prevention

OLYMPIA, WA - Gov. Gary Locke has honored the University of Washington´s (UW) Motor Pool with the Governor´s Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices. David Carr is the manager of motor pool operations for the University of Washington.

Personal Use of County Vehicle Ends in Probation

BUFFALO, NY - Former Erie County (N.Y.) highway worker Douglas Naylon received three years of probation for the unauthorized used of a county vehicle, according to WGRZ TV.

Fla. Fleet Department Receives Blue Seal of Excellence

The Palm Beach County (Fla.) Fleet Management Division has been awarded the Blue Seal of Excellence by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Greenwich to Review Safety After Accident

GREENWICH, CT – The serious injury of a 19-year-old mechanic has made the Town of Greenwich´s fleet department take a closer look at its safety and training, reported the Advocate newspaper.

Vt. Senator Promotes Fuel Efficiency with Hybrid

RUTLAND, VT - Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) is setting the example for his constituents by leasing a 2005 Hybrid Ford Escape, according to the Associated Press.

Phoenix Fire Dept. Adds New Pumpers

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Fire Department recently took delivery of its first of 38 American LaFrance Mid-Engine Eagle pumpers.

Results for Police Patrol Vehicle Tests Available

ROCKVILLE, MD - The following publications are available through the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC), according to the NAFA Fleet Focus e-mail newsletter.

GHSA Chairman Says Drowsy Police Are Safety Risk

WASHINGTON - The newly elected chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association said he plans to use his position to bring attention to the impact of drowsy driving on police officers, according to the Web site www.truckinginfo.com.

EPA Recognizes King County, Wash. for Reducing Waste

KING COUNTY, WA - King County, Wash., has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for induction into the national Waste Wise Hall of Fame, according to the NAFA Fleet Focus e-mail newsletter.

Tenn. Highway Patrol Adds State-Wide Computer Dispatch

HUNTSVILLE, AL – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be deploying a state-wide computer aided dispatch solution by Intergraph Public Safety.

City Employees Charged with Fraud

LOS ANGELES - Two San Fernando, Calif., city employees were charged with felony misappropriation of public funds, according to KNBC TV.

Proposal to Accelerate Dallas PD Fleet Replacement

DALLAS, TX - The Dallas Police Department should shorten its fleet lifecycle from five to four years, according to interim City Manager Mary Suhm, reported The Dallas Morning News.

County Needs Bigger Budget for Rising Gas Prices

FREDERICK, MD – Rising gas prices have prompted Frederick County (Md.) budget officials to request $440,000 more for the Fleet Services Division in fiscal year 2006, reported The Gazette newspaper.

Wireless Technology Improves Firefighters´ Response Time

TARPON SPRINGS, FL - Seven fire rescue vehicles in Pinellas County (Fla.) are being equipped with technology that gives firefighters access to 911 dispatch information on the way to a call, according to the St. Petersburg Times newspaper.

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