Government Fleet News

Utah City Loses Plows in Fire

The City of Sandy, Utah, lost about half of its plows in a fleet facility fire. The origin of the fire was determined to be a ten-wheel vehicle with a mechanical or electrical cause, according to the city.

Left to Right: Joe Guerra with Turf Star, Scott Bentley with the City of San Diego, Mark Marney with the City of San Diego, Randy Harris with the Toro Company, Jim Heinze with the Toro Company, Herman Parker with the City of San Diego, Len Gregory with Turf Star, and Doug Dahl with Turf Star. Photo courtesy of Toro

Calif. Golf Course Enters $14M Mowing Equipment Agreement

The City of San Diego and Torrey Pines Golf Course have finalized an exclusive 12-year equipment and tournament support agreement with The Toro Company. The multi-year agreement is capped at $14 million.

Terex Announces 2017 Hands On Training

Registration for the 39th Annual Hands On Training is now open. The training event will be held August 21-23, 2017 in Watertown, S.D.

Photo courtesy of Vector

Fla. Sheriff Signs $4M Fleet Management Contract

The Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office has entered into a multiple-year agreement with Vector Fleet Management for fleet management and maintenance. The contract is valued at $4 million per year.

Vassar College Increases Motor Pool Use by 30% Through Automation

Vassar College in New York is now able to bill for nearly 30% more vehicle usage since implementing the FleetCommander fleet management solution four months ago, according to Agile Fleet, creator of FleetCommander.

APWA, MEMA Enter Collaborative Agreement

The American Public Works Association (APWA) and the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) signed a collaborative agreement to work together in the coming year.

Photo of 2014 F-150 STX SuperCrew courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Connectivity to Past Model Year Owners

Ford is offering its SmartLink OBD II dongle to owners of vehicles from the 2010 to 2016 model years to enable them to use connectivity features previously offered on 2017 model-year vehicles.

WEX Inc. Awarded U.S. GSA Contract

WEX Inc., has been awarded a five-year IT Schedule 70 contract with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Through this agreement, federal customers will be able to purchase WEX Telematics solutions through a standardized procurement process.

Photo of 2017 Ioniq Hybrid courtesy of Hyundai.

Hyundai Ioniq Availability Announced

Hyundai will begin selling its gasoline-electric hybrid and battery-electric 2017 Ioniq models by April 1, and offer its plug-in hybrid Ioniq by Sept. 1, the automaker has announced.

Photo via Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil

New Orleans to Add 300 Take-Home Patrol Cars

The City of New Orleans, La., is investing heavily in public safety for 2017, including 300 new take-home cars, a mobile booking unit, and additional K9 units. The investments will cost nearly $40 million.

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. County Sheriff Adds Drone to Fleet

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use an unmanned aircraft system for search and rescue, explosive ordinance detection, hazardous materials incidents, disaster response, arson fires, hostage rescue, and barricaded and armed suspects.

Photo via Flickr/André Gustavo Stumpf

NYPD May Invest $10.4M in Bulletproof Windows

New York City's preliminary budget for fiscal-year 2018 includes the installation of bulletproof windows to all patrol cars to keep officers safe. The total cost of the investment is $10.4 million.

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Dejana Names Business Development Manager

Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment Company, LLC, announced the addition of Elizabeth Peck to its National Fleet Sales Team.

Weichman

Weichman Named Gainesville, Fla., Fleet Director

Douglas Weichman, CAFM, director, Fleet Management Division, Palm Beach County, Fla., has accepted a new position as fleet management director for the City of Gainesville, Fla.

Detroit 'Big Three' Optimistic About Auto Industry Under Trump

President Donald Trump met with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday to discuss the relationship between the automakers and his administration going forward.

Photo courtesy of Flickr/Karen Neoh.

NYC DOT Fleet Sued for Racial Discrimination

A lawsuit filed by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York accused the New York City Department of Transportation of racial discrimination against minority employees within Fleet Services.

Omnicraft

Ford Offers Replacement Parts for Non-Ford Vehicles

Ford’s Customer Service Division has launched Omnicraft, an all-new brand of replacement parts that will be available to all Ford dealers.

EVgo DC Fast Charging Network

Nissan, BMW Collaborate to Bolster EV Charging

Nissan and BMW have joined forces with EVgo, the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging network.

ASE Launches New Practice Tests

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) launched four new ASE practice tests for the Medium/Heavy Truck series.

Photo courtesy of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co.

Stewart-Amos Introduces Starfire-4c Street Sweeper

Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co., has introduced the Starfire S-4c, a heavy-duty mid-size mechanical broom street sweeper mounted on a highly maneuverable 19,500-GVWR non-CDL chassis.

Photo of City of Long Beach's existing CNG fueling infrastructure by Thi Dao.

New CNG Fueling Tech Cuts Infrastructure Costs

A compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling vendor has introduced technology it says significantly reduces the cost of installing CNG fueling infrastructure for a time-fill application. The technology has been adopted by a large commercial fleet.

Diesel Prices Fall for Second Week in a Row

Diesel prices in the U.S. were down for the second week in a row, taking back some of the gains from the start of the year, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

Three States Agree to Collaborate on Autonomous Vehicles

Transportation agencies in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan have formed the Smart Belt Coalition that will focus on automated and connected vehicle initiatives.

This screencapture of an instructional video shows how to charge an electric vehicle.

NYC Parks Creates Fleet Instructional Video Library

New York City Parks is expanding its video library for fleet operators offering training and best practices for vehicle use. Topics include how to charge an electric vehicle, perform a pre-trip inspection, and check fluids.

Photo: Tom Berg

CARB Proposes Plan Reducing Emissions to 40% Below 1990 Levels

The California Air Resources Board has released a Proposed Scoping Plan that sets new goals for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

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