Government Fleet News

Audit: Utah Board of Ed Employees Misused Vehicles

An internal audit of the Utah State Board’s Office of Education (USBOE) found multiple occasions where government employees misused state fleet vehicles.

30 Entities Form Clean Fuels Michigan

Nearly 30 companies and organizations in Michigan have announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The nonprofit coalition seeks to advance policies for alternative-fuel vehicles, such as electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell models.

Ohio City Reduces Salt Use, Saves $300K

Even with a jump from 28 snow events in one winter to 63 snow events in the next, the City of North Canton, Ohio was able to cut its salt usage by nearly 50%, saving the city $300,000.

Wyoming Fleet Manager to Retire

Annette Spitsbergen, fleet manager for the Wyoming state motor pool, announced she will retire in November. The state is now hiring for her position.

Photo of Ford F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford Recalls F-150 Pickups for Unexpected Braking

The recall, covering 33,481 pickups in the U.S., will address a potential braking problem tied to the adaptive cruise control radar.

The jointly engineered Class 4/5 trucks will be built in Navistar's Springfield, OH, assembly plant, starting in 2018. Photo: Dept. of Labor

Navistar Details Medium-Duty Deal with GM

The Class 4/5 trucks that will be jointly developed by Navistar and General Motors will provide opportunities for both OEMs “to gain share in markets that we have not participated in for a number of years,” said Navistar's Bill Kozek.

Photo of NOFD ladder truck via Wikimedia.

Aging New Orleans Fire Fleet Stranding Firefighters

The aging New Orleans Fire Department fleet has come under increased scrutiny, following several vehicle breakdowns that stranded firefighters heading to calls.

The Chevrolet Kodiak (and similar GMC TopKick) was produced from 1980 to 2009. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev, licensed under GFDL via Commons

GM, Navistar Collaborate on Class 4/5 Trucks

General Motors is back in the medium-duty commercial truck market with a just-announced long-term agreement with Navistar.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS Should Use Mass-Market Vehicles, Report Says

The USPS could save as much as $1.9 billion by using modified, off-the-shelf mass-market vehicles and upgrading its fleet at least once in the next 20-25 years, according to a report from the organization Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE).

Officials Allegedly Pressured Analyst to Boost Reimbursements

Elected officials pressured a Snohomish County (Wash.) analyst into fraudulently inflating the amount they received for vehicle reimbursements, according to a March complaint.

N.Y. County's Take-Home Vehicles Politicized

Candidates running for Monroe County's (N.Y.) executive role have been debating the county's $1 million in annual spending for take-home vehicles with the challenger calling the expenditure excessive.

Town Council Opts for Refurbished Fire Truck

The Monteverde (Fla.) Town Council is expected to purchase a reconditioned fire engine rather than a ladder truck that drew opposition from residents because the town charges property owners usage fees for its fleet vehicles.

City Adds 16-, 20-Year-Old Bucket Trucks

The City of South Beloit, Ill., is expanding its fleet with the purchase of two bucket trucks that are 16 and 20 years old to trim trees and repair large equipment at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

Photo of ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

USPS Purchasing 9,000+ Ram ProMaster Cargo Vans

The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.

Dublin Earns Ohio Green Fleet Distinction

The City of Dublin, Ohio, tleet has been designated as an Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio for the fourth year in a row and earned a higher ranking this year.

Photo: Jim Park

Diesel Price Drops Again for Third Week

The price of diesel fuel fell again for the third straight week, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Energy Department.

Photo courtesy of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority.

Calif. Airport Contracts for CNG Shuttles

The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority has awarded an $11.97 million fixed-price, five-year contract to MV Transportation, Inc., to provide courtesy shuttle services using a new fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG)-fueled vehicles at the Burbank Bob Hope Airport in California.

Video Tip: Yielding to Emergency Vehicles

Here's some advice about yielding to ambulances, fire trucks and police cars. You may want to pass this along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.

Heavy-Duty Bucket Truck Operating Costs Increasing

This utility fleet benchmarking study from Utilimarc looks at heavy-duty bucket truck trends including average purchase price by year, operating costs, average miles driven, MPG, maintenance, and average age.

Research Yields New Ambulance Design Standard

New vehicle safety guidelines promise improved protection for first responders and patients in ambulance patient compartments.

City Partially Outsources Fleet Management

The City of Lake Oswego (Ore.) has hired Enterprise Fleet Management to maintain and service part of the city's vehicle fleet and plans to sell off its 24 fleet vehicles and replace them with leased units.

Photo courtesy of Flickr

Fed Bill Would Boost Ride Sharing in U.S. Fleet

Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill that would require three federal agencies to cut 10% of their fleets and make up for that loss by using ride-sharing services under a pilot program.

Image: California State Transportation Agency

CARB Tightens Fuel Emission Rules

The California Air Resources Board has opted to “readopt” a Low Carbon Fuel Standard that requires a 10 percent reduction in the “carbon intensity of transportation fuels” by 2020.

Photo courtesy of VNG.

Colorado Provides $30M in Alternative Fuel Grants

The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) will open the application period for its upcoming round of funding under the Alt Fuels Colorado grant program on Oct. 1, the organization announced.

Photo of 2015 Golf TDI engine courtesy of VW.

EPA Broadens Diesel Emissions Testing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will implement additional testing of diesel vehicles designed to uncover potential software algorithms used to evade federal emissions standards, the agency announced Sept. 25.

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