Government Fleet News

Nominate the 2016 Fleet Manager of the Year

Government Fleet magazine is accepting nominations for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The last day to submit a nomination is March 7.

In hopes of developing new strategies to reduce crash injuries and deaths, NHTSA this year is holding a series of summits. Photo courtesy of NHTSA.

Road Deaths Spike in 2015

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. climbed during the first three quarters of last year, according to estimates in a newly released NHTSA report.

Video Safety Tip: Curbing All Distractions

In 2014, distracted driving accounted for 10% of all crash fatalities, killing 3,179 people. This video highlights 10 of the most common driving distractions.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Large SUVs Soar, Compact Vans Sink at January Auctions

Used Full-Size SUVs depreciated the least, while compact vans and Subcompact Luxury CUVs fell hardest in the auction lanes during January, according to Black Book's monthly report.

Atlantic City Bans Council Cars

City Council members in Atlantic City, N.J., will no longer have access to three vehicles that had become a source of controversy in the city as a costly legislator perk.

Collision Repair Bills Rising in Boise

The City of Boise, Idaho, fleet department has increased its collision repair budget by 80% since November, after a steep increase in collisions involving city fleet vehicles.

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AutomotiveFleet.com, Government-Fleet.com Update Statistics Channel

AutomotiveFleet.com, Government-Fleet.com and other Bobit Business Media websites have updated the Statistics Channel as a more dynamic resource for commercial and government fleet managers, as well as fleet management companies.

Ford Sets Fleet Advance Product Planning Meetings

Ford will host 12 advance product planning meetings in March to provide fleet professionals with details about its 2017 model-year lineup, the automaker has announced.

Photo courtesy of Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.

Clean Cities Coalitions Host Green Transportation Event in Illinois

Clean Cities coalitions from Chicago, Wisconsin and Northern Indiana today will jointly host a host a green transportation conference in the Chicago area on May 19, the groups have announced.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

Commercial, Government Fleet Sales Start Strong in 2016

Sales of commercial and government fleet vehicles from eight manufacturers started 2015 with nearly double-digit gains as major manufacturers such as Ford and General Motors continued shifting car sales away from rental fleets.

Photo of Toyota Tundra by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

Toyota Recalls Older Tundra Pickups for Air Bags

The action covers 2005-2006 model-year trucks that need a new air bag control module to prevent unexpected activation of the side curtain-shield air bags.

Fleets predominantly working within the marked region qualify for the AFV funding.

Colorado Offers $4M in Grants for Alt-Fuels

Fleets in Colorado can now apply for funding to pay for the incremental cost of alternative-fuel vehicles (AFVs). Public fleets can receive between $7,000 and $35,000 for each vehicle.

Long Beach Adopts Renewable Diesel for Fleet

The City of Long Beach, Calif., has begun using renewable diesel for trucks and equipment used for maintenance and transportation in a move that expands the city's use of renewable fuels.

Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Unexpected Movement

The recall affects 195 devices that need new hydraulic pressure control valves.

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Van Sales Reach Four-Decade Peak

Sales of full-size and compact vans have continued to show strength, as Ford sold nearly 10,000 full-size Transit vans in January, following the company's best year of van sales since 1978.

Photo: Mack

Mack Offers Standard Telematics on TerraPro With MP Engine

Mack’s integrated diagnostics and telematics product quickly diagnoses problems and automatically schedules dealer repairs, and confirms that needed parts are in stock and ready to install, all while the truck is still on the job.

Eaton's Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton Expands AMT Line for Vocational Use

Eaton has expanded coverage of its Fuller Advantage series of automated overdrive transmissions to include use in vocational applications, offering features that improve vehicle control and other capabilities.

Fleet Manager Pete Bednar is pictured here with one of the county's electric vehicles. Photo courtesy of Ventura County

Calif. County Fleet to Reduce Emissions with EVs

The County of Ventura, Calif., will reduce fleet greenhouse gas emissions by expanding its plug-in electric vehicle fleet and increasing use of technology.

Photo of 2016 Prius Four courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota's Japan Plant Shut Down Delays 2016 Prius

Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend production at assembly plants in Japan next week due to a steel factory explosion that will delay shipments of the new 2016 Prius hybrid.

Diesel Prices Slide Further While Oil Production Remains High

The average price of diesel fuel continued to fall last week amidst reports that global crude oil production would not be cut to meet lower demand.

Photo via Firestone

Bridgestone Recalls Firestone FS561 Tires

The voluntary safety recall is limited to FS561 tires in size 255/70R22.5 and only those tires that are installed in the trailer application.

Video Safety Tip: Preventing Pothole Damage

Here's some advice from the Michigan Department of Transportation on how to deal with potholes.

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Texas City Creates $11M Fleet Replacement Fund

The City of Killeen is creating a fleet replacement fund. The city will provide $7.5 million to establish the program as well as $3.5 million for the year's fleet purchases.

Photo courtesy of City of Chicago/Patrick Pyszka.

Chicago Officers Tampering with Dashcams

Chicago police officers have been disabling the microphones connected to their dashcam systems, which has caused an absence of audio in about 80% of videos.

Commercial Truck Demand to Slow, Parts Remain Stout

Commercial fleets will register a lower growth percentage of medium- and heavy-duty trucks in 2016, but feed strong demand for aftermarket parts, according to a new forecast from IHS Automotive.

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