Government Fleet News

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SoCalGas Opens Public CNG Station in Calif.

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has completed a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for the City of Monterey Park, Calif., the energy provider announced.

Model-Years: 2007-2013, Volume Weighted Wholesale Average Values, Weekly Change from 9/11/15 to 9/18/15 (SOURCE: Black Book)

Trucks See Highest Depreciation in Year

The average depreciation change last week for trucks fell 0.46 percent, the largest drop for trucks in nearly a year, indicating that the fall price declines might finally be in full gear.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD chassis cab courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Updates Silverado HD Trucks for 2016

The Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks will add new features for the 2016 model year, including integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking, and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control, General Motors has announced.

McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing makes a variety of refuse trucks, including side-loaders. Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.

McNeilus Recalls Zero Radius Refuse Trucks

The safety recall affects more than 800 side-loader refuse trucks with faulty air-actuated transit arm latches.

Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71 crew cab courtesy of GM.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Updated for 2016

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will offer expanded safety technologies, expanded use of 8-speed transmissions, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto when it arrives for the 2016 model year, General Motors has announced.

Pa. County Shifts to Leasing to Lower Costs

Lebanon County, Pa., commissioners have shifted toward a fleet leasing strategy to reduce maintenance costs when replacing aging fleet vehicles.

Ford's 2017 Super Duty Photo: Ford

Ford Unveils New Super Duty With Aluminum Body

Ford introduced the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty with a number of enhancements including a lighter weight aluminum-alloy body.

Photo courtesy of Spartan Motors.

Spartan Recalls Emergency Vehicles

The recall affects 141 Gladiator and Metro Star vehicles in the 2012 and 2013 model years.

Fla. Senator Proposes State Fleet Centralization

The State of Florida’s Senate Transportation Committee chair has filed legislation to centralize fleet management for the state’s 25,000 vehicles.

Baltimore Testing EVs, Fast Charging

The City of Baltimore has leased four battery-electric cars as part of testing program that could bring the first EVs into the city fleet as a way to lower refueling costs.

GPS Insight Adds Hybrid Tracking Capability

Government fleets can now track alternative vehicles with hardware or plug-and-play tracking devices from GPS Insight. Alternative vehicles include hybrids, all-electric cars, and natural gas vehicles.

Government Fleet Announces 2015-2017 Advisory Board

Government Fleet magazine has finalized its 2015-2017 Advisory Board. The board consists of industry leaders across the country representing diverse fleets as well as industry suppliers.

City’s Higher Taxes Will Fund Fleet Replacement

The City of Melbourne, Fla., increased its property tax rate 10% to help fund the first year of a multi-year replacement plan for public safety vehicles.

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Texas Police Add Seized Corvette Z06

The New Braunfels (Texas) Police Department has added a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to its fleet, after the federal government awarded the vehicle to the agency in a bust of a large drug distribution ring in the area, reports Yahoo Autos.

The UltraShift Plus automated manual transmission. Photo: Eaton

Eaton Adds Low-Speed Enhancements to Transmissions

Eaton has added two optional features to the company’s UltraShift Plus and Fuller Advantage automated manual transmissions designed to enhance low-speed maneuverability.

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