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City Upgrades Refuse Fleet, Shuns Outsourcing

The City of Newark, Del,, council approved spending $940,000 to replace four refuse trucks after voting down a controversial plan to outsource refuse collection.

Photo courtesy of Polaris.

Polaris Extends GEM Range, Adds Safety Features

Polaris Industries Inc. has updated its Polaris GEM low-speed vehicle with improved ergonomics and range as well as more comfort and safety features, the company has announced.

At the NCSFA's annual T-shirt swap, Matt Wade with Agile Access Control, Inc. (standing at left) scans the crowd looking for a t-shirt to steal from fellow attendees. Photo courtesy of NCSFA.

State Fleet Managers Elect Leaders at Annual Workshop

The National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA) hosted its annual State Fleet Manager’s Workshop in Nashville, Tenn., from Oct. 7-9.

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Delaware Grants to Expand Alternative Fuel Station Network

Delaware will offer $1.4 million in grants to businesses and fleet owners based in the state to increase their use of alternative-fueled vehicles by expanding the state’s network of alternative fueling stations.

The House has passed a highway patch that will last until Nov. 20. Senate is expected to follow suit this week .Photo: David Cullen

House Approves Highway-Bill Patch

Playing beat the clock, the House of Representatives today approved by voice vote a three-week extension of transportation funding.

Photo of Jon Pritchett at the ground-breaking ceremony courtesy of Nextran.

Nextran Building NGV Truck Repair Shop in Atlanta

Nextran Corp. held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new regional facility in Atlanta that's set to open in the middle of 2016 with a service area for repairs to natural gas vehicles.

Hino Trucks vocational truck lineup. (Photo: Hino Trucks)

Hino Trucks Offering Standard Telematics in 2017

Hino has expanded its Insight factory telematics platform under a partnership with Telogis, and will offer the telematics, remote diagnostics, and case management as standard equipment on its 2017 model-year medium-duty trucks.

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Element Fleet Signs Telematics Deal with Telogis

Element Fleet Management has signed a strategic global agreement that brings Telogis' connected vehicle technologies and mobile apps to the fleet management company's commercial fleet customers.

NTSB investigators at scene of Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12 that killed eight passengers and injured another 200. Photo: NTSB

Highway Bill Patch Could Derail Over Train Safety Measure

The latest proposed extension of federal highway funding includes a provision to delay a mandate for automatic-braking equipment on trains that could turn passing the measure into a game of political football.

Pictured are students attending the City of Columbus/MEMA Ohio training session. Photo courtesy of City of Columbus

Ohio City Hosts Fire Technician Training

The City of Columbus, Ohio teamed up with MEMA Ohio in an effort to bring regional training to local fire technicians.

Photo of Pep Boys store in Farmington Hills, Mich., via Wikimedia.

Bridgestone to Acquire 800 Pep Boys Stores

Bridgestone Americas is moving to acquire automotive parts retailer and service provider Pep Boys in an all-cash transaction valued at $835 million in share value, the company announced.

Okla. Consolidates Law Enforcement Aircraft Fleet

Oklahoma's Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order consolidating the state's law enforcement air fleet in an effort to reduce operating costs.

Photo courtesy of City of Tampa.

Tampa Shifts Staffing to Reduce Overtime Costs

A staff shortage that resulted in rising overtime costs has led the City of Tampa's fleet management division to adjust the way it handles repair work, the city's interim fleet manager told Government Fleet.

Video Safety Tip: Driving in Fog

AAA and the Texas Department of Insurance offer advice on how to drive safely in foggy conditions.

The city's main fleet shop was built in 1954. Photo via Google Street View

Wis. City Considers $30M Consolidated Fleet Shop

The City of Madison, Wis., Fleet Service Division is hoping to open a $30 million consolidated fleet repair facility to replace three of its aging shops.

Photo courtesy of Voyomotive.

Silicon Valley Company Offers Low-Cost Telematics Device

San Francisco-based Voyomotive plans to offer an OBD II controller that can provide an array of vehicle performance and diagnostics data to a user's smartphone as a lower-cost telematics solution.

Drivers participated in a test aimed at gauging mental distractions presented by new hands-free technologies. Photo courtesy of AAA.

Driver Distractions Extend 27 Seconds Beyond Act

New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concludes that drivers’ mental distractions can persist long after completing a task.

Photo courtesy of Drive the Dream.

California Agencies to Expand Plug-In EV Use

The U.S. Navy and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will expand their use of plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids with new initiatives announced at the Drive the Dream 2015 event earlier this month.

Photo from 2013-MY testing courtesy of MSP.

2016-MY Mich. Police Motorcycle Test Results Released

The Michigan State Police tested a battery-electric motorcycle and four carryover models as part of its annual tests of motorcycles available to law enforcement for the 2016 model year.

House T&I Committee Chair Bill Shuster (left) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio at markup of long-term highway bill on Oct. 22. Photo: House T&I Committee

House Committee Approves Long-Term Highway Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved its version of a long-term highway bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

Enterprise Fleet Invests $100M in Tech Upgrades

Enterprise Fleet Management has implemented a $100-million technology upgrade that includes greater use of tablets by sales staff and several new web-based fleet management tools.

Photo by Paul Clinton.

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Trimble Acquires Swedish Workforce Software Provider

Trimble has acquired privately held PocketMobile, a Stockholm, Sweden-based provider of enterprise mobile workforce solutions for international customers in the areas of postal service and logistics, security, and field service, Trimble announced.

Minn. Offers $270K in Clean Diesel Grants

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will offer grants to help owners of heavy diesel-powered equipment in the state replace or retrofit their old engines.

Photo of 2012 testing courtesy of MSP.

2016-MY Mich. Police Vehicle Testing Results Released

The Michigan State Police has released preliminary testing results for 15 cars and SUVs Detroit automakers will offer to law enforcement agencies for the 2016 model year, including a model tested for the first time.



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