Government Fleet News

Seattle Wants to Cut Fleet Emissions in Half by 2025

The City of Seattle would reduce fleet greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% by 2025 by using electric vehicles as well as renewable diesel and biodiesel under a new plan announced by Mayor Ed Murray.

Boise, Idaho Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Craig Croner, CPFP, administrative services manager for the City of Boise, Idaho, talks about not always having to be right, giving up control, and ensuring adequate training to prepare for the retirement of baby boomers.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Police Interceptors Offer Ballistic Protection

Ford will offer ballistic panels on its Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility that protect occupants from armor-piercing rifle ammunition, Ford has announced.

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NM, NJ Top Commercial Driving Incident List

Fleetmatics has released a report that includes an analysis of the driving behavior of fleets across the U.S. New Mexico and New Jersey were included in the list of top 10 states with the most severe driving incidents.

IronPlanet Announces First Spring Auction

IronPlanet's first spring auction will take place on March 23 in St. Cloud, Minn. This Midwest auction is the first of five major onsite events this spring across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

Vector's facility manager (center) and fleet technicians will continue to work on Newberry County vehicles. Photo courtesy of Vector Fleet Management

S.C. County Awards Maintenance Contract

Newberry County, S.C., has awarded Vector Fleet Management a five-year fleet maintenance contract estimated to cost $532,121 annually. The company has performed fleet maintenance for the county since 2009.

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SUVs, Mid-Size Cars Lead February Residual Values

Full-size pickups led vehicle depreciation in February, while mid-size cars, full-size cars, and utility vehicles held their value best, according to Black Book.

Philadelphia Fleet Supervisor Charged in $400K Fraud Case

The Philadelphia District Attorney has charged a city fleet supervisor and two body shop owners for an insurance fraud scam that stole $400,000 from the city’s Office of Fleet Management.

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San Diego Launches 'Aggressive' Vehicle Replacement Initiative

The City of San Diego has begun an overhaul of its fleet management operations to reduce a backlog of aging vehicles, boost staffing, and improve an archaic software system.

Chevin Fleet Solutions Names Operations Director

Chevin Fleet Solutions has announced several new hires, including Peter Ormsby, who joins the fleet software provider on March 7 as operations director.

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Pa. City Approves Leasing Deal to Update Police Fleet

The City of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will lease 10 new Ford Police Interceptors to update the aging fleet.

The 2017 Ford Escape Titanium trim, photo courtesy of the automaker.

Ford Adds Windshield Wiper De-Icer to Escape

The Ford Escape is the first Ford SUV in the U.S to offer a windshield wiper de-icer, as part of the vehicle's cold weather package.

Screencapture courtesy of John Deere

JDLink Estimator Tool Quantifies Telematics ROI

The new JDLink return on investment (ROI) estimator by John Deere is designed to quantify the value of keeping machines connected using JDLink telematics.

Photo of 2017 Chrysler Pacifica courtesy of FCA US.

Chrysler Pacifica Rated at 28 MPG Highway

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released fuel economy ratings for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan that can achieve 28 mpg on the highway — a 12% improvement over the outgoing Town & Country.

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Polaris Acquires Industrial Vehicles Maker Taylor-Dunn

Polaris Industries Inc. has acquired Taylor-Dunn, a provider of industrial vehicles serving commercial, manufacturing, warehouse, and ground-support customers.

Submit a Nomination for the Public Fleet Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2016 Public Fleet Hall of Fame are now being accepted and are due end of day Wednesday, March 23.

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APWA Names Scott Grayson Executive Director

Scott Grayson will lead the organization and reports to the American Public Works Association (APWA) Board, as well as more than 29,000 members across North America.

Diesel Jumps Above $2 Per Gallon Again

The price of a gallon of diesel fuel increased for the third straight week, once again rising above $2 per gallon.

New-Vehicle MPG Remains Unchanged from January

The average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in February was 25.2 mpg — unchanged from the value that was revised for January.

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St. Louis Treasurer's Take-Home Car Questioned

City of St. Louis (Mo.) Treasurer Tishaura Jones will continue using her take-home vehicle despite media reports questioning her perk as a city worker with a $96,000-per-year salary.

Fleet Counselor Services Celebrates 25 Years

Fleet Counselor Services (FCS), which offers fleet consulting services and fleet analysis software, celebrated its 25-year anniversary on March 1.

Last Day to Nominate 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 end of day March 7.

Video Safety Tip: Tire Blowout Response

Here are tips from AAA and Travelers Insurance on how to respond to a tire blowout.

Alliance Autogas technicians (l to r) Stephen Holland and Stacey Snyder. Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas Converts F-150 in Record Time

Alliance AutoGas' technicians converted a Ford F-150 truck to run on propane autogas in one hour and 32 minutes. The company set the record for the fastest recorded alternative fuel conversion.

Used Class 3-8 Vehicle Values End 2015 Strong

Used commercial vehicle transactions of GVW 3-8 vehicles were just over 176,000 units during the last quarter of the 2015 calendar year, up 14.3 percent from the same time period in 2014 calendar year.

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