Government Fleet News

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La. Installs GPS on 10,000 State Cars

The State of Louisiana is installing GPS tracking devices on its entire 10,543-vehicle fleet, The Advocate reported. The state expects the $10 million project will save $30 million over the next five years by reducing the cost of fuel, maintenance, and insurance.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma SR5 Access Cab courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Sets 2016 Tacoma Pricing

The third-generation 2016 Toyota Tacoma base model SR will carry a retail price of $24,200 when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September for about a $3,000 increase over the outgoing model.

Design rendering of new corporate HQ courtesy of Marion Body Works.

Truck Body Company Expands HQ

Officials of Marion Body Works, Inc. have announced that they have signed an agreement with Consolidated Construction Co., Inc. to build a new headquarters and expand an existing manufacturing facility.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Nearly Flat for the Week

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel showed only a slight fluctuation for the week, barely extending a 12-week streak of falling prices, while gasoline prices in the Midwest spiked 30 cents due to a recent refinery shutdown.

Snap-on Software Subscription Delivers Continuous Diagnostic Updates

The new Snap-on software subscription program delivers updated diagnostic data for late-model and older vehicles for a low overall cost.

Photo of 2016 Tacoma TRD courtesy of Toyota.

2016 Tacoma Increases Power, Towing Capability

Toyota's redesigned 2016 Tacoma mid-size pickup will offer increased power and towing capability when it arrives at dealer lots in the middle of September.

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Terex Claims Aerial Lift Trucks Remain Safe

Terex, based in Watertown, South Dakota, responded to class action lawsuit against its XT trucks by re-asserting that the trucks with aerial lifts remain safe.

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Philly Fire Union: Trucks Frequently Break Down

Union officials and firefighters for the Philadelphia Fire Department described frequent vehicle breakdowns in their aging fleet, including one example of an ambulance bursting into flames, in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo by W. Robert Howell from Charlotte, N.C., via Wikimedia Commons/Flickr.

Traffic Deaths Rise 14 Percent

Nearly 19,000 people died in traffic collisions in the U.S. during the first six months of this year, according to the National Safety Council.

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Public Works Employee Fired For Fuel Theft

A City of Richmond, Ky., has fired a Public Works employee charged with theft for using the city’s fleet card to fuel his personal vehicle.

Video Tip: Proper Seat Belt Use

Here are some seat belt safety guidelines from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and FCA US.

Public Works Group Certifies Public Fleet Professionals

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced two public works fleet professionals who recently earned the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) credential.

Florida Fleet Association, Colleges Create Scholarships

The Florida Association of Government Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA) has partnered with Palm Beach and Santa Fe State College to form scholarship opportunities for students looking to become automotive and truck technicians.

Bill Skinner, the first student to be hired through the mentorship program.

Va. County's Apprenticeship Program Trains Future Technicians

The fleet industry has an aging workforce and a limited number of interested, young, and trained applicants. Chesterfield County, Va.’s fleet manager hopes to rectify that problem within his county.

Photo courtesy of City of Dublin.

Ohio City Hosts Touch-a-Truck Community Event

The City of Dublin, Ohio, participated in the Washington Township Touch & Stuff a Truck event on Aug. 8. Families got a chance to take a closer look at Dublin snow plows and other various vehicles used in the community.

Photo of 2014 Expedition courtesy of Ford.

Trucks, SUVs Top July Retention Value

Trucks and SUVs logged the strongest resale value during July in a month that saw lighter depreciation of 1.3 percent for 2010-2014 model year vehicles, according to Black Book.


Va. City Sues Sheriff Over Fleet Vehicles

The City of Petersburg, Va., is suing the Petersburg Sheriff's Office to reclaim 11 city-owned vehicles from the Sheriff’s Office.

Workers began training to produce the new series in June, and actual production began several weeks later. Photo: Tom Berg

Symbolic First 2016 F-650/750 Shown at Ohio Plant

Ford and United Auto Workers officials Wednesday morning drove the symbolic first unit of the new F-650/750 series off the line at its Ohio Assembly Plant near Avon Lake amid cheers that followed congratulatory speeches.

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Seattle PD's SUVs Cut Maintenance Costs

The Seattle Police Department has added 90 Ford Police Interceptor Utility patrol vehicles to its fleet in an ongoing initiative to replace less-fuel-efficient Crown Victoria units.

Idaho City Adds LTE Network for Police Fleet

The Boise Police Department has adopted Cradlepoint's LTE enterprise networking platform to achieve a stable, flexible, and manageable network for its 150-vehicle cruiser fleet, according to the telecommunications provider.

Colo. City Dives Deep Into CNG

The City of Fort Lupton (Colo.) has converted its entire police fleet to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), and added several other CNG-powered trucks for Public Works and other city departments.

PEX Card Offers Fleet Payment Solution

PEX Card has introduced a new debit card for fleets that allows business owners greater control over expenses logged at fuel pumps by their drivers, according to the company.

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Calif. Offers $10.2M in NGV Grants

The California Energy Commission-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project will provide $10.2 million in funding to reduce the purchase price of new, on-road natural gas vehicles.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Down 5 Cents Nationally

As an 11-week slide in diesel prices continues, the price of a gallon dropped 5 cents per gallon nationally.

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Spartan Recalls Emergency Vehicles for Tire Deflation

The action affects Advantage, Diamond, Gladiator and Metro Star models in the 2007-2015 model years.

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