Government Fleet News

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

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XL Hybrids to Offer Plug-In Hybrid Half-Ton Pickup

XL Hybrids will offer a plug-in hybrid electric half-ton pickup truck that's expected to increase range by 50% and offer a significant reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, the vehicle modifier announced.

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Non-Tier 4 Equipment Resale Values Rise

Demand for non-Tier 4, used construction equipment is on the rise, according to a survey of Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) members.

Spartan Motors Acquires Smeal Fire Apparatus

Spartan Motors USA, has entered into an agreement to acquire Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., a manufacturer of fire apparatus in North America.

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Nebraska to Track All Plow Trucks

The Nebraska Department of Roads is outfitting all of its 697 plow trucks with tracking technology that also monitors the amount of brine and salt they spread.

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Fla. County Seeks New Sheriff Fleet Facility

Sarasota County, Fla., plans to build a new maintenance and storage facility for the sheriff's fleet. The project would include 13 vehicle service bays, storage and office space, and a refueling station, and is estimated to cost $20.9 million.

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Colo. Employees May Owe Back Taxes for Take-Home Vehicles

Colorado's Office of the State Auditor reported that the state underreported vehicle fringe benefits for take-home vehicles, and the state employees who used them may be liable for the back taxes.

Texas Police Dept. Adds Armored Vehicle

The Marshall (Texas) Police Department has acquired an armored vehicle to be used as a rescue vehicle during natural disasters.

IronPlanet Sets Heavy Equipment Inspection Record

IronPlanet reached a record number of annual inspections in 2016, with over 100,000 pieces of equipment evaluated and certified by its professional inspectors, the online auction company announced.

U.S. Proposes V2V Mandate to Reduce Crashes

Separately, the U.S. DOT's Federal Highway Administration will soon issue guidelines for vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications.

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Ind. City Reviews Police Take-Home Policy

The City of Anderson, Ind., council has approved funds to purchase 19 new patrol cars for the Police Department, but also said it wanted to amend its police take-home car policy.

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Chevrolet Begins Delivering Bolt EV

Chevrolet delivered the first three 2017 Bolt EVs to retail customers in the San Francisco Bay area today, the automaker announced.

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Chevin Fleet Solutions Upgrades Website

Chevin's updated website has been given new features and is now more mobile-friendly.

Diesel Fuel Prices Continue to Trend Higher

Diesel and gasoline prices were higher for the second week in a row, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Safety Tip: Driving Near Large Trucks

Here are four mistakes fleet drivers need to avoid when traveling near large commercial trucks, especially during winter storm conditions.

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N.Y. Municipality Receives Fleet Management Grant

The City of Kingston, N.Y., plans to implement new protocols for its fleet management program and update its greenhouse gas emissions inventory thanks to a new grant from the state.

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Chevrolet Tahoe PPVs Recalled for Fire Risk

The recall covers nearly 50,000 vehicles in the 2010 to 2014 model years.

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Ind. County Takes Snow Plow Loans After Fleet Fire

Montgomery County, Ind., is scrambling to prepare for snow after a fire destroyed its plow fleet. It solicited and received snow plow loans from various cities and counties from around the state.

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Used Vehicle Values Weakened in November

Five model years of used vehicles depreciated 2.3% in November, which showed a slight improvement from October and remained in line with the typical weakening of values at this time of year, according to Black Book data.

Westport Gains EPA Certification to Modify 2017 Ford Trucks

Westport has gained approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to equip 2017-model-year Ford vehicles with its WiNG Power System that enables the vehicles to run compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquid propane gas (LPG), also known as propane autogas.

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W.Va. Auditor Fails to Find Accurate Fleet Count

After five months, the State of West Virginia's Auditor's Office has reported that it cannot accurately determine how many vehicles are in the state's fleet.

Registration Opens for GFX

Registration is now open for the 2017 Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX), which will take place in San Antonio June 12-15, 2017. Fleets purchasing a full conference pass by Dec. 31 can save $200.

Colo. State Fleet Manager Retires

Scott Madsen, director of the Division of Central Services, State of Colorado, recently retired after working for the state for 15 years. Madsen was a past president of the National Conference of State Fleet Administrators (NCSFA).

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Texas City Eliminates New Fleet Replacement Fund

The City of Killeen (Texas) has terminated its newly created fleet funding program due to a budget shortfall. City Council voted to terminate it on Dec. 6.

New hybrid vans will replace these older 15-passenger gasoline vans. Photo courtesy of NYC Parks

NYC Parks Replaces Passenger Vans with Hybrids

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has ordered 10 15-passenger hybrid vans to increase miles per gallon and reduce vehicle emissions.

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