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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.

Photo via NBPD/Facebook.

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.

Screen capture courtesy of McNeilus via YouTube.

McNeilus, Oshkosh Recall CNG Trucks for Fire Risk

The McNeilus recall affects 365 refuse and concrete mixer trucks, and the Oshkosh recall covers 33 S-Series concrete mixers.

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SambaSafety Hires VP of Fleet Channels

SambaSafety has hired Matthew Betz as vice president of fleet channels, where he will lead business development and partnerships between the company and fleet management companies.

Photo: Jim Park

Diesel Prices Decline Further

The prices of diesel and gasoline fuel dropped further for the week amid a volatile crude oil market, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Photo via Flickr/Can Pac Swire

Ark. State Police Vehicles Stolen

Thieves stole four decommissioned Arkansas State Police vehicles from a locked auto storage lot. Police investigators have recovered two of the vehicles.

DOE Awards $55M to Boost PHEVs, Fuel Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded nearly $55 million for 24 projects to develop and deploy cutting-edge vehicle technologies for improving fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption, along with making plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) more affordable.

Video Tip: Battling Distracted Driving

This week's safety tip features the latest video installment in AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.

Photo via flickr.com/Mike Mozart

State Fuel Program Expands County’s Options

Pitt County, N.C., commissioners approved joining the state’s fleet program to purchase gas for its 325 vehicles. It provides the county with more gas stations as well as roadside assistance.

Photo courtesy of Placer County.

Calif. County Demonstrates RNG Tech

A number of project partners demonstrated a new technology for converting forest waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) in Placer County, Calif.

IronPlanet Holds End-of-Quarter Auctions

IronPlanet, an online marketplace for buying and selling used heavy equipment and trucks, will hold its end-of-quarter auctions across its online marketplaces from September 22-25, 2015.

Daimler says its $30 million SuperTruck does not meet EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction demands. Photo by Jim Park

GHG Phase 2 Proposal More Stringent than Originally Believed

Daimler Trucks says meeting EPA's Phase 2 GHG reduction requirements, as they currently stand in the proposal stage, may not be possible under the current timeline.

The defective ignition switches were installed in several GM models, including the Pontiac G5. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Settles Criminal, Civil Ignition-Switch Cases

The criminal case settlement with federal prosecutors requires payment of $900 million and the hiring of an independent monitor to oversee the company’s safety practices.

WEX Adds 200 Pacific Northwest Fueling Stations

WEX Inc. has signed an agreement with BP to accept WEX fleet card payments at 200 BP-supplied ARCO fuel stations in Washington and Oregon, the company has announced.

NYC Receives $20M for Connected-Vehicle Project

Together, New York City, Tampa and Wyoming will receive up to $42 million to pilot next-generation safety technology in vehicles and infrastructure.

Audit Questions USDA's Vehicle, Fuel Card Use

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can save $6.2 million by reducing its underutilized vehicles and should better monitor use of its fleet cards, according to a recent audit conducted by the Office of Inspector General.

Photo courtesy of City of Long Beach.

Long Beach Adding Hybrids for Police Commanders

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has begun testing whether it could assign gasoline-electric hybrids to police commanders as a strategy for lowering fuel costs in the police department.

Photo of 2016 NPR Diesel courtesy of Isuzu.

Isuzu Adds Class 3 NPR Diesel Cabover

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America has introduced its 2016 NPR Diesel as a Class 3 cabover with a 13,000-pound GVWR and 33.5-inch frame that expands the capability of Isuzu's entry-level truck, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of FCA US.

Dodge Adds Police Data System to Charger Pursuit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will integrate law enforcement data systems and add a 12.1-inch touchscreen in its 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit as part of a new Uconnect infotainment system for officers.

Collective Data Unveils Fleet Management Software Version 6.1

Version 6.1 of collectiveFleet delivers more base features, new reports, and software improvements.

Photo via Flickr/United Soybean Board.

Biofuel Grant State Finalists Selected

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the 21 states that will receive grants through its Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP), which aims to support and expand biofuel infrastructure.

Photo of F-150 hood made from Alcoa's Micromill material courtesy of Ford.

Ford to Add Next-Gen Aluminum Alloy to 2016 F-150

Ford is collaborating with Alcoa to develop a new aluminum alloy for the 2016 F-150 pickup that's more formable and design-friendly that the earlier material.

Enhancements in Mitchell 1 ProDemand Streamline User Experience

As part of Mitchell 1’s continual product improvement process and in direct response to customer feedback, enhancements have recently been introduced to ProDemand, Mitchell 1’s automotive repair, diagnostic, and maintenance information software.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Resume Downward Trajectory

After a week of increases, the price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel fell by 1.7 cents, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.



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