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Diesel Prices Climb, Crude Prices May Stall

The average price of diesel fuel continued to climb last week as a rebound in the crude oil market put upward pressure on energy costs. However, the trend may reverse, as Iran has vowed not to freeze its oil production output at current levels.

Little Rock to Host Ark. Fleet Conference

The Arkansas Public Fleet Managers Association will be holding its annual conference May 12-13 in Little Rock.

Safety Video Tip: Adjusting to the Time Change

The beginning of Daylight Saving Time brings an increase in drowsy driving risk as motorists struggle with sleep debt. Here are some timely safety tips from AAA and the National Sleep Foundation you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Photo: Matheson Postal Services

USPS Contract Carrier Adds Natural Gas Powered Trucks

Matheson Postal Services, a contract carrier for the United States Postal Service, is adding 37 new compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas tractors to its fleet as part of a company-wide program to expand clean energy use.

APWA Announces New Certified Public Fleet Professionals

The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced that four public works fleet professionals have recently received the Certified Public Fleet Professional (CPFP) certification.

Iowa County Creates New Fleet Manager Position

The Scott County (Iowa) Board of Supervisors approved the creation of an in-house fleet manager position that will oversee the maintenance and management of vehicles for the county’s departments.

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.

Photo by Thi Dao.

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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