Government Fleet News

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Highway Bill in Home Stretch

The highway bill passed by the House on Nov. 5 and the highway bill passed by the Senate in July are headed to a conference committee charged with working out any differences between the two measures.

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Spartan Recalls Fire Trucks for Steering

The action covers more than 2,000 Gladiator and MetroStar emergency response vehicles in the 2009-2014 model years.

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Fleet Sales Fall 2% in October

Sales of fleet vehicles to government agencies fell 2 percent to 21,298 in October, reversing two months of gains in a fleet segment that remains underwater for the calendar year to date, according to Automotive Fleet data.

The new facility includes Goodyear-Fleet HQ Emergency Roadside Service. Photo: Goodyear

Goodyear Opens Tire & Service Center in Massachusetts

A Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Center has opened in Stoughton, Mass., featuring a selection of commercial tires and dedicated truck service.

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House Passes Highway Bill

The House of Representatives has passed its version of a highway bill— voting for it 363-64 in overwhelming bipartisan fashion.

Government Fleet Forms Collaborative Agreement with American Public Works Association

The alliance brings together the two leading organizations dedicated to serving public sector fleet and public works professionals in North America.

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FCA Focusing on Hybrids to Meet 2025 CAFE

FCA US plans to convert the majority of its lineup to gasoline-electric hybrids by 2025, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters ahead of the release of the company's 2016 Town & Country minivan, which will include a plug-in hybrid model.

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NYC Fleet to Test Connected Vehicle Tech

New York City will install vehicle-to-vehicle technology in 10,000 buses, taxis, limousines, and city fleet vehicles as part of a $23 million federally funded initiative designed to reduce future congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

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Federal Fleets to Use Remanufactured Parts

A new law directs federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts to maintain fleet vehicles, which is expected to reduce the cost of federal fleet maintenance.

Calif. Sheriff Adds Two Helicopters

The Riverside County (Calif.) Sheriff’s Department put into service a new helicopter in late October and will have another new one in a few weeks, boosting its air fleet to six helicopters.

Photo of LNG-powered sweeper courtesy of City of Long Beach.

Long Beach Switching Heavy Fleet to RNG From LNG

The City of Long Beach (Calif.) has transitioned its heavier vehicles to run on renewable liquid natural gas (RNG) and is discontinuing the use of fossil liquid natural gas (LNG) to reduce emissions and fuel costs, according to the agency.

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Nissan Lowers 2016 LEAF Prices

Nissan has lowered prices for its battery-electric 2016 LEAF that provides an improved battery and 107-mile range, the automaker has announced.

WEX Introduces Cloud-Based Fleet Analytics Platform

WEX Inc. has introduced ClearView, a cloud-based fleet analytics and benchmarking platform that combines fuel and vehicle data with proprietary analytics to create insights that save fleets time and money, according to the company.

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Fleets to Test Westport's Natural Gas Injectors in 2016

Westport Innovations Inc. has updated its roll-out schedule for its second-generation HPDI 2.0 natural gas vehicle engine injectors with plans to deliver the components to manufacturers in early 2016 and begin testing with fleet customers by the middle of the year, the company announced Nov. 2.

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Miles Driven Reaches All-Time High

Drivers traveled more miles on U.S. roads in August to push the yearly total to date past 2 trillion for a new all-time high as well as the largest year-over-year gain in monthly driving, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Diesel Prices Fall for Third Consecutive Week

For the third week in a row, the average price of a gallon of diesel fuel decreased, according the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

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Honda Names Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda Motor Co. plans to initially sell its hydrogen-powered 2017 Clarity Fuel Cell sedan in Japan to government agencies and businesses with plans to offer the vehicle to retail customers at a later date. However, the automaker isn't expected to follow that strategy in the U.S.

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Mobility Ventures Hires Veteran Fleet Industry Exec

Paratransit vehicle manufacturer Mobility Ventures has hired Bill Gibson as its vice president of governmental and commercial fleet sales, the company announced Nov. 2.

Many vehicle use recommendation forms were incomplete or unsigned. Image via of OIG audit

New Orleans Water Board's Take-Home Vehicles Scrutinized

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans spent an excessive amount — nearly $400,000 — in fuel and repair costs for take-home vehicles in 2014, a city audit found.

Video Safety Tip: Packing a Winter Emergency Kit

AAA offers advice on what items to include in a winter driving emergency kit.

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Cleveland Leaders Want Extensive Fleet Report

The Cleveland City Council's safety committee asked administrators to produce a detailed report on the state of the city's emergency fleet amid concerns about the city's aging fleet.

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Pittsburgh Beefs Up Snow Removal Fleet

The City of Pittsburgh has increased its fleet of Public Works plows and spreaders as the city readies itself for winter operations.

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Telogis Adds Mobile Apps to Boost Fleet Productivity

Telogis has released six new mobile apps and redesigned two existing ones to enhance fleet productivity and optimize a company's mobile workforce. The telematics vendor announced the new products at its annual Telogis Latitude conference.

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Senate Rubber-Stamps Highway Bill Patch

Just a day before current funding was set to expire, the Senate on Oct. 28 approved by voice vote the short highway-bill extension that had been passed by the House a day earlier.

Feds Recall Military Tactical Vehicles from Police

The Florida Department of Management Services has notified 11 law enforcement agencies that tactical vehicles given to them as military surplus have been recalled by the U.S. Department of Defense.

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