Government Fleet News

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Faulty Valves

The counterbalance valves might crack and permit hydraulic fluid to leak, which can lead to unintended boom movement.

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2016 Malibu Update Includes 47 MPG Hybrid

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu received a facelift from the previous model year to offer improved fuel efficiency on a lighter and longer frame. A new hybrid model is expected to offer a combined 47 mpg.

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City Taps State Grants for Hybrids, CNG Pickups

The City of Aurora, Colo., is adding 17 alternative-fuel vehicles to its fleet this year with grant funding to help defray the cost. The vehicles include 10 plug-in hybrids and seven CNG pickups.

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Miami-Dade PD Launches $13.2M Vehicle Financing Plan

The Miami-Dade Police Department has purchased 642 Ford vehicles for $13.2 million and will finance the purchase over five years as part of a new vehicle replacement plan.

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Vactor Pairs HydroExcavator With Peterbilt 567 Chassis

Vactor Manufacturing, manufacturer of vacuum excavators, has introduced the Peterbilt 567 Class 8 truck model chassis option for the company’s HXX HydroExcavator.

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CEI Urges Drivers to Take Distracted Driving Pledge

The CEI Group, Inc. (CEI) is urging fleets to recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness month by asking fleet drivers to sign a nationwide pledge to avoid distracted driving.

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Automakers Surpass Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards Again

For the second year in a row, light-duty vehicle manufacturers have surpassed national greenhouse gas emissions standards, according to a March 26 report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ill. County's Anti-Idling Plan Would Save 790 Gallons

Kane County, Ill., is considering an idle-reduction plan that's expected to save 790 gallons of fuel a year and prevent 15,800 pounds of carbon-dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

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Orlando Adds More Green Garbage Trucks

The City of Orlando has added five compressed natural gas (CNG) refuse trucks in its ongoing effort to green a municipal fleet that now includes 36 electric and hybrid vehicles.

Diesel Prices Continue Three-Week Slide

Diesel and gasoline prices continue to drop for the third straight week as U.S. crude oil inventories stay at record high levels and demand remains low.

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EPA Certifies Altech-Eco's CNG Transit Van

Altech-Eco has received certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to produce a dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) version of the 2015 Ford Transit 150/250/350 3.7L van and wagon with the Ford gaseous prepped engine option.

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Highway Bill Would Bolster NHTSA Funding, Authority

The Obama administration's transportation bill, delivered to the U.S. Congress March 30, would triple funding for the federal safety agency's auto defect investigation office.

Tenn. Sheriff Eyeing Leases for 45 Cruisers

Sullivan County (Tenn.) Sheriff Wayne Anderson hopes to lease 45 new cruisers to replace aging vehicles that have peeling paint, rattling engines, and in some cases odometer readings above 200,000 miles.

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What Keeps Technicians at Their Jobs?

Government Fleet is conducting a technician survey to ask technicians what keeps them at their jobs and discover ways fleet management can help retain experienced employees.

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NYC Centralizes Collision Tracking With CRASH Database

A new centralized database of New York City fleet vehicle collisions shows city vehicles were involved in 5,605 collisions in 2014, and reveals that a high percentage of injury collisions involve rear-ending.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Work Zone Precautions

Highway construction and maintenance season is now under way, so here are 10 work-zone safety tips from the Federal Highway Administration and the New York Department of Transportation.

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Natural Gas Vehicle Sales Fall 6.5 Percent

While the NGV medium- and heavy-duty segments increased by 30 percent and 24 percent respectively, the NGV light-duty segment decreased by 34 percent.

Illinois Lawmakers Seeking Reduction of State's Fleet

State lawmakers in Illinois have restarted a bid to eliminate vehicles in the state's fleet that travel less than 7,000 miles per year, which represented 25 percent of the state's vehicles in 2011.

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Feds Triple Returns with Online Auction Platform

The Defense Logistics Agency, under contract with IronPlanet, received more than $3.2 million during the first two months of online public auctions for excess rolling stock, including Humvees.

Auto Truck Group Helps Fire Agency Display World Trade Center Artifact

The Bartlett (Ill.) Fire Protection District and Auto Truck Group have collaborated to display a recovered piece of material from the World Trade Center. The agency will host a remembrance event and dedication ceremony on April 11.

9 of 10 Federal Workers Prefer In-Person Meetings

In a new Meetings Mean Business survey of 100 federal agency employees who have travel-related responsibilities, nine out of ten respondents reported that face-to-face interaction enhances productivity, collaboration, and effectiveness.

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Upfitters Offer City Express Compact Van Packages

Van upfitters have begun offering partitions, shelving and roof racks for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express compact van since the vehicle's introduction late last year.

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Ford Recalls F-Series Ambulances

The action covers 6,472 vehicles that may have a malfunctioning exhaust gas temperature sensor.

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Ford Explorer, Police Interceptor SUVs Recalled

The recall covers nearly 213,000 2011-2013 model-year SUVs that may have an interior door handle problem.

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Gasoline Use Falls to Lowest Level in 30 Years

The average gasoline consumption by Americans is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, according to a report from the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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