Government Fleet News

The Mohawk four-post TR-50 can be purchased under the NJPA contract. Photo courtesy of Mohawk Lifts

NJPA Awards 5-Year Contract to Mohawk Lifts

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) recently re-awarded Mohawk Lifts a nationwide five-year contract to supply government agencies across the U.S. with Mohawk vehicle lifts and other garage equipment.

Screenshot via WLKY.

Louisville Rolls Out GPS Tracking to City Fleet

The City of Louisville, Ky., is installing GPS units in 481 cars and trucks to reduce idling time and improve maintenance by more quickly identifying vehicles that need service.

Photo courtesy of NYPD.

NYPD Prohibits Pursuits With Smart Cars

The New York Police Department has told officers driving its new Smart Cars not to use them to pursue a suspect, even though they can reach speeds of up to 90 mph and are more maneuverable than larger police vehicles

Fleet management staff stand with the 16 Nissan Leafs. Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Expects to Save $246K with Leased EVs

Cobb County, Ga., has leased 16 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles (EVs), a move that is expected to save the county approximately $246,000 compared to the gas-powered vehicles currently in use in the fleet.

Screenshot via Samy Kamkar/YouTube.

GM's OnStar Hacked, Volt Engine Started

A hacker has found a security vulnerability in General Motors' OnStar mobile app that allowed him to locate a Chevrolet Volt, unlock the vehicle, and start its engine.

Photo courtesy of City of Boston.

East Coast Agencies Add More Hybrid Vans

Both the City of Boston, Mass., and Montgomery County, Md., have commissioned additional XL Hybrid conversions to supplement the existing XL Hybrids in their fleets. Boston will have an additional 16 hybrid vans, while Montgomery County will have 10.

Senate Approves House’s 3-Month Highway Bill

The Senate passed its massive and contentious long-term highway bill and then approved the three-month extension of federal highway funding passed earlier by the House. The $8 billion patch, which runs out on October 29, has been sent to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bill.

Photo courtesy of IIHS.

Aluminum F-150 Named IIHS Top Pick

Ford's 2015 F-150 crew cab model has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the extended cab model was rated as good by the group.

Club Car Offers Sales Program With Carryall Utility Vehicles

Club Car has introduced its Corporate Solution Program to help fleets plan, manage and maintain a fleet of utility vehicles.

House Passes Short-Term Highway Extension

The House late Wednesday passed a short-term extension to keep federal highway funding going until October 29, right before members left on August recess, leaving the Senate to deal with before the looming Friday deadline.

Fla. County Mandates CNG Refuse Trucks

Orange County, Fla., has approved a new refuse collection program that mandates haulers to begin using compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Rendering courtesy of San Diego County.

San Diego County Moving to New Fleet Facility

San Diego County's fleet unit will be moving to a new $22-million service garage to make way for a new crime lab at its existing location, its fleet manager told Government Fleet.

Mo. City's Sales Tax Could Fund Garage Upgrade

The City of Columbia (Mo.) has budgeted $4.5 million in revenue from an upcoming sales tax initiative that would be earmarked to fund upgrades to an antiquated vehicle service garage if voters approve the measure.

House, Senate to Move on Short-Term Highway Bill

It looks like Congress is going to kick the can down the road again when it comes to highway funding after what looked like a game of "chicken" in recent days.

Photo courtesy of Rear View Safety.

Ford Transit Backup Camera System Released

Rear View Safety has released its Ford Third Brake Light backup camera system for the 2015 Transit van that comes with features designed to protect pedestrians as well as drivers.

Navistar-made CT13 diesel will remain the standard engine in Cat Trucks, as will the cab and chassis adapted from the International PayStar. Photo: Tom Berg

Cat Trucks to Initially Continue as Built by Navistar

UPDATED -- What's next for Caterpillar and Navistar vocational trucks, now that Caterpillar's ending its Cat Truck assembly agreement with Navistar? Spokesmen from both companies talk to Truckinginfo.com.

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Snap-on Creates Diagnostic Quick Tips Training Videos

Snap-on has recently added Quick Tips training videos to its website and YouTube channel to help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

Photo courtesy of GM.

GM's Colorado/Canyon Diesel Specs Revealed

General Motors has released performance data for the Duramax diesel engines available with the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup that arrive for the 2016 model year.

Last Day to Participate in Industry Trends Survey

Government Fleet is conducting its annual industry trends survey to learn more about public fleets and to track changes in the industry. This research is a benchmarking opportunity for fleet managers.

U.S. Senators Urge EPA to Boost Biodiesel

A bipartisan group of 36 U.S. Senators has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase biodiesel production in the pending Renewable Fuel Standard for 2016 and 2017.

Barbara Boxer: "if we have a bill, we're sending it."

House Won't Consider Senate Highway Bill

UPDATED: An issue unrelated to transportation may keep the House from taking up the Senate's six-year highway bill. The clock is ticking as funds run out midnight Friday and the House is leaving for August recess.

Video Tip: Freeway Entering and Exiting

Here’s some advice from AAA on how to safely merge onto a freeway and how to exit.

Video: FCA Agrees to Record NHTSA Fine, Vehicle Buyback

The automaker reached an agreement with NHTSA relating to how the company conducted vehicle recalls, and will buy back almost 580,000 trucks.

Long weekend leads into a long week for highway bill on Capitol Hill Photo: David Cullen

Senate Highway Bill Dodges Potholes

As of late Sunday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had managed to steer the multi-year highway bill introduced last week beyond some legislative potholes that had threatened to slow the process of getting the measure to the House for consideration.

State of Fla. Hiring Fleet Chief

The State of Florida is hiring a chief of fleet and federal property assistance. This position’s responsibilities include ensuring the state obtains effective and efficient use of motor vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft for state agencies, and to ensure donated federal surplus property is available for eligible donees.

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