Government Fleet News

Refurbishing Fire Trucks Could Save City $2M

The City of Montgomery, Ala., Fire/Rescue Department expects to save more than $2 million by refurbishing two ladder trucks and three pumper trucks.

Photo by Vince Taroc

2 More Days to Submit Fleet Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for the 2015 Public Fleet Hall of Fame are accepted until end of day Tuesday, March 31. This year, eight fleet professionals will be inducted.

Leading Fleets Deadline Extended to Monday

The Leading Fleets award deadline has been extended to end of day Monday, March 16. If you have not received an e-mail confirmation of your submission, please e-mail

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package on regular cab and extended cab 2015 F-150 trucks. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Offers Heavy Payload F-150 to Commercial Users

Ford has begun offering a heavy payload package with its 2015 F-150 pickup that increases the payload and towing capabilities for fleet and other commercial users.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, drives the first 2015 F-150 built in Kansas City. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Starts 2015 F-150 Production in Kansas City

Ford has begun production of its 2015 F-150 pickup at the Kansas City Assembly Plant about four months after it began building aluminum-body trucks at its Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Fleets Mostly Exempted From GM Powertrain Warranty Roll-Back

General Motors is rolling back the number of visits under its free maintenance program across the board for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles for fleets amid a change to its powertrain warranty that mostly affects retail buyers.

Pictured l-r are: Chris Helgren, emergency manager of the Fire and Emergency Services Department; Gene Clark, deputy director of the General Services Department; Louis “Pete” Peterka; David Worthington, fleet manager; and Ed Bounoccorsi, deputy director of the General Services Department

Calif. County Fleet Awarded for Emergency Management

The Sonoma County (Calif.) General Services Department was recently awarded the Louis "Pete" Peterka Emergency Management Award for its commitment to emergency management.

Ore. Utility Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video Series

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Gary Lentsch, CAFM, fleet supervisor for Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB), Ore., discusses time management when juggling multiple projects and moving cautiously when making big changes.

Ambulance Recall Addresses Electrical Problems

Wheeled Coach Industries issues a safety recall and completes repairs on 18 2010-MY ambulances at risk for electrical malfunctions.

Photo by Chris Wolski.

Van Upfitters Roll Out ProMaster City Racks, Bins

Several van upfitters have begun offering ladder racks, shelving units and partitions for the 2015 Ram ProMaster City compact van that entered the market in late 2014.

Photo courtesy of Altec Industries.

Altec Aerial Devices Recalled for Boom Malfunction

The action, set to start March 30, affects more than 3,000 aerial devices in the 2011 to 2014 model years.

Fleet Technology Expo Full Website Launches

With a schedule-at-a-glance and additional details about the new show, interested attendees, exhibitors and sponsors can now access the full 2015 Fleet Technology Expo full website.

Image courtesy of Optimus

Pittsburgh to Power Garbage Trucks with Pure Biofuel

The City of Pittsburgh is converting an additional 20 Public Works trucks to run on pure biofuel (B-100/B-99) following a successful 18-month pilot project.

Last Week to Apply for the Leading Fleets Award

Applications for the Leading Fleets award are due this Friday, March 13. The award, open to government fleets, recognizes operations that are performing at a high level in fleet innovation and leadership.

City 'Getting Ripped Off' in Leasing Deal, Councilman Says

A Flint, Mich., City Council member says city taxpayers are "getting ripped off" in a $2 million vehicle leasing deal with Enterprise Fleet Management.

Mercedes-Benz showed a rugged off-road Sprinter at the Work Truck Show. Photo by Chris Wolski.

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Super High Roof Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz will begin offering two new variants of its full-size Sprinter van for the 2015 model year, including a super high roof model and a Super Single heavy duty model.

Fort Wayne Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Larry Campbell, CPFP, fleet management director for the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., discusses the computerization of fleet management, keeping a good professional reputation, and thinking before speaking.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Fleet Sales Rise 12% in February

Sales of light-duty vehicles to government fleets increased 12% to 15,686 units in February compared with the same month a year ago, according to a monthly survey of nine automakers by Automotive Fleet.


Colorado Appoints New Fleet Manager

Scott Edwards, CAFM, is the new fleet manager for the State of Colorado. He oversees the state’s 6,100 light- and medium-duty vehicles.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Potholes

This winter's extreme freeze-and-thaw cycles have created conditions for a nightmarish pothole season, but AAA offers some valuable advice on how to prevent pothole damage.

Diesel Moves Higher, Passes $2.94 Per Gallon

The national average cost of on-highway diesel has posted its fifth weekly increase but prices have started to moderate a little in some parts of the country, according to new U.S. Energy Department figures.

Photo of 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe courtesy of GM.

Cold Weather Strengthening Used SUV Sales

The average price of a used vehicle fell 1.2 percent in February as colder weather brought strength to SUV segments for the month, according to Black Book.

Photo courtesy of Derive Efficiency.

Police Fleet Slashes Idle Fuel Costs by 26%

The City of Lakeland, Fla., has cut idle fuel costs by an average of 26% on its 80 police vehicles by using engine calibration software. The vehicles idle six to eight hours every day.

Photo of Peterbilt 320 courtesy of Peterbilt.

Five Peterbilt Truck Models Recalled for Steering

Paccar’s recall affects more than 5,000 trucks in the 2009-2015 model years.

Altec Recalls Digger Derrick, Aerial Device Trucks

To address a fire risk, dealers will replace a 30-amp circuit breaker with a 20-amp one.

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