Government Fleet News

Fleet Automation Drives Up County’s Vehicle Utilization

The 15-vehicle motor pool at Charles County, Md., Department of Social Services (DSS) is utilized at maximum capacity on most days, often reaching 100%, as a result of implementing the web-based fleet management information system.

Edmond Yelle, Jr, automotive mechanic, City of Wichita Falls, Texas, (left) accepts his Professional Fleet Manager of the Year award from the city's fleet supervisor, Wade Looney. Photo courtesy of RMFMA.

RMFMA Names Board Officers, Award Winners

The Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association (RMFMA) announced new board officers and the winners of its annual awards at Fleetcon.

Photo courtesy of Alliance AutoGas.

Alliance AutoGas Offers Law Enforcement Training

North Carolina sheriffs, officers, and fleet managers attended Alliance AutoGas's law enforcement alternative fuel training at the Research & Technology Center in Asheville to learn more about the merits of propane autogas conversion.

Photo courtesy of Vermeer.

Vermeer Recalls Brush Chippers, Stump Cutters

The manufacturer will provide reflective decals for trailer sides in order to increase the products’ visibility on the road.

Photo courtesy of McNeilus Truck and Manufacturing.

Faulty Fire Extinguishers Recalled in Some McNeilus Mixers, Refuse Trucks

UPDATED -- More than 6,700 McNeilus trucks are equipped with Kidde fire extinguishers that may be defective.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ courtesy of GM.

Fleet Sales Rise 3% in September

Sales of vehicles from nine manufacturers to government fleets increased 3% to 22,159 units in September, which helped somewhat reverse a yearlong trend of falling sales.

FEMA Hiring Fleet Management Position in La.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hiring for an open fleet management position in Baton Rouge to employees of the Louisiana Recovery Office (LRO).

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivering an update on the ongoing flood emergency. Image via Facebook/Nikki Haley

DOT Issues $5 Million in Emergency Relief for South Carolina Roads

The Dept. of Transportation announced on Oct. 6 the “immediate availability” of $5 million in emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to the South Carolina Dept. of Transportation to help repair roads and bridges damaged by the recent rain-driven flooding that has crippled the state.

Photo courtesy of Pierce.

N.M. Agency Using High-Reach Turret for Oil Fires

A new fire apparatus outfitted with the Snozzle High Reach Extendable Turret is helping the Malaga Volunteer Fire Department protect crude oil pumping and storage facilities in southern New Mexico and West Texas.

Kenworth T880 with new box bumper option. Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth Adds New Options to Vocational Trucks

Kenworth has announced three new options, all aimed at the company’s lineup of vocational trucks-- a new transmission, a bumper and a fixed grille.

Photo via Flickr/Outsanity Photos.

Ill. City May Spurn Private Refuse Collection

A study of the City of East Peoria, Ill., garbage collection costs showed the city can continue providing the service for $68,000 per year less than a private vendor’s proposal.

Conn. City May Consolidate Fleet Duties

A city audit of the Hartford, Conn., Fire Department recommended the equipment maintenance division hand over duplicated functions to the Public Works garage located next door.

Courtesy of Efficient Drivetrains Inc.

EDI Offers CNG-PHEV Class 4 Truck

Efficient Drivetrains Inc. has developed a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric medium-duty truck that can achieve 40 miles of all-electric range or 27 mpg gasoline equivalent when in hybrid mode.

A Cummins Westport ISL G engine. Photo: Cummins Westport

Cummins Westport's Near Zero Natural Gas Engine Certified

Cummins Westport’s ISL G Near Zero NOx natural gas engine has received Near Zero NOx emission certifications from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board.

Diesel Prices Driven Up by Regional Increases

The price of diesel fuel increased last week, breaking a three-week streak of average price decreases, according to the latest numbers from the Energy Department.

Photo of North Carolina highway crews digging trenches to drain a flooded road courtesy of NCDOT.

Flooding Takes Toll on Carolina Fleets

The governors of South Carolina and North Carolina have issued executive orders that suspend hours-of-service requirements as well as certain truck size and weight limits for loads deemed necessary to help speed emergency relief in their states.

Graph courtesy of Utilimarc

Report: Digger Derrick Operating Costs Grow by 81% Over 10-Year Cycle

Utilimarc’s newly released digger derrick report collected data from more than 50 of its utility and municipal fleet benchmarking clients and their active digger derricks.

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FCA US Names Fleet Chief for North America

FCA US has appointed Reid Bigland to oversee North American fleet sales, shifting that responsibility from Timothy Kuniskis, who moves into a role overseeing passenger car sales for the company's brands.

Save the Date: 2016 Fleet Technology Expo

The Fleet Technology Expo will take place from Oct. 17-19, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Geotab Acquires Its Largest Telematics Reseller

Geotab has acquired Strategic Telecom Solutions, the largest reseller of its telematics products, in a deal announced Oct. 5.

Video Tip: When Flash Floods Strike

AAA offers driver safety tips for emergency lash-flooding conditions.

Columbus Recognized for Its Clean Fleets

The City of Columbus has been designated as an Ohio Green Fleet by Clean Fuels Ohio. The Ohio Green Fleets program recognizes fleet efficiency and environmental performance.

Audit: Utah Board of Ed Employees Misused Vehicles

An internal audit of the Utah State Board’s Office of Education (USBOE) found multiple occasions where government employees misused state fleet vehicles.

30 Entities Form Clean Fuels Michigan

Nearly 30 companies and organizations in Michigan have announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The nonprofit coalition seeks to advance policies for alternative-fuel vehicles, such as electric, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen fuel cell models.

Ohio City Reduces Salt Use, Saves $300K

Even with a jump from 28 snow events in one winter to 63 snow events in the next, the City of North Canton, Ohio was able to cut its salt usage by nearly 50%, saving the city $300,000.

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