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Lytx is investing $50 Million in the Logansport factory. Photo: Lytx

Lytx Moves Production of Video Recorders to U.S. From China

Lytx will begin producing its video event recorders in Logansport, Indiana, in March in a shift from the company's prior operations on mainland China, the company announced.

A vehicle currently in use by the Owasso Police Department. The Owasso City Council recently approved the purchase of 12 new patrol vehicles and 12 in-car cameras. Photo via Flickr/DiamondBack Truck Covers

Okla. Municipality Approved for $352K in New Police Vehicles

The Owasso (Okla.) Police Department is purchasing 12 new vehicles that will replace a dozen older models that have either reached or passed the seven-year or 100,000-mile driving limit.

Safety Tip: Seat Belt Check List

As an IIHS survey underscores, some people don't bother to buckle up -- particularly when they're riding in the back seat. A simple reminder from the driver can make all occupants safer.

Minn. City Hiring Fleet Manager

The City of Bloomington, Minn., is searching for a fleet manager to lead, manage, and direct the fleet maintenance section of the city's public works department. The deadline for applications is Sept. 17.

Fla. Utilities Gear Up for Hurricane Irma

With 6.2 million utility customers without power as of Monday morning, utilities across the State of Florida have prepared their fleets to minimize damage and respond in a timely manner.

U.S. Bank Selected for GSA SmartPay 3 Payment Program

A new 13-year agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) allows U.S. Bank to offer purchase, travel, fleet, and integrated payment solutions to federal agencies.

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Pa. City Faces Fire Equipment Shortage

Five of the eight trucks in the city’s frontline fleet were more than 10 years old and two trucks in the reserve fleet were more than 20 years old.

Ventura Water's NO-DES truck saved 650,000 gallons of water within its first week of operation. Photo courtesy of Ventura Water.

Calif. City to Save 10M Gallons of Water with Filtration Truck

The NO-DES truck is the first of its kind to be added to Ventura Water’s fleet in California. The unit replaces the conventional method of flushing the city’s fire hydrants.

Photo courtesy of Pierce Manufacturing

S.C. County Takes Delivery of 18 Fire Apparatus

Lancaster County Fire Rescue Service in South Carolina has taken delivery of 18 Pierce fire and emergency apparatus: 10 pumpers, two pumper/tankers, five rescue trucks, and one dry side tanker.

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Mo. City PD Struggles With Vehicle Purchasing Freeze

The City of Columbia, Mo., Police Department is struggling with a fleet replacement freeze imposed last year that could be extended into the next fiscal year.

N.Y. Municipality Upgrades Surveillance Truck

The Utica (N.Y.) Police Department unveiled its Armadillo surveillance truck with $24,000 worth of new upgrades. The Armadillo is a Brinks truck that was repurposed for police use in 2010.

Florida Braces for Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Hurricane Irma, already one of the most powerful hurricanes to ever develop in the Atlantic, will likely make landfall on the U.S. mainland by the end of the week. In preparation, state and federal agencies are already declaring an emergency on the ground.

The Hickory fueling station is open to commercial fleet vehicles and the general public. Photo: Piedmont Natural Gas

Piedmont Natural Gas Opens CNG Station in N.C.

The station is located in Hickory, North Carolina, and is the company's 11th public refueling station.

Photo of 2017 Bolt EV courtesy of Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Expands Bolt EV Nationwide

The Bolt EV was initially rolled out in select states in December. Since then, 12,249 Bolt EVs have been sold with 11,670 vehicles sold this year through Aug. 30.

Photo of the 2018 Leaf courtesy of Nissan.

2018 Nissan Leaf Adds Range, Cuts Price

Nissan's Leaf 2.0 arrives for 2018 with a 40% increase in range to 150 miles paired with a price cut of $690 to $29,990, as it now faces increasing competition from Tesla and Chevrolet to deliver more affordable, higher-range battery-electric vehicles.

Photo of Ford Explorer courtesy of Ford.

Power Steering Issue Triggers Ford Recall

The safety recall includes 253 2017 Ford Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan vehicles in the U.S.

Photo of 2018 Ram ProMaster courtesy of FCA.

FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

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Ind. County Explores Fleet Consolidation

Lake County, Ind., commissioners say fleet consolidation will save money on fuel, reduce maintenance costs, and help the county move toward a more regular vehicle replacement plan.

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Audit: Utah District Should Improve Policies for Fleet Sales, Purchases

An audit by the State of Utah found the Lone Peak Public Safety District was at an increased risk of public funds being misused, including fleet vehicles being sold and purchased without proper documentation.

Photo courtesy of Tulare County Sheriff's Office

Calif. Sheriff Implements Driving Simulators

The Tulare County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office implemented driving simulators, which allow deputies to prepare for everyday scenarios they may face on the road as they head to a scene.

Photo by Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons.

Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

Sam Lamerato (far left) moderated a session about cooperative procurement.

Fleets Talk Disaster Planning, Procurement at PWX

Preparing for autonomous vehicles, disaster planning, purchasing and specifications, and developing a fleet replacement program were all topics discussed at the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Expo (PWX).

Photo courtesy of State of West Virginia

Audit: 69% of W.Va. Agencies Lack Written Fleet Policies

A West Virginia audit reviewed written fleet management policies related to maintenance, commuting, and fleet-size optimization from 93 agencies.

Picture are Ventura County General Services Agency Director David Sasek (far left), Fleet Services Manager and Oxnard College Advisory Board member Peter Bednar (far right), and program students Anahe Partida, Heather Evjen, Daniel Calderon, Matthew Gallegos and Esteban Rodriguez (L-R front row).

Calif. County Benefits From Fleet Internship Program

The Ventura County (Calif.) fleet has benefited from its internship program with Oxnard College, optimizing duties at its operation while helping to address the technician shortage.

N.J. Man Arrested for Slashing Police, Fire Vehicle Tires

Tires were slashed on nine Somerdale (N.J.) Police vehicles, one fire vehicle, and three personal vehicles. The cost to replace all the tires could exceed $9,000.

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