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Diesel Price Falls to Lowest Level in 5+ Years

On-highway diesel prices are continuing with their recent round of declines with the national average falling again over the past week and hitting its lowest level since February 2010.

Refurbished Ambulances Halve City’s Vehicle Replacement Costs

The West Valley City (Utah) Fire Department is refurbishing its ambulances rather than replacing them in order to save money, KSL.com reported.

Photo via Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik

Mass. State Drivers Had 900 Crashes in 3 Years

Massachusetts state employees were involved in 931 crashes over a three year period that caused 187 injuries, according to a report by the Boston Herald.

Photo courtesy of IronPlanet.

IronPlanet Merges with CAT Auction Services

IronPlanet and CAT Auction Services announced the completion of the merger of the two companies working in the heavy equipment and truck auction industry.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driving in Windy Conditions

In recent days, high winds have created dangerous driving conditions in a number of cities. Here are some tips, provided by the Nevada Department of Transportation and Idaho State Police, about how to compensate for windy conditions.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan is due to hit U.S. roads in the fall. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Website Offers Fuel Cell Emergency Training

The Hydrogen Emergency Response Training Resource website is designed to eliminate duplicative efforts among various government and private training groups.

Photo via Wikipedia.

New Vehicle Fuel Economy Improves to 25.4 MPG

The average fuel economy for new vehicles increased 0.2 mpg to 25.4 mpg in March, according to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County PD Takes Delivery of Electric Motorcycles

Cobb County, Ga., has added two Zero electric motorcycles to its police fleet for high-visibility patrol and high profile events. The DSP models replace two 2004 Yamaha dirt bikes and were delivered March 27.

Photo of 2015 F-150 Lariat by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Fall 4.7% in March

Sales from nine car and truck manufacturers to government fleets slowed in March, falling 4.7% to 17,832 vehicles after a 12% growth spurt in February, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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.

Photo courtesy of General Motors.

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.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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.

Photo courtesy of MDPD

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.

Photo courtesy of Vactor.

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.

Screenshot via NHTSA.

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.

Photo via Wikimedia

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.

Photo courtesy of the City of Orlando.

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.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

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.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind

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.

Photo via Flickr/Joe Shlabotnik.

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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