Government Fleet News

Jacobsen to Serve Parts of Mid-Atlantic Directly

Jacobsen, a turf maintenance company, is now serving customers directly in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and two counties of West Virginia.

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Mass. City Reduces Road Salt Use by 30%

The City of Lowell, Mass., saved more than $780,000 on its snow and ice budget in the last two years by installing spreader control systems on its snowplow trucks.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Aggressive Driving

Here are some tips from the Washington State Patrol and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on how to deal with aggressive driving and prevent road-rage incidents.

Diesel Prices Continue Falling in New Year

Diesel prices continued their recent and steep decline into the New Year, aided by oil prices that are the lowest in nearly six years.

Ind. Police Dept. Doubles Take-Home Vehicle Fee

The Evansville (Ind.) Police Department has doubled the fee officers must pay to use take-home vehicles due to tight budgets. Officers with take-home vehicles will pay $20 per paycheck if they live in the city and $38 per paycheck if they live outside it.

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Ky. City Investigates Potential Tire Theft

Officials at the City of Ashland, Ky., are investigating a potential tire theft after they found that tire purchases in 2014 had increased 203% over the prior year, and there was inconsistent paperwork for these purchases.

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Ford Adds Mobile Apps to Refreshed SYNC

Ford is unveiling a slew of mobile apps available for its SYNC AppLink that range from minute-by-minute weather updates to safety features to discourage drivers from texting while behind the wheel.

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Stertil-Koni to Expand Manufacturing Facility

Stertil-Koni announced that its U.S. production facility has purchased a 4.5-acre parcel adjacent to its current manufacturing plant in Streator, Ill. The acquisition will enable Stertil ALM to further expand production of heavy-duty vehicle lifts.

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Colo. City’s Hybrid Garbage Trucks Will Halve Fuel Costs

The City of Loveland, Colo., has added six hydraulic hybrid garbage trucks to its fleet. The city expects the hybrid drive system to pay for itself in fuel and maintenance savings in 6.2 years.

General Motors shipped its new mid-size pickups in late 2014. Photo courtesy of GM.

GM Tops Total Fleet Deliveries for 2014

General Motors sold the most fleet vehicles in 2014 on the strength of its daily rental fleet sales, while Ford delivered the most vehicles to commercial and government fleets amid a rising tide of vehicle sales to close out the year.

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Navistar Recalls International WorkStar for Headlights

Navistar is recalling 498 2013-2015 model-year International WorkStar trucks for faulty headlights, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

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LAPD Begins Tracking Officer Driving

The Los Angeles Police Department will roll out its telematics system to begin tracking the driving behavior of 50 officers starting in January as part of a trial program to determine if telematics can help reduce crashes.

Clockwise from top left: Seized vehicles, tracking labor, 2015 F-150, in-service police cars

Top 10 Articles of 2014 on

For 2014, seized vehicles and calculating direct and indirect labor top the most-read list, while other popular topics ranged from vehicle and technology information to building fleet infrastructure.

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Ford Debuts F-150 Ads In College Football Playoff

Ford will launch a comprehensive marketing campaign for its aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup during the first-ever college football playoff on New Year's Day with TV commercials, Web episodes, radio ads, event marketing, and a mobile device campaign.

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FCA US Recalls Older Pickups for Ignition Interlock Switches

The global action affects such popular models as the Dodge Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500.

Feds Close Books on Auto Bailout

The U.S. government lost $9.26 billion in its financial rescue of the auto industry, and closed out its last investment earlier this month six years after initiating the plan.

GFX 2015 Educational Schedule Released

Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) has released the complete educational lineup for the 2015 conference. The 2015 GFX takes place June 8-11 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Altec is a leading provider of aerial devices. Photo courtesy of Altec.

Altec Recalls Aerial Devices for Boom Movement

Altec’s action affects 1,857 devices that may have a faulty hydraulic pressure transducer.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: 'Move Over' Law Compliance

Such laws require motorists to change lanes away from police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, tow trucks, and other emergency vehicles on the roadside so workers have the space they need to stay safe.

Hyster and Yale to Offer Fuel Cell Lift Trucks

With the acquisition of a hydrogen fuel cell company, NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., parent company of Hyster and Yale Materials Handling, is set to begin producing OEM-integrated fuel cell technology into lift trucks.

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Unintended Acceleration Risk Prompts Fire Truck Recall

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 185 2008-2011 model-year Quantum fire trucks because of faulty accelerator pedal springs.

Pictured is a rendering of the CNG station. Photo via facebook/City of Hamilton

Ohio City Opens CNG Fueling Station

The City of Hamilton, Ohio, celebrated the grand opening of its first public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on Dec. 19, the first in the Cincinnati area.

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December Bulk DEF Prices Reach 2014 High

December DEF prices will see some of the highest bulk DEF prices in 2014, according DEF Tracker. There has been large month-to-month increase in DEF prices for all modes of supply in December.

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San Diego to Improve Parts Management Security

The City of San Diego is improving its parts management security following an internal fraud risk assessment audit requested by Fleet Services.

The Michigan DOT's Upper Peninsula plowing fleet and the Marquette County Road Commission began using wing plows to clear active lanes of traffic, as well as shoulders. Photo via MDOT

Mich. DOT Expands Wing Plow Use

Wing plows are typically deployed on the right side of a standard plow truck, extending the plow's reach and allowing a driver to clear about 14 feet in one pass instead of 9-10 feet.

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