Government Fleet News

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Report: Seattle Fleet Vehicles Violating Parking Limits

Drivers of the City of Seattle's fleet vehicles have been regularly overstaying posted time limits in paid parking spots in the downtown area, according to a report from KING 5 News.

Photo courtesy of Monterey County.

Grant Funding Buys Calif. County 6 EVs

Monterey County, Calif., is purchasing six electric vehicles almost entirely funded with grant money. The county was awarded $27,000 per vehicle for the six cars and is paying the remaining $855 per vehicle and taxes.

Chart: U.S. Energy Information Administration

Biodiesel Imports Plummet 36 Percent

After reaching record levels in 2013, United States imports of biomass-based diesel fuel (both biodiesel and renewable diesel) fell 36 percent, to 333 million gallons in 2014.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Motorcycle Awareness

Sharing the road with motorcyclists poses a host of safety issues that fleet drivers need to keep in mind. Here's some advice you can pass along.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Using Recycled Plastic Bottles in F-150 Seats

Ford has begun using a material known as Repreve that's derived from recycled plastic bottles to manufacture the cloth seats of the 2015 F-150 pickup and four other vehicles.

Collective Data Launches Web Version of Fleet Management Software

Collective Data, Inc., has officially launched a web-based version of their collectiveFleet solution. The new version brings a new level of accessibility and ease of use, while maintaining Collective Data's core goal of being able to easily configure the software to meet different requirements among organizations, according to the company.

Photo courtesy of Enterprise Fleet Management.

Fire Agency Leases Non-Emergency Vehicles

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority (SMFRA) in Colorado is partnering with Enterprise Fleet Management to lease its light-duty non-emergency vehicles and reduce its fleet size.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Recall Customer Satisfaction Increases

The percentage of dealer service visits relating to recalls reached 16 percent in 2015 for at least a six-year high, yet satisfaction among those customers is also rising, according to a J.D. Power study.

Ohio State U. Building CNG Fueling Station

Ohio State University is building a $2.5 million compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station to power its four CNG buses and additional vehicles that will be converted to run on the natural gas.

Photo courtesy of Kawasaki.

Kawasaki Recalls Police Motorcycles for Fuse Issue

The action, which begins this month, includes modified Kawasaki Concours 14 and 14ABS motorcycles in the 2009-2013 model years.

The Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire named one of top Ultra-High Performance Tires. Photo courtesy of Michelin

Consumer Reports Names Top Tire Brands

Consumer Reports has named Michelin as the Best Tire Brand by its tire-testing team. The brands that performed the best after Michelin were Continental, Goodyear and Pirelli.

Pa. Police Department Backs off Military Vehicle Plan

The Moorestown (Pa.) Police Department has decided against acquiring a military vehicle from the federal surplus program following resistance from its residents.

Milwaukee Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

Jeff Tews CPFP, fleet operations manager for City of Milwaukee, Wis., discusses what new fleet managers need to know before making operational changes, tips for technicians, and building credibility.

Image via Crosspoint Kinetics

Kinetics Hybrid Offered for Class 3-7 Trucks

Crosspoint Kinetics announced that its Kinetics Hybrid system will fit many class 3-7 trucks including the Isuzu Reach platform, Ford E-350, Ram 5500, Chevrolet 4500 and several others.

Diesel Ends 5-Week Rally, Falls Below $2.92

A rally for on-highway diesel prices has ended with the average cost of the fuel falling for the first in more than a month, according to the latest weekly report from the U.S. Energy Department, as the price of crude oil is down dramatically.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Fighting Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is the second leading cause of fatal crashes, behind drunken driving. But the scope and nature of this safety risk is often misunderstood.

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Public CNG Station Opens at Orlando Airport

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has opened a public-access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Fla., the company announced.

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 [email protected]

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.

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