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Bi-Fuel Propane Autogas Ford P.I. Utility in Development

Vehicle modifier Blossman Services, Inc., is developing a bi-fuel propane autogas Ford Police Interceptor Utility model that will be available to law enforcement agencies in the spring.

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Diesel-Electric Most Popular Hybrid Trucks By 2023

Penetration rates in the overall market for commercial vehicles are anticipated to remain low, according to a new report from Navigant Research that analyzes the global market for commercial vehicles that use electric drive technology.

Maryland Adds Telematics to State Highway Fleet

The Maryland State Highway Administration has awarded Webtech Wireless a $2.3 million contract to implement a GPS and Automatic Vehicle Location fleet management system in more than 2,300 vehicles.

Map showing proposed locations of new fleet facilities courtesy of Sonoma County.

Calif. County Approves $10M Fleet Facility

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has approved a new $9.95 million maintenance facility for the fleet operation that's being displaced by a new state courthouse, according to county records.

New York Ends LNG Storage Ban

New York is ending a more than 40-year ban on LNG storage by adopting stringent regulations for LNG distribution permits, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has announced.

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Ford Recalls Transit Connect for Seat Belts

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 16,091 2014 model-year Ford Transit Connect vehicles because the safety belt fasteners may not have been tightened properly during assembly.

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Ford Recalls Police Interceptors for Door Springs

The recall, which affects certain 2010-2013 models, will allow dealers to address a problem that can lead to doors becoming unlatched during side-impact crashes.

City's Fuel Reduction, Other Moves Save $1M

The City of Columbus, Ohio, reduced its operating costs by more than $1 million in 2014 by reducing its fuel use, implementing a GPS telematics system, adding alternative fuel vehicles, and reducing the number of under-utilized vehicles in the fleet.

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City Reviews Sole Sourcing After Vendor Complaint

The Casper (Wy.) City Council is reviewing its sole-sourced purchase of two pieces of equipment after a vendor asked why he and others weren't given an opportunity to bid.

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City May Eliminate Jobs to Pay for Garbage Trucks

Mason City, Iowa, is considering eliminating two sanitation positions so it can replace its aging sanitation fleet, as one of four options presented by the mayor and City Council.

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GSA Renews Onspot Contract for Automatic Tire Chains

Onspot of North America announced that the company’s GSA contract has been renewed for another five years.

Sioux Falls Public Health Director Jill Franken issues the notice of intent to negotiate a contract with Paramedics Plus, photo courtesy of City of Sioux Falls.

City Moves Toward New Ambulance Provider

The City of Sioux Falls is one step closer to settling contract negotiations for a new ground ambulance service provider, after an independent hearing from the city verified that the selection process was fair.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol uses a Bell 407 helicopter like this one. Photo courtesy of Bell.

Auditor Questions Missouri's Use of Aircraft Fleet

The state of Missouri's fleet of 19 aircraft hasn't been used to its full capacity, Auditor Tom Schweich has determined.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sharing the Road With School Buses

Drivers need to be especially cautious and attentive when driving near a school bus, so they’re prepared to stop suddenly as the bus loads and unloads its passengers.

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Goodyear's Kelly Edge Tires Suited for Cars, SUVs

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has introduced the Kelly Edge A/S and Kelly Edge AT tires for passenger cars, compact SUVs, mid-size SUVs and all-terrain vehicles.

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Northeast DOT Fleets Brace for Winter Storm

State DOT fleets in the Northeast are mobilizing their army of snow plows and other snow-clearing equipment ahead of a storm that's expected to bring snowfall of one to three feet, while strong winds combined with snow is expected to create blizzard conditions along the coast.

Unsafe Driving Caused Calif. Fire Truck Crash

Unsafe driving caused a collision between two southern California fire trucks responding to the same fire that injured 15 people after one of the trucks headed into a restaurant, according to an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Mo. County Settles Lawsuit with Former Fleet Employee

Stone County (Mo.) has settled with a former fleet employee, agreeing to pay him $12,500 after he sued the county for not being reinstated to his previous position following deployment in the National Guard.

Photo of leased vehicles courtesy of Webb County.

Texas County Hires Enterprise Fleet Management

Webb County, Texas, has entered into an agreement with Enterprise Fleet Management for the lease and management of 30 vehicles. If expanded to its entire fleet of 500 light-duty vehicles, the county could save $170,000 each year.

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GM to Sell Chevrolet Spark EV in Maryland

The Spark EV will retail for $17,845, after federal and Maryland tax credits and features a locally-sourced electric motor and drive unit that's built at GM's Baltimore Operations facility in White Marsh on the outskirts of the city.

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Toyo Expands Open Country R/T Tire Sizes

Toyo Tire U.S.A. has added seven new sizes to its Open Country R/T tire line for light-duty trucks and other off-road vehicles, the company has announced.

Ala. PD Replaces Fleet Via Grant, Federal Loan

The Roanoke (Ala.) Police Department is replacing 11 of its vehicles using a federal grant and loan, as well as simplifying the design scheme to improve maintenance efficiency.

Audit: Pa. County Must Improve Fleet Inventory, Fuel Management

A fleet audit by the Allegheny County (Pa.) controller reveals gaps in data, lack in oversight, and vehicle misuse, according to a release from the controller’s office.

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California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects

The California Energy Commission has approved $12 million for three alternative fuel projects that support green-vehicle initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels.

"21st-century businesses need a 21st-century infrastructure." Photo: Whitehouse.gov video screen shot

Obama Repeats Call for Tax Reform to Pay for Highway Bill

President Obama used his State of the Union address to repeat his call to reform corporate taxes and spend some of the proceeds on a long-term highway bill.



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