Government Fleet News

Mont. County Consolidates Purchasing Under Public Works

Cascade County, Montana, has been able to save money by consolidating purchasing under the Public Works department and plans to implement a vehicle replacement plan that would take a fleet vehicle out of service at 10 years or 100,000 miles.

Photo of Open Country H/T courtesy of Toyo.

Toyo Recalls 175,000 Truck, Van Tires

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. has announced a safety recall campaign on approximately 175,000 Toyo and Nitto brand tires intended for light trucks, SUVs and vans.

Culver City Hiring Fleet Technician

The City of Culver City, Calif., is hiring a senior fleet services technician to join its award-winning fleet. The deadline to apply is Dec. 16

Terex Construction Launches Responsive Website

Terex Construction announced the launch of a new Distributor Support application and the enhanced website.

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Bobcat Launches Equipment Blog

Bobcat Company has launched the new Bobcat Blog — a site where equipment experts, other individuals with Bobcat, and occasional guest bloggers will provide perspective on Bobcat products.

Cook County to Settle Unpaid Tickets With Chicago

Cook County commissioners are moving to settle a years-long dispute with the City of Chicago over a bill for unpaid parking and traffic tickets issued to drivers of county fleet vehicles.

Calif. Cities Cease Washing Cars During Drought

The cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, and Burbank have agreed to stop washing their fleet vehicles to help save water at a time when California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in the state's history.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Seat Positioning

During winter driving conditions, it’s even more critical for drivers to ensure they’re properly positioned in their seat to maintain optimal steering control and visibility. Here are tips from AAA.

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Volkswagen E-Golf Arrives at Dealerships

Volkswagen’s first fully electric car for the U.S. market, the 2015 e-Golf, has arrived at dealerships in select states. Volkswagen will be advising dealers in these states on how to sell to government fleets.

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NYC Grows Fleet for First Time in Six Years

The New York City vehicle fleet grew for the first time in six years, adding 1,445 units of mostly non-road equipment to reach 27,300 pieces of fleet vehicles and equipment as of June 30.

ASE Introduces New Hybrid Certification

The Light Duty Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Specialist (L3) certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is geared toward technicians who perform diagnosis and repairs on gasoline-electric hybrids.

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Southern Calif. PD Adds Zero's EV Motorcycles

The City of Burbank has added two electric motorcycles to its police fleet, as it extends the adoption of Zero Motorcycles outside of the northern California area.

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GMC Canyon Makes Macy’s Day Parade Appearance

The 2015 GMC Canyon will be making its way down the 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route.

Photo of 2011 E-150 cargo van courtesy of Ford.

Full-Size Vans Only Vehicles With Rising Residual Values

The vehicles should finish the year as the only category that will increase in residual value, while the broader market should depreciate more than 12 percent.

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Auto Truck Group Donates Truck to Ky. Fire Department

Auto Truck Group and Ford Commercial Vehicles donated a fully upfitted 2015 Ford Expedition SSV unit to the Mt. Eden, Ky., volunteer fire department after a fire at the station caused more than $1 million in damage.

Procurement Groups Form Alliance

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), National IPA, and The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) announced the formation of a group promising to uphold ethics in procurement and respect among cooperatives and user groups.

El Paso Updates Police Vehicles' Color Scheme

The City of El Paso, Texas, has added 29 new Dodge Charger Pursuit patrol cars and three Dodge sport utility vehicles with a new color scheme to replace aging Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors.

Conn. City Sets Labor Rate for Outsourced Work

The City of Shelton, Conn., has reached agreements with several local repair garages on a set labor rate of $60 for outsourced work.

Calif. Sanitation District Fleet Manager to Retire

Chuck Forman, rebuild and fleet services manager for the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD), has announced he is retiring on Dec. 12.

U.S. Bank Voyager Network Adds Fla. Locations

The U.S. Bank Voyager Network is adding 35 new locations in Florida, following Network merchant Monro Muffler Brake’s acquisition of The Tire Choice.

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Miami Dade Orders More Hybrid Refuse Trucks

Miami-Dade County, Fla., has placed its third order for Autocar E3 hybrid refuse trucks. This purchase of 29 vehicles brings the total hybrid refuse fleet to 64.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Wet Weather Driving

With rain forecast this week for many areas, this is a good time for fleet drivers to review safety measures for wet weather driving.

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Fla. City Bans Idling by Utility Vehicles

The City of West Palm Beach (Fla.) has a new policy banning idling of city utility vehicles for more than five minutes. The new rule takes effect immediately.

Photo of 2015 Ram 1500 courtesy of Ram Truck.

Ram 1500 Wins Motor Trend Truck Test

Of the three top-selling full-size pickup truck contenders, Ram has won the Motor Trend 2015 half-ton truck shootout, Ram has announced.

Robert Brown, Great Lakes regional sales manager for Automotive Fleet (right), presents the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year Award to Fritz Ahadi, general manager of commercial and government operations for Ford Motor Co. Photo courtesy of Robert Brown.

2015 Ford F-150 Named Fleet Truck of the Year

Ford's redesigned 2015 F-150 pickup truck was named the 2014 Fleet Truck of the Year by fleet managers from across all industries and fleet sizes.

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