Government Fleet News

Photo of Toyota's dynamic radar cruise control technology courtesy of Toyota.

NTSB Calls for Mandatory Collision Avoidance Tech

A new report highlights evidence that such systems prevent or mitigate rear-end crashes, and criticizes the slow progress in making the technology widely available.

Photo courtesy of PERC.

Propane Autogas 2016 F-150 Shown at GFX

A 2016 Ford F-150 powered by propane autogas will be on display at the Government Fleet Expo & Conference in Denver this week, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has announced.

Calif. City May Have Paid for Idled Trucks

The City of Industry, Calif., has accused a former mayor and his management company of "extensive public corruption and personal profiteering" in the management of its fleet vehicles in a civil lawsuit.

Photo by Thi Dao.

GFX Opens to Record Attendance, Sold-Out Exhibit Hall

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) opens today in Denver with record registration numbers and a sold-out exhibit hall at the Colorado Convention Center.

The truck features software that helps prevent unsafe driving practices such as speeding. (Photos: Jason King, PG&E)

'Connected' Bucket Truck Details Released

Developed in partnership with Altec and Telogis, PG&E is combing an ePTO system with telematics and even digital license plate technology for this Class 5 bucket truck.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: When Hailstorms Threaten

Though scientists are making progress in developing better ways to forecast extreme hailstorms, these destructive weather events can still take drivers by surprise. Here are some safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers.

Video: NHTSA Shows Car That Detects Alcohol Impairment

A collaboration between the federal safety agency and an industry consortium is making strides in developing technology that can prevent drunk driving.  

Photo courtesy of CACC.

Chicago Fleets Saved 25M Fuel Gallons Last Year

The commercial and government fleet members of the Chicago Area Clean Cities saved more than 25 million gallons of petroleum in 2014, which reduced fuel consumption and improved air quality, according to the group.

Photo courtesy of Mazda.

Takata Recall Adds Mazda B-Series Pickups

More than 27,000 trucks need replacement passenger-side frontal air bags.

Photo of 2016 Transit Connect Wagon's blind spot monitoring system courtesy of Ford.

Ford Upgrades Transit Connect Van for 2016

Ford has added a flexible-fuel option and a perimeter alarm with its 2016 Transit Connect cargo van and several new options on the passenger variant, Ford has announced.

Photo courtesy of City of Houston

Houston Names New Fleet Director

The City of Houston appointed a new fleet management director, Victor Ayres, on June 3. Ayres had been serving as interim director after Keith Hoglund’s departure for Waste Management in May.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Fleet Sales Fell 13.3% in May

Sales of vehicles to government fleets fell 13.3% percent to 22,569 in May compared to the same month a year ago, according to Automotive Fleet data.

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CEI to Discuss Outsourcing Body Work at GFX

The CEI Group, Inc., will discuss how government fleets can make major reductions in their collision repair costs and vehicle down time by outsourcing their collision repair activities at GFX 2015.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Express cutaway courtesy of GM.

XL Hybrids Offers GM 3500/4500 Powertrain

XL Hybrids has begun supplying its XL3 gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain for General Motors' 3500/4500 cutaway and cab chassis van beginning with 2011 model-year vehicles, according to the company.

Photo of 2016 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Rear-View Camera to 2016 Transit Van

Ford is adding a rear-view camera as standard equipment on its 2016 model-year Transit van, as well as several options including the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Ford has announced.

Screenshot via WBALT.

Baltimore Police Consider Safety Upgrades to Prisoner Vans

The Baltimore Police Department may add cameras, replace doors, and eliminate the partitions of its prisoner transport vans, which became a focal point after the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.

MEMA NorCal attendees awaiting their turn on the NASCAR course. Photo courtesy of David Worthington.

MEMA NorCal Holds First Meeting

The Northern California Chapter of the Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA NorCal) held its first event at Sonoma Raceway in May.

Photo courtesy of Orange EV.

Orange EV Files Initial Order for Electric Terminal Truck

Orange EV has filed an initial order for its T-Series electric terminal truck to be sent to manufacturing and distribution facilities in Chicago, the company announced.

Photo: Mack Trucks

Mack's LR Refuse Truck Caters to Drivers

Mack Trucks introduced the Mack LR low-entry cabover refuse model designed for enhanced maneuverability, increased driver comfort and better visibility.

Photo via McNeilus

McNeilus' New Front Loading Refuse Truck Enables CNG

McNeilus Truck & Manufacturing has added the Meridian front loader to the company’s lineup of refuse vehicles.

Screenshot of new collective Data software being used. Photo courtesy of Collective Data

Collective Data Launches Asset Management Platform

The collectiveGov asset management software brings together a comprehensive set of government-focused features as well as maintaining the flexibility in how the software can be configured, according to the company.

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NY, NJ Port Fleet Manager Retires

Jim Reinish, fleet manager of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, retired on May 29. His replacement has not yet been announced.

Ford will shorten its summer shutdown from the traditional two-week summer shutdown to one week for a majority of North American assembly plants, increasing production by close to 40,000 units. (PHOTO: Business Wire).

Ford Reduces Summer Shutdown to Meet Demand

Based on strong customer demand for the company’s newest products – F-150, Edge, Escape and Explorer – six Ford assembly plants, along with supporting powertrain and stamping plants, will shut down only the week of June 29.

Photo courtesy of Cobb County.

Ga. County Installs Charging Stations

Cobb County, Ga., is installing a network of 22 electric chargers around the county that will be used for fleet vehicles and by the public.

The 2015 Prius gets a combined MPG of 50 and can be used to bring up the average MPG in a fleet. Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Calif. Raises MPG for State Vehicle Purchases

California has raised its average fuel economy standard for state agencies that purchase passenger vehicles to 38 miles per gallon starting July 1, according to a memo from the Department of General Services.

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