Government Fleet News

Photo of 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 by NHTSA via Wikimedia Commons.

NHTSA Urges Immediate Repairs for Takata Air Bags

Defective air bag inflators pose a safety hazard in more than 7 million vehicles in the 2000-2008 model years, the federal agency warns.

Photo via Facebook/Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

Audit: Fla. Agency Weak on Fuel Card Tracking

The Hernando Beach (Fla.) Volunteer Fire Department needs to improve its tracking of fuel card use, according to a report from the county’s Audit Services Department.

Scott Sporleder, courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels

Utah County Builds CNG Station for Refuse Trucks

Salt Lake County, Utah, is constructing a time-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station for its refuse vehicles.

Colo. County Takes On Fire District’s Fleet Maintenance

Pitkin County, Colo., will take on maintenance, repair, and fuel services for the Aspen Fire Protection District’s 23 vehicles.

Colo. Gov. Using SUVs, Despite State Fleet Ban

Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family continue to use two state SUVs, even though a state agency has issued a policy preventing state fleets from purchasing all-wheel-drive SUVs.

Kenworth 270 cabover (Photo: Kenworth)

Kenworth Adds New Features to Medium-Duty Cabovers

Kenworth also introduced Allison 3000 HS and RDS 5-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions for its cabovers.

Photo of 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter courtesy of Daimler.

Daimler to Build Next-Gen Sprinter in North America

Daimler will produce the next generation of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter full-size van in the U.S., a move that will improve order-to-delivery times for the vehicle, Daimler has announced.

This map from the Alternative Fuels Data Center shows the alternative fuel stations in Virginia.

Va. Hopes to Double Alt-Fuel Infrastructure

The State of Virginia is committing to alternative fuels with the several programs to encourage alt-fuel vehicle use and expansion within its fleet and across the state.

Minn. City Acquires Surplus Semi-Trucks

A small rural Minnesota community has acquired two semi-tractors and a tanker trailer from a state agency to facilitate a partnership with local farms. Cold Spring obtained the equipment for less than $15,000.

Report: Md. City's Use of CNG Would Save 45% in Fuel

A green fleet report suggested that transitioning to compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicles could potentially save the City of Rockville, Md., 45-50% in fuel costs over diesel.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Sniffing Out Brake Trouble

Fleet drivers are your first line of defense for unscheduled maintenance needs. Here's some advice to help them identify brake problems that require servicing.

City of St. Paul Public Works Director Retiring

Richard Lallier, long-time public works director at the City of St. Paul, Minn., is calling it a career. Lallier plans to retire Nov. 28 after 36 years with the city.

Mo. City to Lease Fire Truck for $1 Per Year

The City of Leadington (Mo.) will sign an open-ended lease for $1 per year for a pumper truck being retired by the Farmington Fire Department.

Photo of 2014 Dodge Charger courtesy of Chrysler.

Dodge Charger Recalled for Faulty Alternator

Chrysler is recalling 435,581 2011-2014 model-year vehicles including the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Icom Opens Propane Autogas Technology, Training Center

Icom North America LLC has launched its new Icom Technology and Training Center, dedicated to development, integration, upfitting and training for its bi-fuel and mono-fuel liquid propane autogas injection systems.

Photo courtesy of Elgin Police Department.

Ill. City PD Opts Out of Alternative Fuel

The Elgin Police Department considered integrating natural gas vehicles into its fleet, but the lack of infrastructure led them to different vehicles according to Elgin Police Commander Dan O’Shea.

Photo courtesy of Verizon Networkfleet.

Caltrans Equips Fleet with Telematics System

Caltrans has begun rolling out a $2.5 million telematics system on its fleet of 7,500 sedans, trucks, snowplows and portable signs in an effort to reduce fuel use and protect against theft.

Photo via Lansing Fire Department.

Mich. City Adds $2M In Fire Vehicles

The City of Lansing (Mich.) Fire Department has spent $2 million for a new fleet of emergency vehicles to replace its older emergency vehicles.

EPA Report Criticizes Agency Fleet Management

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s fleet management program needs more oversight of its law enforcement vehicles, according to a report released by the agency.

The 2014 model-year Chevrolet Express cargo van is one of the vehicles covered under the new Executive Order from CARB. (PHOTO: General Motors)

XL Hybrids Gets CARB Go-Ahead for Van Conversions

XL Hybrids, Inc. has received a CARB Executive Order allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model-year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express, and GMC Savana vans into hybrid-electric vehicles.

Rendering courtesy of Clean Energy Fuels.

Clean Energy Offers Lower Cost NGV Barrier for Garages

The NGV Easy Bay is a code-compliant fabric barrier system utilizing an industrial curtain that's more affordable than installing a concrete, masonry, or dry wall barrier in a maintenance garage, according to the company.

The Auto Truck Group's new Kansas City facility will be handling ship thru for Ford's new Transit and the F-150. Photo: Chris Wolski

Auto Truck Group Dedicates KC Facility

The Auto Truck Group dedicated a new 70,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, October 9. The facility will handle both complex specialized vehicle upfits and ship thru for the Ford F-150 and Transit.

Some freeways have added physical barriers, such as poles, to discourage illegal lane changes into HOV/HOT lanes.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Recognizing HOV Lane Hazards

High-occupancy lanes can improve commuter times and encourage car pooling. But they also can pose some unique safety issues.

Photo of 2015 F-150 King Range courtesy of Ford.

Texas Auto Writers Name F-150 'Truck of Texas'

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has selected the Ford F-150 as the Truck of Texas as part of the group's annual Truck Rodeo honoring 2015 model-year vehicles.

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