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Chicago Saving $7M By Reducing Refuse Fleet

The City of Chicago plans to eliminate 18 garbage trucks in a fleet reduction plan expected to increase waste-collection efficiency and save the city $7 million.

Photo of 2016 Prius courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Improves Prius MPG by 10 Percent

Toyota's fourth generation 2016 Prius gasoline-electric hybrid improves fuel efficiency by 10 percent and will arrive early next year with Mirai-like styling elements designed to improve its emotional appeal, according to the automaker.

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USPS Considers Euro Fleet Replacement Model

The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended four best practices and strategies for replacing vehicles based on a study of postal operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

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NASA Contractor Accused of Fleet Tire Fraud

The U.S. Attorney's Office accused a NASA contractor of prematurely replacing the tires of federal fleet vehicles at the Kennedy Space Center in a lawsuit filed Sept. 2.

Thingtech Offering CalAmp-Powered Fleet Management Solution

Thingtech has selected the CalAmp Connect platform and fleet tracking devices to power its new fleet management solution, CalAmp has announced.

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Diesel Price Reversal Ends 14-Week Decline

The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel fuel rose for the first time in 3 ½ months, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Energy Department.

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Emergency Vehicles Recalled for Camera Display

The recall affects American Emergency Vehicles' Trauma Hawk ambulances manufactured from Dec. 1, 2014, through June 30 of this year.

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Ford Adds Massaging Seats to F-150

Ford is adding massaging seats to its F-150 pickup, and showed off the new seats to a group of construction workers in Michigan.

Video Tip: Railroad Crossing Safety

A motorist is almost 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than in a crash involving another motor vehicle. Here are some railroad crossing safety tips you can pass along to fleet drivers.

GPS Insight Releases Hours-of-Service Solution

GPS Insight announced the release of the new GPS Insight Hours of Service solution enabling organizations with a paperless Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliant system.

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Indianapolis Settles Lawsuit Over Vision Fleet Deal

The City of Indianapolis’ mayor and the city-county council have settled a lawsuit over a Vision Fleet contract to lease 425 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The city will halt deployment of Vision Fleet vehicles while it rebids the contract.

Detroit PD Refurbishing 10-Year-Old Cars

The Detroit Police Department has begun refurbishing decade-old patrol cars with the goal of returning 40 of these haggard vehicles to the streets.

Photo courtesy of Zenith Motors.

Calif. Cities Add Zenith's Electric Vans

Four California municipalities — Schaefer, Redwood City, Danville, and Woodland — have added Zenith Motors' electric shuttles and cargo vans for use in their fleets, according to the vehicle manufacturer.

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Governors Push for Long-Term Highway Bill

The Coalition of Northeastern Governors is urging transportation leaders on Capitol Hill “to act quickly to ensure continuity and stability of the nation's highway, transit, rail and safety programs and the Highway Trust Fund.”

Photo of F-450 Super Duty chassis cab courtesy of Ford.

Commercial Truck Registrations Rise 12 Percent

Commercial and government fleets added 350,837 trucks in classes 3-8 through the first half of 2015 for a 12.1 percent increase from the comparable period a year ago, according to IHS Automotive's second quarter commercial vehicle report.

A 420kW leased solar photovoltaic array has produced more than 1.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy onto the grid. Photo courtesy of City of Orlando.

Orlando Slashes Fleet Facility Energy Use by 30%

The City of Orlando fleet has reduced energy consumption in its 70,000-square-foot maintenance facility by 29.5%. This was done through various facility updates, including the installation of a photovoltaic array.

Photo of 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV courtesy of GM.

Fleet Sales Increase 5.6% in August

Sales of vehicles to government fleets from nine vehicle manufacturers rose 5.6% in August to 23,405 units as trucks, vans, and SUVs continue to power purchasing in this fleet vertical, according to Automotive Fleet data.

Public Works Assoc. Rebrands Annual Conference

The American Public Works Association announced that it is rebranding its annual conference as the Public Works Expo (PWX) beginning in 2016.

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Costs Rise in Colorado Springs Outsourcing Plan

A Colorado Springs, Colo., outsourced fleet maintenance contract was estimated to save $2 million in three years, but numbers from the first year of the contract show costs are higher than projected due to a new utility service center.

Dan Berlenbach (left) from the City of Long Beach and Craig Crowder (right) from the City of Beverly Hills talk to an attendee at the MEMA Mock Shop. Photos by Kevin Haegele.

MEMA Mock Shop Demonstrates Advanced Diagnostic Technology

The Municipal Equipment Maintenance Association (MEMA) held a vehicle diagnostics mock shop during the ride-and-drive at the Fleet Technology Expo (FTX) in Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 25.

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Work-Related Driving Time Rises in Past Decade

Daily commuting and work related traveling has increased slightly while total travel time per person has decreased over the past 11 years, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute.

Photo of bi-fuel CNG Ford F-150 courtesy of Westport.

Westport Acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions

Westport Innovations is acquiring Fuel Systems Solutions in an all-stock deal valued at about $7.54 per share that will create "a premier alternative fuel vehicle and engine company," according to Westport.

One of the new fire apparatus was on display to at the Fire-Rescue International Convention. Photo via facebook/Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services

Sales Tax Helps Ga. County Modernize Fire Fleet

The Clayton County (Ga.) Fire & Emergency Services has unveiled three new fire apparatus last week and nine ambulances in July as part of a fleet modernization program.

Ohio District Hiring Fleet Manager, Mechanic

The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) is hiring a fleet and facilities maintenance manager and a fleet/heavy equipment mechanic.

Fleets in the yellow-colored counties can apply for grant funding. Map courtesy of North Central Texas Council of Governments

Texas Awarding $2.5M in Emission Reduction Grants

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is offering $2.5 million in grant funding for public and private fleets to improve vehicle efficiency. Fleets with operations in the 10-county Dallas-Fort Worth ozone non-attainment area can apply.

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