Government Fleet News

Pa. County Pursuing Wide-Ranging Leasing Plan

Westmoreland County, Pa., could begin selling off as many as two-thirds of its fleet vehicles in favor of a leasing contract to reduce spiraling maintenance costs.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Downed Power Lines

Downed power lines pose unique road hazards. Here are safety tips from PG&E and Southern California Edison.  

Ford Ensures Parts Availability for New Models

Since 2002, Ford has successfully ensured that nearly 100% of all new service and maintenance parts associated with new model launches are available when vehicles hit showroom floors.

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Santa Monica Fleet Manager Retires

Rick Sikes, fleet superintendent for the City of Santa Monica, Calif., has announced he is retiring after more than 35 years in fleet management. His last day is December 26.

ALI Lift Inspector Certification program candidates inspect a heavy-duty two-post lift at the Regional Transportation Center in Las Vegas as part of the Five Days to Victory accelerated certification program organized by several ALI member manufacturers in November. Photo courtesy of ALI

Vehicle Lift Manufacturers Help Inspectors Become Certified

To help accelerate the process and fill the need for Certified Lift Inspectors, ALI member manufacturers came together to hold a five-day “all-in-one” training, testing, and practical inspection event in Las Vegas Nov. 3-6, 2014.

Onspot Announces 31 Global Distributors

Onspot of North America and VBG Group of Sweden (owner of the Onspot trademarks, designs, and products) have announced the new global list of Onspot distributors that now include 31 distributors in 26 countries.

Photo courtesy of GM.

Calif. Sheriff Takes Delivery of First Tahoe PPVs

The Ventura County (Calif.) Sheriff's Department is among the first law enforcement fleets to take delivery of the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, as the agency transitions from discontinued Ford Crown Vics.

Photo: The Auto Truck Group

Auto Truck Group to Open St. Louis Facility

The Auto Truck Group has announced that it will be opening a new work truck and commercial van upfitting and manufacturing facility later this month. Shipping will begin on January 5, 2015 from the facility located at 21 Elaine Drive, O'Fallon, Missouri.

Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants

The federal budget package approved by the U.S. House and U.S. Senate includes a 50 percent increase in funding for a clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles, and equipment.

Terex Recalls Work Platforms for Fire Risk

The units may not have enough structural support for the fuel tank, which could eventually result in contact between the tank and trailer axle.

Photo via INDOT/Twitter.

Indiana DOT Adds Two-Lane Tow Plows

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has added six new tow plows to its statewide winter arsenal. A tow plow allows one plow truck and driver to clear two lanes at once.

Photo courtesy of Clean Energy

Kansas City Opens First Public CNG Station

The City of Kansas City, Mo., opened its fifth fast-fill CNG fueling station, but it is the first open to the public.

Photo courtesy of Odyne.

Los Angeles Utility Deploys Plug-In Electric Bucket Truck

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has put into service the first Odyne Systems plug-in system equipped bucket truck in California.

Photo via Flickr/Will Merydith.

Canadian City Signs $2.1M Telematics Contract

The City of Mississauga in Ontario, Canada, has signed a CAD $2.1 million contract extension with Webtech Wireless to deploy telematics on its winter vehicles.

Photo of ProMaster courtesy of FCA US.

Vincentric: ProMaster Van Leads TCO Among Diesels

The diesel-powered Chrysler ProMaster full-size van was the only non-luxury diesel expected to deliver a lower total cost of ownership than its gasoline counterpart in a Vincentric study that evaluated 35 diesels.

FCA US, Ford to Recall Vehicles for Air Bag Controls

The recalls will affect more than 1 million vehicles equipped with restraint control modules manufactured by Robert Bosch LLC.

Photo via Wikimedia.

Chrysler Group Changes Name to FCA US

The Chrysler Group has changed its official name change to FCA US, the company announced on Dec. 16.

ProMaster City is a beefed-up, Americanized version of the Fiat Doblo van.

ProMaster City Vans Built in Turkey with U.S. Powertrains

Major components for the new Ram ProMaster City compact vans will cross the seas twice as part of assembly plans involving Europe, Eurasia and North America, Ram Commercial Truck executives said.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Flood Response

Here are some driver safety tips to help fleet drivers when flood conditions pose a threat.

Photo courtesy of DIA.

Denver Airport at ‘Sweet Spot’ for CNG Use

By switching 165 fleet vehicles to natural gas, Denver International Airport (DIA) in Colorado has prevented the equivalent of 3,347,600 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere in 2013.

Jacobsen to Serve Southern Customers Directly

Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company, announced it will be establishing direct distribution capabilities to serve customers in North & Central Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

Video: Caltrans Battling Massive Winter Storm

The California transportation agency appears ready to deal with snowfall after it readied 1,500 pieces of storm-related equipment and gathered resources at its station near the Nevada border.

Photo: Ford

NatGasCar Gets EPA Nod for CNG Transit Connect

NatGasCar has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect with a 2.5L bi-fuel engine system.

Photo of Broom Badger courtesy of Elgin.

Elgin Recalls Street Sweepers for Fire Risk

The action affects 92 2012-2014 model-year Broom Badger sweeper trucks with hydraulic systems at risk for overheating.

Wash. County Hires New Fleet Manager

Thurston County, Wash., has hired Bryan Hanks as its fleet services manager. Hanks just completed 27 years in the U.S. Army.

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