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FCA Updates Ram Vans for 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram Commercial has added several safety and convenience features to its ProMaster full-size van and ProMaster City compact van for the 2018 model year.

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Ind. County Explores Fleet Consolidation

Lake County, Ind., commissioners say fleet consolidation will save money on fuel, reduce maintenance costs, and help the county move toward a more regular vehicle replacement plan.

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Audit: Utah District Should Improve Policies for Fleet Sales, Purchases

An audit by the State of Utah found the Lone Peak Public Safety District was at an increased risk of public funds being misused, including fleet vehicles being sold and purchased without proper documentation.

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Calif. Sheriff Implements Driving Simulators

The Tulare County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office implemented driving simulators, which allow deputies to prepare for everyday scenarios they may face on the road as they head to a scene.

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Safety Tip: Driving Through Intersections

The state of Michigan offers advice on how to drive defensively near intersections and avoid collisions.

Sam Lamerato (far left) moderated a session about cooperative procurement.

Fleets Talk Disaster Planning, Procurement at PWX

Preparing for autonomous vehicles, disaster planning, purchasing and specifications, and developing a fleet replacement program were all topics discussed at the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Expo (PWX).

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Audit: 69% of W.Va. Agencies Lack Written Fleet Policies

A West Virginia audit reviewed written fleet management policies related to maintenance, commuting, and fleet-size optimization from 93 agencies.

Picture are Ventura County General Services Agency Director David Sasek (far left), Fleet Services Manager and Oxnard College Advisory Board member Peter Bednar (far right), and program students Anahe Partida, Heather Evjen, Daniel Calderon, Matthew Gallegos and Esteban Rodriguez (L-R front row).

Calif. County Benefits From Fleet Internship Program

The Ventura County (Calif.) fleet has benefited from its internship program with Oxnard College, optimizing duties at its operation while helping to address the technician shortage.

N.J. Man Arrested for Slashing Police, Fire Vehicle Tires

Tires were slashed on nine Somerdale (N.J.) Police vehicles, one fire vehicle, and three personal vehicles. The cost to replace all the tires could exceed $9,000.

In June, New York City ordered thirty-two EV ARC units, valued at $2.14M — Envision's largest order. Photo courtesy of Envision Solar.

Oakland Latest City to Employ Mobile EV Charging Stations

The City of Oakland, Calif., is joining municipalities across the country in acquiring emissions-free electric vehicle (EV) charging and emergency power with help from San Diego-based Envision Solar.

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Calif. City Switches to Renewable Natural Gas

The City of Long Beach, Calif., recently began dispensing renewable natural gas (RNG) at its new compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The station is used for the city’s growing fleet of refuse trucks and street sweepers.

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Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

While market watchers agree that Hurricane Harvey's impact stretches beyond Houston-area automotive business, estimates on exactly how many vehicles will need to be replaced vary between half a million and million vehicles, including as many as 18,500 fleet vehicles.

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Ga. Inmate Escapes From Fleet Maintenance Shop

A Jackson County, Ga., prison inmate has escaped from outside grounds detail at the county fleet maintenance shop, the Georgia Department of Corrections announced.

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Ala. City Makes Much-Needed Update to Police Fleet

The City of Alexander City, Ala., has taken delivery of eight new Chevrolet Tahoe police cars after years of putting off replacements.

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N.H. Colleges to Establish Fleet Policies Following Audit

The report found that the Community College System of New Hampshire did not have established fleet policies or procedures, and relied on informal practices when making decisions.

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Calif. Legislature Saved $650K Switching to Reimbursement

The California Senate and Assembly spent nearly $1.4 million on vehicle leasing, maintenance, and fuel in 2011. In the 2015-2016 session, the agency spent about $750,000 on mileage reimbursement.

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Wash. Public Works Facility Lost in Fire

The City of Toppenish (Wash.) Public Works Building caught fire last week, leading to the loss of six city vehicles and various equipment.

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Fla. Fleet Facility Damaged in Storms

More than eight inches of rain fell in Manatee County, Fla., and a suspected tornado caused structural damage to several buildings, including the county’s Eastside Fleet Maintenance building.

Photo via Flickr/Raymond Wambsgans.

White House to Reinstate Military Surplus Program for Police

The U.S. Department of Defense will reinstate the 1033 program, which allows the military to transfer surplus weapons, vehicles, and equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies.

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Harvey Causing Historic Flooding in South Texas

With the National Weather Service calling Hurricane Harvey "unprecedented" and "beyond anything experienced," hundreds of highways are closed, trucking is already mobilizing relief, and at least one trucker was among the thousands who had to be rescued over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Safety Tip: Five Ways Seat Belts Help Prevent Injuries

Fleet drivers need to buckle up every trip. Here are five ways seat belts protect occupants from injuries, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

The National Hurricane Center is advising against all but essential local travel on roadways affected by Hurricane Harvey. Photo: National Hurricane Center

Travel Advisories in Effect as Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas

Meteorologists say the storm could dump up to 30 inches of water on the Texas and Louisiana coasts and are urging drivers to stay off of roads.

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NJPA Adds Electric Vehicle Supply Category

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) awarded five vendors in its newest category, Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Related Services.

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Nev. County to Purchase 45 Grant-Funded BEVs, Hybrids

Clark County, Nev., commissioners have decided to accept $620,000 in grant funding to purchase 35 hybrid vehicles and 10 electric vehicles for the county fleet.

Ariz. County Aims to Reduce Fleet With New Software

The Gila County, Ariz., fleet has shed the inefficient use of hand-written logs and spreadsheets to manage its fleet and motor pool in favor of using Agile Fleet’s FleetCommander fleet management information system.

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