Government Fleet News

City of Orlando Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, David Dunn, CFM, fleet and facilities management division manager, City of Orlando, talks about transitioning into management, leadership, and being proactive.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Sun Glare

The shift to Daylight Savings Time, along with the presence of highly reflective snow and ice, can make sun glare a major driving hazard this time of year. Here are some tips on how to mitigate the risks.

Average Diesel Price Increases Again Since Hitting 5-Year Low

Diesel prices continue rebounding since hitting their lowest level in five years last month gaining 3.6 cents this week to reach a national average of $2.93 per gallon.

Last Week to Nominate Fleet Manager of the Year

Friday is the last day to nominate a fleet manager for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. Any industry professional can nominate a fleet manager for this award, and self nominations are accepted.

Photo via Flickr/Mike Mozart

Federal Workers Accused of $2.4M Gasoline Theft

Federal workers have illegally purchased more than $2.4 million worth of gasoline since 2010 using fleet gas cards.

Idaho County Featured in Knowledge Sharing Video

In Government Fleet's Knowledge Sharing video series, Mark Tolman, fleet director for Canyon County, Idaho, discusses how being a technician aided him in fleet management and the importance of training new employees.

Photo of Chevrolet Impala courtesy of General Motors.

Chevrolet Impalas Recalled for Fire Risk

The action affects 1,177 2014 model-year vehicles manufactured from Nov. 15, 2012, to May 27, 2014.

Photo via Wikipedia.

U.S. Senators Seeking Repeal of Ethanol Mandate

Two U.S. Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation that would repeal a renewable fuel mandate that requires refiners to blend ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.

Photo courtesy of Lenco.

Lenco Introduces 'MedCat' Armored Tactical Vehicle

Lenco Industries, Inc., has introduced the BearCat MedEvac armored tactical vehicle. Lenco designed the law enforcement version of the MedCat to meet the combined requirements of SWAT and tactical EMS teams.

Graphic via Oberon

California Approves DME for Use as Vehicle Fuel

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved the dimethyl ether for legal use as a vehicle fuel.

Graphic courtesy of GHSA.

Report: U.S. Pedestrian Fatalities Remain High

A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014 – essentially unchanged when compared with the 2,141 pedestrian fatalities during the same period in 2013.

Safe Fleet Expands Portfolio with Elkhart Brass Acquisition

Safe Fleet has announced the acquisition of Elkhart Brass, of Elkhart, Ind. Since 1902, Elkhart Brass has manufacturing firefighting and fire protection equipment.

Wash. PD Adopts New Technology for Propane Autogas Fueling

The City of Edmonds (Wash.) Police Department has adopted new propane autogas fueling technology, the Stäubli fueling nozzle and dispenser.

Chart courtesy of J.D. Power.

Vehicle Dependability Slips Again in J.D. Power Study

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Chart courtesy of Verizon.

Telematics Study Finds Waste In N.C. State Fleet

A telematics study analyzing a sampling of North Carolina's vehicle fleet showed many state vehicles aren't being regularly used and others suffer from excessive idling that reduces fuel efficiency.

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N.Y. County Official Calls Propane Autogas Plan a ‘Step Backwards’

Ulster County (N.Y.) Executive Mike Hein vetoed a resolution to spend $25,000 to convert five transport vans from unleaded gasoline to propane autogas. The resolution had been passed by the county legislature.

Photo via Flickr/Scott Lowe

Colo. County Builds CNG Station, Adds Trucks

Pueblo County, Colo., is building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that will be used to fuel county and state fleet trucks and will also be open to the public.

Photo courtesy of NYPD.

NYPD Replacing Scooter Fleet with Smart Cars

The New York Police Department has begun using Smart cars for parking enforcement in the five boroughs and patrol in Central Park as a possible replacement for existing three-wheel scooters.

Photo via Safercar.gov.

GM’s Car-to-Car Communication Named 'Breakthrough' Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has selected General Motor's vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for its annual list of 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2015.

Photo by Bull-Doser via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford Recalls F-250/F-350 Truck Steering Gears

The service replacement steering gears, at risk for breaking, might be installed on 2008-2010 Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty diesel vehicles in North America.

Altec Recalls Crane Jibs for Injury Risk

The recall, set to begin March 3, will permit dealer installation of a retrofit kit designed to help operators place the limiting pin properly so jib movement is restricted.

Crash Fatalities Per Mile Fall to Record Low

The National Safety Council’s estimated annual mileage death rate for 2014 sank to 1.18 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, matching the council’s lowest preliminary estimate on record.

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

EPA Tweaks Fuel Economy Testing for Automakers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is setting new guidelines for automakers conducting fuel economy testing in the wake of several automakers having to restate their mpg numbers.

Lytx Hosts DriveCam Users’ Group Conference

Lytx, a provider of video-based driver safety solutions, is hosting its third annual Lytx DriveCam Users’ Group Conference Feb. 23-25 in San Diego.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Reporting a Drunk Driver

Here is some advice from both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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