Government Fleet News

Pete Scarafiotti represented the City of Mesa. Photo by Vince Taroc.

City of Mesa, Ariz., Named Top Leading Fleet

The City of Mesa, Ariz., Fleet Services Department was named the No. 1 fleet among the Leading Fleets. Top small and medium fleets also earned recognition.

Sam Lamerato won the Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Lamerato Receives Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award

Sam Lamerato, CPFP, fleet superintendent for the City of Troy, Mich., received the 2014 Legendary Lifetime Achievement Award today at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX).

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Announces Transit's MPG, Gas Engine Torque

MY-2015 Ford Transit low- and medium-roof regular-wheelbase wagons with available 3.5L EcoBoost boast a 46-percent improvement over Ford E-Series EPA-estimated highway fuel economy rating.

David Worthington of the County of Sonoma, Calif., discusses top fleet management mistakes. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Outlining the Top 10 Fleet Management Mistakes

A trio of veteran fleet managers explained 10 key mistakes in the hopes that their peers would avoid these pitfalls at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

John Webster discussus the benefits and disadvantages of outsourcing at GFX. Photo by Vince Taroc.

Salt Lake County's Outsourcing of the Parts Room

Outsourcing of government fleet services has lost its one-time stigma and has become more normalized, Salt Lake County's fleet director told his peers at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of ROUSH CleanTech.

City of Santa Ana Adds Propane Autogas Ford F-550 Trucks

The new ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-550 trucks will reduce carbon emissions, lower fuel, and maintenance costs, and decrease reliance on imported oil.

Kelly Reagan (right) speaks with a fleet manager after his CNG session. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Ohio City Fleet Administrator Makes the Case for CNG

The City of Columbus, Ohio, saved $430,000 in fuel costs by using compressed natural gas vehicles, the city's fleet administrator told an audience at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

Baseball All-Star Stresses Teamwork in GFX Keynote

Baseball iron man Steve Garvey credited his streak of 1,207 consecutive games played to passion, hard work, and "being a good teammate" during the Tuesday morning keynote speech at the Government Fleet Expo and Conference in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of E-One.

E-One Recalling Fire Trucks for Electrical Problems

E-One Inc. is recalling 112 2013-2014 model-year Emergency One Typhoon, Cyclone II and Quest firefighting chassis because of the potential for electrical system problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo courtesy of Westward Industries.

Westward Industries Recalling 80 Go-4 Cars

Westward Industries Ltd. is recalling 80 2013 model-year Go-4 vehicles because of a problem that might affect braking performance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

Photo of 2015-MY Ford Transit Connect courtesy of Westport.

Westport Offers CNG Transit Connect Models

Westport is expanding its 2015 lineup to offer two compressed natural gas fuel systems for the Ford Transit Connect, including a dedicated and bi-fuel option.

GFX Opens Today with Biggest Attendance Ever

The Government Fleet Expo & Conference (GFX) begins today at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., with the highest attendance numbers in its history.

Washington DC Enters $21.5M Financing Agreement

The District of Columbia Government entered into a 5-year, $21.5 million lease financing agreement with Grant Capital Management for vehicles, buses, trucks, and IT equipment for various DC government agencies.

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Dealing With Brake Failure

In this video, AAA’s driving expert Bill Van Tassel offers advice on how to cope with sudden brake failure.

Photo courtesy of BMW.

8 States Release Zero-Emission Vehicle Plan

Eight states released an 11-point action plan they say will help them reach 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEV) on their roadways by 2025.

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Federal Loan Would Aid Alcoa Aluminum Expansion for F-150

Aluminum producer Alcoa has made strides toward obtaining a $275 million federal loan to expand production to meet demand for Ford's 2015 aluminum F-150 pickup truck.

Photo of 2011 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

Ford Recalling 1.4M Vehicles

Two of the recalls, involving Escape, Mercury Mariner and Explorer SUVs, are tied to a potential loss of power steering.

Photo: Ford

Ford Announces Transit Test Drive Events

Ford will be launching a national tour, which will give fleet owners, commercial customers, and dealers the opportunity to put the all-new MY-2015 Transit through its paces.

(L-R) Norm Brown, Jose Reyna, and Scott West. Photo: A.R.E.

A.R.E. Reorganizes Fleet and Commercial Sales Division

Truck cap and tonneau cover manufacturer A.R.E. has implemented a strategic realignment of the company's fleet and commercial sales division.

Texas Provides $7.7M in Grants for Light-Duty Alt-Fuel Vehicles

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering up to $7.7 million in incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible vehicles powered by CNG, propane autogas, or electric drives. Applicants can receive $2,500 per vehicle.

Audit Questions Tampa Mayor's Use of SUV

A federal audit has questioned the City of Tampa's decision to purchase an armored police vehicle as well as the mayor's use of a sport-utility vehicle purchased with federal funds.

N.Y. City Considers Outsourcing Ambulance Service

The City of Lockport has begun discussions about outsourcing the service, following a court battle with the local firefighter union, after the city attempted to reduce staffing on each shift from nine to seven firefighters.

Ga. County Enters $2.4M Vehicle Lease-Finance Agreement

Fulton County, Ga., is replacing 105 of its fleet vehicles through a five-year, $2.4 million vehicle finance lease with Grant Capital Management. The county has entered into two lease purchase agreements to finance vehicle replacements since May 2013.

Photo courtesy of Mike Genthner.

CHP Replacing BMW Motorcycles With Harley-Davidson

The California Highway Patrol has begun adding new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to its highway enforcement fleet, as the agency begins replacing aging BMW motorcycles.

City of Philadelphia Selects AssetWorks Fleet Management Software

The City of Philadelphia has picked AssetWorks' integrated fleet management software to manage its large fleet, the company has announced.

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