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Ford, Nissan Top Vincentric's Fleet Value List

Ford and Nissan vehicles appeared most prominently among the vehicles chosen as having the best fleet value by Vincentric for the 2017 model year, the firm that analyzes total cost of ownership announced.

Safety Tip: Driving Near Farm Equipment

It's planting season again, so fleet drivers are encountering more farm equipment on the roads. Here's some timely advice from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau to help drivers more safely share the road with farm equipment.

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Mo. City May Replace Firefighting Fleet for $5M

Jefferson City Council (Mo.) is considering an agreement to replace all seven of its frontline trucks for $5 million.

Bids, RFPs Grew 4.9% in Q1

A new study from Onvia found that state, local, and education procurement was up for the first quarter of 2017, with a 4.9% growth overall in bids and requests for proposals (RFPs).

Ohio Fleets Partner to Analyze Fuel Use

Five Ohio agencies will participate in a study conducted by Clean Fuels Ohio to analyze its existing vehicles and utilization rates, as well as available fuels and what they cost.

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FAA Approves Mass. Town's Drone Program

The Town of Hanover, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its drone program, making it the first municipality in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to have licensed pilots and an FAA-approved Air Wing for municipal operation of its unmanned aircraft.

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Norfolk's Tassara Resigns, Moves to Business Development Role

Facundo Tassara, fleet maintenance manager for the City of Norfolk, Va., has announced that his last day at the city is May 5. Tassara is taking on a fleet and business development role with Fermata Energy.

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Ford Sets Police Vehicle Unveiling

Ford has scheduled an unveiling event of a concept police vehicle at the 2017 NAFA Institute & Expo in Tampa, Fla., that runs from April 25 to 28, the company announced.

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N.D. County to Appeal Tax Bill for Take-Home Vehicles

Ward County, N.D., owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $80,000 in back payroll taxes for allowing employees to take home vehicles, an audit conclusion the county plans to challenge.

2017 Public Fleet Hall of Fame Inductees Named

Four fleet professionals have been named to Government Fleet and the American Public Works Association's Public Fleet Hall of Fame.

Photo of the Snake Creek bridge in the Florida Keys via Wikimedia.

Most Dangerous, Safest Highways Ranked

The 545-mile U.S. Highway 1 that runs from southern Georgia to Key West, Fla., has been deemed the most dangerous highway in the U.S. because it has the highest fatal crash rate, according to Geotab.

N.C. Sheriff Adds Discreet 'Ghost' Patrol Cars

The agency is adding two white cars with white graphics and two black cars with black graphics, which will be visible at night but blend into the vehicle during the daytime.

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Atlanta Police Chief Defends City Over Allegedly Misspent Funds

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields is defending the city after a former employee accused Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed of purchasing vehicles with money allocated to the Police Department fleet.

Ill. County Officials Put Police Replacements on Hold

The Lake County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department’s request for its regular vehicle replacements is on hold as county commissioners discuss whether more safety measures are needed.

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Honolulu Prepares to Deploy Drones

The drones would be used to patrol areas not manned by lifeguards as well as potentially dangerous waters after a shark sighting.

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Volkswagen Announces First Round of ZEV Investments

Volkswagen released its plan for national and California-specific zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) investments, as part of its diesel emissions settlement.

Polaris Recalls Ranger UTVs and Sportsman ATVs

Polaris Industries is voluntary recalling certain model-year 2015 Ranger 900 UTVs and certain model-year 2017 Sportsman ATVs.

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XL Hybrids Gains Approval from California for Conversions

XL Hybrids has gained approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell a modified hybrid version of Ford's Transit cargo van to fleets in that state. The XL Hybrids Transit has also gained eligibility for a $2,500 state voucher to defray the cost to fleet purchasers.

Safety Tip: Driving in Work Zones

The California Department of Transportation provides 11 tips to promote safety in work zones.

Ky. Court May Cease Employee Surplus Sales

The Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts is under investigation for its employee-only surplus sales, in which the office's 225 employees were invited to purchase old furniture, computer equipment, and vehicles.

Photo of the 2017 Prius Two courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota Adds Lower-Priced Base Prius

Toyota has introduced a lower-cost Prius gasoline-electric hybrid into its 2017 lineup with the Prius One, that carries a starting price that's $1,210 lower than the Prius Two, according to a Cars Direct report.

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Mo. City Overhauls Fire Fleet with Six New Trucks

The six vehicles were funded by a voter-approved sales tax increase, and will replace the department's frontline fleet.

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Va. City Urgently Needs Police, Fire Fleet Upgrades

The City of Petersburg (Va.) Police and Fire Departments are hoping the FY-2018 budget will bring funding for fleet vehicles in desperate need of replacement.

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In Memoriam: City of Geneva’s Gary Paris

Gary Paris, fleet maintenance supervisor for the City of Geneva, Ill., died unexpectedly on April 4 at his home. He oversaw and maintained the municipality’s entire 198-vehicle and equipment fleet.

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Calif. PD Adds More Electric Police Motorcycles

City of Clovis (Calif.) Police has added two additional Zero Electric motorcycles to join its existing fleet of the five electric motorcycles.

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