Government Fleet News

Diesel Prices Hit Lowest Point Since Mid-December

The price of diesel fuel in the U.S. fell again last week, bringing the price to its lowest level since Mid-December when the average price was $2.49 per gallon.

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Mo. City Upgrades Golf Course Fleet

The City of Chillicothe, Mo., is updating its city-owned golf course fleet by entering into a lease-purchase agreement for 50 golf carts and two utility vehicles.

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Safety Tip: When to Honk the Horn

The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers advice on when it's proper to honk the horn.

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Atlanta Fleet Wins Managed Competition for Parts Room

Employees of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Fleet Services have won a managed competition after coming up with a new strategy to enhance the fleet’s parts management operation.

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NYC's New Vehicles Average 55 MPG

In fiscal-year 2016, New York City’s fleet of light- and medium-duty non-emergency vehicle purchases averaged 55 mpg. This was achieved through the addition of electric, hybrid, and other fuel-efficient vehicles.

Image courtesy of NHTSA.

ROUSH CleanTech Recalls Propane Conversion Kits

Dealers need to replace fuel control valve solenoids to fix a problem that can lead to engine stalling.

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Mich. County Approves $3.2M for Plow and Road Repair Trucks

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners (Mich.) approved $3.2 million to replace its aging fleet of plow and road repair trucks.

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N.C. City Purchases 45 Chargers

Wilmington (N.C.) City Council approved $1.2M for the purchase of 45 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedans at a meeting this week.

Photo of carbon monoxide detection stickers courtesy of Austin PD

Austin PD Installs Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Vehicles

The Austin (Texas) Police Department has purchased 400 carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all of its patrol vehicles.

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Minn. Sheriff Adds Drone for Search and Rescue

The Hennepin County (Minn.) Sheriff’s Office has added an unmanned air carrier to its fleet to reduce costs after a year of testing and an approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Ark. City Needs $1.6M to Upgrade Aging Fire Fleet

The City of Russellville, Ark., needs to come up with $1.6 million to replace its fire fleet after its fire chief said the department couldn’t keep up with repairs and out-of-service time for aging units.

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Auto Recalls Reach 53.2 Million in 2016

Automakers recalled a record 53.2 million vehicles last year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2015, 51.2 million vehicles were affected by recalls.

Veterans Affairs Deploys Telematics in Transportation Fleet

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has extended a Veteran Transportation Service program to implement telematics in 1,200 fleet vehicles.

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Wyoming DOT Pilots Connected Vehicles

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is purchasing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure roadside units and on-board units for its connected vehicle pilot program.

Go Rhino Expands Warehouse Operations with Texas Facility

Go Rhino, a manufacturer of aftermarket accessories, is expanding its North American operations with a new distribution facility in Laredo, Texas.

Photo of 2017 F-250 XL courtesy of Ford.

Landi Renzo's CNG 2017 F-250/F-350 Certified

Torrance, Calif.-based Landi Renzo has gained approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to produce bi-fuel and dedicated compressed natural gas (CNG) versions of Ford's F-250 and F-350 6.2L V-8 engine with the gaseous prep engine package.

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Ford Offers CK-4 Alternative Oil for Super Duty Diesels

Ford is recommending the use of a new Motorcraft diesel engine oil for its Super Duty trucks and warning fleet and commercial customers to avoid using most new CK-4 or FA-4 oils because they may cause damage to the engine, the company told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Source: EIA

Diesel Prices Fall; U.S. Crude Production Slipped in 2016

The price of diesel fuel continued to slide last week, as the latest numbers from the Energy Department show a two-week trend of falling fuel prices.

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Chicago, LAPD Among Safety Grant Winners

The National Safety Council and NHTSA team to award grants to organizations finding innovative ways to decrease road fatalities and injuries.

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Two Peterbilt Models Eligible for HVIP

The Peterbilt Models 520 and 320 equipped with the Cummins ISL-G Near Zero engine have been granted eligibility for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP).

Photo of McCarran International Airport via Wikimedia/Eddie Maloney

Nev. County Approves $7.5M to Upgrade Airport Fleet

The Clark County Department of Aviation (Nev.) will spend $7.5 million over the next three years on modernizing its fleet.

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Safety Tip: Merging onto the Freeway

Here’s some driving advice, provided by the Colorado Driver Handbook, on how to merge safely onto a freeway.

Photo of an F-550 fire truck via Wikimedia/Greg Goebel

Ill. City Adds Smaller Fire Apparatus

The City of Wood River, Ill., is hoping to cut costs and increase service level with smaller fire apparatus. The city hopes a smaller vehicle will save money and help extend the usable lifespan of the city's existing fire trucks.

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Infrastructure Group Slams Trump on Erasing TIGER Grants

An infrastructure advocacy group questions the wisdom of eliminating federal TIGER grants for funding freight-related road projects.

Fiscal Review Shows City and State Finances Improving

States and cities have shown strengthening fiscal conditions, while county budgets are still constrained years after the recession, according to a new fact sheet issued by a group of associations representing government agencies.

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