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Enterprise Fleet Services Named Finalist for “Best Customer Service” Organization Award

Enterprise Fleet Services, a fleet management company for businesses with 15 to 125 vehicles, was selected on April 14 as a “finalist” for “Best Customer Service Organization” by the 2004 American Business Awards.

City of San Francisco Takes Delivery of Two Honda FCX Fuel Cell Vehicles

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced on April 13 the delivery of two Honda FCX hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom in a ceremony held at City Hall.

Wright Express Names New Government Account Manager

Wright Express announced that it has named Veronica L. Collins as its new government account manager.

NAFA to Hold Joint Meeting of Wisconsin and Chicago Chapters on Tuesday May 11, 2004

The Wisconsin and Chicago chapters of the National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) will hold a joint meeting on the topic “Proactive Fleet Safety Management…..What does this mean to you and your Company?”

IARA Announces Agenda for 2004 Remarketing Roundtable in Chicago

The International Automotive Remarketers Alliance (IARA) announced that the next IARA Roundtable event, designed to address the needs and priorities of vehicle remarketers, will be held July 21-23 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Lundberg Survey Says Gasoline Prices Hit Another Record

The price of gasoline rose another 2.5 cents over the past two weeks to a record nationwide average of $1.82 per gallon for all grades on April 9, according to the Lundberg surrey of 8,000 stations across the United States, reported the Associated Press.

Toledo Divided About Delaying Vehicle Replacements to Balance City Budget

The City Council for Toledo, OH, in an effort to balance the city budget, is considering delaying the purchase of police cars and fire engine replacements, said City Manager Pete Wall in a article appearing in the Toledo News-Times.

Fleet Manager Pleads Guilty To Grand Theft Auto

Bryan Moylan, 43, the former director of transportation for OCB Reprographics in Irvine, pled guilty today to 75 counts of grand theft auto and embezzlement.

Maryland Senate Approves Vehicle Fee Hikes

Maryland drivers likely will see a hike in their vehicle registration fees July 1, after senators gave final approval to Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s transportation fee package April 9, the Associated Press reported.

In Memoriam: Hy Goodman; 1920 — 2004

Hy Goodman passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2004, at age 83. A 26-year fleet industry veteran, Goodman retired from GE Capital Fleet Services in 1996.

NAFA Executive Director Recuperating

The National Association of Fleet Administrators (NAFA) announced on April 13 that its Executive Director Dave Lefever is recuperating at home from a cardiac infection experienced on March 31.

IARA Announces Agenda for 2004 Remarketing Roundtable in Chicago

The next IARA Roundtable event, designed to address the needs and priorities of vehicle remarketers, will be held July 21-23 at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Chicago.

Congress May Limit Used-Car Donations to Charities

Charities fear that potential donors may decide it’s not worth the hassle to donate used cars if Congress clamps down on inflated tax deductions, reported the Detroit News.

Lawrence Named Black Book Director of Marketing

Eric G. Lawrence, formerly managing editor, Black Book CPI Collectible Vehicle Value Guide (CPI), has been appointed to the newly created position of director of marketing, National Auto Research (NAR).

CarMax Foundation Gives a Boost to Protect Older Children on the Highways

CarMax, Inc., the nation's leading specialty retailer of used vehicles, and the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) announced that the CarMax Foundation has made a $50,000 donation to fund the immediate startup of the National Partnership on Booster Seat Safety.

Cars.com to Provide Used-Vehicle Listings on MSN Autos

Cars.com, announced a three-year business relationship with MSN Autos, an online site for researching and finding new and used vehicles.

Golden Logic, Inc. Announces Free, Internet-Based, Fleet Management Solution

Golden Logic, Inc. announced on March 31 the introduction of a free Internet-based solution for managing fleets of vehicles. It is called FleetAssets.

Streicher Mobile Fueling Enters Northeast

Streicher Mobile Fueling, Inc., an outsourcing value added refueling and fuel management service for vehicle and equipment fleets, announced on April 6 the commencement of operations in the Northeast corridor of the U.S.

Long Beach City Council Debates Fleet Services Bureau Reductions

A report from the city’s Fleet Services Bureau concludes that hundreds of vehicles are not needed and their elimination, coupled with operational changes in the bureau, could save the city millions of dollars, according to the Long Beach Gazette newspaper on April 7.

Tired Drivers Account For 100,000 Police-Reported Crashes Per Year

Drowsiness accounts for more than 1,500 auto-related deaths per year in the U.S., according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Fleet Response’s Inaugural Advisory Board Meeting a Success

Fleet Response held its inaugural Advisory Board meeting February 21-24, 2004, and the event was successful in helping the company attain feedback about its operations.

Ford to Offer Zephyr as Entry-level Lincoln, and Expand Hybrid Offerings

Ford Motor Co., in a comprehensive press conference at the New York Auto Show, announced that Lincoln will add the Zephyr, an entry-level luxury sedan, to its lineup in late 2005.and that about two years after the Ford Escape HEV (hybrid electric vehicle) goes on sale this summer, the Mercury division will get a hybrid version of the Mariner, an upscale version of the Escape.

Warren Byrd Named ServNet COO

Warren Byrd, a former corporate executive with ADESA auctions, was named to the newly created position of chief operating officer of ServNet Auctions, announced Bob Sullivan, general manager of Chattanooga Auto Auction and ServNet’s president-elect, on April 5.

Wayne County Recovers Cost of Fuel Overcharges

Wayne County officials announced on April 8 that they have recovered more than $280,000 in overcharges paid for gasoline and diesel fuel over the past four years, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Presidential Motorcade Get Pass in Paying Tolls

The U.S. Congress may be looking at adding tolls to interstates across the country, but if they do, don't expect the president to pay any of them.

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