Holden departure throws open government fleet business

By Julian Bajkowski Government fleet buyers across Australia in all sectors will be forced to reassess their procurement plans after iconic carmaker General Motors Holden confirmed that it will cease local production in 2017, leaving Toyota as the last onshore manufacturer. The confirmation has big implications for the federal fleet sector as well as Victorian […]

Could Abbott be issued a Camry?

Analysis: Julian Bajkowski Cost conscious Prime Minister Tony Abbott and hundreds of his fellow parliamentarians could soon have to get to work in a more humble Toyota Camry if Holden stops manufacturing operations in Australia. At least that’s the case if previous local vehicle procurement preferences for the federal sector are maintained. As prestige European […]

Carr mandates All-Aussie vehicles for Fed fleet

By Julian Bajkowski State and local governments are again under direct fire from Canberra over the levels of tax and ratepayer support for the local automotive manufacturing industry from public sector fleet buyers after the Federal Government vowed to introduce new rules to make its own car pool 100 per cent Australian made. The latest […]

Carr drives hard bargain on $3000 local vehicle rebates

By Julian Bajkowski Federal Innovation and Industry Minister Kim Carr is playing a straight bat to mounting speculation that Canberra could give struggling local carmakers a $3000 per vehicle rebate for each Australian-made car sold to federal, state and local government agencies. The proposed option is believed to be part of ongoing negotiations between the […]

States drive Feds to buy more Australian-made vehicles

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski The South Australian and Victorian governments have gone on the offensive to embed Australian made cars into public sector procurement plans for fleet purchasing as a way to prop-up struggling local automotive manufacturers. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine have demanded that a majority of […]

Keeping track on fleets

By Lilia Guan Geographical information systems (GIS) can be used to support a diverse range of asset tracking, helping to monitor the location and movement of mobile assets. The geographic location of an asset, such as a garbage truck or repair crew vehicle, is transmitted via GPS, and tracked in real-time on a map that […]

ACT welcomes first electric vehicle

The Australian Capital Territory Government has rolled out the first of its 10 electric vehicles across the ACT Government.   The Mitsubishi iMiEV was selected following a short trial and replaces a conventional petrol driven pool car. It produces zero greenhouse gas emissions and travels up to 100 km between charges.   Chief minister and […]

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