By Michael Grass

Government vehicle fleets often make headlines for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, a South Florida Spanish-language news outlet made an odd discovery in a parking garage: Nearly 300 barely-driven Toyota Prius hybrids that had been brought new by Miami-Dade County in 2006 and 2007 and were somehow forgotten.

More recently, New Jersey Transit disciplined 10 employees this spring for misusing agency vehicles after GPS devices were installed as part of an effort to track vehicle usage and eliminate fraud and abuse. In that case, the agency fired three employees and suspended one for 30 days, according to The Record newspaper.

More and more, local governments and agencies are looking to ditch their resource-heavy and costly traditional car fleets for their employees and turning to new models.

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