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Posted on: December 1, 2016

[ARCHIVED] COUNTY RECEIVES BEST PRACTICES AWARD FOR INNOVATED PROGRAM

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Seeking improved safety and efficiency for its vehicle fleet, Hidalgo County created the Executive Office Vehicle GPS Program, which controls the county's vehicles and reduces operating cost.

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) awarded Hidalgo County a 2016 Best Practices award in recognition of this innovative program.

By installing GPS monitoring on 121 vehicles, the county is now able to track idle times, speed and location of each car on the road.  The county receives daily alerts on vehicles that require an oil change, a new battery or a tire rotation.

"This is a great program for any county wanting a better way to manage any size fleet of vehicles," said TAC County Relations Officer Rick Avery. "We hope this award will inspire other counties to follow suit with their own initiatives."

Hidalgo County was one of the more than 15 counties across Texas selected by TAC to receive a Best Practices Award.

"I want to acknowledge all of the county department heads and their employees who we deal with on a daily basis.  Without their buying into the program we would not be able to achieve the success that we have," said Chris Treviño, County Operations Administrator for Executive Office.
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