A report released Wednesday by City Controller Ron Galperin said Los Angeles should consider reducing its vehicle fleet and focus more on having employees use ridesharing apps, public transportation and leased vehicles.
According to the report, the city has an overall fleet of tens of thousands of vehicles, including police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, utility trucks and more. Among the city-owned vehicles, the city’s General Services Department maintains 11,000 vehicles, of which about 1,800 comprise the passenger vehicle motor pool for use by city employees to drive for city business.
The city has traditionally purchased and maintained the vehicles in-house, and the average age of the city’s vehicles is 11 years old, while 22 percent are more than 15 years old, according to the report.
Galperin argues that older vehicles require more repairs, and the cost of maintaining them is high, with the city spending more than $8.3 million just on parts and labor over the past four years.
One Ford F250 passenger truck purchased in 2001 for $22,000 accounts for $76,000 in maintenance and repair costs, the report said.
“It’s time for the city to shift gears in its approach to maintaining our fleet of vehicles,” Galperin said. “We live in a time of transportation innovation, but L.A. is not doing everything possible to modernize. My report recommends common sense solutions that aim to cut costs, increase reliability and allow us to reduce the number of cars the city owns.”
Galperin’s report says the city could save money by leasing vehicles from commercial vendors; using public transportation, mileage reimbursement or telephone/video conferencing instead of driving city-owned vehicles to and from meetings; utilizing fleet management companies to find better ways to procure, maintain and monitor vehicles; and partnering with rideshare companies.
The full report can be found at www.lacontroller.org/shiftinggears.
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