City of New Britain Finalizes Annual Fleet Report

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$184,000 reduction in fuel; 7 percent reduction in vehicles

The City of New Britain’s Department of Public Works has finalized its Annual Fleet Report, which details the City’s 7.8 percent reduction in the number of City vehicles on the road and a $184,000 reduction in fuel costs, among other changes.

In February 2016, Mayor Erin Stewart issued a memorandum establishing a 5 percent goal to reduce the size of the City’s fleet in an ongoing effort to streamline and reduce the cost of government.

“Our City’s fleet is one of our costliest assets that we have to manage,” said Mayor Stewart. “Ensuring that we have the proper management is critical to making sure taxpayer dollars are being used efficiently. Maximizing fuel efficiency, minimizing fuel consumption, maximizing vehicle and equipment life cycles, and reducing the overall size of the fleet add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings each year.”

The Annual Fleet Report provides a comprehensive update about the status of the City’s fleet operations, which consists of 354 vehicles and 108 pieces of large equipment. This equipment includes all Department vehicles except for the New Britain Fire Department.

The City typically uses around $700,000 worth of fuel every year, but low fuel prices, along with conservation measures like eliminating unnecessary vehicle idling led to a 26 percent reduction, or $184,000 less, in fuel costs as compared to usage in the previous fiscal year.

In fiscal year 2015-16, the total number of vehicles were 384; in fiscal year 2016-17, that figure dropped 7.8 percent to 354 vehicles. The greatest reductions came from the Police Department (-13), Public Works Field Services Division (-11), and Public Works Utilities Division (-9).

The planned lifecycle of most City vehicles has been expanded by several years; front line police vehicle are typically replaced every four to six years, while utility trucks and passenger vehicles typically are planned to be replaced every 12-15 years, up from 10-12 years in last year’s Fleet Report. Factors that determine the lifecycle of a vehicle include the frequent stopping and starting of municipal vehicles, a wide variety of road conditions, the effects of snow clearing, and winter salt usage, among other reasons.

In 2016, 38 municipal vehicles were sold through GovDeals.com as the vehicles became too costly to repair and maintain.

Sam Plumley, who was promoted to the City’s Fleet Manager in January 2016, helped to produce to the report. The City has been operating without a fleet manager since 2007. The division is operating at full staffing levels for the first time in years—allowing for the proper maintenance and management of the vehicles and equipment.

 

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