At-large Metro Councilwoman Megan Barry on Wednesday called for an audit of the city’s automobile fleet, saying a list of vehicles driven infrequently during the past year turned up some obvious places to save money.
“This year, as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, it became clear that the cost of Metro’s fleet operation was projected to significantly increase both due to the number of vehicles in service and general increases in the cost of fuel,” Barry said in a statement.
There are thousands of vehicles in the Metro fleet, costing the city millions in fuel and maintenance costs annually. Barry is focusing on non-emergency cars and trucks driven fewer than 4,000 miles per year.
In a letter sent to the directors of 22 city departments, Barry asked for each to provide a justification by Aug. 1 for continuing to use the low-mileage vehicles. According to an attached report, the overall long-term savings could be more than $600,000, while some operational costs could be curbed by reimbursing city employees for mileage on their own cars.
“Clearly it would be better for the taxpayers if these vehicles were eliminated from the fleet or assigned as replacements to avoid additional purchases,” Barry said.