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California Cuts 7,100 Vehicles From State Fleet

California has reduced its state fleet by 7,112 vehicles, or 14 percent, in an effort to comply with governor Jerry Brown’s executive order to eliminate unnecessary vehicles.

The reduction included 4,204 passenger cars and light trucks, which alone are expected to save the state more than $12.6 million each year in fuel, insurance and depreciation costs, according to the California Department of General Services, the state’s business manager.

Brown’s executive order also called on departments to eliminate all non-essential and cost-ineffective permits that allow thousands of state employees to commute to and from work in state vehicles. More than 3,200 take-home vehicle permits were eliminated, a 45 percent reduction from the number of permits issued as of January 2011. These cuts are expected to save the state $3 million a year in fuel cots.

When combined with cuts made by the prior administration in 2010, more than 20 percent of the state fleet has been reduced in four years, DGS said.

The largest reductions included 2,263 vehicles from the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 1,322 from the Department of Transportation, 586 from California State Parks, 494 from California Department of Fish & Game, and 457 from the highway patrol. Other departments that cut vehicles of included the Department of Development Services, CAL FIRE, Department of General Services, Department of Water Resources and the Prison Industry Authority.

DGS held an auction last week to sell the surplus state vehicles.

In June, DGS directed all state agencies and departments to maximize the use of alternative fuels and cut petroleum consumption within their respective vehicle fleets. DSG estimates there are more than 9,000 flex fuel vehicles in the state fleet that operate on gasoline, E85 ethanol fuel or a combination of both.

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