A more efficient method of managing state-owned vehicles will soon be
developed thanks to legislation signed by Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday.
Governor Bentley held a ceremonial
signing for Senate Bill 57, which authorizes the Alabama Department of
Transportation to review state agency fleets and develop a statewide program to
achieve cost savings and greater efficiencies in operating state vehicles.
"This is a continuation of our efforts
to make government more efficient and save money for taxpayers," Governor
Bentley said. "The goal of this program is to find the lowest possible
cost per mile driven on our state-owned vehicles. A fleet management
program is one of the recommendations made by the Commission on Improving State
Government, which I established to help us reduce government costs and operate
more efficiently. I am proud to sign this legislation that helps us
accomplish this goal."
Approximately 8,800 state-owned
vehicles are operated by various agencies, departments, commissions and boards
However, there is not a uniform program for managing those vehicles throughout
the various entities. Senate Bill 57 addresses that issue and establishes
ALDOT as the primary department responsible for assessing the state's fleet and
developing a streamlined, uniform management program.
The legislation was sponsored by Senator
Cam Ward (R-Alabaster).
"It's been a real pleasure working
with Governor Bentley as well as the Legislative Joint Oversight Committee on
Energy to develop this piece of legislation that, in short, saves taxpayers
money. And that's something we should all strive to achieve," Ward said.
Senate Bill 57 complements an
executive order signed by Governor Bentley in March. The executive order
established an Office of Fleet Management and a Fleet Manager within
ALDOT. Willie Bradley Jr. has been hired to serve in this capacity.
Bradley is currently conducting a detailed assessment of the state's fleet.
"Our goal is to reduce costs to the state while also meeting
the needs of agencies that rely on state-owned vehicles," Bradley said.
"We will explore several options for saving money, such as short-term and
long-term leasing. We also have potential for savings through buying in
bulk across state agencies and establishing more efficient maintenance and
replacement procedures. By bringing state agencies and departments into a
uniform program, there is tremendous potential for reducing costs to
The assessment of state-owned vehicles is expected to be complete by September 30 of this year. ALDOT will then use the information developed from the assessment to finalize a detailed plan to meet the needs of entities utilizing state-owned vehicles.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor's Press Office
1720 Valley View Drive