San Francisco Looks to Reduce Fleet

Aug 10, 2010

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom hopes to reduce the number of cars and trucks used by city workers by at least 20 percent within years under a new plan aimed at cutting costs and improving the environmental impact of the city’s fleet.

The car fleet in San Francisco has long been criticized for being plagued by inefficiencies, abuse, and waste, according to the San Francisco Examiner. Newsom's latest effort would require departments to reduce the number of passenger cars and trucks used by their employees by 20 percent by 2014, according to legislation introduced this week.

"The more we can reduce our city fleet, the more we'll save money, reduce congestion, and cut local greenhouse gas emissions," Newsom said. "This legislation will expand our efforts to further reduce our city fleet, reduce its size, and encourage greater use of Muni and City CarShare whenever possible."

The fleet reduction effort will also come with strict reporting and oversight. Each year, department heads would have to submit to the Board of Supervisors budget analyst a report detailing how they are complying with the mandate. If a department head wishes to buy a new passenger car or truck, the purchase request will have to be accompanied by "a written explanation of how the requested purchase complies with The City's Transit-First Policy."

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[via Government Fleet]

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