The Jindal administration, which already is installing GPS monitors, is preparing another plan to address the state-owned vehicle fleet.
Soon after taking office more than seven years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal sold some of the state’s vehicles. And as he leaves office in January, the administration will be embarking on a pilot program to centralize the system.
The plan is by the end of the year to go to a centralized system, in which multiple agencies will use the same vehicles, rather than each agency owning their own cars. A lot of the state agencies in Baton Rouge share the same parking garages and the state cars could be made available to employees from multiple agencies there.
Individual state agencies own 10,543 vehicles. The number of cars owned by state government – far more than governments in other states – has been the target of criticism for at least half a century.
Jan Cassidy, assistant commissioner for procurement, said they would try out the car pool plan by the end of the year at the Claiborne Building, which houses the Cassidy’s Division of Administration, the Department of Education, Board of Regents and other agencies. The pilot program would gather information from the GPS — real time data on fuel, driving habits, maintenance needs and actual use — and figure out the procedures, work out kinks. Then a centralized car pool program would be rolled out around state government.
The Jindal administration is in the process of installing on all government vehicles, Global Positioning System, or GPS, devices that will monitor how, when and where the vehicles are used, feeding all the particulars into a computerized database. The cost is $10 million but the state expects to save $30 million in fuel and maintenance costs, and eventually in the cost of insurance.