Made official: State Sen. Cam Ward (right) and ALDOT Fleet Manager Willie Bradley Jr. (left) attended a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Robert Bentley.
Made official: State Sen. Cam Ward (right) and ALDOT Fleet Manager Willie Bradley Jr. (left) attended a ceremonial bill signing by Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Ward’s bill to cut state fleet costs signed into law

Published 10:25pm Monday, July 22, 2013

A more efficient method of managing state-owned vehicles will soon be developed thanks to legislation sponsored by state Sen. Cam Ward and signed by Gov. Robert Bentley recently.

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,” 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.”

About 8,800 state-owned vehicles are operated by various agencies in Alabama. There had not been a uniform program for managing those vehicles throughout the various entities.

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  • Will Ray

    So now we have yet another state program that is supposed to do the job of another state program ( state motor pool) that apparently has not been doing it’s job. What has been the purpose of the state motor pool for all these years if not to manage the state motor pool? (If that has not not been it’s job, maybe we should have changed it’s job.) If we now have a brand new state program to do what the motor pool should have been doing, then why not eliminate the motor pool and save some money with this new money saving program? Or, we could just add another program and call it saving money.

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