Safety & Accident

Maui County’s Fleet Full of Aging Vehicles

May 03, 2010

WAILUKU, HI - The county has about one vehicle for every two employees and owns an estimated 350 small vehicles that are more than 10 years old, according to a review by the Cost of Government Commission, reported The Maui News.

The commission suggested that the county could save millions by purging old vehicles, improving maintenance and management, and reducing the overall size of its fleet. But it acknowledged that, due to a lack of complete record keeping, not enough data was available to do more than estimate the county's actual vehicle costs and potential savings.

The commission's 2009-10 report on its findings and recommendations was recently posted online.

The county's fleet totals 1,268 vehicles, according to the commission report. Of that amount, 1,132 are small vehicles like cars, pickup trucks and vans.

While the Maui Police Department was able to provide current mileage information for all of its vehicles, the county Finance Department, which is tasked with maintaining records on the rest of the county's fleet, could provide the mileage for only a few vehicles, according to the report.

Finance was able to provide model year information on about half the county's fleet. Based on the data provided, the commission estimated that around 100 small vehicles were between 10 and 15 years old, and another 250 were more than 15 years old.

Other findings of the report include:

  • The county's Fiscal Implementation Team - which includes the managing director, finance director and budget director - now reviews and approves all new vehicle purchases.
  • While the Maui County Energy Alliance has recommended that the county require all new vehicles be fuel-efficient, the county has not yet set a fuel-efficiency standard for its fleet.
  • The county doesn't have a standard policy for when vehicles should be replaced. Instead, various county departments handle replacements on their own.
  • The only way to collect information on the county's fleet is to contact each department individually.

"It is not functional or reasonable to suggest that accurate fleet data can only be obtained in such a piecemeal fashion," the report says.

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