A new Allentown (Pennsylvania) City Council committee will explore the possibility of bringing fleet maintenance in-house. The council approved a resolution to create the committee last week.
According to The Morning Call, city officials said the company they currently outsource fleet maintenance with, Constellis, is not adequately serving the city. More than 30 city vehicles are currently out of commission. The city’s contract with Constellis ends in 2023.
City council members said they believe a city-operated fleet maintenance service could be held accountable and take better care of the city’s vehicles.
Last year, fleet technicians working with the contractor threatened to strike if the company didn’t come to an agreement with their union. The union argued the garage was understaffed, and underfunded, and workers were poorly paid.