SACRAMENTO, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown’s office released a statement announcing the State’s progress in reducing the size of its vehicle fleet since the governor issued Executive Order Order B-2-11 in January, 2011. So far, the State has cut 3,800 vehicles out of a goal of reducing the fleet by a total of 5,500 vehicles.

The governor’s office said the Department of General Services (DGS) expects to save $11.4 million in 2012 and bring in $5 million from auction revenue.

“Significant progress has been made, but we are not done yet,” Brown said. “I’m not satisfied with purging just 3,800 vehicles—State departments can make deeper cuts. Every department must eliminate the unnecessary vehicles that waste taxpayer money. There is no excuse for an excessive State fleet.”

The governor’s office said a California State vehicle’s operational life is five years and costs $3,000 per year in maintenance, insurance, and depreciation. Based on these figures, the State expects to save $57 million over the course of five years.

The news release also said State departments have eliminated 600 vehicle home storage permits and that DGS is planning to eliminate more.

Brown’s office said largest reductions come from the following eight departments, which operate the largest fleets:

  • California Department of Transportation 926
  • Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation 795
  • California State Parks 388
  • California Highway Patrol 322
  • California Department of Fish & Game 251
  • CAL FIRE 234
  • California Department of Water Resources 204
  • California Department of Food & Agriculture 111

In addition, DGS plans to continue its analysis of overall State vehicle needs and implement right-sizing plans for State entities going forward.