State Representative Steve Riggs, on Friday, Aug 1, praised the Kentucky Division of Fleet Management for being ranked as one of the 100 best out of an estimated 38,000 government-managed fleets in North America. Only two other state-level agencies made the list.
“This recognition is another example of how efficient state government is becoming,” said Riggs, a state legislator from the Louisville suburbs who serves on the House Transportation Committee and chairs the chamber’s Local Government Committee. “We’re always looking for ways to maximize taxpayer dollars, and the Kentucky Division of Fleet Management’s high ranking shows we are heading in the right direction.”
The auto fleets are gauged by how well they integrate technology; how fast they make repairs; how much training their staffs receive; and how well they manage costs compared to fleets of similar size. Governing, a nonpartisan magazine that focuses on state and local governments, publicizes the rankings, which can also be found online at the100bestfleets.com.
Riggs noted that the Division of Fleet Management, which manages 4,800 vehicles in the state motor pool, is a big user of ethanol-based E85 gasoline, and it relies on GPS to monitor such things as a driver’s speed. The agency had been based in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, but 2009 legislation that Riggs supported and that the General Assembly adopted moved it to the Finance and Administration Cabinet.
“This agency has mastered a lot of the best practices that I think Kentucky’s other auto fleets should follow,” Riggs said. “It’s an issue that I think deserves more attention, given the high gas prices we have seen in recent months.”
For more information, contact Riggs at 502-640-1478.