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Measures reduce vehicle fleet budget by over $5M: Sask. gov’t

The Saskatchewan government says it saved $5 million for its 2018-19 vehicle fleet budget with cost-saving measures.
The Saskatchewan government says it saved $5 million for its 2018-19 vehicle fleet budget with cost-saving measures. File / Global News

The Saskatchewan government says its 2018-19 vehicle fleet budget is $5 million less following the introduction of cost-saving measures.

The announcement for the government’s Central Vehicle Agency was made during the release of the provincial budget on Tuesday.

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“(The) government is pleased to have realized substantial savings, by taking a more strategic approach to vehicle use for government business,” Central Services Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said in a press release.

“These savings for government vehicle travel demonstrate our commitment to efficient delivery of government services.”

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One of the measures reduced the size of the government’s vehicle fleet the past number of years. This was accomplished by moving under-utilized vehicles to areas of government where there was more need, and selling older ones.

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Government officials said they’ve also saved tax dollars by partnering with Alberta and British Columbia to improve purchase prices on new vehicles.

Additionally, a yearlong pilot project was conducted using private-sector, short-term vehicle rentals for government business. This resulted in $275,000 in travel savings.

Officials said they plan on expanding the project beyond Saskatoon, Prince Albert, and North Battleford this spring for an estimated $400,000 in savings.