D.C. can kill two political birds with one stone: Save money, and respond to public frustration about official vehicles, by aggressively replacing most government vehicles with fleet sharing.
At the council hearing on SUVgate on March 7, DPW Director Bill Howland said that if he had a “magic wand,” he would take away almost all dedicated agency vehicles and replace them with fleet share.
How does DPW’s fleet share work? Basically, it’s Zipcar for D.C. employees. Actually, that’s exactly what it is, since it’s run by Zipcar. D.C. pays $115 to $125 per vehicle, per month, and Zipcar manages each vehicle’s use. Government employees have a special reservation system, and special cards to unlock the vehicles.
In 2008 and 2009, D.C. replaced 360 individual vehicles with just 58 shared vehicles. D.C. saved about $1 million a year by doing this.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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