Gov. M Jodi Rell last week announced that all Connecticut agencies must scale back on using state-owned vehicles in an effort to decrease fuel costs and help ease expenses for the state.
The governor’s goal is to reduce total agency mileage and consumption by 10% by June 30 and by 25% one year later.
“State government has more than 4,000 vehicles, and while we have added hundreds of hybrids and alternative-fuel vehicles to the fleet in recent years, we still go through a lot of gasoline,” Rell said in a press release. “We do save a little by buying in bulk — but we are certainly not immune to the enormous price increases that all Connecticut motorists are seeing. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline retails for an average of $3.79 today. A month ago that same gallon cost $3.35, and a year ago it cost $3.06. These kinds of price hikes are devastating to residents, businesses, and governments alike.”
In order to execute the initiative, the Department of Administrative Services will work with executive branch agencies to review vehicle needs, usage, and reimbursement policies, according to the press release.