As part of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s initiative to identify the most cost effective and efficient manner for managing the state’s fleet of vehicles, Transportation Cabinet representatives today began inventorying and inspecting all state-owned passenger vehicles based within the 10 counties of District 10.
The inspections, held at the Junior Williamson Memorial Rest Area at Slade in Powell County, will continue through the end of the week.
Governor Fletcher ordered the inventory and inspection in an attempt to cut costs and improve efficiency in managing the state’s vehicle fleet, as part of his administration’s ongoing efforts to end waste, fraud and abuse in state government. The decision was prompted in part by recent revelations that some state agencies were continuing to maintain insurance policies for non-operational vehicles. Once the process is completed, responsibility for all state passenger vehicles except university and Kentucky State Police vehicles, which are exempt by statute, will be centralized under the Transportation Cabinet’s Division of Fleet Management.
"Past administrations have struggled with accountability of the state’s motor pool, and it is finally time to perform a full visual and physical inspection," Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert said. "With costs rising for fuel and vehicle management, plus the increasing cost of doing business, fleet centralization is the right thing to do."
All agencies within District 10 that have non-exempt state vehicles assigned to their personnel or offices have been asked to bring those vehicles to the Slade rest area this week to be counted and inspected. The Cabinet anticipates the bulk of inventory to be complete by the end of the week.
Secretary Nighbert stated, "For state vehicles that don’t find their way to our inventory check points, we have a plan to motivate participation. Beginning next Monday, May 23, we will deactivate the gas credit cards assigned to vehicles that have not been counted. State employees will have to pay for their own gas until we track down the vehicles."
Inventories and inspections are being done in Frankfort and in each of the 12 highway districts across Kentucky. The counties in District 10 are Breathitt, Estill, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Powell and Wolfe.