Parksville to reduce its vehicle fleet by three to save money

The City of Parksville is replacing five vehicles in its fleet and reducing the entire collection by three as part of its equipment replacement program.

The City of Parksville is replacing five vehicles in its fleet and reducing the entire collection by three as part of its equipment replacement program.

Council decided on March 21 to defer replacement of one car for three years until a more economical, high efficiency vehicle becomes available, and replace four light duty vehicles and a van for animal control.

There are a total of nine vehicles due for replacement in 2011 on that schedule, but the city will not replace three other vehicles, choosing instead to pay a $515 monthly vehicle allowance for three staff positions to use their own vehicles.

This will save enough for the city to purchase the van required by the bylaw department since the city took on the responsibility of animal control from the SPCA last year.

While there are seven staff positions requiring a reserved vehicle, none of the city fleet are completely dedicated to one person.