Fleet Management – General Services

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Kern County General Services and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) launched a public-private partnership project that will save Kern County taxpayers several million dollars over the next 5 years and beyond. Staff from General Services evaluated the process for managing their fleet of vehicles that included all steps from initial purchase to maintenance and replacement. They realized there had to be a better solution. The solution turned out to be a public-private partnership with Enterprise Fleet Management that was awarded through a competitive RFP process. This program will shift responsibility to Enterprise for the lease and maintenance of leased County vehicles. This pilot partnership will start off covering 111 vehicles between BHRS and General Services and initially replace 94 vehicles that are 10 years of age or older. Since these vehicles represent less than 15% of our entire fleet, we are excited about the scalability of this project to cover Kern County’s entire fleet in future years. We look forward to replicating this improvement Countywide after analyzing the initial results and building a path toward covering our entire fleet. This would equate to covering nearly 700 additional vehicles. At an average savings of $3,000 per vehicle, the potential savings is an additional $2.1 million annually.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
The partnership with Enterprise allows Kern County to realize several benefits: update its aged fleet in a strategic manner, receive optimal replacement intervals and maximize resale value, save administrative costs by transferring licensing/registration responsibility to Enterprise, allow for continued coverage for major maintenance with local dealerships and, most importantly, save an average of $375,000 per year during the life of the 5-year Agreement.

RESULTS
Initial cost savings amount to $375,000 annually.

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