PennDOT efficiencies add up to $4 million annual savings

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation is touting the savings it’s realized through smarter management of its vehicles.

    The agency expects to save $4 million a year through changes that include reducing its fleet of state-assigned cars by 30 percent.

    Acknowledging the savings are not huge considering PennDOT’s annual $6 billion budget, spokesman Steve Chizmar said the savings are better than nothing.

    “The bottom line is, money is tight,” he said. “So we have to look at every possible angle for additional efficiencies.”

    Vehicle reassignments are also part of the changes, which might mean not everyone in the department is a fan.

    PennDOT is giving priority to employees who log the most business-related miles, thus decreasing reimbursements for private vehicle use.

    Chizmar says the agency is conducting monthly reviews of vehicle usage to make sure state cars are going to the people who use them the most for state business.

    The money PennDOT saves is being used for road and bridge infrastructure building and maintenance.

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