September 25, 2008

Share the pain

Kudos to the Government for cutting the size of the Government fleet by 9%.

“The decision to reduce the numerical size of the Government-owned fleet was not well received in some areas of the public service. However, the Government wishes to applaud those public servants who have lost their previously assigned vehicles without complaint.”

I have one question and two suggestions:

1) Did Cabinet lead by example, or just the civil servants?
2) Government should commit to further reductions through attrition.
3) Future vehicles should be electric or hybrid wherever possible (understanding that hybrid tends to need some higher speeds). As the largest vehicle owner on the island, Government has the purchasing power to jump-start the importation of environmentally clean vehicles. Perhaps they should look to Europe who use natural gas powered buses for a start.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy