Government vehicle numbers have been kept in check despite the pressures of a rampaging economy and increasing demands for services, Treasurer Eric Ripper said today.
Mr Ripper said that although State Fleet vehicle numbers had risen 5.5 per cent, almost a third of that increase was due to the Department of Housing and Works and the Water Corporation moving their business into the fleet.
In all, the total net increase in vehicles was 392, or 3.8 per cent, with 324 of those vehicles delivered to key service areas, including health, police, child protection, the environment, education and training, and corrective services.
“Improvements for Western Australians in these crucial areas inevitably means there will be some increases to the State’s vehicle fleet,” Mr Ripper said.
“After all, the State is also growing at a rapid rate with about 800 more people every week, including about 500 new arrivals from overseas and interstate.
“But the Government is ensuring it keeps a close eye on the fleet to ensure that costs are contained while important services are looked after.
“Our fleet also remains carbon neutral so we are making sure the environment is protected as well.”
The Treasurer said four-cylinder vehicles now made up 55 per cent of the total fleet, including commercial vehicles, and that the Government was committed to ongoing improvements in fuel-efficiency as outlined in the Climate Change Action Statement (No 27).
Of the net vehicle increase, there were 79 new vehicles for health, 76 for police, 50 for child protection and community services, 42 for the Department of Environment and Conservation, 30 for the Department of Corrective Services, 24 for the Department of Education and Training and 23 for the Department of Consumer and Employment Protection.
In all, State Fleet numbered 10,638 vehicles at June 30, 2007 made up of 60 per cent passenger vehicles and the remainder light commercials.
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