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Schwarzenegger Orders 15% Cut In California's Vehicle Fleet

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Schwarzenegger orders 15% cut in California's vehicle fleet

Amid a worsening financial crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered a 15-percent cut in California's vehicle fleet, a newspaper report said on Saturday.

The governor's action followed a critical audit revealing that possibly thousands of workers are given government cars to take home at night without justification, the Los Angeles Times said.

Schwarzenegger issued his executive order on Friday after receiving the audit, according to the paper.

Allegations about the misuse of state vehicles also had been made through a government website soliciting reports of waste and misdeeds.

"Today I am taking action to get rid of waste and abuse in the state's vehicle fleet and ordering my administration to reduce the(entire) fleet by 15 percent, eliminate all wasteful home storage permits and sell surplus cars at our state garage sale next month," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

The number of employees reported with take-home cars has increased up to 20 percent during the last three years, the paper said, quoting records it had obtained.

The state allows 8,662 workers to have such cars, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars amid the state's financial crisis, the records show.

The trend in the private sector has been to reduce such perks, Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, was quoted as saying.

The fleet reduction will save at least 24.1 million dollars the first year, according to the Department of General Services.

A self-critical audit by Caltrans found that in 38 percent of the permits tested, "the permit holder did not appear to have a justified or documented need for the permit." If that percentage were applied to all take-home cars, it would mean more than 3,200 of the cars are being driven home by workers without justification.

Meanwhile, the governor and legislative leaders were still deadlocked in their effort to plug California's 26.3-billion-dollar deficit. Education financing and welfare cuts remained sticking points.

I would imagine that a large portion of this government vehicle 'misuse' is caused people without the credit facility to buy and using the company car to get to work. Cars and their servicing costs in California are high, especially as it has the strictest emission control standards in America.

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Schwarzenegger orders 15% cut in California's vehicle fleet

I would imagine that a large portion of this government vehicle 'misuse' is caused people without the credit facility to buy and using the company car to get to work. Cars and their servicing costs in California are high, especially as it has the strictest emission control standards in America.

Don't be daft, the majority will be people taking the p*ss...the 'unofficial' perk of the job!

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cut salaries Arnold. Its your biggest single cost.

then...your accounts computer will say "I'll be black"

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Don't be daft, the majority will be people taking the p*ss...the 'unofficial' perk of the job!

Agreed, this kind of shite is endemic in all organisations where i have worked. The amount of money wasted on stuff like this will be obscene.

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