It’s hoped the shift to public cars for the NSW Government can be a permanent one, with a view to reducing the current size and $250 million annual expense of the government’s vast fleet of self-owned cars.
NSW Minister for Finance and Services, Dominic Perrottet, said the trial would include the entire public service.
“It doesn’t make sense for government and taxpayers to foot the bill for purchasing and maintaining more than 20,000 vehicles when some are used only a handful of times each week,” Mr Perrottet said.
“In metropolitan areas like Sydney, car-sharing services [offer] a more efficient alternative to a state-owned fleet. Currently, government and taxpayers pay all associated costs of vehicles regardless of how frequently they are used.”
“Under the shared model, in addition to administration charges, we will only need to pay for the length of hire and the kilometres driven.”
Mr Perrottet said the scheme would be suitable for most government departments, as car-sharing vehicles were available in “all shapes and sizes” and could be booked at short notice, 24-hours a day.
A car-sharing trial is a key recommendation forwarded to the state government through an independent review into StateFleet from Pricewaterhousecoopers.
StateFleet currently holds a monopoly on state government vehicle leases, and the review also suggested a competitor could improve services and reduce costs.