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West Virginia state fleet consists of over 8,000 vehicles

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House Committee on Government Organization Chairman Gary Howell (R-Mineral) announced the total number of vehicles in the state fleet on Wednesday.

The state currently owns 8,380 vehicles, according to Chairman Howell. This was determined following implementation of House Bill 4015, which was introduced in 2018.

“After years of confusion and conflicting data, we finally know how many vehicles the state owns,” Chairman Howell said. “It took a long time to get to this point, but now we finally have made agencies transparent and accountable with regard to the vehicles they manage.”

House Bill 4015 created a permanent Fleet Management Division in the Department of Administration and required annual reporting and continual tracking of the state’s vehicle fleet. The bill also established the State Vehicle Title, Registration and Relicensing Project of 2018, which phased out the old green and white state license plates and replaced them with gold and blue ones after the vehicle was re-registered with the state Division of Motor Vehicles.

The bill also allows the State Auditor’s Office to conduct spot compliance audits with various state agencies to check records and monitor compliance with the new law. Now that the bill has been fully implemented, the state Division of Motor Vehicles has reported an updated and accurate tally of all state vehicles. This tall includes the following:

  • 4,175 Class A vehicles, which are either passenger cars or trucks with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less.
  • 2,907 Class B vehicles, which are trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds, truck tractors or road tractors. 
  • 1,031 Class C trailers, which are large trailers pulled by Class B motor vehicles and have a gross weight greater than 2,000 pounds.
  • 5 Class G motorcycles and parking enforcement vehicles.
  • 18 Class M pieces of mobile equipment.
  • 36 Class R house trailers.
  • 208 Class T trailers or semitrailers of a type designed to be drawn by Class A vehicles and having a gross weight of less than 2,000 pounds.

“The 8,380 total vehicles found in this inventory process is about 4,000 less than the roughly 12,000 vehicles that our Board of Risk and Insurance Management had been paying to insure,” Chairman Howell said. “With this definitive total, we will be able to save taxpayers nearly $400,000 in BRIM premium payments each year – meaning the costs of implementing this bill will be paid for in about three months.”    

Chairman Howell said that this bill will help provide West Virginians with an accurate idea of how much of their tax dollars are going towards state vehicles. 

“We are committed to implementing sound, transparent government practices, and House Bill 4015 was a critical step in providing our citizens with a full accounting of how their tax dollars are being spent with regard to the state’s vehicle fleet,” Chairman Howell. “This legislation will continue to reap benefits by helping to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in state government.” 

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