New fleet to improve services

2019-04-11 06:00
James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities and assets management inspected the new fleet.

James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities and assets management inspected the new fleet.

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The City of Cape Town’s Fleet Management Department is in the process of replacing its critical vehicles and plant, including specialised vehicles, to improve service delivery.

With this in mind, the City is encouraging the public to report the misuse and abuse of its fleet assets in a quest to eradicate bad driver behaviour.

James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities and assets management, conducted a site visit to the City’s new vehicles yard in Maitland recently.

He said his focus is to ensure that Cape Town is equipped with an efficient environment, conducive to economic growth and to explore opportunities to implement solutions in a quicker, simpler and cost-effective manner.

He announced that an R78m budget, which was approved by Council last year, would be split into an R57m allocation for the replacement of critical cars and R21m for the replacement of plant and equipment.

“The City’s investment to support the fleet replacement programme contributes positively not only to create a safe city, but it also ensures a reliable, safe and available fleet for all City service directorates that will guarantee effective services directly to our communities,” says Vos.

“The replacement vehicles range from patrol vehicles to utility vehicles and some specialised vehicles including fire trucks, whereas plant and equipment include digger loaders, bulldozers, and front-end loaders among others.”

Vos added that a further R115m approved by Council at the end of January as part of the 2019 adjustments budget will also go towards the replacement of critical vehicles and the replacement of plant and equipment.

He said that the investment gave effect to a Fleet Management Strategy which was designed to meet the strategic operational requirements for the City with regard to cost efficiency, fleet sustainability, average age of fleet and best business practice.

“We will be rolling out an optimised in-house model and hybrid approach to maintenance, together with a strategy to optimise the cost of ownership for the City in order to become competitive with external service providers,” says Vos.

Since the unveiling of the Economic Opportunities and Asset Management Department’s ‘misuse and abuse’ decal in October 2018, a significant number of the 4 500 fleet vehicles have been fitted with the vehicle signage. This excludes the City’s safety and security vehicles.

“Vehicle signage encourages good driving habits by an organisation’s drivers and the introduction of the ‘misuse and abuse’ decal is a means to discourage reckless and negligent driving by City personnel,” says Vos.

“Bad driver behaviour and aggression on our roads can lead to fatalities of innocent civilians caused by reckless and negligent driver behaviour. I want to encourage the public to report any form of ‘misuse and abuse’ by City personnel who makes use of any of the City’s fleet assets in an attempt to reduce the risk of accidents and any potential hazards and, in doing so, to also reduce City costs on fleet assets.”

V Residents are encouraged to report bad driver behaviour either via the 0800 203 670 toll-free number, via WhatsApp on 060 576 9293 or via SMS to 32845.

The City of Cape Town’s Fleet Management Department is in the process of replacing its critical vehicles and plant, including specialised vehicles, to improve service delivery.

With this in mind, the City is encouraging the public to report the misuse and abuse of its fleet assets in a quest to eradicate bad driver behaviour.

James Vos, Mayco member for economic opportunities and assets management, conducted a site visit to the City’s new vehicles yard in Maitland recently.

He said his focus is to ensure that Cape Town is equipped with an efficient environment, conducive to economic growth and to explore opportunities to implement solutions in a quicker, simpler and cost effective manner. He announced that a R78m budget, which was approved by Council last year, would be split into a R57m allocation for the replacement of critical cars and R21m for the replacement of plant and equipment. “The City’s investment to support the fleet replacement programme contributes positively not only to create a safe city, but it also ensures a reliable, safe and available fleet for all City service directorates that will guarantee effective services directly to our communities,” says Vos.

“The replacement vehicles range from patrol vehicles to utility vehicles and some specialised vehicles including fire trucks, whereas plant and equipment include digger loaders, bulldozers, and front-end loaders among others.”

Vos added that a further R115m approved by Council at the end of January as part of the 2019 adjustments budget will also go towards the replacement of critical vehicles and the replacement of plant and equipment.

He said that the investment gave effect to a Fleet Management Strategy which was designed to meet the strategic operational requirements for the City with regard to cost efficiency, fleet sustainability, an average age of fleet and best business practice.

“We will be rolling out an optimised in-house model and hybrid approach to maintenance, together with a strategy to optimise the cost of ownership for the City in order to become competitive with external service providers,” says Vos.

Since the unveiling of the Economic Opportunities and Asset Management Department’s ‘misuse and abuse’ decal in October 2018, a significant number of the 4 500 fleet vehicles have been fitted with the vehicle signage. This excludes the City’s safety and security cars.

V Residents are encouraged to report bad driver behaviour either via the 0800 203 670 toll-free number, via WhatsApp on 060 576 9293 or via SMS to 32845..

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