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Southampton Town Looks at Fuel Saving Measures for Town Vehciles

Posted on 29 October 2013

The Town of Southampton has installed both a tank monitoring system and a fuel management system to electronically monitor and track tank levels and fuel disbursements at the Hampton Bays Central Garage. The implementation of a fuel management system at the town’s largest fueling site is a continuation of the fleet management initiative begun by Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst in 2010, with the support of the town board.

It is the result of the completion of a Comprehensive Fleet Management Assessment by the Department of Municipal Works, whose goal was to reduce fleet-related costs and establish improved management systems to achieve greater efficiency and accountability. The initial effort resulted in the sale of approximately 40 decommissioned vehicles in 2010 and 2011, and the implementation of new procedures for ordering new vehicles and utilizing older vehicles in an effort to improve the effectiveness of the town’s fleet management.

This system will allow the town to track fuel usage, which is essential for budgeting, and, in addition, has the future potential to track the fuel efficiency of the vehicles. This system is utilized by Suffolk County, which provides an opportunity for future cost saving shared services agreements.

According to 2012 records, the Town spent $392,305 for gasoline used by vehicles fueling at this facility. This project has potential cost savings of up to 8 to 10 percent of fuel consumption.

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