House proposal would sell low-mileage state vehicles

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State vehicles that don’t get much use are on the chopping block in a proposal in the Illinois House.
The State Journal-Register reports the bill would sell vehicles driven fewer than 7,000 miles each year, with the exception of police and emergency vehicles. At such mileage levels, a 2011 audit found it would be more cost-effective to reimburse state employees to drive their own cars.
According to the audit’s sampling, 25 percent of the state’s vehicle fleet was driven fewer than 7,000 miles yearly.
Barb Bonansinga of the Department of Central Management Services says there are about 12,000 vehicles in the state’s fleet. She says some have special equipment that would make them difficult to replace with personal vehicles.
The bill passed a House committee last week.