ALL Flintshire Council vehicles are to be fitted with trackers following a review of its fleet.
Trackers are currently fitted to 260 of the council’s fleet of vehicles but this will be extended to all council vehicles in the new year.
Flintshire Council currently operates a fleet of approximately 400 vehicles.
Trackers are installed in council vehicles to track vehicle movements and are also utilised to record speed, instances of harsh braking and acceleration, driver ID and unauthorised and out of hours usage.
The trackers in council vehicles have been under discussion among councillors and authority officers during the council’s year-long fleet review.
Annual costs of operating the fleet is estimated at £6.1 million with the cost spread across various service areas. The year long fleet review has identified savings of £1.3m for the local authority.
Head of Streetscene, Steve Jones, told members of the audit committee the installation of trackers across all council vehicles was a “key element” to the savings.
The provider of the trackers for the vehicles is not yet known as an agreement with current contractors, Track You Ltd, is due to expire.
ongoing as to whether to extend the contract or retender the work.
Installation of tracking units into all council vehicles was a key part of the fleet strategy approved by council executive’s in 2011.
The contract was awarded to Wrexham-based company Track You Ltd and is currently active on 260 vehicles across the council’s fleet, including small/light vans and specialist LGV vehicles.
Concerns had been raised by Cllr Arnold Woolley at the meeting of the audit committee back in September regarding the amount of council vehicles.
The Buckley member and former council leader suggest the committee could take more of an interest in the number of council vehicles using the system.
Council chief executive, Colin Everett told committee members Flintshire is an “optimum high performing authority” and leading the way in its use of technology to assess the use of its vehicles.
Committee chairman Cllr Alison Halford said the installation of trackers across all vehicles and the savings from the fleet review, were “good news” for the authority.