This WRAL story highlights state government waste relating to the state’s motor fleet.
North Carolina’s state motor fleet is more than 8,500 vehicles strong and travels more than 100 million miles each year.
A WRAL News investigation found that some state agencies paid millions for miles they did not drive and others had questionable record-keeping practices.
The motor fleet charges agencies for 1,050 miles per car per month. The mileage rate depends on the type of car. If the car is driven more than 1,050 miles, the agency pays for each mile over the limit. If the car is driven less than 1,050, the agency still gets charged the flat fee.
So the 1,050 miles per month is a use-it-or-lose-it kind of deal. Such a system does two things:1) it provides an incentive for state agencies to drive their cars more, after all the mileage is paid for; and 2) if the mileage is not used, say during budget cutbacks, state agencies still pay for the unused miles – meaning that state revenue that could have been spent elsewhere is being tied up paying for miles that weren’t used.