Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The Morris County Freeholders have adopted a policy requiring that replacement vehicles or additions to the county fleet be compact, four cylinder models.

The only six cylinder exceptions allowed would be for marked patrol vehicles.

Freeholder Gene Feyl said the new policy is aimed at reducing the cost and the size of the county’s motor vehicle fleet and also at conserving gasoline and cutting energy costs.

The four cylinder purchase policy also applies to SUV’s, unless the employee is required to carry a significant amount of equipment at all times. In such cases the justification for such a purchase must be approved by the department director and the county administrator.

Where larger engine SUV’s are preferred, justification must be made and the purchase must be approved by the county administrator.

Under the new policy, all replacement vehicles will be equipped with standard features.

The purchase of specialty vehicles such as vans, and requests for exceptions to the policy must be justified and approved by the respective department director or constitutional officer, and then by the county administrator.

The new policy is part of the county’s ongoing review of county vehicle usage.