How can New York balance its budget?
The other week New York’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, outlined the future of the city in his State of the City address. His vision for a stronger New York, included a lot of exciting plans for development and growth in and around the city, creating more jobs, reducing the burden on small businesses (a program known as a Simplicity) and making New York and even more vibrant and fun city to visit and live in.
As someone who loves to visit NYC this is exciting news. But it’s not all roses, and the pathway to future greatness for New York is paved with logistical and financial hurdles.
The key to making this optimistic vision for the future become a reality lies in overcoming two main challenges.
Two main problems facing New Yorkers
In his speech Mayor Bloomberg focused on two main areas that New York has to work on, one was creating employment, the other was balancing the city budget in a way that protected vital services and taxpayers.
A lot of other mayors would resort to the tried and tested solution to balancing a city budget by simply raising taxes. Too simple and, according to Mayor Bloomberg, unfair on New Yorkers, who are already paying some of the highest taxes in the country.
“Instead, we will choose a third approach – a smarter approach, an approach that respects the short-term needs of taxpayers and protects the long-term prospects of our economy. We will grow our way out of these tough times, by shrinking the costs of government.”
It’s the latter, shrinking the costs of government, where an effective fleet management system can work extremely well, and quickly. Right around America fleets are using Telogis Fleet and recovering the costs of deployment within 120 days because of performance and efficiency gains. Other cities around the U.S. have already implemented fleet software and saving thousands every day now that they have the tools to carefully manage fleet operating costs
Shrinking the cost of government with GPS fleet tracking
Whether it’s municipal trucks, emergency workers, service vehicles or any other type of government asset that’s on the move, GPS fleet tracking can identify several areas for cutting costs:
- Idle time – How much time are government trucks spending sitting idling unnecessary? Each truck can easily burn through a gallon of diesel every hour they spend idling unnecessary, and that quickly adds up. Reports can be run to show idle times for each vehicle, and alerts setup to notify fleet managers of excessive idling in real-time.
- Asset utilization – Government fleets are often huge, with thousands of vehicles, and that’s a situation that means vehicles can regularly go “missing” or are being underutilized. When they are all GPS tracked it’ll be quickly obvious which vehicles aren’t being used to capacity and could be sold or reallocated.
- Out-of-route miles – Poor routing often means wasted fuel, worker time and extra vehicle maintenance. An effective routing program means vehicles can be routed from one stop to the next most effectively, with minimum expense, factoring in things such as real-time traffic, weather and road restrictions.
- Time on job – How long was a worker on a call-out? Was it a job that should’ve only taken 30 minutes and the timesheet showed four hours? How can you verify exactly how much time they spent at the job? With GPS tracking it will be clearly obvious how long they were there for, and whether they actually detoured to Central Park for a nap instead of being on the job.
- Overtime costs – With efficient routing government workers can get more jobs done in a single day, reducing the need to pay overtime. Route planning can also distribute workloads fairly, across all staff, and do it intelligently based on the location of jobs.
- Unauthorized use – How often do we see government vehicles parked up at a places of recreation in the weekend, or heading up to the lakes for a spot of fishing? GPS tracking can be setup to alert managers if vehicles are used outside of designated times or locations.
Take action and get New York government fleets saving money
We all want to see New York saving money, balancing the city budget and taking action on the big plans Mayor Bloomberg has in store. So how can we help? Urge your local municipal to move their fleet on to an integrated fleet management system, if they haven’t already, and cut back on wasteful spending on vehicle costs.
Send them a link to this page or direct them to the online ROI calculator – they can see for themselves exactly how much can be saved by moving their fleet on to GPS tracking and helping their mobile workers be more accountable.