FFF2016: 'New York invested to save costs and lives' says Kerman
Published: 05 July, 2016
New York City's investment in modernising its fleet under Mayor Bill de Blasio has not only led to efficiency savings but also helped slash the number of accidents and fatalities, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Fleet Officer Keith Kerman told Future Fleet Forum.
The fleet of 29,000 vehicles, covering everything from policing to waste collection, is the largest in the USA and probablyin the world. But it had previously been the subject of US$150 million a year in litigation through accidents involoving NYC Fleet vehicles.
A major investment in fleet, worth £300 million in the fiscal year 2016 alone, has dramatically improved safety by introducing such technology as cameras, side-guards and automatic braking.
Among the key policies adopted by the city are:
- Improved safety, including Vision Zero – an effort to end fatalities on New York City streets – which is at the heart of all NYC Fleet operations
- Sustainability including the use of biodiesel and electric vehicles - even electric ambulances as the city strives to reach challenging emissions targets
- Emergency response and preparedness, which came to the fore in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy blacked out much of the city and destroyed 600 NYC Fleet vehicles
- Efficiency, with several intiatives, such as consolidation of municipal garages which alone lead to $300 million savings.
- Fleet Stat, with NYC Fleet's performance updated daily on a public website and also revealing where efficiency really works, such as the excellent return on investment from hybrid vehicles.
All this and more will be covered in detail in the next edition of LAPV in September and later on www.lapv.co.uk.