In the 2021 fiscal year, state vehicles used just under 6 million gallons of fuel to drive about 91.3 million miles, State of Michigan records show. That is down sharply from 2019, before the start of the pandemic, when state vehicles used about 7.2 million gallons of fuel to drive just over 128 million miles.
More dramatic reductions were seen in the area of reimbursements. State employees used their own vehicles to drive just under 4.6 million miles in 2021, down from about 15.7 million miles in 2019. The number of vehicles in motor pools was reduced to 213 in 2021 from 320 in 2019. In 2021, state employees took 8,851 motor pool trips to travel about 1.1 million miles. That is down from 44,289 motor pool trips and nearly 6.2 million miles in 2019.
Total costs in the 2019 fiscal year were $74.3 million, but that year’s total was unusually lower than it would normally be, due to a one-time $2.2 million reduction in insurance costs. Total fleet costs were $75.7 million in 2020 and $76.1 million in 2021.
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