Shared Fleet Maintenance Saves Municipalities Money

Mechanics repair a fire and rescue vehicle as part of the CCIA’s Fleet Maintenance Program now proving savings to area municipalities.

The Cumberland County Improvement Authority (CCIA) Fleet Maintenance Services, which can offer fiscal advantages to more local governments in Cumberland County that choose this vehicle maintenance option, continue to grow.

The expanded fleet maintenance partner list now includes Cumberland County, (including Cumberland Area Transport System buses), the City of Vineland, Vineland Municipal Utilities, Landis Sewerage Authority, the City Bridgeton, Fairfield Township, and Hopewell Township.

These government entities are taking advantage of this fleet program offering preventative maintenance, complete services, and repairs for the vehicles of its partners, including heavy machinery, equipment, cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.

“We are always interested in building cost-saving partnerships like this with local governments that directly benefit them by providing a valued service that will both save money for the municipalities and enhance close working relationships between them,” CCIA President and CEO of the Improvement Authority Director Gerard Velazquez said.

Having provided shared services for the county and local governments with its Solid Waste Complex, the CCIA now also provides resources to devoted toward the advancement of the county’s economic development, building financing, project development, property management, marketing and other significant growth efforts.

The CCIA’s push for this shared service option started in 2015 when it began to handle the maintenance of all Cumberland County government vehicles. The cost saving in that arrangement gradually led to this expansion that now offers smaller communities savings in the preservation of their fleets.

“The CCIA continues to identify, execute and manage these types of shared service projects, which create economies of scale and regularly enable us to contribute more than $1.5 million back to the county each year,” said Velazquez.

Velazquez said the CCIA is making to an effort to be strategic in ensuring adequate resources for shared services like this program.  He noted that two Cumberland County Technical Education Center students were recently hired as full-time mechanics.

Shared fleet service maintenance has become more widespread in New Jersey in the last several years because of the economics of pooling resources and the burden it can lift from taxpayers. By having all the maintenance centrally performed, fixed costs such as facilities and labor are spread across a wider base, decreasing the cost to each entity involved.