Adams needs to shrink NYC’s huge fleet of autos


Mayor Eric Adams needs to see the free rides given to many metropolis workers come to a stretching halt.

Adams advised The Post town’s fleet of almost 30,000 autos – the biggest of its sort within the nation — must be stripped right down to a “bare-bones minimum.”

He additionally stated he helps lowering the variety of take-home automobiles pushed by metropolis workers — which totals 2,857 — and plans to guage the place cuts might be made. The free of charge autos include free fuel and typically free tolls, and it’s a profit that has traditionally led to widespread misuse.

“The city must make better use of our subway and buses, and it is time that City Hall led by example,” he stated. 

Adams has spent most of his first two weeks in workplace counting on mass transit to commute to work — even biking not less than as soon as. He stated he plans to encourage metropolis employees to make use of mass transit and “ride-sharing” car applications. 

There had been 29,718 autos within the metropolis’s fleet as of final July, data present. This contains every part from sedans and SUVs to cop automobiles and rubbish vehicles.

Bill DeBlasio exits his taxpayer-funded vehicle in 2016.Bill DeBlasio exits his taxpayer-funded car in 2016.Matthew McDermott

Adams stated he believes town might trim 50% to 70% of the 1000’s of autos its staffers use to journey in gridlocked Manhattan.

“It is unimaginable that we have so many city vehicles moving around Manhattan,” he stated.

He stated on the very least he’d wish to get fleet ranges again to what they had been underneath former Mayor Bloomberg.

Private city vehicles parked outside.Adams stated he believes town might trim 50% to 70% of the 1000’s of autos its staffers.Gregory P. Mango

In 2019, the Post reported that town’s fleet underneath then-Mayor de Blasio had hit a excessive of 31,159, in line with data launched in February that yr.

That was 21% increased than the 25,855 town reported having in 2013 throughout its last yr underneath Bloomberg.

Transportation advocates on the time stated the rise ran counter to de Blasio’s objective of lowering emissions within the metropolis 80 % by 2050. Following the Post report, de Blasio signed an govt order to trim town’s whole fleet of autos over the subsequent two years by 1,000.

A fleet of the mayor's black SUVs seen in 2015.A fleet of the mayor’s black SUVs seen in 2015.Chad Rachman/NY Post

Fleet totals modestly dropped to 29,718 by final July.

The mayor’s order additionally known as to lowering metropolis take-home automobiles by 500 over the subsequent two years. In March 2019, the Post reported 3,411 metropolis workers had been assigned authorities automobiles, SUVs and different autos to be used 24/7.

By 2021, town met de Blasio’s objective by lowering the overall to 2,857, in line with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. However, the overall are nonetheless effectively above the two,499 take-home metropolis automobiles that had been cruising streets in 2013.

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