Item - 2019.AU2.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on May 14, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Audit Committee on May 3, 2019 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on May 14, 2019.

AU2.2 - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on May 14 and 15, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to take the necessary steps to shorten vehicle and equipment downtime and achieve the downtime target set out in the Division's 2016 Alternate Service Delivery model report.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to take steps to improve its preventive maintenance ratio to reduce overall fleet maintenance cost.

 

3. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to take the necessary steps to improve the fill rates by the parts supplier to help reduce vehicle downtime; steps to be taken should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. ensuring the supplier's calculation of fill rate is consistent with requirements specified in the contract;

 

b. periodically reviewing the part inventory to ensure that frequently used parts are stocked to shorten vehicle turnaround time;

 

c. regularly monitoring the part supplier's inventory fill rate and enforce the incentive/disincentive clause of the part contract; and

 

d. making sure future contracts for parts procurement incorporate an effective penalty clause to encourage contract compliance.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to explore ways that can help reduce vehicle downtime, including an assessment of:

 

a. internal staffing capacity to meet work demands; and

 

b. options that will help expedite service times for minor repairs, particularly for City yards with a large number of concentrated vehicles.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to implement processes to identify and monitor repair quality issues, to reduce repeated repairs and downtime.

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to review and address the logistics issues in procuring and approving contracted maintenance and repair services to reduce vehicle downtime; steps to be taken should include:

 

a. setting customer turnaround time target for responding to service request;

 

b. clarifying vehicle delivery and return procedures, and providing additional guidance or communication to the divisions and garage staff;

 

c. negotiating with vendors to expand shuttle service to designated City yards to facilitate direct transportation of vehicles to/from vendors where feasible;

 

d. expediting the estimate approval process by Fleet staff; and

 

e. improving the ease of providing vehicle maintenance history to external vendors.

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to consider running a pilot program to assess the feasibility and merits of realigning Contract Coordinator and Research Analyst shift schedules with external vendor and internal user group operating hours.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to expedite clearing of the Division's backlog of outstanding invoice payments.

 

9. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to work with Corporate Accounts Payable to design and implement a process that balances control risks with the City's need to pay invoices in a timely manner.

 

10. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to review its contracted capacity and work demand with a goal to retain a sufficient number of qualified vendors to effectively meet its vehicle service needs.

 

11. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to monitor its external vendor spending and where opportunities are identified, initiate tendering processes to obtain more competitive rates.

 

12. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to provide additional guidance on the vendor audit process, including target coverage, selection method, audit process and results tracking, to ensure the consistency and effectiveness of the process.

 

13. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to take steps to maximize warranty claims for parts and labour costs; steps to be taken should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. setting a performance target for warranty claims and periodically measuring warranty effort against the target;

 

b. allocating appropriate staff resources to adequately review and monitor the parts supplier's administration of aftermarket part and labour warranty claims;

 

c. making sure the warranty data in M5 are accurate and complete; and

 

d. providing training to Fleet maintenance staff on policies and procedures pertaining to warranty claims.

 

14. City Council request the City Manager to forward this Item to Division Heads and Chief Executive Officers of City agencies and corporations with fleet management operations, and request them to review and consider implementing the recommendations that are relevant to their respective operations and take steps to improve vehicle retrieval times following service.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered Items AU2.2 and AU2.3 together.

Background Information (Committee)

(April 26, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132413.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132414.pdf
Attachment 1: Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132433.pdf
Video Link - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132559.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132612.pdf
(April 16, 2019) Placeholder Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132296.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-14-2019 2:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - AU2.2 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 26 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 0 Members that were absent are

AU2.2 - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to take the necessary steps to shorten vehicle and equipment downtime and achieve the downtime target set out in the Division's 2016 Alternate Service Delivery model report.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to take steps to improve its preventive maintenance ratio to reduce overall fleet maintenance cost.

 

3. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to take the necessary steps to improve the fill rates by the parts supplier to help reduce vehicle downtime. Steps to be taken should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. ensuring the supplier's calculation of fill rate is consistent with requirements specified in the contract

 

b. periodically reviewing the part inventory to ensure that frequently used parts are stocked to shorten vehicle turnaround time

 

c. regularly monitoring the part supplier's inventory fill rate and enforce the incentive/disincentive clause of the part contract

 

d. making sure future contracts for parts procurement incorporate an effective penalty clause to encourage contract compliance.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to explore ways that can help reduce vehicle downtime including an assessment of:

 

a. internal staffing capacity to meet work demands

 

b. options that will help expedite service times for minor repairs, particularly for City yards with a large number of concentrated vehicles.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to implement processes to identify and monitor repair quality issues, to reduce repeated repairs and downtime.

 

6. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to review and address the logistics issues in procuring and approving contracted maintenance and repair services to reduce vehicle downtime. Steps to be taken should include:

 

a. setting customer turnaround time target for responding to service request

 

b. clarifying vehicle delivery and return procedures, and providing additional guidance or communication to the divisions and garage staff

 

c. negotiating with vendors to expand shuttle service to designated City yards to facilitate direct transportation of vehicles to / from vendors where feasible

 

d. expediting the estimate approval process by Fleet staff

 

e. improving the ease of providing vehicle maintenance history to external vendors.

 

7. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to consider running a pilot program to assess the feasibility and merits of realigning Contract Coordinator and Research Analyst shift schedules with external vendor and internal user group operating hours.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to expedite clearing of the Division's backlog of outstanding invoice payments.

 

9. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to work with Corporate Accounts Payable to design and implement a process that balances control risks with the City's need to pay invoices in a timely manner.

 

10. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to review its contracted capacity and work demand with a goal to retain a sufficient number of qualified vendors to effectively meet its vehicle service needs.

 

11. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to monitor its external vendor spending and where opportunities are identified, initiate tendering processes to obtain more competitive rates.

 

12. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to provide additional guidance on the vendor audit process including target coverage, selection method, audit process, and results tracking, to ensure the consistency and effectiveness of the process.

 

13. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to take steps to maximize warranty claims for parts and labour costs. Steps to be taken should include, but not be limited to:

 

a. setting a performance target for warranty claims and periodically measuring warranty effort against the target

 

b. allocating appropriate staff resources to adequately review and monitor the parts supplier's administration of aftermarket part and labour warranty claims

 

c. making sure the warranty data in M5 are accurate and complete

 

d. providing training to Fleet maintenance staff on policies and procedures pertaining to warranty claims.

 

14. City Council request the City Manager to forward the report (April 26, 2019) from the Auditor General to Division Heads and Chief Executive Officers of City agencies and corporations with fleet management operations, and request them to review and consider implementing the recommendations that are relevant to their respective operations and take steps to improve vehicle retrieval times following service.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Audit Committee considered the following Items together:

 

- AU2.2, headed "Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention"; and

 

- AU2.3, headed "Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles".

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The following City staff gave a presentation to the Audit Committee on this Item:

 

- Beverly Romeo-Beehler, Auditor General

- Jane Ying, Assistant Auditor General

- Claire Mu, Senior Audit Manager

Origin

(April 26, 2019) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

The Auditor General has completed Phase One of its audit of the Fleet Services Division. Its findings are presented in two reports. This report focuses on vehicle service downtime and how it affects the City's day to day operations. A separate report addresses vehicle utilization and whether the City's fleet is being effectively utilized.

 

The key findings from the audit are:

 

Downtime is the amount of time a vehicle is out of service due to maintenance or repair. From 2015 to 2018, the City fleet's downtime remained lengthy and far from Fleet Services' own targets. In particular, one-fifth of the medium and one-third of the heavy duty vehicles were out of service daily in January and February 2019.

 

Delays in receiving parts is a major reason causing prolonged downtime. Fleet Services buys approximately $6 million per year in parts from its parts supplier. Only 21 per cent of parts requested were supplied at the point of purchase - significantly lower than the 85 per cent stipulated in the contract. Fleet staff sometimes needed to wait for more than a week to receive parts.

 

We recognize that the M5 Parts Request Module was implemented in July 2018, and there could be fine-tuning of data in subsequent months. However, in our view, the extent of the discrepancy observed is so significant that it points to issues beyond system fine-tuning.

 

The process to acquire maintenance services from external vendors is cumbersome due to delays in scheduling service, approving estimates by Fleet staff, vehicle pickup and drop-off, and invoice payment. These delays and inefficiencies add to vehicle downtime.

 

Of the $680,000 worth of parts that failed within their warranty terms, only 10 per cent were claimed for warranty by Fleet Services. If it had claimed warranties for 80 per cent of the parts and a portion of its labour costs, it could have potentially saved $400,000 per year.

 

This report provides 14 recommendations to help reduce vehicle downtime, strengthen warranty administration, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the City’s overall fleet maintenance operations.

Background Information

(April 26, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132413.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132414.pdf
Attachment 1: Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132433.pdf
Video Link - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132559.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132612.pdf
(April 16, 2019) Placeholder Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review - Phase One: Lengthy Downtime Requires Immediate Attention
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132296.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That the Audit Committee amend Recommendation 14 contained in the Auditor General's report (April 26, 2019) by adding the words "and take steps to improve vehicle retrieval times following service", so that Recommendation 14 now reads as follows:

 

14. City Council request the City Manager to forward this report to Division Heads and Chief Executive Officers of City agencies and corporations with fleet management operations, and request them to review and consider implementing the recommendations that are relevant to their respective operations and take steps to improve vehicle retrieval times following service.


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council