Item - 2019.AU2.3

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.

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

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 City Manager, in consultation with the General Manager, Fleet Services to take steps to:

 

a. review and minimize the number of underutilized vehicles, including implementing car share and pooling programs using City-owned vehicles where cost and operationally effective; and

 

b. maximize the use of the City's available fleet.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services to amend its policy to include Class 2 light duty vehicles in its annual analysis and list of underutilized vehicles for user divisions to review and comment.

 

3. 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 recommendation relevant to their respective operations.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager to report to the General Government and Licensing Committee on the feasibility and cost benefits of options that can minimize reimbursements to staff for personal vehicle use to achieve the best overall value for the City.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

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

Background Information (Committee)

(April 16, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132248.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132249.pdf
Attachment 1: Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132250.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132628.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-14-2019 2:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - AU2.3 - 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

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

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council request the City Manager, in consultation with the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to take steps to:

 

a. review and minimize the number of underutilized vehicles, including implementing car share and pooling programs using City owned vehicles where cost and operationally effective; and

 

b. maximize the use of the City's available fleet.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Fleet Services Division, to amend its policy to include Class 2 light duty vehicles in its annual analysis and list of underutilized vehicles for user divisions to review and comment.

 

3. City Council request the City Manager to forward the report (April 16, 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 recommendation relevant to their respective operations.

 

4. City Council request the City Manager to report to the General Government and Licensing Committee on the feasibility and cost benefits of options that can minimize reimbursements to staff for personal vehicle use to achieve the best overall value for the City.

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 16, 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 addresses vehicle utilization and whether the City's fleet is being effectively utilized. A separate report focuses on vehicle service downtime and how it affects the City's day to day operations.

 

The key findings from the audit are:

 

Using an annual threshold of 5,000 km or 125 engine hours, we identified 230 underutilized vehicles in 2018 from 15 City divisions and one corporation. This represents 18 per cent of the light duty vehicles, up from 15 per cent in 2017. The City paid approximately $10 million to purchase these vehicles, in addition to $314,000 in 2018 to maintain them.

 

The City reimburses staff who use their personal vehicles for work. We found that the divisions and corporation with large numbers of underutilized vehicles also paid a substantial amount of km reimbursement costs. In 2018, this totalled $1.5 million for six divisions and one corporation. Ninety-two (92) staff were reimbursed for over 5,000 km, averaging $3,600 each.

 

The issue of underutilized vehicles is not new, and has been raised by the Auditor General on multiple occasions since 2004. While Fleet Services Division has taken action to analyze and identify underutilized vehicles, decision making has remained with individual user divisions. There is a need for stronger corporate oversight to ensure the most cost-effective fleet options are used across the City, and to maximize the use of car sharing and pooling opportunities, where feasible.

Background Information

(April 16, 2019) Report from the Auditor General - Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132248.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132249.pdf
Attachment 1: Fleet Services Operational Review, Phase One: Stronger Corporate Oversight Needed for Underutilized Vehicles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132250.pdf
Presentation Material submitted by the Auditor General
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-132628.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Michael Ford (Carried)

That the Audit Committee recommend that:

 

1.  City Council request the City Manager to report to the General Government and Licensing Committee on the feasibility and cost benefits of options that can minimize reimbursements to staff for personal vehicle use to achieve the best overall value for the City.


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