New York City Mayor Eric Adams, in April, announced a reduction of the city’s vehicle fleet by at least 855 vehicles in an effort to save taxpayer dollars and reduce carbon emissions. The 4% reduction of the on-road fleet will focus on non-emergency vehicles and is expected to result in 5.13 million fewer miles driven per year – representing a 2,072 metric ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

“We want to encourage New Yorkers to get out of their cars and use alternative forms of transportation – and the city must lead by example,” said Mayor Adams. “Today, we are both saving New Yorkers’ tax dollars and taking action to cut carbon emissions. By reducing the city’s car fleet through a targeted, data-driven approach, we can achieve our sustainability goals, while simultaneously exercising greater fiscal responsibility.”

Reductions will be made based on vehicle usage data, tracked by DCAS’s sophisticated vehicle telematics system, which provides real-time insight into the entire city fleet and how it is being utilized. Vehicles that are underutilized will be prioritized for removal from the fleet. The fleet reduction will reduce agency vehicle acquisition budgets by an estimated $13.7 million.

The changes will be completed by September 1, 2022, and the vehicles will be removed from the fleet and auctioned off by December 31, 2022.

Source: Mayor’s Press Office