A measure under consideration by New Jersey lawmakers is intended to cut government costs by reducing the size of the state's fleet of vehicles.

 

The bill sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew calls for the creation of a seven-member task force to look at how state vehicles are being used and recommend how to reduce the fleet over a five-year period.

"Folks have been taxed, tolled, feed, surcharged to death in New Jersey and times are tight," said Van Drew, D-Atlantic. "So when we do spend money, we have to make sure that we're using it in the most appropriate way. That applies to the way that we use our vehicles."

Van Drew says options include leasing vehicles instead of owning them and examining how many workers need to take them home.

Vehicles used for emergency services, construction, or maintenance would be exempt from the study.