Replacement of high spec government owned vehicles with more appropriate models

The total saving will only be achieved by making a number of small savings, which this suggestion is. Since being retired a couple of years ago, I have spent more time around roads and I am concerned at the number of top-end vehicles that driving around owned by the various government owned / supported vehicles (Manx Utilities, IOM Police etc..). Example - Mitsubishi Shoguns. I do not know how much it costs to customise one of these vehicles, but if I take a standard 4x4 version they cost in excess of £40,000. A Dacia Duster (seemingly a very popular vehicle both in UK and the island) 4x4 vehicle costs £17,000. Additionally, I would suggest that running / service costs of the Shogun would be significantly higher. These vehicles are not the workhorses, they are probably technician / manager carriers. 

If you take my example then there is a potential saving of £23,000 minimum spread over 5 years (assumes vehicles are changed every 5 years) so £4,600 per year per vehicle.

If we have 50 such vehicles on the island then this would equate to £230,000 per year, every year.

I do not know how many vehicles we have but it would not be a significant exercise to carry out an audit on all government owned vehicles and instigate a cost reduction exercise.

Why the contribution is important

In a time when we all need to endure the impact of cost reductions in government, I think it is offensive to the Manx public to see this high cost vehicles, mainly carrying one person, cruising around the island. This would be both a cost saving and a PR exercise to show the government actually is cutting away the fat from the meat. 


by paullclark on April 05, 2017 at 09:47AM

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  • Posted by BillSmith April 05, 2017 at 10:59

    Agree with you. Prime example is the number of MUA Land Rover Discovery 3 and Freelander vehicles that engineers are driving round in. Cannot for the life of me understand why these vehicles are deemed cost effective.

    The all seem to be driven back to staff home address as well which over time will cost quite a bit.
  • Posted by peanuts April 05, 2017 at 11:03

    Unfortunately, vehicles such as the Darcia Duster have very little resale value and have an inferior build quality. It would be a false economy.
  • Posted by PeteJonz April 05, 2017 at 21:48

    Unfortunately you will find peanuts that statement to be incorrect. The Discovery & Freelander suffer some of the worst warranty costs in the automotive industry. For the price of a Disco 3 you could buy 4 Dusters brand new. We simply do not require vehicles of LR specification for any jobs on the IoM.
  • Posted by DerekFlint April 05, 2017 at 23:01

    Police specification vehicles are available at considerable discounts than that paid by the general public. Additionally, a good number have actually been purchased as ex-demonstrators which reduces costs even further.

  • Posted by Fairforall April 13, 2017 at 16:36

    The money spent on Government vehicles by many departments is outrageous. The senior executives who have sanctioned the purchases must be held to task.
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