May 02, 2018

Government to Save Additional Money Through Expansion of Vehicle Rental Project

The Central Vehicle Agency (CVA) with the Ministry of Central Services, is building on its recent success in reducing the cost of government vehicle use.  A successful pilot project held in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford using private sector rental vehicles for government travel needs, is now being expanded to service locations in Regina, Moose Jaw and Swift Current for further savings and convenience.

“Rethinking the way we provide services to the rest of government has resulted in significant savings to the people of Saskatchewan,” Central Services Minister Ken Cheveldayoff said.  “The expansion of the vehicle rental program is evidence of our continued commitment to efficient government service delivery.”

The initial one-year pilot project saved $275,000, while the expanded project is expected to increase that amount to $400,000 in annually savings.  In conjunction with a reduced number of government-owned vehicles and more strategic procurement measures including partnering with other provinces when buying vehicles or items like tires and windshields, the CVA’s operating budget has been reduced by $5 million this fiscal year.

A public Request for Services was conducted last November to expand the third-party rental service across Saskatchewan.  Enterprise Rent-A-Car was selected to provide short-term vehicle rentals in Regina, Moose Jaw, and Swift Current, in addition to continued service in Saskatoon, Prince Albert and North Battleford.

Additional benefits of employing rental vehicles include access to newer vehicles, more flexible hours of service and more drop-off and pick-up locations.