Goff eyes slashing Auckland Council's 800-car fleet

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants his lowest-paid staff at Auckland Council to be paid the living wage, while trying to avoid rates increases in the super city.

He told The AM Show savings can be made with fewer staff working more efficiently and a living wage would reduce the costs of staff turnovers.

He also wants to cut back Auckland Council's nearly 800-strong vehicle fleet.

"Auckland Council has 800 cars. I can't believe that they need that many cars in their fleet. So we're looking at chopping that back," he said.

But how many vehicles does Auckland Council have?

  • Approximately 800 cars: a 2013 document said there were 780 vehicles in its fleet
  • Seven hybrid and two fully-electric vehicles, according to the council's Low Carbon Auckland document
  • Eight e-bikes were added in 2016
  • The overall fleet has been reduced by 21 vehicles, the Low Carbon Auckland document said in December
  • There are mayoral vehicles, vehicles assigned to someone, group-shared and fleet pool vehicles - most of them are small hatchbacks
  • The council also owns boats, lawn mowers, trailers and utility vehicles for Auckland's city and regional parks
  • There are four mobile libraries

The total value of the fleet was estimated to be worth $9.7 million in 2013.

In 2016 the number of staff was approximately 11,000, including staff of council-controlled organisations - according to it's latest annual report