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Fleets may save in private sector

Mike Corbett, a California-based fleet management consultant, says several of his government clients Ñ mostly cities and counties Ñ have outsourced portions of their fleet operations to successfully save money.

One, he said, uses Enterprise Rent-a-Car and leases out its former motor pool lots.

But he cautions that outsourcing does not always cut costs.

'That depends on a lot of different factors,' he says.

Utah privatized its maintenance and repair functions in 2000. Since then, the state has saved about $170,000 per year, according to fleet service officials. Utah's 7,445-vehicle motor pool has a budget of about $40 million per biennium.

Ñ Lisa Baker