Alabama governor begins review of state cars


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley's administration is beginning to review the state's 8,800 vehicles with a goal of increasing efficiency and safety.

Bentley held a ceremonial signing Wednesday for legislation that creates the Office of Fleet Management in the state Transportation Department. He said retired Army Lt. Col. Willie Bradley Jr. is heading the office and is conducting a detailed assessment of the state's fleet.

Former Gov. Bob Riley ordered the Finance Department to do a study of state vehicles in 2006 when he was seeking a second term. Bentley, who is seeking re-election, says this legislation was recommended by a state commission he created in 2011 to increase government efficiency.

Bentley said he's also concerned about safety because some state employees are driving vehicles with more than 300,000 miles on them.

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