Tue. Jan 25th, 2022


Mayor Eric Adams wants to see the free rides given to many city employees come to a stretching halt.

Adams told The Post the city’s fleet of nearly 30,000 vehicles – the largest of its kind in the nation — needs to be stripped down to a “bare-bones minimum.”

He also said he supports reducing the number of take-home cars driven by city employees — which totals 2,857 — and plans to evaluate where cuts could be made. The gratis vehicles come with free gas and sometimes free tolls, and it’s a benefit that has historically led to widespread misuse.

“The city must make better use of our subway and buses, and it is time that City Hall led by example,” he said. 

Adams has spent most of his first two weeks in office relying on mass transit to commute to work — even biking at least once. He said he plans to encourage city workers to use mass transit and “ride-sharing” vehicle programs. 

There were 29,718 vehicles in the city’s fleet as of last July, records show. This includes everything from sedans and SUVs to cop cars and garbage trucks.

Bill DeBlasio exits his taxpayer-funded vehicle in 2016.
Matthew McDermott

Adams said he believes the city could trim 50% to 70% of the thousands of vehicles its staffers use to travel in gridlocked Manhattan.

“It is unimaginable that we have so many city vehicles moving around Manhattan,” he said.

He said at the very least he’d like to get fleet levels back to what they were under former Mayor Bloomberg.

Private city vehicles parked outside.
Adams said he believes the city could trim 50% to 70% of the thousands of vehicles its staffers.
Gregory P. Mango

In 2019, the Post reported that the city’s fleet under then-Mayor de Blasio had hit a high of 31,159, according to records released in February that year.

That was 21% higher than the 25,855 the city reported having in 2013 during its final year under Bloomberg.

Transportation advocates at the time said the increase ran counter to de Blasio’s goal of reducing emissions in the city 80 percent by 2050. Following the Post report, de Blasio signed an executive order to trim the city’s entire fleet of vehicles over the next two years by 1,000.

A fleet of the mayor's black SUVs seen in 2015.
A fleet of the mayor’s black SUVs seen in 2015.
Chad Rachman/NY Post

Fleet totals modestly dropped to 29,718 by last July.

The mayor’s order also called to reducing city take-home cars by 500 over the next two years. In March 2019, the Post reported 3,411 city employees were assigned government cars, SUVs and other vehicles for use 24/7.

By 2021, the city met de Blasio’s goal by reducing the total to 2,857, according to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. However, the total are still well above the 2,499 take-home city cars that were cruising streets in 2013.

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