The Vehicle Maintenance Division maintains and repairs over 300 City-owned vehicles and pieces of equipment. Each year, Vehicle Maintenance inspects over 250 Cambridge taxis, prepares over 150 City vehicles to receive state inspection stickers, and conducts in-house commercial driver's license training.
Public Works plays an important role in the implementation of the City's Green Fleets Policy, which was adopted as part of the Green Communities application process. Under this Policy, all departments must purchase only fuel efficient vehicles for municipal use whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable. The City has committed to operating and maintaining its vehicles in a manner that is energy efficient and minimizes emissions of conventional air pollutants and greenhouse gases, and to incorporating alternative fuel vehicles and hybrid vehicles into the municipal vehicle fleet when feasible.
Vehicle Maintenance has reduced toxins, waste, and costs in its operations by using retreaded tires; using recycled motor and hydraulic oil, antifreeze, washer fluid, and wipe rags; and by recycling approximately 10,000 pounds of metal parts each year.
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