Councillors agreed to a £2.5m upgrade of Kirklees Council’s vehicle fleet.
And they agreed new policy that will see age, vehicle use, maintenance, service user needs and overall cost considered when the council replaces any of its vehicles.
The flexible approach replaces a policy of council vehicles over 3.5 tonnes being replaced after seven years and those under 3.5 tonnes replaced after five years.
Changes needed to be made to the policy because if they were to stick to it and replace all of the vehicles aged over five or seven years in 2014 it would cost more than £12m.
Clr Cathy Scott, Cabinet member for Place, said: “This significantly benefits the council by operating a fleet that is within useful and defined economic life.
“It takes the whole life costs into consideration in the future... the condition and anticipated life span.”
The £2.5m will cover the replacement of 166 vehicles.
Kirklees admits it has 394 vehicles over their replacement age policy - 52% of all of the council’s operational vehicles - and it would prove too costly to replace all to meet previous policy requirements.
They range from cars to large goods vehicles to gritters and plant vehicles.
Kirklees says the value of its vehicle fleet is around £6.5m with vehicles aged six to ten years old costing three times more to run than vehicles aged one to five years old.
The council said if vehicles had to be hired it would cost more, with a gritter hire cost of £775 per week and a refuse wagon hire cost of £550 per week.
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