CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) -- After much controversy and conflicting information about how many vehicles the state of West Virginia owns, there is now an official number.
The state of West Virginia owns 8,380 vehicles, Del. Gary Howell, R-Mineral, chairman of the House Committee on Government Organization, told House members Wednesday.
A news release from the House of Delegates said the total inventory of vehicles was finally determined following implementation of last year’s House Bill 4015. The Eyewitness News iTeam did investigative stories about the confusion surrounding the number of vehicles owned by the state.
“After years of confusion and conflicting data, we finally know how many vehicles the state owns,” Howell said in the news release. “It took a long time to get to this point, but now we finally have made agencies transparent and accountable with regard to the vehicles they manage.”
House Bill 4015 created a permanent Fleet Management Division in the Department of Administration and required annual reporting and continual tracking of the state’s vehicle fleet.
It also established the State Vehicle Title, Registration and Relicensing Project of 2018, which phased out the old green-and-white state vehicle license plates and replaced them with gold and blue ones after the vehicle was re-registered with the state Division of Motor Vehicles.
The bill also allows the State Auditor’s Office to conduct spot compliance audits with various state agencies to check records and monitor compliance with the new law.
Howell said the 8,380 total vehicles found in this inventory process is about 4,000 less than the roughly 12,000 vehicles that the Board of Risk and Insurance Management had been paying to insure.
“With this definitive total, we will be able to save taxpayers nearly $400,000 in BRIM premium payments each year – meaning the costs of implementing this bill will be paid for in about three months," Howell said.
With the bill now fully implemented, the state Division of Motor Vehicles has reported an updated, accurate tally of state vehicles, the news release said.
The tally of vehicles includes:
* 4,175 Class A vehicles, which are either passenger cars or trucks with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less.
* 2,907 Class B vehicles, which are trucks with a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds, truck tractors or road tractors.
* 1,031 Class C trailers, which are large trailers pulled by Class B motor vehicles and have a gross weight greater than 2,000 pounds.
* Five Class G motorcycles and parking enforcement vehicles.
* 18 Class M pieces of mobile equipment.
* 36 Class R house trailers.
* 208 Class T trailers or semitrailers of a type designed to be drawn by Class A vehicles and having a gross weight of less than 2,000 pounds.