Lawmaker wants to outsource state vehicles with Uber, Lyft

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A Republican wants to use ride-sharing companies to transport state workers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A Republican wants to use ride-sharing companies to transport state workers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Public safety vehicles used by police and firefighters would be exempt from the bill. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Public safety vehicles used by police and firefighters would be exempt from the bill. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Some say the shift to ride-sharing companies would mean job cuts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Some say the shift to ride-sharing companies would mean job cuts. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An Arizona lawmaker says he's come up with a plan to save taxpayer money by cutting the number of government-owned vehicles by using rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to transport state workers. 

Rep. Jeff Weninger, a Republican from Chandler, wants to slash the state's fleet of vehicles by 20 percent over the next two years. 

Weninger says that means 13,000 cars and trucks could be targeted. 

"If you don't have to go buy those assets in the beginning, you don't have to pay to have them repaired. You don't have to be paying to have them filled up with gas. I think you can save a lot of money and become more efficient," Weninger said Monday.  

Weninger says said public safety vehicles used by police and firefighters would be exempt. 

It's a 21st-century solution with the potential to create 21st-century problems. 

New technologies like Uber and Lyft may streamline state government but it could leave some workers without a job -- such as the mechanics and managers who oversee the state's fleet of vehicles. 

"As far a mechanics, possibly in the future through attrition you might be able to get some efficiencies there," Weninger said.

Lawmakers are expected to debate the bill, HB 2440, on Thursday in committee.

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