Friday, August 1, 2008

Easy rider

Truckers know the limits and high costs for driving around the Washington, DC, area, but until yesterday, few Americans understood just how big a bill they are footing for federal employees.

The Associated Press published an interesting story on Thursday, July 31, detailing the federal government’s fleet of more than 640,000 vehicles. The AP reported that operating federal vehicles cost taxpayers $3.4 billion in 2007. The story is available here.

Interestingly, DOT Secretary Mary Peters is one of a few government agency heads to have more than one driver, The AP reported. Her two drivers earn more than $128,000 combined last year.

Maybe Peters needs two drivers because they’re union.

No word on whether her last federally funded joyride will conclude with a stop at the Arizona governor’s mansion.