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New Orleans IG calls for stricter vehicle use policy


FOX 8 News received this press release from the New Orleans Inspector General's office Tuesday evening:

The New Orleans Office of Inspector General today released a report titled "Evaluation of City Motor Vehicle Self-Insurance Program and Vehicle Use Policy."

The evaluation examined costs associated with the City's vehicle self-insurance program over multiple years. The project also examined the City's vehicle use policy. From 2007 to 2011, the City spent an average of $1.5 million per year on its motor vehicle self-insurance program and an estimated $1.2 million in associated workers compensation costs.

The analysis showed that the City could save $100,000 per year by performing claims administration in house and that the City spent $90,960 on two contracts that paid for the same work. The City did not have a comprehensive vehicle use policy, and there were multiple instances in which the City had its claims administration contractor perform work without a current contract in place.

"The City has 1,900 vehicles and $2.7 million in annual vehicle accident related costs," stated Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux. "If the City is going to self-insure, it needs to behave like an insurance company and reduce risks by removing its bad drivers from the roads."

The report is attached to this press release. Other reports issued by the Office of Inspector General can be viewed and downloaded from the website at

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