Municipal Garages de Laval: no control over the fuel

automne-2014-marc-demers-eteFor the past 31 years, the City of Laval has no control over the consumption of fuel which is made in its municipal garages. It is even impossible to say if the petrol and the diesel out of the tanks feed into other vehicles than those in the City. The folder is now the subject of a police investigation.

Mayor Marc Demers is cautious and refuses to conclude, for the moment, the theft of fuel. He prefers to speak of “potential theft”. “The lack of rigour in government for 31 years me unworthy, but it is consistent with what has been seen in many other records. […] It is now the responsibility of the Office of the integrity and ethics of Laval [BIEL] – which is the police service – to see if there has been a theft,” said yesterday Mr. Demers during a press conference.

In chapter administrative, audits are also underway. The mayor expects to receive the results in a few weeks. So far, no disciplinary action has been taken against the employees or the executives responsible for the management of the seven sites to the fuel supply under the public works Department.

It is in the fall of 2014, Marc Demers has been advised of the ease of access to municipal pumps. He immediately turned to the director-general to be curbed the problem, and the auditor general (VG) for which it conducts an audit to evaluate “the state of the damage”.

Devastating report

On Wednesday, the VG Michèle Galipeau has publicly reported this mandate in its annual report. The observation is all the more devastating that the alarm has been raised several times since the age of 31. At least two reports of the office of the VG have raised the problem that the administration in place (that of Gilles Vaillancourt, 1989 to 2012) to provide any fix whatsoever.

The team of the VG has tested itself to how easy it is to steal fuel. “We put gasoline in a vehicle in four of the six areas visited, without any restriction. In fact, at no time have we had to identify ourselves and the access to the pumps of the fuel tanks was not blocked”, one reads in the report.

These tests were performed while the administration Demers came to install timers to secure sites. But the office of the VG beat him without effort systems. Until recently, nothing was locked, no lights or surveillance camera was not on site and when there was a gatehouse at the entrance to a site, there was no guardian at all times for traffic control.

57.9 in litres/100 km

In 2014, the fuel expense has been estimated at $ 4 million. The VG is unable to be more accurate, because the City has no control mechanism. This is also true for the fuel deliveries. It is not known if the amounts of fuel correspond to what may be contained in the tanks.

However, it is known as Laval, with its 647 vehicles (excluding police cars and fire trucks), consumed 654 635 litres of petrol and diesel last year. The analysis of the fuel consumption for the vehicles assigned in each of the sites supply is surprising.

For example, at the municipal garage on the boulevard Saint-Martin, serving the neighborhoods of Duvernay, Saint-Vincent-de-Paul and Saint-François, the consumption is estimated at 57.9 litres per 100 kilometres travelled, in 2014. In a single sector (Fabreville and Sainte-Rose), the fuel consumption is similar to that of an ordinary vehicle, or 9.2 l/100 km.

Corrections to come

The administration Demers has recently adopted a plan to correct the situation permanently. The tasks and responsibilities of the managers involved will be revised to be “a structure of accountability and accountability”. In addition, we do find that the diesel in the sites of supply. The purchasing card will be given to the municipal services that use gasoline-powered vehicles. The same operation is already applied to the police services and fire safety.

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