Tahoe Contracts Toast?
Try to follow this if you can....
- well well well... seems the city is stuck once again on the fleet problem...or non problem I guess if you ask the city but I digress. So anyways, I went out to dinner last night with an old friend who does ordering and inventory in fleet for police vehicles.
Well, I guess the tahoes are going to be short lived. The city is currently attempting to opt out of the remaining contract for the tahoes and is currently shopping around for another type of squad car. According to my friend at fleet this task could be a fairly easy one...however..ta da!!!! Enter politics and the city not wanting to spend any money.
There are three options they city would consider. Number one, the new Chevy Caprice(yes, they brought back the caprice), The newly unveiled ford Taurus police interceptor which has 115 more hp than the crown vic, and the dodge charger.. GREAT! plenty of picks to choose from right?? umm, no.
The city was told that in order to get the ford taurus package they would have to make modifications to be able support what is needed, and also take away some of the bells and whistles that isnt needed... well the city said, no... maybe we should stick to chevy because it may make the cancellation of the current tahoe order easier then they could just make a re-order of caprices and keep the buisness with the hodgkins dealership(yes, the dealership has connections to a certain alderman) but anyway, thats not important...
ok, so fleet makes some calls, does some research and seems like it can get the job done... fleet makes a presentation, gives the pro's and con's of the chevy and advises the city that it would have to buy all new computers and get rid of the toughbooks due to a floor shifter in the chevy. there are much better, smaller and easier computers for police cars than the toughbook that are made to fit in the caprice... city flips a lid. go figure.
They refuse to buy new computers because the city had a contract with...guess who, another connected person who has a hand in the toughbook deal. so the city shoots down the chevy pick.... fleet says it will look at the charger... city says dont bother its way too fast.. fleet says its available without the hemi engine city says they dont care they wont do buisness with dodge.. fleet says those are the only viable options and city then asks how long can the current fleet be streatched if they stop buying tahoes in january of 2011... fleet replys.. ohhhhh, we should be able to stretch it till about febuary of 2011 and walks out the door(pretty funny if you ask me).
so.. city and fleet are now at an impass. city will not budge on any of the choices and the tahoe contract is as good as done... whatever. just sharing with you and giving you an inside look at the morons in charge in the city... and by hearing the horror stories from my fleet friend.. I now know fleet has ABSOLUTLY nothing to do with our shortages. the blame goes directly with the politicos.
Did you get all that? An amusing situation...if we weren't driving pool cars with 120,000 miles on them and Tahoes that have more maintenance costs than any other Fleet vehicle we've ever driven.
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