Your Measure D Tax Dollars and gas tax not spent for vehicle maintenance?
Have you seen those Caltrans, County and City orange trucks and various autos and wondered how much is spent on the mechanics, dealers and private shops that maintain them? This vehicle had the radiator replaced 4 times in one year- job security for the dealership that did the work, and overtime for the driver that got stuck on the job.
Some employees report problems with vehicles months or years before they are repaired, or until the truck skids into traffic and is totalled.
This truck rolled down the La Cumbre On Ramp and hit 5 vehicles. The mechanic had recommended tire replacement weeks before the accident, but the supervisors officially stated that it was driver error.
Several local Caltrans employees don't own personal vehicles. One employee drives his State truck home daily to Santa Maria, and another one drives his home daily about 140 miles round trip to Simi Valley, so these vehicles get some use on and off the job.
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