NEW ORLEANS - With more than 12,700 vehicles in its fleet, the State of Louisiana is planning to reduce its fleet by 10 percent annually over the next three years, according to The Times-Picayune.

The state recently put 280 cars, trucks and buses go on the auction block - the first batch of vehicles surrendered by state agencies since August, when the agency put a moratorium on buying new cars, trucks, and vans, reported the Times-Picayune.

On average, the state auctions approximately 90 cars per month, which are typically replaced. The latest batch of auctioned vehicles represents a net reduction in the state's fleet, according to Division of Administration spokesman Michael DiResto.

"This is only the beginning of what will be a sustained initiative to significantly reduce the state's fleet of vehicles, and to achieve major cost savings in the way government operates," Davis said.

More information is available on the Division of Administration's Web site at