Smart, Safe & Sustainable

Claude Savage

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Head of Vehicles and Workshops, City of Montreal

As the Head of Vehicles and Workshops for the City of Montreal, I have over 30 years of experience in fleet management and maintenance. Throughout my career, my priority has always been to keep our service vehicles and equipment ready and reliable at a competitive cost. For many years, as the head of maintenance for Montréal’s subway cars, I had a laser focus on three priorities: reliability, reliability, and reliability.
In my current position with the City of Montreal, which I’ve held since 2012, I manage a fleet of 7,600 vehicles and other equipment used by 19 boroughs and 15 departments. Our long term investment strategy spans a 10 year period and is designed to stabilize our investments, limit our maintenance costs, and make our vehicles and equipment even more available and reliable.
Since in the past governance has varied from one borough to the next, city council approved a proposal on January 1, 2017, to create a single, city wide fleet management department responsible for:

  • Acquisition, maintenance, and management of city vehicles and equipment
  • Management of all mechanical workshops throughout the city
  • Operator training
  • Fuel management

We’ve started an optimization process aimed at increasing the availability of our vehicles and equipment, with the following goals:

  • Stabilize our investments over a 10 year period
  • Standardize the vehicle monitoring system across the 19 boroughs and their departments
  • Establish 11 performance indicators
  • Install GPSs on critical vehicles

At certain times of year, critical vehicles and equipment are also monitored by the management committee on a daily basis to make sure we, as a team, identify solutions to any problems that come up.