State Motor Fleet Not Affected by Rising Gas Prices

Posted May 22, 2007 8:44 a.m. EDT

— The Highway Patrol is way over its yearly fuel budget, but the rest of the state's motor fleet is faring pretty well.

The state does not pay gas taxes because that would be taxing itself. Currently, that cuts 47 cents off every gallon of gas. It addition, the state's Motor Fleet Management buys fuel in bulk, keeping the price five cents above wholesale. 

After price hikes due to Hurricane Katrina, Gov. Mike Easley ordered all agencies to cut back, car pool and buy more efficient cars.

John Massey, director of the state's Motor Fleet Management, said the agency is within its fuel budget, but more months of higher prices could lead to change.