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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The North Carolina Legislature’s government watchdog agency says it’s impossible to evaluate whether state government’s motor vehicle fleet is used efficiently because there’s no standard way to keep track of its use.

The Program Evaluation Division released its findings Wednesday to a legislative oversight committee. The report says North Carolina lacks a centralized clearing house to count how many passenger vehicles the state owns and their costs. Investigators say the roughly 29,000 vehicles reported by individual agencies underestimate the size of the fleet.

The report recommends agencies clean up their vehicle lists and lawmakers direct the creation of an electronic motor fleet management system.

The chief operating officer of the department that manages the state’s motor fleet said she had just seen the report and couldn’t provide an immediate response.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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