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‘RTÉ is poised to spend €1.8m plus VAT on vehicles over the next three years, according to a new tender seeking a contractor to manage its vehicle fleet.’ (stock photo)

‘RTÉ is poised to spend €1.8m plus VAT on vehicles over the next three years, according to a new tender seeking a contractor to manage its vehicle fleet.’ (stock photo)

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‘RTÉ is poised to spend €1.8m plus VAT on vehicles over the next three years, according to a new tender seeking a contractor to manage its vehicle fleet.’ (stock photo)

Broadcaster RTÉ plans to spend €1.8m on its fleet of vehicles, months after announcing plans to axe 200 jobs as part of a €60m three-year cuts package.

The public service broadcaster announced that it would be reducing its workforce last November.

It also sought an extra €55m a year from the Government to plug the hole in its finances, having recorded a deficit of €13m in 2018 - its fourth year in a row in the red.

However, RTÉ is poised to spend €1.8m plus VAT on vehicles over the next three years, according to a new tender seeking a contractor to manage its vehicle fleet.

The company that wins the contract will be tasked with purchasing, maintaining and disposing of vehicles in the RTÉ fleet, which comprises 60 corporate vehicles and 42 mainly four-wheel-drive vehicles for its network operation.

They include eight Toyota Landcruisers, two of which were registered this year and three of which were registered in 2019. The fleet also boasts two 2019 Skoda Superbs, and 13 Skoda Octavias registered between 2013 and 2017.

Vehicles used for 2rn - RTÉ's TV and radio transmission network - include 31 four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Pajeros registered between 2013 and 2018.

The oldest vehicle in the fleet is a 2005 articulated tractor, followed by a 2006 Mercedes Benz Atego box van.

The broadcaster also has nine vehicles on hire, including three Toyota Landcruisers, a Mercedes Vito and a Ford Kuga.

Fuel

All of the vehicles in the fleet have diesel engines, and tender documents reveal that RTÉ spent around €244,000 on fuel for its vehicles last year.

The contractor will be required to service and maintain the existing fleet, as well as purchase additions and dispose of vehicles that are no longer required.

"RTÉ and 2rn require a mixed fleet of vehicles for the essential delivery of our broadcast services and, through 2rn, the maintenance and management of Ireland's broadcast transmission network," said a spokesman for RTÉ.

"The tender covers a three-year period and includes all costs associated with the purchase, maintenance and disposal of this essential fleet, which includes outside broadcast and news-gathering satellite vehicles."

Irish Independent