Spending on Mayoral Cars

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I'd be grateful if you can provide me with the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in regards to vehicles used to transport the Mayor of your Local authority.

1) A list of all vehicles owned or leased to the council for the use of transporting the Mayor of your Local authority and:
a) The make and model of each vehicle?
b) The cost of purchasing each vehicle (if not leased) since 2018?
c) The cost of leasing each vehicle (if not purchased) since 2018?
d) The cost of fuel for each vehicle since 2018?
e)The costs associated with maintaining each vehicle since 2018?
f) The cost of insuring each vehicle since 2018?
g) The costs of any parking fees and / or fines / PCNs issued to each vehicle since 2018?

Please provide cost per annum if possible for questions 1b-1g.

2) How many days a week on average is each vehicle used?

3) Is transporting the mayor the primary use of the vehicle? If not, please list other uses?

I look forward to receiving a response from you and I am happy to provide any additional information you require.

Yours faithfully
Akwesi Osei

Barrie McQuillan, Belfast City Council

Dear Akwesi,


Thank you for your email dated 25^th July 2022 requesting, under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, information on mayoral cars.


I can confirm that Belfast City Council holds the information you have
requested and has decided that it can be disclosed into the public
domain.  Accordingly, I can advise that the Council has a vehicle for use
on official business by the Lord Mayor.  This vehicle has not been
purchased by the Council but is leased.  The information you have
requested, in relation to the costs associated with the vehicles, is
detailed in the table below


│Year│Vehicle │Lease Cost │Fuel Cost│Maintenance│
│ │ │ │ │ │
│ │ │  │ │ │
│2018│BMW 7 Series │£9495.84 │£1330.00 │Nil │
│ │ │ │ │ │
│ │ │  │ │ │
│2019│BMW 7 Series │£9495.84 │£1440.00 │Nil │
│ │ │ │ │ │
│ │ │  │ │ │
│2021│BMW 7 Series / Audi E-Tron*│£6330.00/ │£1489.00 │Nil │
│ │ │£1406.00 │ │ │
│2022│Audi E-Tron │£4923.00 │Nil* │Nil │
│ │ │ │ │ │
│ │ │  │ │ │

*BMW 7 Series replaced by Audi E-Tron (Nov 2021)

*Audi E-Tron is an electric vehicle. This supply is not metered
separately, therefore no fuel cost is available.



With regard to ‘The cost of insuring each vehicle since 2018?’, I should
advise that the vehicle is insured corporately and we are not able to
provide itemised vehicle costs.  Regarding ‘the costs of any parking fees
and / or fines / PCNs issued to each vehicle since 2018?’ I can confirm
there has been one such charge of £30.00 during this period.  The vehicle
is used on average 5 days per week and its primary function is transport
the Lord Mayor.

Please note that if this information is to be published it should be
attributed to being Belfast City Council’s response to a freedom of
information request.

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If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.


Yours sincerely,




Barrie McQuillan, Operations and Engagement Manager

Office of the Lord Mayor, Protocol and Civic Engagement

Belfast City Council, City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS

Tel: 02890270434 [mobile number]


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