Council machinery includes 34-years-old grader and lorry with one million kilometres

A Kerry councillor is calling for an in-depth evaluation of Kerry County Council’s machinery.

It’s after the council revealed details of all machines in their ownership, following a question from Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher.

This includes a 34-years-old machine and a lorry with over a million kilometres clocked up.

Last year five Kerry County Council vehicles initially failed the CVRT test, four were resubmitted and passed, while a van was taken out of service.

The council says most machinery was bought before 2006 when funding for road works was significantly greater.

They’ve carried out reviews of the machinery yard and are in negotiations with staff about reorganising work practices.

These changes are tied into investing in new machinery, but the talks have been referred to the Workplace Relations Commission.

The inventory of council plant and machinery shows it costs €39,000 for annual maintenance of an 18-year-old asphalt paver.

A 19-year-old Scania lorry has clocked up over a million kilometres, while a grader, which levels roads during construction, is 34-years-old and costs €8,500 annually in maintenance.

Cllr Niall Kelleher says it’s costing more to maintain some machinery than what they’re worth.