Weekly Feature



2015-12-31 / Business

First Student commits to registering vehicles through Auto Bureau


Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs welcomes Victor Kaye, location manager for First Student, who has joined the Clerk’s “Fleet Services Initiative” renewing all their vehicle registrations through the Erie County Auto Bureau. Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs welcomes Victor Kaye, location manager for First Student, who has joined the Clerk’s “Fleet Services Initiative” renewing all their vehicle registrations through the Erie County Auto Bureau. First Student has joined Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs’ “Fleet Services” initiative at the Auto Bureau.

This newest service focuses on companies with fleets of 10 or more cars, trucks or trailers and continues efforts to keep revenue dollars in Erie County by encouraging business owners to renew all their vehicle registrations locally.

“First Student operates 1,200 transportation vehicles throughout Erie County, and all require new registrations on a yearly basis,” Jacobs said. “The revenue generated by them renewing locally with the Erie County Auto Bureau means thousands of dollars in critical revenue that remains here in Erie County, not Albany, and we thank First Student for their involvement in our ‘Renew Local’ efforts.”

The Fleet Services team offers built-in advantages, according to Jacobs, which includes a designated representative to assist in expediting transactions and streamlining each fleet’s renewal dates.

“Our priority is to safely transport children, and if our vehicles are not properly registered, they do not go on the roads,” said Victor Kaye, location manager for First Student. “We are lucky to have a partner in the Erie County Auto Bureau that assists us in managing our entire fleet and ensures that all our buses and vehicles are properly registered. The Fleet Services initiative has been a real advantage for our company.”

Jacobs wants business owners and motorists to know that by going online or mailing registration renewals in the pink envelope to the New York State DMV, all such revenue goes directly to Albany and doesn’t stay in Erie County.

If all Erie County drivers renewed locally, the Auto Bureau would generate more than $1.5 million in additional revenue. According to Jacobs, the excess monies support county services that are vital to the entire community.

Jacobs has reached out to hundreds of businesses regarding the “Fleet Services” initiative and has landed commitments from a number of other locally owned companies with large vehicle fleets.

“This is a win-win opportunity — your company receives personalized attention, and Erie County retains a portion of the transaction fees,” Jacobs said.

Businesses with multiple vehicles that are interested in learning more about the Clerk’s “Fleet Services” initiative may call 858-4511 or email FleetServices ECAB@erie.gov.

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