MINISTER of Works and Supply Honourable FELIX MUTATI has called on all public service employees to refrain from abusing Government vehicles failure to which punitive action will be taken against them.
MR MUTATI said in order for Government to effectively deliver on its promises for a better Zambia, it relies on its fleet of vehicles for an efficient transport system that should be operated in a cost effective manner.
“However, reports of misuse of Government vehicles has been noted leading to high expenditure on fuel, service and repairs. It is important to note that all utility Government fleet are supposed to be used to provide services related to Government operations,” he said.
He said all Government employees associated with the running and utilisation of Government fleet are expected to abide by regulations that govern the use and management of the vehicles.
MR MUTATI noted that it should also be in the interest of the public to take keen interest in the matter by reporting any public officer seen misusing Government transport.
Among the common trends of misuse of Government vehicles that have been recorded include the driving of vehicles without filling in a log book and with an unsigned Log Book and being on an unauthorised route.
Other trends are driving a Government vehicle without a certificate of competence, without a weekend pass and for personal errands as well as parking at unauthorised places such as bars.
“In this regard, all users and drivers of Government vehicles should have, Government competence, signed Log Books and a weekend pass,” he said.
The Minister has also noted that there are several penalties that may be applied on any public service employee found wanting which ranges from K150.00 to K1000.00 in fines.
“In order to enforce compliance the Ministry shall strengthen the implementation with measurers such as undertaking regular road patrols and spot checks by the Controller of Government Transport during, after working hours, on weekends and public holidays and will include the use of breathalysers to arrest the trend of driving under the influence of alcohol,” he said.
And the other measure will be to impound all Government vehicles with poor vehicle maintenance records and forfeit to the Ministry of Works and Supply.
MR MUTATI emphasised on the need for discipline amongst the public service employees on the utilisation of Government vehicles meant for the purpose of delivering service to the citizens.
PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
MINISTRY OF WORKS AND SUPPLY