PSC’s bid to manage over 300 Gov’t vehicles

Bad road behaviors and unnecessary fuel costs cannot be stopped unless all commissions cooperate to implement the GPS tracking system, says PSC Chairman Mahe . File photo

Efforts to reduce fuel consumption and save money for other essential Government services through the GPS tracking system cannot be effective if other commissions are not cooperating, said Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman, Martin Mahe.

“It is very difficult to manage vehicles under other commissions such as the Judicial Service Commission and Police Service Commission,” he said.

“Some departments have removed the original registration numbers of Government-owned vehicles under each jurisdiction to avoid being monitored when operating on the road.

"Some senior government employees refuse to follow government policy but are driving vehicles which belong to the Government, which means the government is responsible for the operation of the vehicles as well as the maintenance cost when an accident happens.

"The main purpose of introducing GPS is to control the use and rampant misuse of all official vehicles. The abuse of government vehicles has been a long-time concern for the people.

"We (PSC) will find a way to address those who are not complying with the government policy. The government fleet policy is being prepared and will be completed soon to set the tone to its enforcement.”

The Council of Ministers (COM) agreed in 2017 for PSC to manage the entire public service vehicle fleet on behalf of the government.

The task has not been easy, said Chairman Mahe.

"We (PSC) took over the management of the government vehicle fleet without a budget in the first year.  We were managing it with our own limited resources until the government stepped in to assist last year," he said.

Part of that assistance was used to finance a contract that was signed recently to strengthen the GPS structure by going fully electronic.

The Vt2 million contract was awarded to Skazy Limited, the company that was engaged to develop the GPS system to track all government vehicles.

According to PSC, the current government fleet currently stands at over 300 vehicles.

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