GPS to be Installed in Gov't Cars to Deter Misuse
    2011-02-23 19:03:28     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yu
 

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province, will begin monitoring all government cars in the city via global positioning systems in July to ensure the vehicles are not driven for personal use, "The Guangzhou Daily" reports.

The move aims to prevent government vehicles from being used for private purposes, said Su Zhijia, Deputy Party Chief of Guangzhou. Su added that the government cars would be monitored in real-time once they are equipped with GPS devises. Departments that manage government vehicles will be able to know immediately where they are parked and driven, according to the report.

Su, who is also the head of the city's Party Discipline Inspection Commission, said Guangzhou also would suspend the use of the government cars on weekends and that drivers of vehicles used for private purposes would be charged fees according to the regulation. After Guangzhou's Huangpu District participated in a pilot project last year, it was determined that the fee would be 1.50 yuan-1.70 yuan ($0.22-$0.25) per kilometer, Su said.

Zhang Jieming, Director of the city's Bureau of Finance, said the government pays up to 35,000 yuan ($5,316) annually for each government car, including parking fees, tolls and gasoline. The cost to operate government cars dropped a quarter during the pilot program, Zhang said.

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