Works and supply minister Felix Mutati says no government worker is exempted from following regulations which guide the use of government motor vehicles.
Mr. Mutati said all officers including ministers are required to have a certificate of competence, a weekend pass when driving government vehicles on weekends and only carry authorized cargo when driving any government vehicle.
He said this in Solwezi when he paid a courtesy call on North-western Province Permanent Secretary (PS), Ephraim Mateyo.
Mr. Mutati said government is spending a lot of money on repairs and maintenance of vehicles because of the high number of officers driving without competence certificates.
He however, expressed pleasure with control mechanisms which the office of the Provincial PS has put in place to ensure that abuse of government vehicles is prevented.
“I am impressed with the fact that North-western province already had government transport control mechanisms in place even before my ministry begun the exercise of inspecting government vehicles. We hope other provinces will take a leaf in emulating what you are doing,” Mr. Mutati said.
He commended the provincial government transport control unit for being professional and effective in carrying out their duties.
Mr. Mutati said inspectors will be recruited in all districts in the province and at provincial level to enhance inspections.
The Minister revealed that there has been significant improvement by government officers in the proper use of government vehicles in Lusaka as only 2 out of 100 vehicles which were inspected yesterday were impounded.
He said his ministry is aiming at reducing the number of vehicles being impounded during inspections to zero.