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CTO INTRODUCES SYSTEM TO STOP MISUSE AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT ...
02/12/13
CTO INTRODUCES SYSTEM TO STOP MISUSE AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES
CTO INTRODUCES SYSTEM TO STOP MISUSE AND ABUSE OF GOVERNMENT VEHICLES

It is envisaged that there will be a significant decline in reported cases of misuse and abuse of government vehicles after the Central Transport Organisation (CTO) rolls out the Fleet Tracking Maintenance and Management System (FTMMS), next year.

The system is currently being piloted in Gaborone where a total of over 200 vehicles have been installed with gadgets that enable the surveillance of the vehicles and drivers to their exact point of location. The pilot is expected to end in January, 2014.

The Department of Central Transport Organization which manages over nine thousand (9 000) government vehicles used by the various government departments has, over years, recorded a substantial number of cases of misuse and abuse by both the drivers and officers of government vehicles commonly known as “BX”.  

Recorded cases of misuse involve the use of government vehicles to run personal errands whereas abuse, includes over speeding, harsh braking and other forms of reckless driving. The current measures used to combat misuse and abuse, include occasional mounting of road blocks with the Police to apprehend culprits. In some cases, surprise audit of log books and spot checks are carried out.  Unfortunately the efficacy of these strategies has been very minimal. For example, a total of 1000 cases of misuse were reported in the financial year 2011/2012 and 501 cases were reported in the financial year 2012/2013.

Developed at a cost of P61, 617,526.88, the Fleet Tracking Maintenance and Management System, is an effort by CTO to provide real time movement of a government vehicle and its driver. The tracking component of the FTMMS will provide ample evidence where misuse or abuse is committed to enable authorities to take appropriate action. Previously, it has been very difficult to pin drivers to an offence as it was not easy to prove commission.

According to the Acting General Manager (CTO) Mr Ramatu, “the support of members of the public in reporting cases of misuse and abuse remains essential to preserve the government fleet”.

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