A joint operation by Government Transport Control Unit (GTCU), Road Transport Safety Agency and the Zambia Police Service in Solwezi district has impounded government vehicles for abrogating government regulations.
The operation that was mounted at different points around the district intercepted and impounded nine government vehicles due to driving without a weekend pass and failure to produce the competency certificate as required when driving a government vehicle.
Speaking to ZANIS, during the operation yesterday, North-western provincial GTCU inspector, Catherine Tembo said that operation that has been going on for over a month now has seen a reduction in such cases.
Ms Tembo said it is saddening to note that some government workers still do not want to comply with the regulations despite several reminders.
She said government officers should comply with the clear stipulated law on the use of government vehicles to avoid misunderstanding with the unit.
“Government workers need to understand that the government is losing a lot of money because of abuse of government vehicles causing development to lag behind in the country”, Ms Tembo said.
Meanwhile, some local motorists commended the efforts by GTCU and encouraged the unit to extend operations to other districts in the province.
Musanya Musanya said such operations are very vital to help keep government officers in check because the abuses of government vehicles are a cost to taxpayers.
And The Controller of Government Transport (CGT) unit in Muchinga Province yesterday swang into action impounding several Government vehicles and motorbikes for various offences.
The team lead by Head of CGT unit in Muchinga Province Saint Chisha impounded a total of 17 vehicles in Chinsali alone within two hours of a surprise operation mounted at Nambuluma police checkpoint, about 15km from Chinsali Town.
The team in Isoka led by Christopher Katongo, CGT officer, also impounded three government vehicles for not following stipulated rules and regulations of Government motor vehicles.
In an interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) shortly after a successful operation in Chinsali and Isoka districts, Mr Chisha said from the 17 Government vehicles impounded yesterday in Chinsali, 10 drivers have been charged for various offences and they are expected to pay penalties of fines ranging from K350 to K750 at the Provincial administration accounts section on Monday morning.
Mr Chisha warned that all the officers who have been charged will be followed up if they do not show up tomorrow to pay the fines.
Mr Chisha has since warned Government officers to desist from misusing government vehicles adding that government was spending a lot of money to service and repair the vehicles using taxpayers money.
Mr Chisha also disclosed that similar surprise operations will be conducted to ensure that the rampant abuse of Government vehicles is controlled.
Mr Chisha said among those charged, are drivers who were moving without weekend passes, unauthorized log books and failure to produce their competence licenses.
He noted that most Government drivers in the district ignore the stipulated rules and regulations of driving a Government motor vehicle stressing that such kind of mentality portrays a bad picture towards Government.
Mr Chisha who is also the Chief Human Resource Officer at the Provincial administration, further said the team in the province will not spare anyone abusing Government motor vehicles.
Source: Lusaka Times