All government vehicles are being fitted with tracking systems, including fuel-and engine-monitoring devices in a move meant to eliminate vehicle abuse by civil servants and ensure huge cost savings for Government.
The Central Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED), which now manages all government vehicles, now has a control room kitted with display units from which all vehicle movements will be monitored. Previously, line ministries used to manage their own vehicles.
The changes are part of an ongoing $5,3 million project – expected to be completed within the next three months – which is contracted to TelOne. The changes were made according to Public Service Commission (PSC) Circular No. 5 of 2011, which has been on the books for the past eight years but was, however, not strictly monitored.
“Government is meeting the installation cost of the tracking system and has to date paid tracking devices for 2 121 vehicles that CMED compiled from submissions by Government ministries on their individual fleet sizes,” CMED managing director Engineer Davison Mhaka told the Sunday Mail.
“Tracking devices for 100 vehicles have since been received and these are currently being fitted, and a number of ministries have been asked to bring their vehicles on scheduled dates.”
TelOne won the tender floated in March this year.
“We expect to have fitted tracking devices on the whole fleet within a timeframe of three months beginning December 2019. So this exercise will run until end of February 2019,” said Eng Mhaka.
The fuel and engine-temperature monitoring devices are expected to prevent fuel abuse and incidences of damage to vehicle engines, respectively. Further, it is believed that the tracking system will eliminate unauthorised trips through geo-fencing and help monitor mileage, which ensures timeous servicing of the vehicles.
The technology is also capable of detecting bad driving habits such as speeding, harsh breaking and excessive idling.