Govt to Track Vehicle Use

THREE government ministries are introducing a vehicle fleet tracking management system to curb misuse and recklessness.

The ministries spearheading the new system – Health and Social Services, Finance and Trade and Industry – believe that the ‘big brother is watching’ approach is one way of controlling unauthorised use of vehicles and putting an end to speeding tickets that have been accumulating with no one held accountable.

Until now, only the Ministry of Education had such a satellite tracking in place.

Finance permanent secretary Ericah Shafudah yesterday told The Namibian that certain government officials have no regard for vehicle policies and have been inappropriately using them for their personal instead of professional needs.

Shafudah said this misuse was increasingly becoming difficult to control without a tracking system.

“We are introducing the system as part of our asset management in order to track the movement of vehicles in and around the regions. There have been numerous incidences of government personnel using the vehicles during weekends and after hours,” she said. “All the ministries are given the legal mandate to manage their assets and this is one way of ensuring that abuse of State assets is curbed.”

Shafudah also said that vehicles under her ministry across the regions will be monitored since most of the abuse takes places at regional offices that are far away from the headquarters in Windhoek.

She also said once the system is put in place and proven to be effective, the finance ministry, will aocate for the implementation of the system to be rolled out in all the government ministries.

“We will work with the government garage to ensure that this system is effectively put in place,” she said, adding that all the 250 vehicles under her ministry will be put on satellite tracking.

She could, however, not provide the exact amount the fleeting system is expected to cost because the ministry was still waiting for potential contractors to submit their quotations.

Trade and industry permanent secretary Malan Lindeque said he was not aware of the possible introduction of a vehicle tracking system by his ministry.

An employee at the trade ministry, who declined to be named, told The Namibian that they were introducing the system because of the increasing number of speeding tickets by “unknown perpetrators” and the constant misuse of vehicles.

Officials from the three ministries have invited offers for the supply and installation of vehicle tracking systems.

Although the health ministry’s permanent secretary, Andrew Ndishishi, could not be reached for comment yesterday, the Tender Bulletin revealed that the ministry has a fleet of 1 600 vehicles all over the country.

The tender requirements said that the ministry needs assistance with the implementation, installation, monitoring and supervision of a new comprehensive fleet management vehicle tracking system for five years.

The Tender Bulletin also revealed that fourteen offers were received for the supply and installation of vehicle tracking systems to the vehicles systems of the Ministry of Trade.

The items include hardware General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Global Positioning System vehicles mounted devices to 60 vehicles, including installation and driver identification devices.

The software functions will also include departure, arrival, travel time, speed violation reports, GPRS status, restrictive hours report, unlimited users, trip creation, daily, weekly and monthly kilometre report, driver identification, real time tracking and geo-fencing.expect it to work? first of all even the people responsible of monitoring these vehicles will not be in their offices, and when they catch such culprits nothing will be done to them as disciplinary hearing takes a year to conduct. Government is just a joke, full stop!

Source : The Namibian