Tighter control of new city fleet

2012-02-06 00:00

THE capital has high hopes that Msunduzi Municipality’s 70 new vehicles will improve service delivery.

But they won’t be driving anywhere until they’re fitted with tracking devices to stop employees abusing them.

Said municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi: “We have put out a tender for a service provider that will install trackers in the vehicles, because we want to put an end to the abuse of municipal vehicles.”

He said the vehicles cost R10 million. “We have to have a proper maintenance programme to ensure a link between the drivers and the cars,” Nkosi said.

He said this would ensure that when a driver was sent to Imbali to pick up waste, for instance, the trip could be accounted for, as it would if the driver decided to go elsewhere.

“We have to ensure that the abuse of municipal vehicles becomes a thing of the past. We are also trying to get rid of overtime that is not accounted for by drivers when we cannot verify with certainty that their work was actually done,” said Nkosi.

Frequent breakdowns in the ageing municipal fleet have set back service delivery.

Nkosi explained that some vehicles were not in working order, others needed repairs and that staff sometimes used municipal vehicles for personal reasons.

Once a system to counter abuse had been introduced the theft of batteries from municipal vehicles should also be a thing of the past.

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