eThekwini set to curb abuse of vehicles

2013-12-06 00:00

IN an attempt to clamp down on the abuse of council vehicles, the eThekwini Municipality wants to reduce after-hour use of its fleets.

Yesterday, the municipal public accounts committee tabled a full report before the full council, confirming that the officials have found a loophole to abuse the municipal fleet.

It seems the abuse of council vehicles continues because the C-Track Fleet Management system is unable to identify the drivers. In this regard, the committee recommended that the city manager Sbu Sithole issue an internal memo that would outline a new set of rules for all municipal employees.

Committee chairperson Sipho Kaunda said they received complaints about the constant abuse of municipal vehicles in 2012, which sparked an intense investigation.

“We requested the head of City Fleet to investigate the movement of six vehicles in question for the period that abuse was alleged to have taken place,” he said.

Based on the outcome of the investigation, Kaunda said the head of the Internal Audit indicated that various challenges and limitations had been experienced with the C-Track Fleet management system, which could be attributed to the design of system.

Kaunda said in some instances the system was unable to generate data even though vehicles had been used; it could not record the destination or the name of the driver and the date and the time of the usage.

The committee recommended that a forensic audit of management of the city fleet be undertaken and also to determine the costs as a result of the misuse.

Kaunda said they have called for the team to be appointed to conduct an investigation and verify the entire fleet.

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