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630 vehicles to boost services

Solomone Rabulu
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

THE Government will lease 630 new vehicles from Asco Motors in the next two months.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this was in relation to the government's desire to ensure that government agencies, ministries and departments had the right to a level of resources.

"In this particular situation, having more vehicles means being more responsive to the public needs and demands," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"The purpose of leasing these vehicles is because the Government does not have to outlay the actual cost of the vehicles upfront, as you know, before, when you want vehicles for government ministries or departments, you actually have to pay for the real cost of the vehicles upfront, like if a vehicle cost $80,000, and the Government needed 10 vehicles they will have to upfront $800,000.

"We no longer do that therefore, we are now able to get more vehicles on the road."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said these efforts from the Government puts less pressure on its cash flow.

"We have another 500 new vehicles that's going to come to Fiji in the next two months so there will be a lot more police presence and government departments whereby they will no longer say they don't have any transport to be able to deliver their service.

"We need to ensure that police officers and civil servants are given the right level of resources, like with the new vehicles, to be able to deliver on their service to members of the public."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum added the vehicles were installed with GPS (global positioning system) to track where the vehicles were going, making sure they were not abused by civil servants.

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