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Zhabei acts to prevent misuse of official vehicles

The Zhabei District government is putting on a clear sign on its vehicles in a move to prevent its misuse by officials.

People are being urged to call a hotline if they think the cars are being used for private rather than official purposes.

The Zhabei District government is the first to stamp a clear sign on the cars, officials said yesterday.

Some 60 vehicles belonging to the district’s environmental protection bureau, urban management and law enforcement authorities have been labeled Zhabei Government Vehicle on the front and on the back.

People can call 12388 if they see the government cars stopping at neighborhoods, restaurants or entertainment venues, Wang Yuan, deputy director of the Zhabei government management bureau told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

The vehicles are intended solely for patrolling the roads for collecting data on air quality or for law enforcement work, Wang said.

All the other government-owned vehicles that were not needed for their daily work, but were mainly used to ferry officials, have been auctioned off, Wang said.

“Now, if an official wants to go out for a meeting, he can either drive his own car or take buses or subways,” he said.

It is part of a citywide campaign to ban government-owned cars from being used after working hours or at weekends.

The city’s Jing’an, Yangpu and Jinshan districts are also following in the footsteps of Zhabei government.

Even the media cars belonging to the district television stations have been done away with and reporters have been told to use public transportation for work-related matters, Wang added.

The discipline authorities have promised to severely punish officials found misusing government vehicles. 



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