China’s crackdown on ‘corruption on wheels’ takes effect

By Huang Fahong from People’s Daily

Thanks to China’s reform on use of government cars, a total of 3,868 official cars across 140 central government departments have been taken out of service over the past five years, accounting for over 60 percent of all government vehicles, said the latest data from the National Government Offices Administration.

Besides the central authorities, 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities have almost completed the car reforms, and the focus has shifted to public institutions and state-owned enterprises, the administration added.

This crackdown on “corruption on wheels” has been part of China’s campaign to tighten party discipline since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

By replacing the outdated management model with a new economic way, the reform has funda-mentally solved the difficulties in car management previously faced by government departments at all levels, the administration added.

The car reform called for government departments to scrap the use of vehicles for regular gov-ernment affairs and to keep only a few vehicles on hand for special uses, such as, emergency dis-posal, classified mail correspondence; technical supports and law enforcement.

The government is instead expected to allocate a “proper amount” of subsidies for public servants to allow them to choose their own means of transportation.

Those spared cars, after their legal documents are verified, have been auctioned.

In order to further prevent the government cars from use for private affairs, some authorities even put special stickers or signs to mark government vehicles, or installed GPS trackers.

So far, nearly 20 provinces have adopted the first method, while Guangdong, Gansu, Hunan, Si-chuan and some other provinces chose the latter, in a bid to tighten the supervision on misuse of official vehicles.

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