The Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) initiative to ban the use of state vehicles on unsanctioned business comes into effect with the Central Mechanical Equipment Department (CMED) moving in to install a tracking system to monitor the movement of government vehicles.

Government has moved a gear up towards cutting its expenditure with all senior staff or officials found abusing state vehicles for personal use set to be penalised.

CMED Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Davison Mhaka confirmed his organisation has approved a tender to install a tracking system which will ensure the cost cutting measure enunciated in the TSP takes its course.

“We are not taking any chances, the TSP is clear, it has been the norm that abusing government vehicles is a offence, but there has been loopholes which we will curb by introducing this tracking system,” he revealed.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Mr George Guvamatanga could not confirm nor deny that the TSP vehicle initiative has been activated, but said the new dispensation is very strict and anyone who breaches the new policy will be dealt with accordingly.

“We will be very strict on anyone found wanting or abusing state vehicles, the TSP condition is meant to bring order and sanity hence cutting unnecessary costs,” Mr Guvamatanga said.

Under the TSP, all senior staff allocated government vehicles are required to park their vehicles if they are not doing government business.