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China Voice: More effort needed as China's government vehicle use reform goes deeper

(Xinhua)    18:00, January 05, 2015

BEIJING, Jan. 5 -- China's government vehicle-use reform will now shift to the local government level, but more effort is needed to ensure it achieves its full potential.

Reform at the central government level was successful in 2014 and the next stage is expected to finish by the end of 2015, according to the timetable set by central authorities in July 2014.

Officials below ministerial level will no longer be provided with a car and a driver and public servants will now receive a "proper" allowance to cover their own choice of transportation.

The use of government vehicles for private purposes, once a common practice, has been labeled "corruption on wheels", new measures aim to address this issue.

The budget for the purchase and maintenance of government vehicles in 2014 was 4.127 billion yuan, 126 million yuan less than in 2013, according to the Finance Ministry.

Head of the ministry's Research Institute for Fiscal Science Jia Kang estimates related expenditure will drop by 7 percent.

In the long run, if factoring in the maintenance costs of the vehicles and other administrative fees, expenditure on government vehicles will be cut by half, according to Jia.

It is important to note that if supporting policies and regulations are not well throughout, there will still be space for corruption.


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