Guangzhou to rein in official vehicle abuse with GPS tracking
2011-May-25 Source: People's Daily website
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The Guangzhou government has taken a new measure to strengthen the administration of vehicles used for official business. By the end of August this year, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will be installed on about 10,000 official vehicles in Guangzhou, enabling these cars to be easily supervised.

The monitoring system, independently designed by OLinkStar Co., Ltd., a Chinese company, can provide services equivalent to the GPS developed by the U.S. Department of Defense

The budget of this program is estimated at 16.6 million yuan, as each GPS costs 1,659 yuan, much cheaper than the price of last year's pilot programs.

During the "two sessions" period, Su Zhijia, Guangzhou's deputy Party secretary and the secretary of municipal party committee of Guangzhou, said the monitoring system has proven effective in some pilot programs, which saw vehicle spending drop by a quarter. Given that each vehicle costs 25,000 to 35,000 yuan each year, about 7,000 yuan per vehicle per year can be saved under the new rules. In total, a savings of 70 million yuan can be expected each year, at least.

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