The central government will scrap purchases of government cars for regular official use by the end of next year as complaints mount about the misuse of public money, China News Service reported Wednesday.
Government cars will be retained for special duties, such as emergencies and law enforcement but other vehicles will be replaced with subsidies for public servants to choose their own means of transport.
The move will apply to officials below the ministerial level, and the subsidies will range from 500 yuan (US$81.30) to 1,300 yuan per month depending on their positions, the report said.
Jia Kang, head of the Ministry of Finance’s Research Institute for Fiscal Science, was quoted as saying that the reform is expected to cut government expenditure by 150 billion yuan.
Central government spending on government cars accounts for around 60 percent of the “three public consumptions”, outlays on overseas visits, vehicles and receptions.
The central government earmarked 7.154 billion yuan for these outlays this year, of which 4.127 billion yuan is designated for vehicles, the report said.
The decision comes amid the country’s ongoing austerity campaign that aims to build a cleaner and more transparent government.
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