law amended to facilitate monitoring of public vehicles
AMMAN – The Legislation and Opinion Bureau has amended the
organisational structure of the Transport Ministry to enable it to set up a
special department to control the use of government vehicles.
According to the
amended draft by-law published on the bureau’s website, a special department
will be established with the aim of tracking and controlling public vehicles,
in a step by the government to regulate the use of its fleet, estimated to
include 20,000 cars.
The amendment of
the by-law comes nearly a month after telecom operator Zain Jordan won a bid to
install a tracking system on public vehicles using GPS technology.
government tender, Zain Jordan will install the tracking system on 5,000 public
vehicles over the next six months and then expand to cover 20,000 vehicles in
the final stages of the project.
project will help increase productivity, reduce operational costs and cut fuel
consumption, according to the partners in the tender, Traklink and General
Computers and Electronics Co.
system will enable live monitoring of the vehicles as well as any violations of
speed limits, route changes or use outside working hours.
Using the system,
which saves information in a database, will also help cut the vehicles’
maintenance costs by 15-20 per cent, according to Zain Jordan.
According to official
figures, the maintenance and fuel bill for the government fleet amounted to
JD39.1 million in 2014.