Carevic “parked” official vehicles

GPS systems will be installed, which will monitor the trajectory of the vehicle, in order to prevent abuse

Carevic, Photo: Vuk Lajovic

The mayor of Budva, Marko Bato Carević, introduced strict measures for the use of official cars, so in the future, officials will have to park their vehicles in the parking lot of the local government after working hours.

GPS systems will be installed on all official vehicles, which will monitor the trajectory of the vehicle, in order to prevent abuse.

This was announced to “Vijesti” in the office of the President of the Municipality.

This practically breaks the long-standing practice of using official cars for private purposes and, often, abusing them.

“In order to rationalize the costs of local government, as well as a more responsible attitude towards the property of the Municipality of Budva, the President of the Municipality of Budva Marko Carevic made a decision on the manner and conditions of using official vehicles owned by the Municipality of Budva.” Compared to the previous decision, the novelty is that local public officials, managers, as well as officials and employees will not be able to use the official vehicle 24 hours a day, but will also have to park in the official parking lot after working hours. Exceptionally, they will be allowed to use the official vehicle after working hours only with a special authorization from the President of the Municipality, if it is necessary to perform an official action that could not be completed during working hours or which action started during working hours and ended after expiration. . In that case, immediately after the end, they are obliged to park the vehicle in the parking space of the Municipality of Budva “, it was told to” Vijesti “in Carević’s office.

It is prescribed that the Protection and Rescue Service and the Communal Police and Inspection may use official vehicles 24 hours a day due to the specific organization of work in three shifts, in accordance with the schedule and work tasks.

“They are obliged to keep proper records with the obligatory issuance of orders for the use of official vehicles.” Records and use of official vehicles, issued travel orders, maintenance, servicing, registration, storage of documentation and mileage will be kept by the competent Secretariat for Local Self-Government. Another novelty in relation to all decisions of this type that regulate the use of official vehicles in local governments is that GPS vehicles for tracking the trajectory of vehicles will be installed in official vehicles of the Municipality of Budva, which will provide accurate data on vehicle location and use. To that end, the procurement of an electronic system is planned, in which all data will be centralized and it will provide information at any time whether the vehicles are used in accordance with the decision, “they point out in the Municipality.

Officials who, through their own fault, cause material damage to the vehicle are obliged to compensate it.

“As well as to immediately inform the police about a possible collision in order to make a report on the spot. In this way, additional responsibility and discipline in the use of official vehicles of the Municipality of Budva is introduced and the slightest possible abuse and use of official vehicles for private purposes and outside working hours is prevented. The Municipality of Budva, as the founder of local public companies and public institutions, will request to make decisions on the use of official vehicles in an identical manner as prescribed by the municipality, because a unified approach is expected in regulating this issue. Official vehicles may be used exclusively for the performance of official duties, during working hours, and not outside of them. Also, it will not be possible to use it for coming and going from work because that would be contrary to the purpose of using it to perform an official action. Appropriate disciplinary proceedings will be instituted against officials for possible violations of this decision. With this example, the Municipality of Budva shows a responsible attitude towards the property of all citizens, which official vehicles certainly are, and reduces the space for potential abuse to the minimum, “they emphasize in the mayor’s office.

The vehicle fleet owned by the Municipality of Budva, according to the data of the Secretariat for Local Self-Government from the report on work from 2019, has 65 cars and trucks, which include vehicles of the Protection and Rescue Service and the Communal Police and Inspection.

Then, the report states that the fleet consumed 35 thousand liters of fuel during 2019, which is as much as four thousand liters of gasoline more than in 2018. The report states that the fuel consumption in vehicles for the municipal administration in 2019 was higher in compared to the year before by 1,065 liters or eight percent.

DPS-SDP officials had 400-euro fuel cards

The biggest abuses of official cars for private purposes were certainly during the DPS – SDP administration.

As a corrosion, about which the media previously wrote, it was stated that local officials, starting from the Deputy Mayor to the Secretary, received fuel cards in the monthly amount of as much as 400 euros, which they relentlessly spent for private purposes.

That they also poured fuel into private cars is confirmed by the data that the mileage on official vehicles did not correspond to the amount of fuel consumed, but despite the recorded abuses, it was then seen through the fingers of officials.