Government has introduced a vehicle tracking device to be installed in all government vehicles in the next financial year.
The device was displayed during the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day in Shorobe recently.
Explaining the intricacies of the object the Principal Transport Planner, Modisaotsile Rentse said that it will monitor the vehicle movements and speed.
He said that each government department together with the Central Transport Organisation will have a control room to monitor their vehicles.
“If you over speed it will alert our officers at the control room and you will be cautioned to stick to the speed limit.”
It will be functional in areas with Mascom network and where there’s no network data will be saved and reported to the control room once the vehicle reaches an area with network.
Rentse cautioned drivers not to temper with the machine because it is programme to report such activity too.
“We know that some drivers do not like obeying road signs and will be tempted to temper with it but that will be a bad idea because it will report such a driver’s activities.
If the speed limit is 60km just obey that and do not exceed it because it will alert the control room.”
He however said that although the device will not be able to detect alcohol from the driver it will come in handy in terms of stops one makes on a journey.
“Some people just seat in the car and run the engine to warm or cool themselves but that will be a thing of the past and if you make many stops on the way, you will have to account for that too.”
Government decided to introduce the tracking device to curb the rampant vehicle abuse by government employees, Rentse explained.