Beijing, Jan 27 (Agencies): All government vehicles in south China’s Guangzhou will be equipped Global Positioning System (GPS) devices from next month. The move aims to prevent officials from misusing their official cars and reduce unnecessary expenditure. 

"The move aims to strengthen management of the city's large number of government cars and prevent them from being used for private purposes," Su was quoted by the state-run China Daily on Thursday.

The cars will be monitoried through installed GPS devices and therefore, the departments that manage the official cars could immediately know where the cars are; they could also directly contact the people on board or send them text messages.

Over 31,000 vehicles being used by officials of the ruling Communist Party of China and government in Guangdong provincial capital are now required to be equipped with GPS devices, Su Zhijia, Deputy Party Chief of Guangzhou said.

With the installation of GPS devices, Guangzhou would be the first metropolis for using positioning system in government cars in Guangdong province, which borders the Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions.

The GPS scheme is being launched at the provincial level after a pilot project in a district registered a 24 per cent drop in the operational costs due to fears of monitoring, Su said.

Zhang Jieming, director of the city's bureau of finance, said the government pays up to 35,000 yuan (USD 5,316) annually for each government car, including parking fees, tolls and gasoline.

Recently another province, Jiangsu introduced a computer software to monitor the work of officials to prevent corruption and to force them to keep up to the deadlines.