Except for cross-country travels, the government has announced a ban on the use of V8 and V6 vehicles by public officials beginning in January 2023.
The announcement was made by Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta during the presentation of the 2023 Budget to Parliament on Thursday, November 24.
According to him, this is part of the government’s efforts to manage its spending in the face of the worsening economic situation.
“A prohibition on the use of V8/V6 engines or their equivalents, except for cross-country travel.” “From January 2023, all government vehicles will be registered with GV green number plates,” he said.
The Minister also announced a ban on new vehicle imports as well as foreign travel for all government officials.
Government agencies are also to resort to purchasing locally assembled vehicles instead.
“Limited budgetary allocation for the purchase of vehicles. For the avoidance of doubt, the purchase of new vehicles shall be restricted to locally assembled vehicles; Only essential official foreign travel across government including SOEs shall be allowed. No official foreign travel shall be allowed for board members. Accordingly, all government institutions should submit a travel plan for the year 2023 by mid-December of all expected travels to the Chief of Staff.”
There was also the announcement of restrictions on the allocations of fuel for political appointees.
“All MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs are directed to reduce fuel allocations to Political Appointees and heads of MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs by 50%. This directive applies to all methods of fuel allocation including coupons, electronic cards, chit systems, and fuel depots. Accordingly, 50% of the previous year’s (2022) budget allocation for fuel shall be earmarked for official business pertaining to MDAs, MMDAs, and SOEs,” Mr. Ofori-Atta added.
Mr. Ofori-Atta also expressed his appreciation to both sides of parliament for not boycotting his presentation of the 2023 Budget.