The privileged life of the Chinese government employee is coming to an end. The southern metropolis of Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton) will be using GPS to track usage of the city’s government vehicles, with the aim of preventing their unauthorized personal use. It’s not that the city is trying to curb unnecessary spending.
The city is reacting to public pressure. Guangzhou’s citizenry often blames the city’s traffic jams on government employees, driving around needlessly in government-issued cars. Su Zhijia, deputy secretary of the city’s party committee, said that public anger over the private use of government vehicles and other related problems has been ignored for many years, and that these issues have damaged the government’s relationship with the people. According to Gasgoo, “he stated that the government will use 2011 to resolve these problems and prevent their reoccurrence.”