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No written approval for vehicles’ modification

No written approval for vehicles’ modification
July 19
11:26 2017

The installation of canopies on vehicles leased by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics without approval has been highlighted in the 2016 Auditor-General reports.

The report said: “The lessee shall not without written consent of the lessor make any additions, improvements or alterations to the vehicle and if the lessee does so, it will, immediately upon being required to do so in writing by the lessor, reinstate the vehicle to its original state at the lessee’s cost and expense…”

The audit noted that the Fiji Bureau of Statistics division installed canopies and other accessories to eight of its leased vehicles totalling $51,829.55 and at the time of the audit, no written approvals had been provided.

In response, the division stated: “For our type of work we need four-wheel drive covered vehicles.

“The twin cabs are not our choice vehicles, however, we have had make do with them as these were the type of vehicles given to us.

“Our Pajero fleet are quite old and no longer safe to take into areas with poor road conditions or in difficult terrain.

“The vehicles are used to transport our staff for field visit so we need to carry bags, survey documents and other survey tools…”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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