The President of the Republic Jovenel Moise declared war on waste. He wants to implement a rational management of the meager resources of the State. In a decree on the state's lifestyle published on Monday, the Moïse-Lafontant administration sets limits on the amounts for the acquisition of new vehicles for the rest of the fiscal year and the conditions for their use, control of parts and accessories to vehicles, management of registrations and establishes the liability of drivers of rolling stock.

The same applies to heavy equipment, agricultural and road equipment, among others. "An up-to-date inventory of the fleet of all public services will be provided by all ministries and public institutions to the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative dispute no later than 30 days after the publication of this decree ", specifies at the outset the document adopted in the Council of Ministers on 29 March last and published in the official newspaper Le Moniteur five days later.


The President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and other ministers of the Government have decided to set up a commission made up of representatives of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Economy and Finance to check the inventory. "After receiving the opinion of the Superior Court of Audit and Administrative Disputes, the Commission will make appropriate recommendations for the rational use of State property", stipulates Article 2 of the Decree.

The amount for the acquisition of new cars, pick-up or all-terrain vehicles is set at two million eight hundred thousand gourdes (U$44.000) for those registered as "State Service" and three million two hundred thousand gourdes (U$49.230) for those that will be assigned to the "officials" services. However, the decree, "these limits can be revised by a circular letter of the Prime Minister. Within these limits, the size of the vehicle is established according to the usage and also the function of the user ". The Head of State encourages the institutions concerned to give priority to group purchases and orders and to ensure that the needs expressed are met by retaining the basic vehicles excluding "superfluous" accessories for services.

The Head of State took care to specify in article 4 of the decree that "the acquisition of new vehicles of the car, pickup or off-road type on behalf of any ministry, institution and public body, during the period remaining for the fiscal year 2016-2017 is prohibited without the prior authorization of the Prime Minister ". The President of the Republic wants to ensure that only authorized persons are authorized to use cars belonging to the state's car fleet. He enjoins those who have neither right nor quality to return the vehicles in their possession. "Fifteen days after the publication of this decree, public prosecution shall be set in motion against any person who contravenes this article," reads the fifth article. The sixth article states that as from 1 October 2017, the use by government officials of vehicles registered as a "State service" may not, except with the authorization of the supervisory authority, exceed working hours . They must be parked in a space designated for this purpose after office hours, requires the decree. To control the movement of these vehicles, the president announces the integration of a locating system. It requires that all vehicles in use, owned by the State, have their odometer in working order. "Each vehicle registered as a" government service "must be equipped with a travel record. At the time of its use, the driver of the vehicle must sign the vehicle movement register. In this register, the object of the journey, the service (or the person) requesting the journey, the driver, the mileage when delivering the vehicle to the driver, the condition of the vehicle at the start and the time Departure, " according to article 11 of the decree. The document specifies that the minimum duration of use of a vehicle is five years. Any use which would cause a shortening of this duration will be considered as a forgery of the user who can be liable to administrative penalties, warns the decree while exempting the cases of accidents which must nevertheless be the subject of a sanction, A detailed report. The decree equates to diversions the traffic of spare parts, the vandalization or the free or costly transfer of the parts and accessories of a service vehicle of the State. It also provides for sanctions to be imposed. With a view to putting an end to a disorderly situation in which anyone can use an "official" vehicle, the President recalls that only ministers, secretaries of state, directors-general or other to these types of vehicles. These regulations also concern professional equipment, that is to say heavy equipment, agricultural and road equipment, etc. "The use of the equipment for a use not provided for by the conditions of acquisition, and particularly for private purposes, is prohibited and constitutes an abuse of property", according to Article 27 which does not leave the offenders without sanctions . This equipment is subject to practically the same requirements as cars with regard to the control of movements, parts and accessories, maintenance and responsibility of drivers in accordance with articles 28 to 32. Beside the rolling stock, The decree also seeks to rationalize public purchases and other operating expenses that are not part of the administration's salaries, exemptions, human resources management, executive and branch offices.