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Government accused of paying 'over the odds' for fleet of electric cars

MINISTERS should drive around in newly acquired electric vehicles to test their reliability, an opposition MP has said, as the government was accused of paying over the odds for a fleet of the cars.

Government accused of paying 'over the odds' for fleet of electric cars

Bertan Zaroğlu, deputy leader of the Rebirth Party, made the suggestion after accusing the government of spending 600,000TL more than necessary for the vehicles, two of which reportedly broke down on the first day they were used.

“The government placed economising on public expenditure at the very top of the coalition partnership agreement but has done precisely the opposite in this case,” Mr Zaroğlu said in a statement.

“I suggest that the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister all use the electric cars as their official vehicles to demonstrate how reliable they are.

“Since some of these four-wheel ‘bikes’ broke down on the very first day, why are they not returned to the dealer who supplied them?”

Last month Cyprus Today reported that the Finance Ministry approved the purchase of 42 of the small electric cars to replace motorbikes used to deliver internal mail between government departments and also to transport police officers.

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