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Italy cuts public officials' use of limos

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ROME, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Italy will cut back use of limousines by national and local government officials as a cost- cutting move, Prime Minister Mario Monti said Friday.

 

The move, reducing the number of limos assigned to governments, comes as a result of a November court order saying public officials should use public transportation whenever possible, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

 

Civil Service Minister Filippo Patroni Griffi predicted "significant" savings.

 

Local media have pointed out Monti rarely relies on a limo, seen as a perk and status symbol.

 

ANSA said other drivers and pedestrians in cities such as Rome resent the official limos, for which traffic is often stopped.

 

Monti has cut costs since his appointment in November as he tries to balance the budget and reduce pressure on Italian bonds amid the eurozone debt crisis.

 

He has pledged to "spread the pain as widely as possible."

 

 

 

 

Rome is a very over-crowded city these days. Limos for public officials were like rolling motel rendevous'

 

 

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Hey, get the phony blind people and employ them to maintain the out of service limos until Italia gets back on its feet, if that ever is going to happen. :D

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