The Lebanese Government Owns 12,000 Vehicles

The government purchases – or receives as grants and donations – a huge number of vehicles for the ministries, departments, public institutions, and municipalities. It also breaks laws and regulations by using the public purse to pay for vehicles, maintenance, insurance, fuel, and other expenses. 

Provisions of the Law 
Legislative Decree No. 27 of January 18, 1995, sets forth the competent authorities and institutions to which the government makes the vehicles available: 
  • Three vehicles for the Presidency of the Republic, of which one is for protocol events.
  • Two vehicles for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, of which one is for protocol events.
  • Two vehicles for the protocol events in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants.
  • One car for each of the following: the Inspectorate-General of the Internal Security Forces, the Directorate-General of General Security, the ISF’s Gendarmerie Command, and the Police Command.
The decree excludes military vehicles and authorizes the placement of touring vehicles at the disposal of the ISF based upon a decision by the Council of Ministers.
Since this law is outdated and the number of purchased vehicles is on the increase, the Council of Ministers decided, under Resolution No. 17 of July 28, 1999, to ask all public administrations, military and security services, and public institutions and municipalities not to buy tourist vehicles from the public purse unless otherwise decided by the Council itself. 
Pending the adoption of a new system related to the ownership and management of vehicles in public administrations and institutions, the Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform has set conditions for purchasing these vehicles. They are as follows:
  • In order to reduce gasoline expenses, the vehicles should not have more than four cylinders.
  • Their price should not exceed USD 20,000.
  • The engine capacity should not exceed 2.0 cc.
  • Their contents should be limited to their basic functions and to air conditioning.
  • They should be automatic.
  • They should not be luxurious (e.g., no leather car carpet or panoramic sunroof). 
Purchase and Donations 
Unlike the purchase of government vehicles, the acceptance of grants (including vehicles) is not subject to controls and conditions, which leads to an increase in maintenance and operational costs.
Security forces and administrations receive donations including vehicles that are placed at the disposal of officials and whose cost is borne by the Lebanese government. 
Current Situation 
There are no exact or approximate figures about the number of government vehicles and the parties that benefit. However, the figures in circulation are high (12,000 vehicles including the civilian vehicles used by military forces). 
According to our information:
  • The Council for the South (four vehicles): three 2000 and 2002 Mitsubishi cars and one 2003 Jeep Cherokee. There is also a request to buy a new car. 
  • The Directorate-General of Post: three vehicles. 
  • The Directorate-General of Hydraulic and Electrical Resources (six vehicles): Six 2014-2015 Nissan X-Trail cars, one of which is for the director-general and one is for the minister. There is also a request to buy four other cars. 
  • The Directorate-General of General Security (nine vehicles): five 2017 Nissan Sunny cars donated by Hanna Gebran, one 2017 Renault Duster car granted by the Union of Municipalities of the Beqa’a Valley, and three 2017 Renault Master vans. 
  • The Directorate-General of Oil (two vehicles): The cars cost LBP 6.3 million. The directorate already owns six cars but three of them are broken down. 
  • The Ministry of National Defense (10 touring vehicles): Ten 2015 Ford Focus cars of about LBP 202 million, granted by Folic Automotive. Their price includes the customs duties and 10% tax on actual value. 
  • The Directorate-General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (three vehicles): Three 2013-2014 Nissan cars valued at LBP 78.5 million, granted by Rasamny Younis Motor Company.  
  • The Directorate-General of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (two vehicles): Two 2013 Chevrolet cars, granted by Monza Cars.
  • The Directorate-General of the Internal Security Forces (12 vehicles): Twelve 2013-2014 Nissan, Peugeot, and Toyota cars valued at LBP 235 million, granted by Millennium Group Services.  
  • The Directorate-General of the Internal Security Forces (one vehicle): One 2003 GMC Envoy SUV valued at LBP 11.2 million, granted by Muhammad Hassan Saad. 
  • The Directorate-General of the Internal Security Forces (one vehicle): One 2003 GMC Envoy SUV valued at LBP 12.5 million, granted by Kamal Ghabris.
  • The Directorate-General of the Internal Security Forces (one vehicle): One 2013 GMC car of about LBP 52.3 million granted by Kamal Hamdan.
  • The Ministry of Information: purchasing four 4X4s to transport the ministry’s guests and delegations from the airport or their whereabouts to the ministry’s building, as well as to inspect ministerial bodies and offices throughout Lebanon.
  • The Lebanese Army (four vehicles):  Four 2017 Nissan and GMC cars valued at LBP 190 million, granted by Gebran Hanna.
  • The Lebanese Army- Directorate of Intelligence (two vehicles): Two 1998-2006 Nissan and Renault cars valued at LBP 13.5 million, granted by Tony Makhoul.