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Public sector to get hybrid cars

As of next year, public officials will no longer have luxury cars with large engines in which to travel around, as the government has decided that these vehicles will be replaced by smaller and more environmentally friendly hybrid cars. Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis said yesterday that by the end of next year all the vehicles allocated to ministries and public services, including the Church of Greece, will be replaced with cars that are powered by gasoline and rechargeable batteries. Ragousis said that most of the cars would have an engine capacity of 1,400 cc but some officials, such as the prime minister, top judges, foreign dignitaries and the archbishop of the Church of Greece, would be allowed to use 1,600 cc vehicles. No department will be allowed more than five cars unless there is a particular reason, said the minister.