Maintenance and running costs for the fleet of vehicles managed by the interior ministry were reduced by 72 percent or roughly 765,000 euro in 2010, the ministry announced on Tuesday.

Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on Tuesday released figures for 2010 showing reduced spending on fuel, spare parts and repairs on the cars used by members of the government and other state functionaries.

These showed that petrol consumption was reduced from 389,289 litres in 2009 to just 128,020 in 2010, representing a reduction of 67.1 percent. Costs for spare parts and repairs were reduced even more, from 677,184 euro in 2009 to 173,600 euro in 2010, a reduction of 74.3 percent