Fuel Savings Important To City Officials
With so many cities throughout the United States finding themselves cash-strapped, many government officials have been left with the task of reducing unnecessary spending while also eliminating any possible inefficiencies. One of the more trendy solutions many large cities have been opting for are vehicle management plans designed to cut out wasteful spending associated with misuse of government vehicles. These vehicle management plans call upon GPS tracking systems that track and record everywhere state employees are going with government owned and operated automobiles. This satellite-aided management strategy allows fleet oversight managers to gauge the following:
- If employees are using government vehicles for personal use
- Miles any vehicle has traveled (great for record keeping and maintenance)
- If automobiles are being driven in an unsafe fashion (speed alerts, harsh braking notification)
- If fuel consumption is too high or vehicle idling is causing excessive fuel use
Of course, real-time GPS monitoring technology can bestow even more helpful features, and this is the primary reason that the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico has followed cities such as Eugene, Oregon to adopt a new vehicle management plan designed to improve worker accountability while also cutting out unnecessary expenses associated with fleet operation.
What Vehicle Management Will Mean To Santa Fe
With Santa Fe making preparations to move forward with a GPS monitoring plan, anytime a person sees a Santa Fe vehicle featuring a state seal it is more than likely satellite technology will be accurately tracking the every movement of that vehicle. Each GPS vehicle tracker is estimated to cost approximately $30 per device with associated monthly data obligations. The vehicle trackers are roughly the size of a smart phone and will be instrumental in improving routes while cutting an estimated 20% in fuel costs from safe driving practices alone.
Management & Employees Talk GPS Vehicle Tracking
When asked about her opinion on the new GPS fleet tracking program in Santa Fe, a woman working for the Department of Economic Development explained she has zero issues with a tracker device monitoring her driving activity because at the end of the day she feels a company car is a privilege almost no businesses even extend to staff. The view from government officials was one that focused more on safety and fiscal responsibility, as a cabinet secretary who is also an advocate of the fleet tracking program explained that the tracker devices will monitor where all city vehicles are located, driving time, driver speed, route selection and more. He also went on to state the fleet tracking program would most importantly provide tax dollar savings. This is because the GPS monitoring systems would enhance employee productivity through route management among other avenues of cost-savings. However, the government official was also quick to point out that any state worker who might feel uncomfortable with new technological innovations aimed at enhancing productivity should get used to the technology because it is the wave of the future, taxpayers are all for the plan and at the end of the day the vehicles are not personal automobiles but rather state taxpayer vehicles. Therefore, the taxpayer has every right to know where their automobiles are going and what they are being used for on a daily basis.
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