City Says No To GPS Tracking
Prince Albert Decides Against GPS
With cities everywhere feeling the pinch from a global recession, many officials have looked at unique ways to make certain city funds are being used in the most appropriate avenues possible. One of the more popular strategies some cities have implemented is using GPS tracker devices to oversee the driving activity of all employees operating city owned motor vehicles. The reason for using GPS devices to monitor city automotive assets is to determine a number of things including:
Fuel Consumption Employee Driving Habits Vehicle Usage Mileage Driven
This information is critical in assisting city managers better determine if an employee working for the city is misusing vehicle assets or taking advantage of the time clock. Although the benefits of using GPS tracking hardware easily outnumber the disadvantages, cities still must discuss then vote on any plan that would call upon GPS monitor city employees. This is what the Canadian city of Prince Albert recently did, but what was most shocking was what the city officials ended up deciding. After proponents for the GPS tracking device plan outlined in detail how the monitoring devices would increase accountability, save taxpayers money, enhance auto security and provide a number of other benefits to the people of Prince Albert, city council members shockingly went against the grain and decided not to equip city vehicles with GPS.
In their statement they mentioned the importance of making sure employees were spending time properly, but did not want to infringe on the privacy rights of those employees to determine who was abusing company time or vehicles. Although Prince Albert city officials have decided they feel GPS tracking would infringe on city worker privacy rights what they failed to address was the importance of city workers and vehicles being funded directly by taxpayers who demand accountability.
“Employees using company vehicles working in the construction or sales field routinely are required to keep a GPS tracker on the automobile they are using while on the clock, and businesses everywhere use surveillance cameras to monitor employees for safety and activity all the time”, a Prince Albert resident stated. “It’s simply unbelievable that we as taxpayers can’t use a piece of technology that has been proven to cut costs and eliminate employee misuse of time. The reality is way pay the salary of these all city employees and pick up the tab on fuel, automotive and maintenance costs. A system should be in place that provides taxpayers a way to audit activity, money spent and accountability.”
Did Prince Albert officials make the right choice to not equip city vehicles with GPS tracking devices?