Commercial owners are always concerned over vehicle security, and theft of plants costs companies millions of pounds each year. However, of equal worry is unauthorised use as businesses lose as much money from drivers taking uneconomical routes, taking vehicles for personal use or unofficial work.
For many companies the hidden and unknown costs of additional wear and tear and private petrol consumption can be adding an extra burden to their monthly finances of which they are unaware. Fitting even a simple GPS tracking device can aid a business, not only by enabling better strategic management of vehicle assets but by also guaranteeing its proper and legal usage.
Often there can also be legal implications for commercial vehicles that are used in inappropriate situations or unauthorised manners. There could be insurance issues as well as legal issues at stake and the fitting of GPS trackers can aid in monitoring proper and sanctioned vehicle utilization.
GPS trackers can include Geotagging, whereby, should a vehicle be taken beyond a predetermined area, be this a building site, factory compound or city limits then an automatic alarm is triggered. This would equally apply to theft of a vehicle or its illegal use off site. Once the alarm is triggered the vehicle can be tracked, monitored and retrieved, all over simple mapping software on the Internet.
GPS trackers will give the transport manager information, at any time, regarding a vehicles status, whether it is stationary or on the move, log its movements, times and places and highway infringements such as breaking the speed limit or ignoring roadside height restrictions. Handlers are provided with a full history of the vehicles activities over any specified time or duration with a detailed log of the journey.
Crime related to the theft and export of expensive farm equipment, construction plant and warehouse vehicles is big business these days but of equal importance is the misuse of company vehicles and unwarranted personal trips. These can place just as an important financial burden on a company as a vehicles loss. Ever increasing fuel costs, higher maintenance bills and rises in insurance cover, all saddle businesses with unnecessary charges that can be eliminated or significantly reduced by GPS tracking.
There are a wide range of GPS tracking devices that can provide real-time information on a vehicles status, to systems that allow for downloadable reports of a vehicles working week. These enable company’s to effectively monitor and analyse fleet vehicles use and plan accordingly.