The New Jersey Department of Transportation Implements GPS Tracking

newjersey-1There are a lot of great reasons to implement tracking with GPS into your fleet. Not only does it save on fuel costs, it ensures employees aren’t conducting personal business on company time or disobeying traffic laws in a company vehicle – as the New Jersey ‘Department of Transportation (DOT)’ recently discovered.

DOT officials in New Jersey grew tired of complaints from frustrated residents. What were the complaints about? Something Commissioner Jim Simpson calls “cooping.” Or, getting into a company vehicle, driving that vehicle to a parking lots, and letting it idle for a long period of time.

GPS Saves The Day

To put an end to the cooping practice, NJ officials have installed 3,000 GPS trackers in city vehicles. The new trackers give supervisors the power to see where employees are spending time. An added bonus: supervisors can monitor employee driving habits, too.

This is the first time NJ DOT officials have addressed the productivity and behavior of its employees, and plans to implement GPS tracking in all state vehicles are being discussed by legislators. Still, city workers seem to take full advantage of these paid positions, and this is something that NJ plans to put a stop to.

“Culture Of Entitlement”

As the mayor of Jersey City Steven M. Fulop put it in a press release, there is a sort of “culture of entitlement and abuse by employees of city vehicles.” He plans to put an end to this thanks to the addition of GPS trackers in city vehicles. He’s seen it all in his tenure as mayor, including vehicles leaving city limits for employees to conduct personal business.

Is tracking city employees legal? It is according to Sandro Polledri, Newark civil trial lawyer. Polledri has told press that most workers don’t care about the implementation of GPS tracking devices. The only catch here is that employers must follow tracking laws. Laws like letting employees know that they are being tracked.

More Than Big Brother

Initiating a GPS tracking program isn’t about making workers paranoid. It’s also about allowing the city to dispatch the nearest vehicle in an emergency.

The only time officials will turn to the GPS system to track in real-time is if a call from a dissatisfied citizen comes in reporting some sort of misdeed. City officials don’t have the time to watch fleet drivers around-the-clock, but they do want to know when something has gone amiss.

Do you use GPS trackers in your fleet? How has it helped?