The advantages and disadvantages of tracking work vans

June 15, 2020 6:14 pm


Many companies, such as Same Day Courier Gloucester businesses, and trades have started to track their vehicles. The reasons for this can be to look at fuel consumption, as an added security measure for when items are being left in a vehicle or to provide extra reassurances to customers that their parcels and packages are being monitored during the journey.  Here are some advantages and disadvantages of using the systems.

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Advantages – there are many advantages for both business, customer and employees on using these systems and they include.

  • Tracking in real-time means businesses can reach employees much faster if they are in need as well as providing customers with an idea of when their deliveries will arrive.
  • Location data is a safeguard against theft and can lead to significant insurance discounts.
  • Employees become more aware of their driving behaviours and tracking can reduce speeding incidents by up to 60%
  • Employee efficiency is improved as traffic updates can allow them to correct their route to avoid congestion.

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Disadvantages – there are many rules and regulations that you need to adhere to when using these systems to ensure that you do not fall foul of the law. Here are some of the things that you are not allowed to do.

  • Tracking to check up on workers – Whilst it is legal to track business vehicles, it must be for collecting data only for business purposes and not to track employee behaviour or the company risks fines and penalties.
  • Tracking in non-business hours – If vehicles are used outside of core business hours, they can have a tracking device, but it must be turned off outside of working hours.
  • Covert tracking – Hiding a device is also not allowed if it’s for monitoring an employee. A hidden device can be installed if it’s to prevent theft and the employee has given their consent.
  • GPS Jamming – This is strictly prohibited. Any process that damages, abuses or replaces data is restricted.