GPS devices have been installed in more than 400 city-owned vehicles at this point. In addition to saving money on fuel, Augusta has also enjoyed other advantages, particularly in the realm of road safety.
The number of accidents in which municipal employees were found to be at-fault dropped by 29 percent during the first year of the fleet tracking program. This saved the city money in several areas, including vehicle repair and replacement, insurance premiums, lost productivity and healthcare for injured employees. The use of GPS software may have even saved drivers’ lives.
In an interview with WJBF, Russell Thies, an employee with the municipal Utilities Department, admitted that he had been spoken to after his supervisor noticed him speeding. Asked if he feels negatively about “riding with the boss” in his vehicle every day, Thies pointed to the benefits the system is providing to the taxpayers.
“I think that if it’s saving them money, then my opinion doesn’t really matter,” Thies said. According to the news source, other employees have faced tougher penalties for engaging in more reckless behavior. Several have even reportedly been fired over their on-road antics. This case underscores the fact that there are many different types of organizations, from shipping companies to city governments, that can benefit from implementing a fleet tracking system.