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The Disadvantages of Vehicle Tracking Devices

Article | Ready Track Pty Ltd (April 22, 2017 6:19 am)


In the world of business, many companies take advantage of the perks that come with vehicle tracking devices in an attempt to monitor fleet movement. They can help to ensure that drivers are indeed going about company business, traveling at the appropriate speed limit and traveling on the designated routes. These are all helpful to any company that has to deal with fleet management, but it also comes with a few disadvantages that will be looked in further detail.

Expenses

It can be said without a doubt that vehicle tracking systems and devices can be quite expensive to purchase, install and maintain. For example, for a tracking system that runs on cellular-based technology can up cost up to 600 AUD to install a single unit. On the other hand, there are wireless passive tracking units that can cost you up to $700 for the installation and then another $800 for the databases and software attachments. Last but not least, tracking systems that use satellites are also available and those can go for a starting price of $750. However, as it relates to the satellite dependent system, monthly charges will also be applicable and those can go up to $100.

Worker resentment

This particular point is rather debatable to say the least, seeing that you will have instances where companies make use of fleet tracking systems to monitor the activities of their drivers – and this is where the resentment comes in. Many of the drivers may share the opinion that their company does not trust them completely or that their privacy is being invaded. Others may also experience some level of paranoia that comes with the feeling of “always being watched” to some extent. Some workers have the additional perk of using their assigned vehicle for personal use and this may cause some of the personnel with these benefits to resent management even more if they assume that their vehicles are being monitored even when they are off the clock.

Overdependence

Similarly to most other pieces of technology, being too dependent on these vehicle tracking systems and this can cause drivers and other personnel to rely wholeheartedly on the system. Let’s say there was a case where the system began to malfunction based on some unforeseen factor, given the level of reliance on the system, it can throw the entire business into a downward spiral because tracking deliveries and general fleet movement will be extremely difficult. This can also take many of the workers out of their comfort zone in the sense that they will have to be doing things that the system would normally be able to take care of. It’s also likely for this to cause other things such as reduced productivity among others.

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