Many industries have sizeable mobile workforces, representing a high cost to the business. Using vehicle tracking to monitor and control costs can make the difference between making a good profit and a loss.
Vehicle use is open to abuse, and it is challenging for business owners to know how their vehicles are used, especially outside work hours. There are other less obvious benefits, like monitoring if employees are speeding. Business owners can be held responsible for the accidents caused by their employees. Companies must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of both the employee and other road users.
Vehicle tracking solutions
With a vehicle tracking solution, it is possible to see when a vehicle is started and stopped, and it gives very accurate tracking of every journey as well as the speed of the vehicle. It is possible to see a vehicle delayed in traffic when it is somewhere it is not supposed to be. If you need to know where everyone is to decide how to service an urgent customer call, all vehicle’s whereabouts can be seen simultaneously in real-time.
Vehicle tracking works by installing a Global Positioning System (GPS) in each vehicle which transmits data at regular intervals using mobile phone technology to a tracking centre. Tracking data is stored and viewed online. There are different solutions available, most of which use web browsers.
Atomik.biz has planned two vehicle-tracking solutions for clients, and the benefits to the businesses have been staggering.
One driver habitually drove well above the speed limit on London roads. Another who worked in Central London was going home to Stevenage for lunch. One employee lent his company car to a friend who drove it to Scotland and then abandoned it there. These are extreme examples, all discovered with trackers.
Common daily uses are working out the split of business and personal mileage and verifying overtime payments for out-of-hours calls. Knowing that a driver arrived on a contract call when they said they did. Knowing when staff finishes work for the evening. Tracking technology will reduce mileage costs and overtime payments. Trackers can also be used to find stolen vehicles.
Tracking vehicles might all seem like “big brother”, but abusing the freedom of being mobile costs businesses dearly.
Atomik.biz will help you choose the right solution and help your business make the best use of that investment.