The Spark Nano 3.0 is one of the most popular GPS tracking devices on the market. It’s used by individuals for a variety of purposes as well as companies wanting to track fleet vehicles. Some companies are small businesses with just one or two cars, while others are large companies with an entire fleet of trucks and sales vehicles.
GPS tracking can be an important tool for managing company fleets in that it helps improve efficiency, lower vehicle costs, and deal with employees who might be using company vehicles inappropriately. At the same time, monitoring fleets this way does raise some concerns that have not yet been addressed in a court of law.
Critics of GPS vehicle tracking claim that utilizing devices like the Spark Nano are a violation of worker privacy. They believe workers should be trusted unless they give sufficient reason otherwise. Proponents of GPS tracking claim that it’s no different than a shop manager observing workers on the floor. The manager who does his job correctly is constantly monitoring what employees are doing, how hard they’re working, and how they are using company equipment.
Openness Is the Best Policy
Because of GPS tracking enters a whole new realm of law that hasn’t been adequately addressed, it’s best for companies to be open with their employees about GPS tracking unless stealth surveillance is needed for very specific purpose. In other words, when you first install the tracking system inform all of your workers who use company vehicles of your plans. For new workers, inform them during the interview process that your vehicles are tracked. If that bothers the candidate, that’s the perfect time to decline a job offer.
There’s an added benefit of informing your drivers about the presence of the Spark Nano or other tracking device. That benefit comes by way of an incentive for each worker to be responsible. If the point of tracking is to prevent excessive speed, reckless driving, or wasting time, there doesn’t even need to be one instance if a worker is informed ahead of time his behavior is being monitored. Stealth surveillance may provide you the evidence to confront an employee acting improperly, but it does nothing to change the fact that inappropriate behavior was engaged in.
When Stealth Is Necessary
Certainly there are times when stealth surveillance is necessary. For example, if you suspect your company vehicles are being used in the commission of a crime, it’s more desirable to have evidence needed for arrest and conviction rather than simply trying to persuade the worker to cease and desist. Similarly you may require a certain amount of evidence in order to terminate the employee who is violating company policy. In either case you might need to use a tracking device without informing workers.
The point of all of this is that GPS vehicle tracking is still fairly new in the US marketplace. If you’re planning to utilize it, ward off any potential future litigation by being upfront whenever possible.