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New Jersey bill would use GPS on state vehicles

by GPS4US 2013-10-10 14:43

Lawmakers in New Jersey have introduced a bill that would use GPS tracking to monitor the location, distance and speed of part of the state’s 9,000 vehicle fleet.

The idea came from Jersey City, NJ’s pilot program to track 20 cars with GPS technology. The bipartisan bill was presented in an effort to cut down on abuse of state-owned cars.

The state has received various complaints of state vehicles speeding, or spending long amounts of time parked in leisure locations such as movie theaters. Of those complaints, only 0.2 percent resulted in termination or restrictions on driving state-owned vehicles.

The bill would enact a 1-year pilot program to be set up by the state treasurer. The authors say cutting down on personal use is just one benefit and that, ultimately, tagging cars with GPS units could increase efficiency and decrease costs of state services to taxpayers.

“If we can just cut back on idling, on speeding, on vehicles being used in inefficient ways during snow plowing, leaf cleaning or patrolling — the daily uses to which taxpayer funded vehicles are put — that could save major amounts of money,” said Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.

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