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GPS vehicle tracking is perhaps one of the greatest technology inventions the limousine industry has seen so far. More than just a mapping tool, it provides a wealth of fleet management information that was not previously available.
Let’s face it, once a chauffeur leaves your premises, he is in control of your vehicle until he returns, unless of course you have remote engine disabling or speed governing control. Those two features can quickly get a driver to call you or help reclaim your vehicle if it is stolen.
GPS reminds you that you can’t really trust anyone fully, as North Carolina
operator Jerry Thomas learned.
The biggest advantage with GPS is the all information it generates in real time. That saves time and money. Here are some things to look for on reports and maximize your vehicle and GPS investments.
Using the reports can help you from unwittingly flushing money down the drain. If you are not consistently reviewing your reports, you are not using the available tools. The drains include the theft of time, the theft of gas/mileage, and abusive driving resulting in excessive wear and tear on cars and unnecessary repairs.
Jerry Thomas of Prime Time Limousines and Sedans in Sanford, N.C. shared one such story: “When I first installed the GPS devices in my cars, I found out real quick that I had a chauffeur who was padding his own pocket on overtime charges. Within a week’s time, he had made over $500.” Thomas said he believed the driver was a good, honest guy that he would never have to worry about. “Just goes to show that you really can’t trust anyone these days,” Thomas says.
The top stolen asset in your company involves time. If a chauffeur is using your car without permission, chances are he is picking up a few “side jobs” or extending paying runs for cash at a discounted rate. Remember, he is the guy providing the party, and a bond develops during the night of drinking. When the paid time runs out, it is not uncommon for passengers to ask if they can keep the car longer and pay the chauffeur in cash.