Finance and Administration Cabinet
Kentucky announces GPS pilot program for state vehicles
FRANKFORT – The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Division of Fleet Management has launched a pilot global positioning system (GPS) program on several of its vehicles around the state.
“Our use of GPS technology on cars within the state fleet represents a win-win for Kentucky taxpayers,” said Jonathan Miller, Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. “The technology can improve productivity and help reduce fuel usage and other hidden expenses, thus saving the state money and promoting a cleaner environment. It could also be a life saver if an accident ever occurred,” said Miller.
GPS allows tracking of speeds and usage, sending an email to the Cabinet’s Division of Fleet Management alerting them of unauthorized use, excessive idling or speeding. The technology also allows for geofencing – tracking the position of the vehicle at any given time. In addition, GPS will alert Fleet Management if a vehicle experiences an engine problem, becomes disabled or is involved in a traffic accident. The GPS system can also be equipped with a key ring containing a panic button.
Only a select few of the state’s vehicles will be equipped with a GPS tracking system and vehicles chosen for the pilot program will remain unknown to the drivers. All vehicles will display a sticker informing the driver of the possibility that the vehicle is equipped with the GPS system.