Inverclyde Council has installed vehicle tracking technology in its new fleet, as part of plans to save the council money and improve its service.
The £6.5 million project to replace the vehicle fleet is nearing completion. Vehicles will be fitted with hardware which ensures that their movements can be monitored by a GPS system and can be viewed using internet-based software, according to inverclyde.gov.uk.
Based on previous transport fleets adoption of the technology, the installment of the tracking device is likely to see a seven per cent drop in fuel consumption and could result in a £45,000 saving for the council.
The £200,000 system will be able to locate the nearest available vehicle to any requested postcode, and remove the margin for error. The system is also able to identify the vehicle's location, direction of travel, speed and provide drivers with the safest and quickest route to any specified destination.
Council leader Stephen McCabe told eveningtimes.co.uk that the system helps to improve the safety of employees working alone and allows the council to improve the control and visibility of key services for the good of the community.
Mr McCabe said "Vehicle tracking is a proven management tool that can allow us to produce cost savings, greater efficiency and ultimately best value for our communities."