GPS Tracking Laws In the UK
One of the most commonly asked questions that we get asked at TrackerShop is in relation to UK laws on vehicle tracking.
Although there is no specific legislation covering the use of GPS vehicle trackers. Fleet managers and employers should comply with privacy laws and put into practice a company vehicle tracking policy.
The benefits of vehicle tracking have been proved over the years with increased productivity; from fuel savings, route efficiency, improving customer service and increased driver safety.
The introduction of vehicle tracking therefore should be seen as a positive benefit to both the employer and employees. But before doing so the employees have the right to know about the impact on their privacy and the dissemination and holding of data gathered.
The Data Protection Act (1998) regulates the use of data gathered and must be adhered to.
Article 8 of the Human Rights Act (1998) relates to a person's privacy and rights.
Using these acts a company vehicle policy can be drawn up so that employees understand how they are being tracked and how the data is being used.
The employee must be made aware that the vehicle contains a tracking unit. Most will understand the positive benefits and the extra duty of care by the employer to staff on the road.
There is now an expectant duty of care forming in places where there is the option to further protect the safety of individuals.
This is particularly evident in schools, care homes, and companies who instruct lone workers.
Incorporating a GPS tracker in these circumstances further helps with the efficiency, organization and logistics involved.
However, more importantly, having the individual carry a personal tracker means there is a heightened level of safety.
If you have any more questions about UK laws on GPS tracking, then please feel free to email or call on 01214790000 at any time.
-M Carse BA (Hons) Crim, Police Inspector (Retd)