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Old 02-07-2011, 02:27 PM
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Well, its happening tomorow. The company I work for is putting a gps in my truck. Its not just me it's company wide, and because I take a truck allowance and have a company fuel card they want to watch my truck. Needless to say no one is happy, but do I have anything to be concerned about? I just dont want someone hacking up my wiring. Anyone else have big brother in their truck?
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:37 PM
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We use them at work but we have them in the company phones. A lotta guys drive personal rigs and they have a company phone to clock in and out on with gps

Like above....there has got to be a legality about your personal rig being watched....
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:41 PM
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Can you use your truck for other things besides work?

As far as hacking your wiring, it depends on what they are tracking. Just location? No worries.

Deeper? Fuel mileage? Hours of operation? Speed? Then they will have to tie into the computer. Will they tap directly into the OBD port or another place? Depends on the unit.

Most units are pretty easy on the wiring. How many different types of trucks do they "have"?

Might want to request information on what they are going to install and research that direction. Until I knew for sure, I wouldn't want them to touch it. But, that's just me. And I'm not in your boat as far as employment.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:47 PM
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I saw the unit today, doesnt plug into obd, just a mess of loose wires that ties into their harness, and then into a garmin display. And yes they are tracking everything.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:49 PM
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I'm just gonna say this... (I replied than deleted my first response).

If that truck is your property, regardless if they pay you to operate it (quote "and because I take a truck allowance and have a company fuel card"). That's not the company's truck.

I would get all the required documentation of what the company is installing. Check your local laws, to see if they can "By Law" require this mod. And more importantly, terminate your employment if you fail to comply.

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Old 02-07-2011, 03:49 PM
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if they pay any part of it and or accure expenses due to/ or from it then they have a right to know why/where/ and when. we do and will. fuel is for work related driving only. running to the store and around town for little errands no biggie. but going on trips on our fuel--NO NO--.

in a garmen they can track everything except fuel which we track thru mileage. closely. also know when the truck is on or off. idling or moving. and if unhooked then the person is repramended. in your case no allowance or fuel card. sounds bad but it is warranted to show expenses.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:01 PM
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Sounds like a bunch of crap to me.

They just installed GPS tracking into our work vans also. Unfortunately, they still didnt give us GPS display units
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Sounds like a great tool for micro-management. The website is full of testimonials by owners on how much money they saved once they started watching those evil employees. Great way to reduce overtime, and increase billing. The worst part is I'm a superintendant my truck sits all day, except for lunch.
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:07 PM
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if they pay any part of it and or accure expenses due to/ or from it then they have a right to know why/where/ and when. we do and will. fuel is for work related driving only. running to the store and around town for little errands no biggie. but going on trips on our fuel--NO NO--.

in a garmen they can track everything except fuel which we track thru mileage. closely. also know when the truck is on or off. idling or moving. and if unhooked then the person is repramended. in your case no allowance or fuel card. sounds bad but it is warranted to show expenses.
I'd like to see the law statues that allow a company the pays "for any part of it and or accure expenses", that allows this invasion of privacy of a personal automobile of any kind. That's too much information being tracked on a rig that's not owned by the company. If the company uses their own fleet, then by all means, install whatever equipment to track your expenses.

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Sounds like a great tool for micro-management. The website is full of testimonials by owners on how much money they saved once they started watching those evil employees. Great way to reduce overtime, and increase billing. The worst part is I'm a superintendant my truck sits all day, except for lunch.
Still didn't answer if this truck is registered to you, or if its the company's?
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:09 PM
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If it was something you can easily hand back to them at the end of the day I would say fine.. but tracking my personal activities outside of work I say no way! I mean what if you like to frequent brothels, or strip clubs??? They have no need for that information.
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