I see it going that way. We installed cameras in gov vehicles and the backlash was unbelievable. Depends on who is driving. Civilians with assigned vehicles likened it to “spying”, the activity duty didn’t care one way or the other. The union had to come in to discuss it. Most drivers put tape over the camera (civilians) and the active duty didn’t really care, because it’s not their vehicle, so if it gets wrecked, dented scratched….it’s of no consequence. All the cameras were removed over 4 yrs ago because they kept draining the batteries.
As for mishaps, the person who “signs” for the vehicle is responsible. Civilians may get time on the beach for willful abuse of government property….but it goes through the union…et al and after a year the vehicle is repaired and it’s forgotten. Active duty…….willful abuse of gov vehicle ….there is no punishment. The gov eats the cost of repair damage to a leased or owned fleet vehicle. If GSA gives us permission to repair dents, bumpers, et al, we repair it, no reimbursement. Gov owned, we eat the cost.
When my husband was active duty in the 70’s, if active duty wrecked a gov vehicle, the cost was pulled from their next LES. No ifs ands or buts. That rule needs to come back. Needless to say, my husband walked vs. checking out a gov vehicle or driving an assigned commercial vehicle. Ah, the good ol days.
Yeah, bring on the GPS tracking. Great idea.
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