Council approves GPS on city vehicles except mayor’s carAround the City Thursday, October 25th, 2012
Just before the City Council voted 8-0 last week to approve GPS monitoring devices on city vehicles, Third District Councilmember Todd Gloria wanted to know if the new mayor’s official car would include a Global Positioning System on the vehicle.
Tony Heinrichs, the director of the public works department, laughed and said his department “would make a recommendation” to the new mayor regarding whether the mayor’s official city vehicle would have GPS tracking.
Gloria then asked if the mayor could refuse to have a GPS device on his car. Heinrichs said that would be a subject of discussion.
Approximately 2,000 city vehicles already have GPS devices, but they are mostly vehicles used with the police and fire-rescue departments. The city wants to install 1,500 other city vehicles with GPS.
These vehicles will include parking enforcement scooters, street sweepers, garbage trucks, and more. The vehicles would also have a text message system installed so they could communicate with drivers without cell phones.
Heinrichs said this will cost $300,000 to $400,000 over a 5-year period in a lease purchase agreement with JP Morgan Chase Bank.
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer made the motion to install GPS on the vehicles and it was seconded by Gloria. v
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