Tax breaks for telematics: Navman Wireless

GPS provider calls on government to introduce tax incentives for trucking operators that use in-vehicle monitoring systems

By Brad Gardner | September 24, 2010

Government should implement tax incentives for trucking operators that install in-vehicle monitoring systems, according to a GPS provider.

Navman Wireless has weighed into the debate on telematics by saying governments need to investigate ways to improve the uptake of monitoring technology in the trucking industry.

The National Transport Commission is currently looking at the development of a national telematics strategy to encourage more operators to use the devices, which are capable of tracking a vehicle’s speed and driver compliance with fatigue management.

"We believe the uptake of telematics would be greater if there were tangible benefits for end-users to adopt the technology that would assist in offsetting the cost," Navman Wireless Vice President Ian Daniel says.

He lists "preferable taxation rates over analogue systems" as an example.

"In addition, we believe that the adoption of automatic infringement notice generation…is hindering uptake," he says.

"We would suggest that user-studies and international best-practice studies be undertaken to find a more acceptable stance on behalf of government and its enforcement agencies."

Daniel also raised concerns about a lack of guidelines and performance requirements in legislation governing telematics, saying it has made it hard for GPS providers to develop solutions to meet operator needs.

"This area needs attention. There should be clear guidelines, functional, operational and performance requirements outlined for key components of the system, be it on onboard mass measurement, vehicle tracking or electronic driver fatigue monitoring," he says.

Any system, Daniel adds, should be built on national standards.

The NTC believes a national strategy for telematics will deliver clear and consistent policy and give industry the confidence to invest in the technology.

In releasing its Draft National In-Vehicle Telematics Stratgey in June this year, the NTC said it wanted to see 90 percent of trucking operators using monitoring tools by 2030.

"Industry is already investing in technologies to improve truck fleet efficiencies, such as tracking deliveries in real time so the warehouse is ready to unload the truck as it arrives," NTC Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos says.

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