New tool installed for car tax changes will record ‘whole host of data’ including location

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David Savage, Vice President UK and Ireland for Geotab, a telematics and tracking firm, claims the new rule changes will have “huge cost and environmental benefits”. However, he warns a small telematics device can trace a “whole host of data” from drivers.

This will include information about their exact location as well as their driving habits.

Extra data collected could include drivers speed acceleration, fuel consumption and idling time.

His warning comes after the Transport Select Committee launched its new report into pay per mile road pricing.

The report shows the need for the Government to look into how to use telematics software when the scheme is eventually launched.


Mr Savage said: “[The] Transport Select Committee report shows an innovative alternative approach to our current road tax system.

“Telematics is an often underutilised tool that can reap huge cost and environmental benefits.

“Many UK businesses can already attest to the savings that can be realised by operating a fleet using telematics, and with its widespread introduction, its inherent environmental benefits can also be compounded.

“The key to telematics is in its simplicity.

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“Through the installation of a small telematics device into a vehicle, a whole host of data can be accurately analysed, including location, speed, idling time, harsh braking and acceleration, fuel consumption and much more.

“All of this allows for optimum route planning, predictive vehicle maintenance and insights to enhance driver performance and safety.”

The Transport Select Committee warned the technology required to facilitate road pricing is “currently available”.

Many young drivers already have telematics black boxes in their car to help bring down insurance premiums.

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