GPS and sat-nav navigation systems can be a fantastic tool in running a fleet of company vehicles. By ensuring that drivers are taking the most direct and efficient routes, they can reduce the overall rate of fuel consumption and limit the chance of accidents occurring as well, according to Australian-based Smartfleet, a provider of web-based fleet management systems.
However, it is important to remember that poorly placed GPS systems - for example, GPS systems that block a driver's view - can often create a heightened risk of an on-road incident occurring.
The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ) has this month issued a statement warning that any motorist who drives with an incorrectly positioned GPS unit risks a hefty fine, or worse, a serious accident. According to RACQ, the most common type of GPS placement device is what it terms a "hang-on aftermarket device," device that uses a suction cups to attach to the windshield, which can block a driver's view of the road.
Queensland motorists found with an incorrectly positioned GPS device are liable for a fine in excess of Australian $250.
RACQ recommends placing the device at the lower right corner or lower center of the windshield, and to avoid placing on the left side of the windshield to avoid hampering the deployment of the passenger-side airbag.