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Oct 18, 2022

G.O.B. Strengthens Vehicle Fleet for First Responders and Highway Patrol

The usage of GPS tracking devices on government vehicles has been introduced as a means of gathering sensitive data from municipal bodies, as well as the Department of Transport.  On Monday, a training session facilitated by the Ministry of Economic Development, through the Second Road Safety Project, familiarized users with the capabilities of these devices.  Chief Executive Officer, Doctor Osmond Martinez explains.


Dr. Osmond Martinez, C.E.O., Ministry of Economic Development

“The tracking system is not only to track the location of where the, whether the motorcycles, the ambulance or the vehicles are, but it is also, as one of the main purposes, to collect data, data that will help us to be more efficient and effective, in terms of fuel consumption, the hours or mileage that is being put on the machines for maintenance purpose, security purpose and at the same time to be more efficient in terms of response to any accident or to any needs that have been required from these officers.”


Osmond Martinez


“So what led to this being put in place?”


Dr. Osmond Martinez

“Well, it’s under the second road safety program and it is one that I believe is being guided through the date collection, to the effectiveness and the efficiencies in fuel consumption and on how best you can maximize the production and the usage of each unit that is being assigned to every officer in the Transport Department.”



“And the cost of implementing this?”


Dr. Osmond Martinez

“The total cost is four million dollars, but the four million dollars is not only for the tracking system.  The four million dollars includes six ambulances that have also been given away already, one of them actually to BERT.  There are also six highway patrol vehicles, all for the Department of Transport.  We also have eighteen motorcycles of which two for each municipality.”

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