California’s New Fleet Tracking Laws Aim to Guard Driver Privacy

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law back in September amid a wider push for privacy protections. In general, it’s okay to use an electronic tracking device only when the vehicle owner being tracked has consented.

When it comes to fleets, the new law is intended to add further restrictions. First, the employer can’t use a device unless it is during work hours. Second, it can only be used if “strictly necessary for the performance of the employee’s duties.”

Violate these rules, and your fleet will be hit with civil penalties. In addition, the law covers any potential for an employer to retaliate against any employees who push back against unlawful use of tracking devices, as the summary explains: