Aug 19, 2013 / Written by Woody Myers

A New Jersey man lost his job and could lose tens of thousands of dollars just because he wanted to keep his employers from being able to check up on him while he was on the job.   According to the FCC, Gary Bojczak used a GPS jammer to thwart his company’s tracking method.  Unfortunately, he ended up at Newark Liberty Airport which turned his workplace shenanigans into a major public safety concern.

In a bid to keep this information from his bosses, Mr Bojczak bought a signal jammer – which is illegal in the US – to prevent GPS signals being sent to or from the vehicle.  However, as well as blocking signals from his car, the device also jammed a GPS system being tested for plane routes at an airport he had stopped next to.

The driver was fired by his company and now faces significant fines from the federal government.  In the FCC’s official statement, the agency explains why the government cracks down on this device.

Jammers can be used to disrupt critical public safety communications, placing first responders like law enforcement and fire fighting personnel–as well as the public they are charged with protecting–at great risk. Similarly, jammers can endanger life and property by preventing individuals from making 9-1-1 or other emergency calls. GPS jammers block navigation signals used by ships, aircraft, ground transportation, and others, and in some circumstances could have a significant negative impact on systems that depend on GPS for position, navigation, and timing.

In order to protect the public and preserve unfettered access to emergency and other communications services, the Act and the Rules broadly prohibit the importation, use, marketing, manufacture, and sale of jammers.

While this may be an extreme case, some employees might have issues with the adaption of a fleet tracking solution.  Call one of our product specialists today at 1-800-446-1991 to learn about your tracking options and how to work with your drivers to ensure a much better attitude than Mr. Bojczak’s.