Article

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

by Jim Beach, Technology Contributing Editor - Also by this author

SHARING TOOLS        | Print Subscribe
Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting. 
Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

Timing is everything. Especially when it’s time to move ahead. That’s why tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

“This was a major change for our company,” says Bill Pobedinsky, director of safety and personnel. “We were 100% paper logs. We looked at it for years and made the decision that the timing was right. Our customers are excited about it, the drivers are excited — they are welcoming it.”

Langer, based in Jersey City, N.J., is family-owned and has been in business for 80 years. Its tank-truck fleet serves customers in the chemical, oil, food-grade and pharmaceutical industries throughout the U.S. and Canada.

A key reason the company thought the time was right to go paperless: “We know the mandate is eventually coming,” Pobedinsky points out.

“We’re just in the beginning phases,” he explains, noting that the rollout has been smooth so far.

The company opted for Omnitracs’ MPC50 in-cab devices. In addition to the hours-of-service piece, it will implement such other applications as a critical-event reporting application that alerts fleet managers to critical events including hard braking and speeding.

And in a move that will eliminate even more paper, the company has deployed an electronic vehicle inspection report application, which helps drivers easily perform their daily pre-trip inspections. Langer is also deploying in-cab navigation.

The Omnitracs applications integrate with Langer’s TMW enterprise system and gives company’s dispatchers full visibility of how long drivers have been driving and how many available hours they have. “That is critical to us,” says Pobedinsky.

As for adopting other applications, he says the company was looking at the features that are important to them and what kind of features they may add in the future. “It’s a matter of what makes sense, what’s critical for use and we’ll go from there.”

A key part of the new system is in-cab navigation. Pobedinsky noted they were using a system they had built piece by piece. And while the company has been servicing many of the same customers for years and drivers know how to get in and out of those locations, Pobedinsky says “the navigation is terrific, it’s something we’ll be using.”

Since the company hauls some restricted materials, they have to be careful where they send their trucks and the navigation system has a hazardous material setting.  

Comments

  1. 1. Richard [ March 24, 2015 @ 03:39PM ]

    Wow, there goes those drivers paycheck.
    A monitoring system just like kindergarten.

  2. 2. Jerome [ March 25, 2015 @ 06:36AM ]

    I want to see before and after paycheck. Before and after stress level. Before and after home time. Before and after disciplinary actions. And before and after CEO pay.

  3. 3. Bob [ March 25, 2015 @ 07:33AM ]

    @Richard, so you are saying directly that drivers should drive illegally. There is zero impact on paycheck for anyone actually obeying the law.

    Real world impact: drivers in our fleet actually had zero financial impact. Instead, drivers who were initially hesitant have ended up being enthusiastic about how much less work it takes to use elogs instead handwriting with the old ruler and pen.

  4. 4. Jonathan [ March 25, 2015 @ 07:44AM ]

    That's right Richard, just like Kindergarten. They even have pre programmed GPS stops to pick up there milk and cookies.

    If you don't follow the rules in kindergarten then you sit in the corner, if you don't follow the rules on the road then people can die. So I am going to say its not 100% the same as kindergarten but very insightful comment, thank you.

  5. 5. Bill [ March 25, 2015 @ 10:12AM ]

    I know a tanker company just like this, they are electronic logs also.. 100 trucks strong, with 25 empty. There loads are always late. JIT freight will be no more, unless its a team... My trucks still run paper.. now we have tried to do exactly as we drive it, time wise to make delivery, and have run into places that fine us for being late, for pickup, or delivery. Im my thoughts, I believe thats where its going to turn to.. fines from shippers, and receivers, for being late...

  6. 6. Jim [ March 26, 2015 @ 11:18AM ]

    @ Richard- This is where the industry is headed. Any company getting ahead of the mandate is thinking clearly about being ready so their company can stay in business. Anyone who feels companies are trying to "watch" their drivers and "scrutinize" every step of the way is paranoid and probably cheating right now in some way at their driving job today. It is unfortunate that the mentality is as it is in this regard with some... Every business has the objective to run lean and make a profit. When you agree to take a job and to a paycheck you should not become disgruntled if your employer is meeting the commitment to you when hiring on or then when they implement change that will become mandatory or changes for the better of safety.

  7. 7. BILL [ March 26, 2015 @ 11:20AM ]

    YES WE HEARD THE SAME COMPLAINING AT THE BEGINING NOW SUPPORT THE E LOGS, WE WENT SLOW USING PAPER ALONG SIDE THE ELD WE ALSO USE OMNITRAC'S AND QUITE HAPPY I AGREE WITH BOB, BUT IF YOU CANNOT OPERATE BY THE RULES GET READY TO CHANGE YOUR OCCUPATION., YES I AGRE THAT THE SHIPPER AND CONSIGNE WILL COMPLAIN (GET USED TO IT)
    IF THEY WOULD LOAD THE TRUCKS AND UNLOAD THEM FIRST THEN CK THERE PAPER WORK ON THERE FRT THE TRUCK COULD BE GOING TO THE NEXT JOB WE DO NEED THE SHIP;PER AND
    RECEIVERS HELP; I WOULD RATHER GET LOADED AND UNLOADED WITHIN AN HOUR AND FORGET DETENTION A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF US AND I FEEL THE INDUSTRY IS RESOURCEFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE IT WORK.

  8. 8. Gary [ March 26, 2015 @ 12:21PM ]

    That hard braking and speeding recording will do wonders for them.I know a few drivers who have lost their jobs because of recorded hard breaking. Both cases were caused by idiot 4 wheelers cutting them off in traffic, and robbing them of their safe stopping distance. Now this companies drivers will have to think about hard breaking before reacting to the need for it. Yeah thats exactly what you want.

    Hello Dispatch, I'm 15 minutes away from the yard and I'm out of time on my recorder. Can you please send someone out to drive the truck in for me? Oh yeah thats going to go over real well.

    I'd bet this entire article is paid advertisment by the Omnitracs.

  9. 9. Carlton [ March 26, 2015 @ 07:25PM ]

    Who is going to train O/O and small companies drivers to use these wonderful devices. This is all coming from lobbing from these technology companies to politicians to mandate these so we will have to buy their product. No thank you, I am lost in this modern technology, so this is when I go out of business and I have heard other O/O say the same.

  10. 10. Jack [ March 26, 2015 @ 08:37PM ]

    Face it folks, it's the future. If someone can't cope with EOBRs then they will be passed by as the future moves on. I personally hope thousands of drivers quit the industry over ELB or EORBs. Makes folks that stay and have clean records, able to write their own ticket if they use their heads.

  11. 11. Kurt [ March 27, 2015 @ 04:41AM ]

    No mention of how this company will provide hard copies to the drivers to maintain records for 7 years for tax purposes!

  12. 12. Carlton [ March 27, 2015 @ 05:50AM ]

    Jack, people like you are what's wrong with trucking now. Inconsiderate and greedy

  13. 13. Greg [ March 27, 2015 @ 12:44PM ]

    What are you going to do when a shipper runs the driver out of hours waiting to load and then tells the driver they have to leave their property after they finally load them? Call a tow truck? This is getting so ridiculous it’s no wonder nobody wants to drive anymore. The companies going along with this over regulation deserve a driver shortage. There is no answer to some of these rules, you want you’re drivers to park in the middle of the road if they run out of hours sitting in a traffic jam?

  14. 14. Jeff [ March 27, 2015 @ 04:26PM ]

    Since companies like this think EOBR's great, they won't have any problem paying drivers by the hour.It's always about safety and the public well being until it's time to pay the driver.These are usually the companies with pay scales from 15 or 20 years ago.

  15. 15. Stormy [ March 28, 2015 @ 07:55AM ]

    I remember back in the old days when computers were introduced to the business world described as a "paperless" system. Anybody notice they have less paper to deal with now? Or do you just have another method of trying to organize paper while still having the same file cabinets and more paper than they had befire from the "paperless" source?

    The very best you can hope for is that you kept that file cabinet and more paper in your "paperless" world because if you don't, once that hard drive crashes you just lost it all.

  16. 16. Doug Smith [ March 28, 2015 @ 08:21PM ]

    Albertsons drivers were often out of hours 60-90 miles from the terminal because of some delays at stores. They parked, called home for a ride to the house, and returned the next day to pick up the truck and finish the last 60-90 minutes of the trip. Driver turnover was abysmal for a Teamster job.

  17. 17. Doug Smith [ March 28, 2015 @ 08:34PM ]

    I learned from HDT magazine that highway accidents were down in number for the last full year of data except for heavy trucks showed a slight increase in fatal accidents. I think it corresponds with increased EOBR use. Drivers know they must push through drowsiness and rush hours with no mercy from the EOBR so they can finish the shift before their royal coach turns into a derated pumkin.

  18. 18. Woody [ March 31, 2015 @ 08:21AM ]

    I gave up my CDL years ago. I knew where the industry was headed. Traffic is bad and getting worse. With all the regulations (and more coming) I can see why drivers are hard to come by. Traffic and constructions are very time consuming. If one has never been a driver they don't know how difficult it can be in today's environment. One day the local DOT weigh station decided they were going to inspection every truck. Trucks were backed up for 5 miles! they did that two days in a row! They would of had a field day with fines with EOBs recording drivers running out of time for having to wait so long. Fines for being late. Never ends!

  19. 19. John [ April 01, 2015 @ 05:27AM ]

    How do you use e-logs on an older truck. How does it record hard braking when the truck has no computer, truck has mechanical injection pump. How much does the logger cost.

  20. 20. Richard [ April 01, 2015 @ 10:17AM ]

    Greg has the actual life like comment to these logs.
    Now if EVERY driver in the country would do just that...stop immediately when you are out of hours, regardless of where you are we could create a wonderful state of havoc in just a few days and just tell everyone to go to hell and say I am out of hours and cannot discuss business or I will violate the law.
    This would be beautiful thing to see happen!
    I ran 3 logbooks for many years, kept them neat and never once received a citation. I also made about 20K more than most of the drivers doing the same thing and running legally.
    I paid for everything I own and retired early thank you very much.
    By the way, a law is never broken untill you are cited, tried, found guilty and exhausted all your appeals. So love all this tracking garbage and starve if you like...a big paycheck brings much good joss.

  21. 21. Greg [ April 02, 2015 @ 07:01AM ]

    Thanks Richard. I have been amazed for several years now that there has not been any push back from drivers or companies regarding this over regulation. Like I said earlier there is no answer to some of these new rules in real life situations. I have been real disappointed with OOIDA that they have not called for a nation wide shut down. They are the one organization that could organize and facilitate a shut down, they seem more interested in selling insurance and random drug testing pools. The only way the over regulation will be stopped is if the general public is affected with empty selves at the store or other traffic problems. Without national attention none of this will be fixed and in my opinion it has gone way to far in the name of safety. The roads would be just as safe with the old rules with this level of enforcement. The industry deserves a driver shortage for allowing drives to be treated like they don’t have any common sense.

  22. 22. Stehen w [ May 03, 2015 @ 11:51AM ]

    One company in On. Canada is paying off the E-logs at between $25 and $30. per hour every truck is full of good drivers. Most trucking companies in Canada at less than $.50 per mile and unpaid dock time have many empty trucks.

  23. 23. joe s [ December 10, 2015 @ 12:24PM ]

    welcome BIG BROTHER how have you been.lol

 

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 2000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

Newsletter

We offer e-newsletters that deliver targeted news and information for the entire fleet industry.

GotQuestions?

sponsored by

ELDs and Telematics

Scott Sutarik from Geotab will answer your questions and challenges

View All

GotQuestions?

Sleeper Cab Power

Steve Carlson from Xantrex will answer your questions and challenges

View All