RAIR Develops Online Auditing for GPS History

September 2009, - Feature

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RAIR has launched a new web-based solution for auditing drivers' GPS history against drivers' logs
. The system works for checking a driver's record of duty status and comparing the log against the GPS polling history.

RAIR developed the system so that fleets could avoid the cost-prohibitive process of manually auditing GPS data. On average, it takes one experienced log auditor four hours to manually audit 30 days of GPS history against the logs of a single driver. RAIR says its service can audit tens of thousands in four hours or less.

As a result of the FMCSA rescinding a 1997 policy memo in December 2008, carriers are now required to keep GPS history for six months and release it to inspectors upon request. Since January 2009, a number of carriers have been audited and GPS records have been requested as part of those audits. As a result, many of these carriers received large fines and suffered an overall increase in their SafeStat scores, RAIR says.

According to Henry Goldberg, president of RAIR, the company has seen a dramatic increase in demand for this service since word of the audits has circulated throughout the industry.

"We're receiving numerous inquires about RAIR's automated process for verifying log accuracy with GPS," he said. "Companies are trying to find ways to identify drivers with suspicious log activity. Many of these companies have subscribed to the new service."

A carrier's GPS history is imported into the RAIR system and checked against the driver's logs for suspicious events such as no driving time on the log, no driving during the event, not enough driving time and speed violations.

Because the carrier can access the reports and log images on RAIR's web site, the company can question the driver about the events, review each log, and point out any inaccuracies. A carrier can then educate their drivers about future expectations regarding the driver's logs.

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