Safety & Compliance

Devices that allow drivers to conduct and record driver vehicle inspection reports electronically, such as those from Zonar, transmit maintenance issues directly to the fleet and maintenance manager for immediate action.

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The High-Tech Shop

In some fleets, shop operations are completely integrated with the computer systems for dispatch, accounting, mobile communications and outside service providers. In other fleets, technology in the shop may be limited to automated systems for tracking work, labor, parts and inventory.

Easy-to-understand graphs and charts like this one from Vigillo helps both drivers and their managers see at a glance where they stand.

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Making Driver Scorecards Work

A trucking company decided to give out an award for the best driver, so they asked employees to nominate and vote on the honor. The winner, however, turned out to have one of the worst safety records in the fleet.

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Improving Driver Performance with High-Tech Training

Cargo Transporters, Claremont, N.C, wasn’t doing much re-occuring driver training other than a few defensive driving classes, but in 2010 decided to require six hours of either online or classroom training. It was so successful that in 2011 they increased it to eight hours, according to President Dennis Dellinger.

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Taking The Driver Physical to a New Level

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who share the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

The changes in the 34-hour restart appear to be having the impact that both trucking interests and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expected.

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The Effects of the New Hours of Service

Early experience with the hours-of-service changes bear out expectations that 24-7 truckload carriers will come under pressure to add personnel, change service levels or both.

One of the requirements is the vehicle must not be “laden.” If you drive a tractor-trailer, this means not even pulling a trailer. (Photo by Evan Lockridge)

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When Can Driving Time be Considered Off-Duty Time?

This question has to do with what has been termed “personal conveyance.” This is a situation where a driver is using his/her commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle to commute to and from a personal destination.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is putting the finishing touches on a rule requiring electronic logging devices for keeping driver logs.

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EOBRs Are now ELDs

An acronym transition and other things you should know about the pending rule mandating electronic logging devices.

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Avoiding Common Parking Lot Crashes

Did you hear about the driver who backed into the transformer for a huge regional mall, shutting it down for a Saturday during the Christmas shopping season?

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Answers to Your Questions About the New Hours of Service Rules

Since the new hours-of-service rules went into effect July 1, there have been many questions asked of experts both inside and outside of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration related to the new rules. This article looks at some of the more frequently asked questions.

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Top Mobile Computing Trends

The new hours of service regulations have gone into effect, but they are only part of the challenges and opportunities faced by fleets. Adam Kahn, director of product marketing at Omnitracs, took a deeper look at emerging fleet management and mobile computing trends, and provided insight on how fleets can best use technology to stay on top of the changing industry.

USEFUL WHITEPAPERS
The Right ELD
Driving Profitability From The ELD Mandate. With paper logbooks gone and the ELD now standard, how can trucking companies of all sizes meet the FMCSA ELD Mandate and boost productivity and efficiency?
12-point Buying Guide to Video-Based Safety Systems
Fleets of all sizes and across all industries are leveraging video to improve driver performance and eliminate risky driving that leads to collisions and drives up costs. Download this free 12-point Buying Guide that outlines the selection criteria to consider whether you’re just getting started with video technology or looking to upgrade your current program.
7 Best Practices for Your Fleet Safety Program
How does your fleet safety program stack up with your peers? Learn about 7 winning strategies that leaders employ to optimize their fleet safety programs.
How to Pick the Right ELD Provider for Your Fleet
Choosing the right ELD solution takes time. Fleets need to make sure that the ELD not only meets the technical requirements, but the requirements of its business operations, and that the provider can adequately support the overall business needs now and in the future.
6 Reasons Why ELDs Can Benefit Your Business
The new ELD mandate has been announced and companies need to comply by the end of 2017. But there are good reasons to make the transition now. Download this eBook and learn several ways in which electronic logging can benefit your business.
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