For many in today’s transportation industry, “doing more with less” is a phrase that has become analogous to simply “doing business.” Given ongoing driver shortage and the economic climate, it is increasingly complex to operate a profitable trucking company. As a result, larger carriers are changing their processes to meet customers’ evolving needs, while smaller carriers are adapting their approach to support further growth—or in some cases—to survive.
Welcome to our third blog post in the “Meet the Team” series. Occasionally, we will profile one of our valued Omnitracs team members, showcasing his/her experience, expertise, and role at Omnitracs, and we’ll introduce how this team member’s work positively impacts the fleets we serve. We’ll also gain his/her insights on industry trends. Today we feature Andy Deninger, senior director of engineering.
A couple years ago I did a blog post titled: “ELDs and EOBRs – What’s the Difference?” I suggested that: “an electronic logging device (ELD) was the latest term and according to some reports that they are not only better than electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) but they cost less. That’s progress!” However, I also noted that there was no basis for that claim and even the origin of the ELD term was in question at that time. Well, things have changed and we now need to embrace “ELD” as a new term for electronic driver logs.
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about “CSA – A Work in Progress” and now I thought an update might be in order. Previously, I reported that FMCSA initiated a CSA subcommittee with the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to address the issues being considered with CSA and its Safety Measurement System (SMS) ratings of carriers. The CSA subcommittee includes some members from MCSAC as well as other representatives from industry, safety groups, and enforcement. In April 2013, the CSA subcommittee submitted its initial report that identified some key priorities related to improving CSA and the SMS rating approach. It should be noted that no quick fixes to the issues were raised, and some recommendations mightrequire more analysis and research as well as considerable time to implement.
No two truck drivers are alike—they have different levels of experience, different management preferences, and different personal interests. But, they all have one thing in common: they drive a truck. This universal commonality brings us to mobile computing trend #3: vehicle safety and management. In an increasingly dynamic industry, there is one element that remains crucial and constant—the vehicles that make up our fleets.
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