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.
Our team is looking forward to attending the TCA Safety and Security Division Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, May 19-21. If you're attending the conference, please join us at booth #205 in the expo area to learn how fleets of all sizes can utilize our mobile fleet management solutions to help improve safety, compliance, fuel management, and productivity.
As powerful mobile computing capabilities becomes available on a greater selection of devices –data is also becoming more accessible, and more valuable, to trucking companies. This is one of the primary reason we’ve identified “data” as the second major mobile computing trend impacting our industry. The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend has influenced nearly every major business market, with consumers bringing and using their personal devices at work, and the trucking industry is no exception. New mobile applications, which are now delivered via the cloud, are giving fleets access to data they’ve never had before...
As our industry prepares for new regulatory mandates, I thought it would be timely to examine emerging fleet management solutions and best practices. Because there are too many topics to cover in just one blog post, I will be exploring the top mobile computing trends for 2013 in a five part series. The first trend I’d like to focus on is “Compliance Management.”
Our team is getting ready to pack up and head out to Cincinnati for the National Private Truck Council Education Management Conference, April 28-30. If you're attending the conference, please join us at booth #808 in the exhibition hall to learn how our solutions help private fleets better manage workflow, routes, driver hours, vehicle maintenance, inspection reports, delivery assignments, and CSA compliance, all while keeping costs down.
The trucking industry is going through a technology revolution and the new FMCSA Hours of Service (HOS) rules take effect soon. Are you ready? Do you have a plan in place to implement new FMCSA rules across your entire fleet? Do you have a way to educate drivers on how the new rules might affect them? Do you have a process to streamline your compliance management?
During a recent interview with Red Eye Radio, I discussed the importance of fleet managers having a positive relationship with their drivers. As drivers are out on the road for fluctuating periods of time, face-to-face interaction that exists in a normal work environment is close to non-existent. FleetRisk Advisors’ predictive analytics technology allows fleet managers to tune into what’s happening in their drivers’ lives while they are on the road, encouraging positive and proactive communication...
With the recent explosive growth of in-cab technology, our customers have begun to ask, “How much technology is too much”,” and, “How can we most effectively pinpoint and integrate the right technology to fit our unique operational needs”? The answer is simple: It’s not always about adding more technology to your fleet operations, it’s about adding the right technology.
Did you know that during the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Brake Safety Week, more than 3,000 trucks were placed out-of-service for brake-related violations--that's more than one out of every seven vehicles. How would brake related out-of-service violations impact your business if one in seven of your vehicle were placed out-of-service? The impacts could include...