Fleet management, like many parts of the shipping industry, is equal parts art and science. It’s a delicate balancing act between keeping everything moving forward efficiently and networking, while ensuring you’re in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
Let’s take a look at some fleet management best practices that you should include as part of your standard operating procedures if you don’t already.
If you operate a trucking company in the United States or Canada, you're probably familiar with the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA). The IFTA is a cooperative arrangement between the 48 contiguous American states and 10 Canadian provinces that enables inter-jurisdictional carriers to pay fuel consumption taxes under a single license.
Every year, roughly 4 million commercial motor vehicles in North America will go through a roadside inspection process. The objective of such inspections is to ensure that commercial trucks and buses are operating safely on highways and roads across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With the help of this guide, you'll get a better understanding of what to expect during a roadside inspection.
In today's highly competitive trucking environment, providing exceptional customer service is paramount. Even one late or damaged shipment can be enough for a customer to seek another carrier.
The cost of diesel fuel has traditionally been one of the largest expenses for trucking and transportation businesses. As a company owner or fleet manager, finding ways to utilize fuel more efficiently can reduce your operating costs and boost productivity. For most companies, a multipronged approach consisting of monitoring and improving driver behavior, instituting stringent vehicle maintenance practices, implementing telematics, and taking the time to "spec" trucks delivers the best results.
Fleet management trends change rapidly as technology develops and common procedures evolve. Following and tracking fleet industry trends over time presents a perfect example of how new technology can change the future of fleet management.
Truck driver turnover is a challenge faced by many businesses in the commercial transportation industry. In 2018, driver turnover rates reached 94% in the first quarter. Though this number is discouraging for fleet managers, there are effective ways to reduce truck and fleet driver turnover.
All U.S. commercial vehicle operators are subject to federal safety regulations by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT's mission is for the United States to be globally recognized as the world's leading transportation system. A robust national transportation system bolsters our country's economic opportunities while connecting communities coast to coast.
Fleet managers need a way to organize their fleet information and data. An established system stores data in a way that is useful for reference or analysis to improve your business. One of the best solutions available is a fleet management system, which tracks and monitors your vehicles, storing data in a central place. These systems make it easier to manage and update your fleet so you can be more efficient and reduce your operational costs.
A fleet management system tracks and monitors vehicles at all times. This level of supervision is needed in the industry since your fleet can be involved in many different scenarios, from different driving habits to vehicle wear and tear. The system stores fleet data, including vehicle specifications, service schedules, and insurance documents. It makes fleet management easier and gives you easy access to up-to-date information.
Telematics involves gathering data from various sensors and gauges, recording it on a device, and then using telecommunication or cellular networks to transmit that data to a server or computer. From there, the information can be used in a wide variety of applications.
Choosing the best software to manage your fleet requires some research to identify options that meet your company's needs. With an understanding of how to choose fleet management software, such as key features that will make your job easier, you can quickly find a software solution to improve the efficiency of handling your fleet.
On June 12, 2021, the new Canadian ELD Rule is scheduled to go into effect. The rule, similar to the one that went into effect in the U.S. in December 2017, will require all motor carriers to have a certified electronic logging device on board.
To tackle the many aspects of fleet management, you need a clear-cut guide that outlines your responsibilities as a fleet manager and helps you optimize your role. Here is everything you need to know to maximize your company's fleet management benefits.
In an ongoing effort to provide flexibility for truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation is altering some hours of service (HOS) rules. The DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published final rules June 1, 2020 and the new hours of service regulations go into effect September 29, 2020.
Reducing a CSA score takes time, but the more inspections a driver has that are violation free, the better (lower) the score becomes. Use the tips below to improve scores and the FMCSA help center for more information and printable handouts for over-the-road support.
What is the number one way to maximize a truck driver’s hours of service? There are many ways, but reducing dwell time at the loading dock is a great place to start. This article will show the best strategies to avoid reductions in drive time, HOS violations, detention fines, and much more by reducing the amount of time a truck driver has to wait for his or her truck to be loaded or unloaded.
The aim of this article is here to show everyone – car drivers, truck drivers, safety managers, and warehouse attendants – can do their part to ensure that the roadways are safe this winter.