Advantages of Eliminating Paper Run Tickets and Spreadsheets

Posted by Vertrax on Feb 13, 2019 9:15:00 AM

While many trucking organizations are embracing the new technology that has swept across the industry, some are still using outdated methods to conduct business. In a lot of cases, trucking leadership simply doesn’t know about the many ways technology can help make improvements business-wide.

For example, we conducted a survey and found that 20% of trucking organizations are still using paper run tickets and spreadsheets to handle their ticketing — an inefficient process that can be easily streamlined with an electronic solution.

Read on to discover the astonishing advantages that come with electronic ticketing, from increased productivity to better-informed business decisions.

Topics: paper log books, trucking technology

AOBRDs vs ELDs — Differences, Deadlines, and Transitioning

Posted by Vertrax on Feb 7, 2019 11:44:15 AM

The road to full compliance with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate has not been a smooth one. That being said, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) knew that it would take time for trucking companies to install ELDs in all commercial vehicles, and subsequently created a staggered implementation timeline to ease the transition.

But the final deadline is approaching quickly.

While December 18th of 2017 was a soft deadline requiring trucking companies to use either ELDs or existing automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs), by December 16, 2019, ELDs are mandatory for all drivers and carriers who are subject to the ELD rule. (In general, that means all drivers who maintain Record of Duty Statuses (RODS).)

Read on to learn about AOBRDs and ELDs — and how your fleet can make the transition with ease.

Topics: real-time technology, trucking technology

Top Trucking Trends of 2019

Posted by Vertrax on Jan 21, 2019 12:52:21 PM

The trucking industry is rapidly changing, and 2019 will play an integral role in this transformation. To have a successful year and beyond, it is vital to recognize the top trucking trends of 2019 and put in place processes to either capitalize or lessen the impact on your organization.

In order to help, here are the top 4 trucking trends we see having a big impact this year.

Topics: trucking technology

The Business Case for Funding Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Nov 16, 2018 3:05:19 PM

The transportation industry has undergone difficult changes in the past few years. Serious complications like rising fuel costs, driver shortages, and compliance with new mandates are just a few of the issues currently plaguing fleet leadership.

In this unpredictable environment, companies can be reluctant to invest in fleet management technology. After all, with revenue decreasing all around, why should businesses spend money on software?

While this is an important question to raise, the long-term benefits that fleet management technology provides far outweigh the price of the investment.

Topics: trucking technology

The Department of Transportation’s Automated Vehicle Guidelines

Posted by Vertrax on Oct 8, 2018 10:53:37 AM

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released an 80-page document titled “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0,” or “AV 3.0” for short. It expands the DOT’s voluntary guidance on the development of what they consider “automated vehicles.” This document builds on last September’s AV 2.0, with the intention of introducing a “comprehensive, multimodal approach toward safely integrating automation.”

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

The ELD Mandate’s Impact on Trucking Fleets So Far

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 21, 2018 5:01:29 PM

The Electronic Logging Device mandate went into effect in December of 2017 and full enforcement began in April of 2018. It has been a bumpy road in terms of implementation and enforcement thus far. The mandate requires “ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS),” states the FMCSA. Drivers that utilized automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) before the December ELD deadline are grandfathered in and can continue using these devices until December 16, 2019.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Hours of Service Rules May Be Changing — How to Prepare

Posted by Vertrax on Sep 7, 2018 1:37:02 PM

The ELD mandate that took effect at the beginning of the year has been a hot button issue. The mandate’s purpose is to make the roads safer for everyone travelling them, so with it came a greater focus on the Hours of Service (HOS) requirements for drivers.

Topics: trucking technology, safe driving

Keeping the Capacity Crunch Under Control with Fleet Management Technology

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 24, 2018 4:19:38 PM

The capacity crunch the trucking industry is currently facing poses a major threat to all parties involved. There are a myriad of reasons for the tightness in the market, with each one compounding on the next.

Topics: trucking technology

Electronic Reporting and the Benefits it Holds for Your Fleet Management

Posted by Vertrax on Aug 10, 2018 4:18:08 PM

Almost every aspect of business operations are moving online — and for good reason. The accessibility and organization which online services offer improves operational efficiency and reduces costs — and as we’ve previously covered, operating costs in the transportation industry are on the rise.

Topics: trucking technology, real-time technology

How the Right Transportation Technology Helps Combat Rising Operating Costs

Posted by Vertrax on Jul 27, 2018 1:59:05 PM

Historically, margins in the transportation industry have almost always been slim. But in recent years, various factors have been increasing operating costs, thus decreasing margins even more. According to an analysis by PLG Consulting, trucking costs are poised to rise 8% to 10% this year. While most of these factors cannot be controlled, it is essential to be aware of them so that you can prepare for the future.

Topics: trucking technology