The advantage of using electronic logs for your trucking fleet

The advantage of using electronic logs for your trucking fleet

commercial vans in rowTrucking companies across the country facing the prospect of mandated electronic logs should get informed about what is involved in this upcoming change and how to ensure they are fully compliant with the requirements set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

A trucking fleet can be difficult to manage and maintain with optimal cost to revenue balance and an electronic log system could offer big benefits in this area. This makes the electronic log requirement by the FMCSA more than just a means to compliance.

As noted by Telogis, an approved electronic logging system will provide the needed level of compliance for a trucking company but the benefits do not stop there. Businesses can glean valuable information into the behavior of their drivers with these systems. Data such as speeds of driving, hard braking and more can help businesses identify the safety practices of many of their drivers and work to more effectively manage risks. Additionally, a more watchful eye on hours of service can help to keep drivers safer and reduce the risk of accidents due to fatigue while simultaneously maintaining compliance with federal regulations.

Managing costs can be perhaps one of the biggest reasons that companies should embrace electronic logs. Learning about idle time, poor route choices or even unauthorized fuel card purchases can help businesses find ways to cut waste, reduce costs and ultimately increase the bottom line.

Truckinginfo.com reported on one North Carolina-based company with a 500-truck fleet that instituted electronic record-keeping and noted many critical business gains as a result. The company is said to have been able to cut the staffing in its compliance department in half saving huge personnel and administrative costs. The driver fatigue score for the company overall improved and the violations related to breaking hours of service rules dropped dramatically.

The elimination of third-party logging also cut costs for the trucking company and furthered their overall return on investment for the electronic system. The first 45 days of use for the new system was implemented on only 50 trucks. After seeing the results in just that time, they opted to implement it for all trucks in the fleet.

Smart trucking and transportation companies will quickly learn that electronic logging systems are more than just ways of keeping driver logs to avoid regulation violations. This new technology can become a critical business facilitator and help to drive improved results.

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