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6 Ways to Reduce Fleet Costs

If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles, then you know what you are up against — rising fuel costs, strict compliance regulations and driver retention can keep your costs rising and profits low.

Reducing your fleet costs is not an easy task, but there are new tools and systems that can help. Many fleets are leveraging asset tracking systems to save money and boost productivity.

Depending on size, their savings are anywhere from tens-to-hundreds of thousands of dollars each year! Keep reading to find out how they’re doing it.

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No matter what size fleet you operate, there are multiple ways your company can cut costs and increase efficiencies.

 

Mobile Fluid Tank Tracking Solution Added to OneView

Here at Pedigree Technologies, we are excited to announce that a new solution has been added to the OneView platform product line. When used alongside the Titan Logix TD80™ liquid-level gauging system, OneView can now be used to remotely monitor levels of crude, produced water, acid, jet fuel and other liquid chemicals being hauled in tanker trailers.

A lack of visibility of locations and fluid levels can result in costly field delays when there are fluid shortages in tanks. With OneView, you can remotely track, monitor and manage fluid levels in transit and increase productivity by ensuring tanks are full.

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With the OneView mobile fluid tank tracking solution, you can ensure that tank capacity is utilized and fluids are being handled properly. Unauthorized unload alarms also aid in reducing your risk of exposure to liability issues related to illegal dumping.

The mobile fluid monitoring system was developed through a partnership between Pedigree Technologies, Titan Logix Corp. and Profab Industries Inc. Grant Cairns, Vice President and General Manager of the Pro-Fab Group of Companies stated, “We are thrilled to be working with world leaders Pedigree Technologies and Titan Logix to provide the most comprehensive remote and in-office fluid management solutions. We have used Titan Logix equipment for years on our Dura Haul trailers and we will now be offering this complete system with the latest in GPS technology from Pedigree Technologies OneView in our products, in addition to providing field installations worldwide.”

The TD80 gauging system is used to send fluid level readings to the OneView platform, which combines the data with the tank’s real-time GPS location. This allows a company to monitor tanks and other assets remotely and ensure proper handling is taking place. Pedigree Technologies Director of Product Management, Joshua DeCock said, “The main benefit of this feature is that companies can track where and how much fluid is picked up and dropped off. This gives traceability and helps ensure people are not dumping illegally or handling fluids improperly.”

Tank-level readings are taken any time the trailer comes to a stop. The system can also be programmed to send email and text message alerts if fluid levels change from one stop to the next.

Simplifying Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Requirements

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently clarified ELD requirements. In response to concerns and misconceptions related to ELD displaying and printing capabilities, FMCSA released a notice of regulatory guidance in a Federal Register.

So, What Did the FMCSA Say?

According to §395.15, ELDs with electronic displays must DISPLAY…

  • Driver’s total hours of driving today
  • The total hours on duty today
  • Total miles driving today
  • Total hours on duty for the 7 consecutive day period, including today
  • Total hours on duty for the prior 8 consecutive day period, including the present day
  • The sequential changes in duty status and the times the changes occurred for each driver using the device

According to the FMCSA, ELDs do not need to display all of the information that they are required to record. Specifically, they’ve said, “the two provisions differ because of the data display limitations of a minimally compliant [ELD].”

And, ELDs must also RECORD…

  • “Off duty” or “OFF”, or by an identifiable code or character
  • “Sleeper berth” or “SB” or by an identifiable code or character (only if the sleeper berth is used)
  • “Driving” or “D”, or by an identifiable code or character
  • “On-duty not driving” or “ON”, or by an identifiable code or character

As well as the following pieces of basic information:

  • Date
  • Total miles driving today
  • Truck or tractor and trailer number
  • Name of carrier
  • Main office address
  • 24-hour period starting time (e.g., midnight, 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m.)
  • Name of co-driver
  • Total hours
  • Shipping document number(s), or name of shipper and commodity

The OneView FleetPOV solution displays all of the items that an ELD must display. Additionally, a user logged in to OneView can see all of the items in the list of data that must be recorded.

The FMCSA has clarified that ELDs do not need to have printing capabilities. This after some inspection officials issued citations to drivers whose ELDs could not produce printed records. According to the FMCSA, “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) have never required [ELDs] to be capable of providing printed records at the roadside, although a driver may voluntarily do so if his/her [ELD] has that capability.”