Angel suggests the use of electronic logs, which automatically calculates driving hours of service through a combination of GPS location and vehicle management engine diagnostic information, to reduce HOS violations. “Since Aug. 16 the HOS BASIC has been the No. 1 violation, and e-logs can reduce that by 15 percent.”
Charlie Mohn, product marketing manager for XATA, says a majority of the food and beverage industry has already adopted the e-logs trend, so fleets without this tool are at a disadvantage over carriers already using it.
The NPTC’s Schweitzer says private fleets and the government are now considering other technologies such as electronic stability controls, lane departure warning systems and collision warning systems to help avoid crash indicator BASIC violations.
“The Department of Transportation is looking at those technologies with regards to trucking, but I think we are a way’s away from mandating that type of technology, although a lot of companies have voluntarily taken them on,” says Schwietzer.
Controlling speeding and keeping up with preventive vehicle maintenance is another way to avoid crash indicator BASIC violations.
“In fleets that have a metropolitan footprint, there’s a big drive to help track and improve how fast drivers are driving,” says Mohn.
Speeding is a concern for fleet managers and their insurers because it not only indicates unsafe driver behavior; it also results in poor fuel economy and increased vehicle maintenance. Speed tracking helps fleet operators identify high-risk driver behavior and train drivers to correct their habits.
“The solution we have launched around speed management combines SpeedGauge, a commercial vehicle GPS data provider for speed tracking and analysis, and XataScope” says Mohn. “It pinpoints areas like school zones and construction zones using a database of millions of geofenced areas with data from nearly every major street in the United States and Canada.”