The Importance of Electronic Driver Logs

Compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Hours of Service (HOS) regulations related to drive and rest times are vitally important in reducing accidents and fatalities that may result from drivers who may be “at the wheel” for too long.  Completing hand-written driver logs can be problematic for the driver as he/she has to take time out of their workday to enter this information manually. Inadvertent errors may occur, putting the driver at risk for an undeserved citation and fine – which can be quite large, to say the least.

Reltima’s HOS Electronic Driver Log application takes most of the work of completing these logs manually out of the driver’s hands – thereby making it easier to focus on the work that needs to be done for the day. A driver simply logs into the system, using a Mobile Data Terminal (MDT) clicks the “On Duty” button and the system senses when the vehicle is driving or stopped while still on duty. The MDT then adjusts the driver’s log accordingly. At the end of the day the driver clicks the “Off Duty” button and the log is complete. This information can also be reviewed by a dispatcher or manager on our web-based application at any time and can generate alerts when possible HOS rules violations are about to occur. State boundary crossing are also automatically recorded taking the onus away from the driver to manually log this information.

When it comes to driver log compliance The Reltima HOS Electronic Driver Log system is very helpful in ensuring that drivers operate their motor vehicles within the FMCSA designated rules thereby increasing both driver and pedestrian safety. For more information on the system please visit this link:

http://reltima.com/solutions_driverlog.html

For a system demo call Don Lewis @ Reltima GPS Fleet Management Systems (617) 842-4811

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Reltima Releases New GPS Fleet Tracking System Buyer’s Guide

Reltima has compiled a GPS fleet tracking system buyer’s guide to help those interested in learning about GPS tracking applications and what to look for when purchasing a system. Click here to read the guide and learn what works best when using a telematics system to improve your fleet operations and reduce costs –

http://reltima.com/docs/Reltima_Buyers_Guide-Dec10_2014.pdf

 

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Reltima Releases Perigee Fleet MD – Remote Engine Diagnostics at Your Fingetips

Reltima now offers you the ability to see your engine’s Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) information in your Perigee tracking system. Key data from your engine’s computer can be reviewed in our already robust report module. You may now review inspection pass/fail status before an inspection takes place and have the ability to make the necessary repairs to insure compliance. The Fleet MD system also clearly displays any Diagnostic Trouble Codes as they are triggered thereby reducing the extra man-hours needed to diagnose these problems manually. The system also states the severity of the problem based on the activity of the check engine light as it relates to color or blink frequency.

The Fleet MD Engine Diagnostics Platform now allows you to increase the operational life of your vehicles while helping to improve your “bottom-line”. Call us for more information at 617-842-4811 and start increasing your fleet profitability now.

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Reltima Releases New “Posted Speed” report

We are very pleased to announce the deployment of our new Posted Speed Limit Report. This report displays critical data in reference to a vehicle’s speed in relation to the current traffic flow and any actual breaches of the actual posted speed limit. The report actually tracks the average speed of the surrounding traffic at any point on the highway and can ascertain actual breaches of the posted speed limit. In the example below you can see columns for the following purposes –

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1. Vehicle Name in top right hand corner.
2. Date – Date and time of activity.
3. Driver – Assigned driver. (In this example the driver was included in the actual vehicle name)
4. Traffic – Speed of surrounding traffic at time of data posting
5. Speed – Speed of vehicle at time of posting
6. Over – MPH over “Posted” or “Traffic” speed (as selected in box shown below next to “Violation Of”)
If the “Posted Speed” designation is selected from the drop-down menu in the box shown below then the MPH shown in the “Over” column will display the amount of MPH the vehicle was traveling over the posted speed limit at the time of the data posting. If the “Traffic” designation was selected from the drop-down menu then the “Over” column will display the amount of MPH the vehicle is traveling above the average speed of of the traffic flow at the time of the data posting.
7-9. Address, City, State – Vehicle location information at the time of data posting.
10. Number of total violations for this vehicle is listed at the bottom right hand side of the entry for this vehicle.

The report also displays violations in 3 darkening shades of red. Pink denotes speed limit or traffic flow breaches of up to 5 mph, light red denotes breaches between 6 and 15 mph and red denotes breaches of over 16 mph.

You may run this report for specific fleet or all trucks as well and you may also choose a date range using the calendar provided. By checking the ‘Show violations only” box you may also choose to see all speed reports or only those where a violation exists. The report below shows all speed data.

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Reltima Adds New Features in GPS Fleet Tracking Application

We are pleased to announce the addition of several new features which will add to our already robust feature set for tracking and managing commercial fleet vehicles. We continue to strive for excellence in providing the best in GPS fleet management technology and will continue to add functionality at a brisk pace. The new features are as follows -

  • Graphs for Fleet Performance Analysis – Users now have the ability to see fleet metrics such as total stop and idle times as well a fleet averages in a graphical format using colored bar graphs that display vehicle performance against the fleet average for the specified metric. This is viewable in our Fleet Summary Report.
  • Zoom to Scroll - This feature enables a user to zoom in or out on the map by simply scrolling the mouse wheel as opposed to double-clicking and re-centering the map at each new zoom level using the previous zoom method.
  • Totals & Average Time Spent at Saved Locations - System users now have the ability to see the total time spent at a saved location or the actual average time spent at the location over a specified date range. This may be accessed in the Location Retrospective Report.
  • Print Route - Routes and messages constructed and saved in the routing module may now be printed to be given to a driver or dispatcher for reference purposes. Simply click the print icon and the document will print for dissemination.

We will update you on new features that will be deployed shortly and look forward to continuing or efforts to remain the best GPS fleet management value in the marketplace today. Please visit us at www.reltima.com for more information.

 

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Feds ban use of hand-held cell phones for commercial drivers

The writing has been on the wall for a while, but now the federal government has made it official: Interstate truck and bus drivers can no longer use hand-held cell phones while driving.

U.S. Transportation Secretary announced the final rule on Wednesday, just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The joint rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held cell phone while operating a commercial truck or bus.

Potential penalties for a violation of the new regulation include:

  • civil penalties of up to $2,750 for drivers for each offense
  • disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses
  • suspension of a driver’s commercial driver’s license after two or more serious traffic violations
  • maximum penalty of $11,000 for commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving.

About four million commercial drivers will be affected by the rule.

FMCSA research shows using a hand-held cell phone requires a commercial driver to take several risky steps beyond what’s required for using a hands-free phone, including searching and reaching for the phone.

Commercial drivers reaching for an object are three times more likely to be involved in a crash. Dialing a hand-held phone makes it six times more likely that commercial drivers will be involved in a crash.

This isn’t the first step the federal government has taken in this area. In September 2010, FMCSA issued a regulation banning text messaging while operating a commercial truck or bus. PHMSA followed up with a similar rule in February 2011 for intrastate hazardous materials drivers.

More than 5,400 people died and half a million were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2009.

Many large truck and bus companies, such as UPS, Wal-Mart, Peter Pan and Greyhound, already had policies banning their drivers from using hand-held phones.

Do you think state governments should follow up with bans on hand-held cell phones while driving for all drivers? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Fred Hosier – Safety News Alert – www.safetynewsalert.com

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Reltima Electronic Driver Logs Ease The Hassle Of Manually Recording DOT Driver Activity

Reltima HOS, an electronic DOT driver log platform, was developed to reduce the workload by both the driver and fleet manager when entering and tracking DOT driver logs. The application has become an important tool  in optimizing the process needed to remain compliant with the Department of Transportation’s driver activity standard. Used in conjunction with our base GPS fleet tracking system this new application opens a whole new market for long-haul trucking companies that need improved DOT driver log management.

Traditionally, the use of paper logs has proved to be a very expensive proposition – from both a time and management perspective. inaccurate logs can lead to costly DOT fines and the manpower needed to track and manage multiple paper logs in large fleets can be expensive and unreliable. additionally poorly managed logs by the driver can lead to excessive driving which can increase the likelihood of accidents and injury. Using the Reltima HOS Electronic Driver Log system makes the process of completing these logs extremely easy. With just a few keystrokes, using an in-cab LCD Mobile Data Terminal or EOBR (electronic on-board recorder), a driver can change his/her driving status and the required data will be posted seamlessly to the log. This eliminates the need to manually find the location data at the time of a status change and enables a clear and accurate picture of the driver’s activity to be available for inspectors on the roadways.

More importantly, the driver activity data and DOT log, entered at the in-cab terminal, is parsed wirelessly to the company account where it can be reviewed and properly managed from any PC with internet access. additional features include the ability to send two-way messages and record toll and fuel purchase information. For more information on this and other Reltima GPS Fleet Tracking solutions please visit us at www.reltima.com or call us at 781-569-2051.

 

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Key Reltima GPS Fleet Tracking Features That Can Save You Money

Our GPS Fleet Tracking system was specifically designed to reduce fleet expenses with regard to fuel, overtime and operational costs. Our clients have shown us that reducing these expenses by as much as 30% is not out of the ordinary. Here’s how they do it –

  1. Use our Idle Report to manage the behavior of your drivers when they are parked. One hour of idling uses 1.5 gallons of fuel. Some drivers idle their vehicles excessively resulting in thousands of dollars in unnecessary fuel costs. A 10 truck fleet, with just an extra 2 hours of idling per week (per truck) will waste 1,440 gallons of fuel over the course of a year resulting in added fuels costs of $5,256.00.
  2. Use our Route Replay Tool to improve driver performance and review compliance with a vehicle’s pre-set route. This tool allows you to see a play-by-play version of your vehicle’s actual route traveled for the day. This allows you analyze the driver’s activity and suggest more productive ways to get to and from each customer location.
  3. Use our Speeding Report to review events of excessive speeds traveled by your drivers to reduce the likelihood of accidents. This will improve accident experience and reduce insurance costs.
  4. Use our Maintenance Planning System to schedule and record vehicle maintenance which will reduce more expensive repair costs and increase the life of your vehicle. Receive early warning alerts so that service work can be performed on time.
  5. Use our Fleet Summary Report to analyze metrics such as average fleet idle and stop times to drive down fleet costs.

Using our GPS Fleet Tracking System to its full  potential will allow you to increase profit and improve customer service so that you will gain a foot-hold as a top performer in you industry.

Don Lewis

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SmartAntenna – The Ultimate Anti-Theft Device

Some of us have “been there”. Some of us haven’t. For those who “have” remembering the hardships caused by the theft of a fleet vehicle are easy to remember. Police and insurance reports, accounting of missing tools and/or valuables and lost work due to reduced fleet capabilities have hurt both small and large fleet operators alike. In fact, the impact on smaller sized fleets can be much greater as managers scramble to satisfy the current workload when a vehicle and its tools have yet to be recovered and there is insufficient transportation to cover the overload. The Reltima SmartAntenna has been instrumental in the recovery of over $500,000 worth of vehicles and  associated property over the last 4 years. Here’s how. . .

Because of the small size of the SmartAntenna (it’s the size of a credit card) and the high-powered GPS antenna used for tracking purposes the device can easily be installed covertly (usually under the dash). This means there is no evidence of a tracking device in the vehicle. Our fleet tracking software, known as Teluware, allows a user to set alerts when a vehicle leaves a specific area or is towed away. More importantly the system is “always on” so one may receive immediate notification to inform the authorities that a theft is in progress.

At Reltima we recently helped a large client in Compton, CA recover 4 stolen tractor-trailers packed with merchandise. The police were able to easily identify the current location of the trucks and multiple suspects were arrested. Alerts were sent to the appropriate managers to denote suspicious movement and the vehicles were recovered a short time later. The recovery resulted in minimal losses and enabled the company to get the trucks back into the fleet rotation very quickly – negating additional potential losses caused by the inability to transport goods to their customers stores. 

Our GPS tracking and fleet management systems give you all the tools you’ll need to drastically decrease the recovery time of your stolen mobile assets. Many of our clients have also received sizeable negotiated insurance premium discounts due to the increased mobile security our system offers. Please visit us on the web at www.reltima.com for more information on these and other systems that can help you locate and manage your fleet more effectively.

DL

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Reltima Introduces Release Of “Reltima HOS” For Electronic DOT Driver Logs

We are pleased to announce the release of Reltima HOS – a proprietary GPS fleet management tool that gives truck drivers the ability to complete their DOT driver logs using a mobile data terminal. Using the Reltima SmartAntenna this activity is then transported wirelessly back to the customer’s web-based system management console for review by the appropriate personnel. By using a simple user-interface a driver can easily enter status changes without having to complete the customary handwritten driver log. This gives the driver more time to focus on his/her related job tasks. The system has also proven beneficial in reducing the work hours needed to collect, store and manage these records manually – for later use. The Reltima HOS platform stores data for up to 6 months and will produce reports detailing driver activity and log compliance which may then be exported to MS Excel or printed/saved as a pdf document. The system displays the following key metrics –

  • Clearly defined driver logs with high-resolution graphics
  • Exact addresses and time stamps for status changes
  • On-going compliance status to ensure drivers are driving within the required standards
  • Google maps detailing all driving activity
  • Scrollable logs to ensure inspectors have all required trip information
  • East-to-use interface ensures management and driver cooperation in using the system
This is how the log appears on the Mobile Data Terminal screen

For more information on this and other Reltima GPS fleet management systems please visit us on the web at www.reltima.com or call us at 781-569-2051.

 

 

 

 

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