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The ELD Mandate Is Coming

Posted by Chuck Melton

Jul 13, 2017 9:53:18 AM

Research on Business Folder in Multicolor Card Index. Closeup View. Blurred Image..jpegCan you say, with complete certainty, that you are ready?

 

As I was browsing through Facebook the other day, I saw a post that startled me. It said, "It's July - that means 5 months until Christmas." It immediately sent a rush of panic in me. I've got about 3 or 4 months to get ready financially and mentally for the Holiday season. In fact, once Fall gets here, it seems like I blink and it's December 25. 

Do you realize what this means for you?

 

You only have 5 months to be ELD Compliant. You should remove weeks from that timeframe for the sake of vetting your vendor, setting up the program, and training your drivers. That can take weeks or months depending on your time bandwidth. You've got months, literally months to be complaint. Now that I put it that way, it sounds overwhelming and difficult. Are you feeling that same holiday panic that hit me?

Over the next several weeks, we will be publishing a blog series on the ELD Mandate. This first one is starting at the very basics. There are some common sense steps you can take to be ready and to do so with confidence. You have most likely already done all of the below, but you might now be aware of the ways that we can assist you. Let's cover them.

1. Research the ELD Complaince Ruling

You might be rolling your eyes at this one. Whether you love or hate the mandate, embrace it or fight it, you've probably fully researched it. Assuming you haven't already, research the mandate and know how and if it impacts your organization. Be aware of any exemptions that apply to you and make note of any inadequacies your program has. 

Are you looking for an easy place to start? Download the ELD Checklist for Drivers and the one for Carriers as provided on the FMCSA website. 

 2. Research ELD Complaint Equipment Providers

We can make this part reaslly easy on you. I'm assuming you have found yourself to this blog post because you were already doing this step or have done so in the past. Surprise! Our HorizonGo App integrates with the J.J. Keller logging device which meets the requirements of the ELD Mandate. It also integrates with several programs you are already using.

FMCSA offers a list of providers although it is not a "preferred" list, it is just a list of carriers who registered to be listed on the site. If you need assistance on what to look for in a logging device, we will gladly help you out. Contact us and let us know that you need some help getting started.

3. Implement Your Program and Train Your Staff

Through software integrations with the programs you use daily, we are able to help make this last step effortless for you. It's always been our goal to make it easier for trucking companies to embrace new technology and improve their bottom line with high quality trucking software. We will be with you through every step of the process from set-up to training; all the way to success.

We are able to do this through our Horizon Suite of Software, including our newest software offering - the HorizonGo app. 

Here are a few of the benefits of using our app or a combination of our services:

  • Cloud-based security
  • Benefit from web-based, mobile friendly dispatching and tracking
  • Improve cash flow and eliminate delays in billing
  • Integrate with third party software and onboard devices
  • View routes on Maps & Drivers' Location
  • Simple Process for Trip Settlements
  • Flexible, Custom Reporting
  • Data backups

If you are ready to complete step 3 and continue the research of the HorizonGo app, contact us today for a demo.

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The foundation of Melton Technologies (MTI) has always been about making it easier for trucking companies to embrace new technology and improve their bottom line with high quality trucking software. We took the knowledge and experience of over 60 years in trucking and built the Horizon Trucking Software Suite to help people like you manage your fleet more effectively and add value to your business. Let Melton Technologies help you bring your fleet into the 21st century.

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Chuck Melton

Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based onboard systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st-century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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More Changes From FMCSA Mean Less Work for Trucking Companies

Posted by Chuck Melton

May 6, 2015 1:25:25 PM

FMCSA Changes for Trucking CompaniesDefects in trucking equipment are a major concern for not only fleet owners and drivers, but also for the general driving public. As a result, the standard has been that drivers are required to perform pre-trip and post-trip inspections with a submitted report, regardless of the defect. As of December 2014, the rules regarding the submission of these reports has changed. Have you heard about the changes?

Changes in Ruled Away Reports

FMCSA has issued a final ruling that eliminates the need for reports from drivers who have found no defects upon inspection. What this means is less paperwork to manage. Overall, this change is estimated to save the trucking industry more than one billion dollars per year.

“Truck operators will still be required to perform post-trip inspections, but if no issues are found, no report has to be submitted. Drivers will also still be required to perform pre-trip inspections of their equipment. Carriers will also still be required to review the reports and act on any deficiencies prior to dispatching the truck again... FMCSA says that roughly 95 percent of DVIRs are defect-free. Elimination of the reporting requirement of that 95 percent will allow carriers and the agency to better concentrate on the 5 percent of DVIRs that do contain defects, FMCSA says.”
– OverDriveOnline.com

Are FMCSA Changes Negative or Positive?

Are you happy to see this change? Do you foresee any negative impact that it might have on trucking safety?
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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based onboard systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st-century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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2 Major Advantages of Managing Your Fleet Through the Cloud

Posted by Chuck Melton

Apr 29, 2015 4:10:03 PM

When it comes to trucking industry technology, there have been a number of exciting developments in recent years, including GPS and wireless communication devices. However, one of the main problems with such technologies is tying them all together. Until recently, the task of bringing together wireless trucking technologies has meant that fleet managers had to use hard-wired devices and often proprietary software that could only be accessed through company computers back at headquarters. What this has meant is that drivers would need to also use proprietary devices in order to access a trucking company’s system, and even then, getting paperwork back to the office generally had to be done manually. Thankfully, today, a solution is being offered that can manage all of these drawbacks; cloud computing for the trucking industry.

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Up, Up into the Air with Cloud Computing

Cloud computing basically means hosting software on a remote server where it can be accessed from multiple devices in multiple locations to help in managing your fleet. Through cloud computing for the trucking industry, drivers, dispatchers, fleet managers, and staff can all use the functionality of the software without having to install or manage it, and such software can be accessed from smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and other Internet-capable devices. Essentially, cloud computing eliminates the need to always check back in with headquarters in order to communicate. You simply log into the website where your software is hosted and all of your data is available in real-time, as are any changes that have been made.

Faster Updates and Payments with the Cloud

In addition, using cloud-based technology to manage your fleet allows for faster updates regarding truck driver location and routing, and it can also provide trucking companies with a quicker way to receive payment information from customers. For example, if a driver is en route with a load and a major accident shuts down a highway that the driver needs to access, dispatch can log into their cloud-based software, update the driver’s route to avoid the area, and the driver will receive the updated routing information in real-time. Once the driver reaches his or her destination and delivers the load, he or she can take a picture of the billing paperwork using a smartphone or tablet and then upload it to the cloud where it can be saved and accessed. This means that a signed document can be processed faster, allowing you to invoice your customers faster, ultimately meaning you’ll get paid faster.

At Melton Technologies, we’re working on cloud-based solutions that allow for fleet managers to increase efficiency and productivity. Our team is excited to reveal all of the amazing features and functionality to be included with Horizon Web, so stay tuned for additional updates, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest news.

How do you feel about cloud computing? Are you currently using any software that is hosted in the cloud? Leave your comments below to sound off, and don’t forget to share this article on Facebook, Twitter, and your other social media profiles.

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based onboard systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

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Which is More Important: Your Fleet or Your Truck Drivers?

Posted by Chuck Melton

Apr 21, 2015 8:02:43 AM

It’s a classic conundrum that many business owners find themselves facing: where should resource investments go? Should employees be the focus, or should infrastructure be the focus? As a fleet manager, you have likely had to deal with the same challenge in deciding whether to pay more attention to driver needs as opposed to the needs of your fleet. The issue is further complicated when you look at it as a chicken-and-egg scenario; if your drivers aren’t happy, you won’t have anyone to drive the fleet, but if the fleet isn’t taken care of, the drivers won’t have work and will be unhappy.

 

Importance_of_Fleet_and_DriversAlthough it can seem daunting when trying to balance these two factors, the simple answer is that your drivers are more important in the equation. Why? Because you can replace parts on a truck, but it’s very hard to replace dedicated, hardworking employees. As you may have already felt yourself, the driver shortage has proven that it can be quite difficult to retain top talent, and as a result, many fleet managers have been left scrambling to come up with ways to keep drivers happy.

How Technology Factors into Driver Satisfaction

One of the most popular solutions that fleet managers have been employing is the addition of technology, both at headquarters and in trucks. Many of today’s drivers, especially younger ones, rely so much on technology for everyday tasks. As a result, they expect to be able to enjoy technology on the job. On top of that, today’s trucking technology, including cloud-based software services, creates greater efficiency, allowing drivers to get more done with less hassle. Drivers also like to use technology to keep in touch with loved ones while on long runs. For example, video conferencing technologies have greatly advanced in the past five years, and drivers can now have face-to-face conversations with family and friends on the road.

But Does Your Fleet Matter?

Although keeping your drivers happy should be your top priority, your fleet does matter. As mentioned, finding the right balance can be a struggle, but you can actually kill two birds with one stone by keeping your fleet updated with new technologies. Because drivers prefer to work at companies that employ modern tracking technologies, you can keep them happy and maintain your fleet by taking advantage of things like EOBRs and cloud computing. Using cloud computing can allow you to receive important information about the number of hours that a particular truck has been on the road in between servicing, but it can also give your drivers the ability to quickly send back billing information from clients, allowing them have payments processed faster, leading to happy drivers who are more likely to stick with your company for the long haul.

What are some ways you use to keep your drivers happy? Do you agree that your drivers are the most important element?Leave your comments below to sound off, and don’t forget to share this content on Facebook, Twitter, and your other social media accounts.

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based onboard systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

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Is a Truck Driver Sign-On Bonus Really Effective?

Posted by Chuck Melton

Apr 2, 2015 7:08:00 AM

When it comes to attracting and retaining truck drivers, over half of all trucking companies are now offering sign-on bonuses, and that number was zero in 2010. Part of the allure of a sign-on bonus is easy money for the driver, but in most cases, the driver will need to commit to a certain amount of time with the company as a part of the deal. While this sounds good on paper, in practice, it might not be all as it seems.

TruckerDriverSignOnBonusThe problem here is that you’ve forced a driver to commit, and even if he or she becomes disgruntled and wants to leave, the threat of repaying the sign-on bonus will be hanging over his or her head. At that point, you’ll have an employee who is simply sticking around because he or she has to, not because he or she wants to. This can then result in lowered productivity, poor customer service, and a hit to your bottom line.

Instead of a sign-on bonus, consider offering benefits, like technology, in order to entice new drivers to join your company. Things like cloud-based devices, such as tablets, in the cab, can be a bigger draw than you realize to younger drivers.

“Half of truckload carriers are now offering sign-on bonuses as a way to attract new drivers, according to the American Trucking Associations' recently released 2014 Driver Compensation Study. The average sign-on bonus was $2,300. Gordon Klemp with the National Transportation Institute says their pay package data tracking has shown bonuses as high as $15,000 for teams and $4,000 or more for solo drivers.” –Truckinginfo.com

Does your company offer drivers a sign-on bonus? Are you concerned about the potential for damaging driver relationships? Leave your comments below to sound off.

 

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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2015 Shaping Up to Be Banner Year for Cloud Services

Posted by Chuck Melton

Mar 31, 2015 7:00:00 AM

The Future of Cloud Services and SaaS

A recent study produced by Goldman Sachs suggests that 2015 is going to be the biggest year yet for cloud computing and, in particular, software-as-a-service, or SaaS. In a nutshell, SaaS is a strategy through which end users are able to gain access to and uses software that is hosted on a remote server. This strategy reduces the need to install files on local devices, and it also allows end users to access software from anywhere with an Internet connection across multiple devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Cloud Services and Saas in 2015What Saas Projections Mean for Your Trucking Company

The study forecasts that global SaaS revenues will reach $106 billion by 2016, and in 2015, SaaS providers are expected to see a 42% increase in end-user purchases. What this means for your trucking company is that now is the time to take advantage of cloud computing services, such as Melton Technologies’ upcoming Horizon Web, so that your fleet and drivers will be ready when cloud computing becomes the norm.

“Centaur Partners and other firms mentioned in this roundup are seeing more enterprise-size deals for cloud computing infrastructure and applications. While each of these consultancies and research firms have varying forecasts for the next few years, all agree that cloud computing adoption is accelerating in enterprises on a global scale.” – Forbes.com

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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3 Things Excel Will Never Do for Your Company

Posted by Chuck Melton

Mar 26, 2015 1:45:13 PM

Microsoft Excel has allowed business owners of the world the ability to quickly and accurately create and maintain spreadsheets of data that are easy to read and update. However, while Excel (and similar spreadsheet programs) is used by many trucking companies to keep up with data, there are a number of limitations that come along with its usage. Below are three examples of things that Excel will never be able to do for your company:

Document Management for Trucking Companies

Excel is a wonderful solution for managing data, but what about documents? As data gets compiled into spreadsheet format, your company needs to be able to manage these documents and others, and this is something Excel can’t do. Instead, uploading documents to the cloud is a better choice. By using cloud-based technology to manage your company’s documents, you, your drivers, and other staff will be able to access documents in the office or out of the office from a variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, desktops, and laptops.

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Maintaining Hours of Service

While it’s true that you could keep up with drivers’ hours of service using Excel, to do so would require a great deal of time, and the possibility of error is quite high. On top of that, inputting hours of service times would need to be handled by office staff, and the information would need to be relayed from the driver. This then means that staff would need to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to get this task completed. A better alternative would be to use cloud technology that interfaces with onboard devices that can track hours of service. This way, you’ll know how long a driver or a truck has been on the road, allowing you to manage scheduling and maintenance more efficiently.

Limitations on Driver Data Input and Visibility

Finally, Excel comes with some pretty serious limitations on data input. For example, column widths can only support 255 characters, and rows can only be 409 points in height. Likewise, cells can only contain 32,767 characters, and while that may sound like a lot, think about all of the data you input regarding various aspects of your business. These limitations are made worse by the inability to see your data clearly when cells are highlighted or collapsed, leading to the potential for missed data and lowered productivity while searching for data. What you should try instead is to work with cloud-based software that allows you to input unlimited data in a way that it is clearly displayed and easily accessible from any Internet-connected device.

Once again, Excel is a powerful tool and it certainly has its place in the office, but if you’re relying on it too much without exploring cloud-based alternatives, you could be doing more harm than good.

How do you feel about Excel? Have you noticed additional limitations? Leave your comments below to sound off, and don’t forget to share this content on Facebook, Twitter, and your other social networks.

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Chuck Melton

Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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The Mobile Fleet Manager: Mobile Technology Can Make Your Life Easier

Posted by Chuck Melton

Mar 19, 2015 9:19:53 AM

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade, you likely have some type of mobile device. Be it a smartphone, a tablet, or a laptop, you know that mobile technology has grown by leaps and bounds as of recent, but what you might not know is that mobile technology is quickly becoming the go-to solution for fleet managers across the country. Combined with cloud computing, mobile technology offers a wide variety of options for fleet managers, dispatchers, drivers, and other staff to quickly and efficiently handle tasks from routing to billing.

It’s Like Having a Mini Computer in Your Pocket

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Mobile devices today are so powerful that most of them have the same processing power as computers from a few years ago. The advantage to that is, however, that software is so streamlined today that this amount of processing power is more than enough to run all kinds of apps. As a result, today’s mobile devices can be used for a variety of business purposes in the trucking industry. From something as simple as taking a picture of billing paperwork to be sent back to the office all the way up to receiving live traffic updates, mobile devices are quickly replacing desktop products, and some fleet managers have chosen to use mobile exclusively.

How Cloud Computing Factors In

The best part is that mobile technology can be extended even further and made more powerful when used in conjunction with cloud computing. Because most cloud-based software products are designed to scale to various mobile devices, they can be used on almost any Android or Apple device while still being perfectly viable for desktop and laptop computers. Additionally, because users simply log into a website in order to access the software, there’s no need to take up valuable space on a smartphone’s internal memory with large programs. This allows drivers the ability to access pertinent information, files, and other company assets on the road from anywhere that they can receive an Internet connection. It also removes the need to work with proprietary systems that require large financial investments to install and maintain.

Expanding Into the Future

Another benefit to using mobile technology and cloud computing combined is that they can grow into the future together, requiring less capital later on as your company grows. Because your current mobile devices are able to support cloud-based software, they’ll certainly be able to do so as you replace them with newer models down the road. Likewise, because cloud-based software is hosted on remote servers, the data generated by such software isn’t going to take up processing power and slow down devices. By adopting mobile technology now and investing in cloud-based software, like Melton Technologies’ upcoming Horizon Web product, you’ll be prepared to eclipse the competition in 2015 and beyond.

Are you utilizing mobile technology and cloud computing? Where do you see mobile in your fleet’s future? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to share this article on Facebook, Twitter and your other social media accounts.

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite-based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low-cost EOBRs, tablets and smartphones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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Trucking Employment is Showing Signs of Improvement...Is Your Fleet Ready?

Posted by Chuck Melton

Dec 23, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Signs of Improvement
The Department of Labor recently released its monthly report, and it appears that the trucking industry added 3,000 new jobs for December, an indication that things may be picking up in terms of the driver employment. While these numbers are seasonally adjusted, it’s important to realize that increased job numbers will mean increased competition for fleet owners.

Get Ahead Now


As a result, it’s important to get ahead now before things really kick into high gear by ensuring that your company offers the latest in benefits, including advanced technology in the cab. Today’s drivers are looking for software and hardware solutions that allow them to receive fast updates from dispatchers, send invoicing material from a dock in order to get paid faster, and the ability to provide loved ones with location information in order to let them know a driver is safe. If your current software and hardware setups aren’t offering these advantages, you might be losing out as drivers are looking for employment opportunities.

“The U.S. economy as a whole added 321,000 non-farm jobs in the month, according to the report, exceeding economists’ expectations and holding the country’s unemployment rate at 5.8 percent — maintaining the lowest level in more than 6 years. For-hire trucking employment now totals 1.4228 million, according to BLS, up 35,000 (2.5 percent) from November 2013. It’s also up 188,800 jobs (15.3 percent) from the bottom in March 2010.” – Overdriveonline.com

Are You Prepared?


Do you feel like your hardware and software solutions are ready for discerning drivers? Are you excited about the Department of Labor’s recent numbers announcement? Leave your comments below to sound off.


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Chuck Melton

Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low cost EOBRs, tablets and smart phones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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Roadway Challenges Lead to Bans; Routing Software is the Answer

Posted by Chuck Melton

Dec 18, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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A mountainous stretch of roadway in Eastern Tennessee will soon be closed to rigs that are longer than 30 feet, a move the Tennessee Department of Transportation claims will lead to a reduction in accidents, injuries, and fatalities. The area in question is known as “The Dragon” by many motorists, and it consists of winding mountain roads that are believed to be partly responsible for 204 accidents between 2010 and 2012.

Rig Restrictions


What’s important to note is that Tennessee is not alone in taking this type of action; neighboring North Carolina also has restrictions in place for rigs on treacherous roads. What this all amounts to for fleet owners is a greater need for routing software that can efficiently and effectively allow for drivers to get to their destinations without traversing banned routes. If your fleet is not up to date on its routing software, you might be facing fines and other penalties, frustrated customers, and more importantly, injured drivers and damaged fleet vehicles.

“This is considered a critical number of crashes based on the type of road and number of vehicles per day on this facility,” said the Tennessee DOT. “While only one of the fatal crashes involved a tractor trailer, there were a number of incidents involving large trucks. Due to the curvy and narrow roadway, incidents involving tractor-trailers usually block the highway for several hours and prevent travel for all motorists.” – Truckinginfo.com

Is Your Fleet Prepared?


Is your fleet prepared to route drivers to avoid banned lanes? Do you think DOT officials are overreacting? Leave your comments below to sound off.

 

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Chuck Melton is a pioneer in the transportation technology field. Founder of one of the early PC-Based trucking software companies - Integrated Transportation Software in 1984, he developed one of the first links to satellite based on-board systems including Qualcomm's (at the time) OmniTracs system. He sold the assets to Qualcomm and has managed a successful software company for over 30 years serving trucking companies across the nation.

Chuck continues to see plenty of pioneering opportunities to create value for trucking companies. With the advent of web-based database systems, low cost EOBRs, tablets and smart phones, the 21st century trucking company can become a seamless part of the supply chain... anywhere, anytime on any device! READ MORE

 

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