Yard Shaper is a new feature that helps the back office make routing decisions for directing drivers to the correct entrance and delivery spot. It outlines the shape of an arrival point within a large area and identifies the position within the location. Drivers know where to enter the delivery area, where to park and where to exit. Custom notes associated with a yard or customer location may be available to the driver either in the form of a graphical or spoken command.
PeopleNet and Maptuit also have built additional back-office integration designed to allow fleets to help identify out-of-route mileage by matching actual driven location data with prescribed routes, thereby flagging cases of noncompliant driving.
According to the companies, new usability improvements based on driver feedback also have been incorporated into version 3.3: preview improvements that provide drivers a more complete view of their routes, a direction arrow, decision points, stop details, estimated drive time between stops, road names with numbers and more.
Drivers now can make changes to the vehicle type, hazmat class and route preference such as time vs. mileage-sensitive. They also can provide feedback more easily that helps keep the routing software up to date.
Online solution addresses DOT drug/alcohol testing errors
Comp Care Partners, an administrator of occupational medical testing services for the trucking industry, introduced CCP Connect, an online recordkeeping platform designed to improve the accuracy of U.S. Department of Transportation-mandated drug and alcohol testing, as well as physical exams, for truck drivers.
Using CCP Connect, all medical information from the DOT exam is entered electronically by registered medical providers who have password-protected access. It uses a DOT-approved format, forms and instructions to guide the providers through the data collection process. Trucking firm customers have access to their employee data 24/7 through the Comp Care Partners client portal.
CP Connect was enhanced through a strategic partnership with Road Ready, who specializes in software development for the trucking industry.
In Focus: MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE
CSA, real-time information fuel demand for fleet maintenance software
By Aaron Huff
After a year into the Compliance Safety Accountability program, many fleets have found ways to tighten their maintenance practices to help prevent roadside inspections and violations. According to recent vehicle inspection data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, about 32 percent of all inspections are triggered by an observable defect, so one of the best ways to prevent violations is to eliminate the trigger.
Because violations also count negatively against drivers, they have an incentive to inspect equipment thoroughly – and they also expect timely repair. By having a “closed loop” inspection and repair process between drivers and shop managers, observable defects can be documented and resolved faster.
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