Virtual trucking carrier offers new credit card for independent truck drivers, small fleets

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Technology news and briefs for the week of July 3, 2022: 

Canada approves another ELD provider

Canada has added another device to its certified ELD list. Its ELD mandate begins Jan. 1, 2023.

Zonar Logs has received third-party certification from Transport Canada’s accreditation body COMDriver for use by Canadian fleets and federally regulated carriers crossing the U.S. and Canada border.

Zonar Logs meets the Canadian ELD Hours of Service (HOS) requirement for fleets to switch from using paper logbooks to track HOS to ELDs.

Zonar Logs provides drivers with automated status updates based on vehicle data and alerts when approaching a violation, even as regulations evolve. It also helps fleet managers monitor a driver’s live status reports, availability, performance, real-time location and hours of service.

The testing was completed over a several-week period.

“Zonar has worked with Transport Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and CCMTA on certification since the inception of Canada’s ELD mandate by providing input on ELD standards throughout the process,” said Fred Fakkema, vice president of compliance at Zonar. “With more than 30% of U.S.-based freight companies conducting business in Canada, we feel that we’re best equipped to set our customers up for a successful transition and ensure compliance.”

Motive, Navistar form integration partnership

Automated operations platform Motive and Navistar have formed a partnership to integrate Motive’s platform with Navistar’s OnCommand Connection telematics and Advanced Remote Diagnostics solutions.

The partnership combines thousands of vehicle data points to help fleets operate safer, more productive and more profitable.

The strategic partnership will offer two types of integrations.

First, Motive users will be able to streamline their fleet operations by accessing data, including easy-to-read fault code descriptions, severity ratings, and recommended parts and services from Navistar’s OnCommand Connection (OCC) platform. The added operations visibility will allow users like safety, compliance and fleet managers, to quickly diagnose and address potentially costly maintenance-related issues that typically derail timelines and drive up costs.

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Second, Motive customers can expect improved fleet management by accessing data from Navistar’s factory-installed devices on International Trucks. These devices offer customers native telematics such as vehicle location, engine hours, tire pressure, brake and cabin temperatures and lights status directly from the vehicle manufacturer.

Trucker Path app now offers customization options for all fleet sizes

Fleets of any size can now customize the Trucker Path mobile app for North American truckers.

With its growth to over one million monthly active users, Trucker Path for Fleets now offers the ability to private label the app with company branding. Rates vary by fleet size, and a non-contract option is available.

“Employee satisfaction and company loyalty are both keys to success, especially for an industry with extremely high turnover rates,” said Chris Oliver, chief marketing officer of Trucker Path. “Providing company drivers with a company-branded app that features truck-specific routing and mapping, parking availability, document scanning, weigh station statuses and ratings, and information on over 300,000 trucking-specific locations gives fleet owners the opportunity to demonstrate they care not only about efficiency and productivity but also about their drivers’ quality of life on the road.”

In addition to offering fleets the app with company branding, Trucker Path for Fleets includes automated app onboarding, document scanning, and tutorial videos for drivers to help them navigate the app. It also comes with a fuel savings planner that navigates drivers to the best prices along their route, helping fleets save on fuel costs.

CloudTrucks offers new credit card

Virtual trucking carrier CloudTrucks has launched a new credit card option for independent truck drivers and small trucking fleets.

CT Credit is a no-fee, no-interest Visa business card that aims to help these businesses better manage their expenses and build healthy business credit. It also doesn’t require a hard credit pull.

The card gives drivers cashflow to cover upfront expenses like fuel, repairs and meals, allowing them to complete trips and get paid so they don’t have to turn to predatory lenders as many may not qualify for tradition credit card options.

The card’s systems allows drivers and team managers to track balances at any time and provides a complete view of their income and expenditures. It also offers a cashback option from purchases made with CloudTrucks’ discount partners like Road Ranger, Pilot Flying J and Love’s Maintenance.

CloudTrucks also reports on-time payments to credit bureaus so customers can build a healthy business credit, unlock higher credit limits and set themselves up for future financial opportunities to grow their trucking business.

Angel Coker Jones is a senior editor of Commercial Carrier Journal, covering the technology, safety and business segments. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and kayaking, horseback riding, foraging for medicinal plants and napping. She also enjoys traveling to new places to try local food, beer and wine. Reach her at [email protected].