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Integrate Fleet Management System for effective asset utilization

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Optimal fleet management is essential for companies operating commercial vehicles as it will impact their bottom line. A fleet manager plays a crucial role to manage the mobile workforce as he/she is liable to assure the vehicles are maintained properly and drivers are compliant to federal regulations likes HOS, ELD mandate etc.
Fleet management is a mechanism to enhance productivity, control costs, maintain compliance and reduce risk factors in fleets. It enables companies to manage their resources optimally and cut down unnecessary costs.



Fleet management concerns A fleet manager may face complex challenges associated with:
 Effective asset utilizationMaximize productivity while controlling unintended use of resourcesWorking with a geographically dispersed teamEnsuring driver safety i.e. eliminate preventable accidents  Therefore, managing a fleet is considered to be a challenging task which can be made easier by having an efficient “Fleet management” system in place. Key benefits o…

DOT Drug Testing Requirement

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Drug testing is mandatory for every employee engaged in safety-sensitive operations in the transportation industry.


Types of drug screening in DOT test
Urine specimens collected for drug test are analyzed against the following controlled substances:
Cocaine metabolitesMarijuana metabolites/THCOpiates (Including Codeine, Heroin (6-AM), Morphine)Phencyclidine (PCP) For alcohol testing, breath and saliva specimens are analyzed to check alcohol concentration.

Instances covered under federal drug testing requirementPre-Employment A driver is subject to a drug test when hired by an organization. Only those employees are certified to perform safety-sensitive operation whose drug test result is negative. Random As per DOT regulations, an employer can randomly select any employee for testing and every employee should have an equal chance to be chosen for testing. A driver is informed just prior to this testing event. In case, a driver is failed to show for the test, it will be marked as a refusal…

Shipping tips for Hazmat

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Import and export of hazardous material may pose a risk to the property and life of the driver as well as people on road. A hazardous material is a substance that is marked as unsafe by Secretary of transportation and may lead to an unbearable threat to the environment and public. This material should be transported only when certified by the shipper that material met the legal regulatory requirements.

DOT Compliance Requirements To assure that employees hauling hazardous materials receive adequate training, certification needs to be done. It can be done by maintaining a record of training including details of the preceding three years. The details involved are: Name of employeeRecent date of training completion of a hazmat employeeLocation and details of training material that fulfills five main training areasDetails like name and address of a person giving trainingA certificate issued to the hazmat employee indicating training and testing of an employee is performed successfully Ess…

HUTCH ELD 2020

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The ELD 2020 is the First and Only ELD based on PAYD (Pay-As-You-Drive) model.

It meets all FMCSA ELD requirements and is listed on FMCSA registered ELD. The ELD 2020 is powered by Hutch Systems and is trusted by clients across USA and Canada.

The ELD 2020 works in conjunction with ELD 2020 hardware and is not reliant on Bluetooth Connectivity to achieve ELD mandate compliance. ELD 2020 stores all ELD required elements in builtin internal storage and transmits to ELD 2020 app when the user connects to ELD Hardware via Bluetooth Connection.

ELD 2020 can be hardwired to vehicle and support all Heavy Duty, Medium Duty, Light Duty, and Passenger vehicles and support quick and easy self install option. ELD 2020 supports Live Tracking and IFTA Fuel taxes with 99.999999 percent accuracy to keep you worry free from audits.

Hours of Service violations and alerts are calculated as per selected USA or Canada HOS rule.

The ELD 2020 keeps you worry free and saves you and your company from fines a…

DOT Compliant DVIR Reporting System

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Every driver should adhere to the regulations of submitting their DVIR’s daily that records different defects before the vehicle goes out for a trip. ELD 2020 provides you a simple electronic DVIR system that acts as an efficient communication channel among fleet managers and drivers. The team will be informed immediately of critical vehicle defects, hence prevent breakdowns. 

Strengthen DVIR and increase vehicle uptime using ELD 2020 A pre-trip and post-trip inspection is a significant method that assures your fleet is in good working condition.  However, it seems to be a time-consuming process. Isn’t it? No worries, ELD 2020 is here that will generate a seamless workflow so that bugs are fixed in a timely manner and you always remain ahead of issues. 
DVIR ProcessVehicle Inspection: Driver can perform a visual inspection by walking around the vehicle to look for defects starting to test brakes, lights, wiper blades etc.  Pre-trip inspection: Driver can complete the pre-trip and post-tr…

GPS Tracking System to increase your profit margin

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Let’s dig into the idea of lowering your fleet expenses and increasing ROI (Return on Investment) through GPS Tracking System that provides you with a comprehensive suite of characteristics. Track your truck and you will receive the necessary information required for making adjustments to remove areas of waste and hence enhance productivity





A quick-fire solution to gain instant insight into fleet performance GPS Vehicle Tracking is one of the crucial features in “ELD2020” that enables fleet managers to have direct control over their vehicles while they are on the road. It is well-said fact that “The key to brand success is transparency”, hence monitors your driver’s location at any given moment and manages your day effectively.  Our intuitive map interface differentiates vehicles and other important markers on the map depicting geofences or customer locations. 
How tracking will be useful for your business? You will feel more empowered with our reliable “ELD2020” providing you comple…

IFTA Reporting

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Leverage ELD 2020 to improve accuracy in maintaining fuel purchase and detailed distance records. 
What is IFTA? IFTA is a joint venture introduced by 48 states and 10 Canadian provinces to simplify the task of redistributing fuel taxes being paid by inter-jurisdictional carriers. The qualified companies need to record fuel purchased and total miles driven in every jurisdiction.

IFTA Compliant Hutch ELD Fuel reporting requirement is a cumbersome job for fleets as incorrect mileage and fuel calculations may pose serious concern for the company during an audit. To track IFTA miles accurately, you can simply use “ ELD 2020” that automatically records every mile travelled by the vehicle. Our in-vehicle hardware captures route, location and operational data to calculate mileage. Also, it determines exempt miles of individual states to generate reports according to the appropriate file format. This will eradicate unnecessary effort spent on the paperwork.


Necessary documents required to fi…

The Best ELD Device in the Market Right Now

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Background
As per FMCSA specification, the MAP (Moving Ahead for Progress) in the 21st Century Act was signed on July 6th, 2012.  In accordance with this mandate, all commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate commerce should have ELD’s installed and is passed officially in December 2017.

ELD device essentially records the RODS (Record of duty status). The US Department of Transportation defines that “Every motor carrier must require every driver to record his/her duty status for each 24 hour period through specific methods outlined by regulation. It will save current duty status records while recording every change in a duty status. The paper-based log entries are replaced with electronic driver records also known as HOS (Hours of Service). However, some drivers may choose to record their duties this way.
Why look right now? US Department of Transportation specifies that vehicles having AOBRD (Automatic on-board recording device) installed in vehicles before Dec 18, 2017 and is i…

How to pass a roadside inspection without violations?

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Different Inspection levels To become fully prepared for every inspection, the main aspect to be considered is what inspectors are looking for in a vehicle. Initially, you should be aware of 7 different forms of inspections due to which driver can be stopped in the midst of his/her journey.

Level 1: This comprehensive inspection is also known as “North American Standard Inspection” in which both vehicle as well as the driver is thoroughly inspected.  Things that are to be investigated by inspection officers are Hours of service, records of duty status, usage of seat belt, system engine and cargo tank requirements etc. Level 2: Level 2 inspection is same as Level 1 inspection and the only difference is that the inspector assesses the vehicle without getting physically underneath the vehicle Level 3: Level 3 inspections emphasize on inspection to be performed at administrative and driver level. The driver should have complete information detail to be assessed in level 1 as well as level 2 …

Personal Conveyance (PC)

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Ever since the ELD mandate was implemented, various queries have been raised regarding personal conveyance. “Personal conveyance” time was just a matter of writing it down before this ELD mandate. However, this method has been changed with the introduction of ELD. Moreover, there has been a recent update in FMCSA guidelines that even led to more confusion.

Here is everything you need to know about personal conveyance, its updated rules, and how to record it if you use an ELD What is personal conveyance? The final publishing of ELD rule involves the following provisions in 395.28: Personal Conveyance (PC) - This is the movement of commercial vehicles for personal use when a driver is in “off” duty status. This implies that PC (Personal Conveyance) is for personal use. Yard Moves- This is moving a truck but you are not really `driving”. User need to select the “Yard Move” option to stay “on duty” and not “driving” as when the driver exceeds the threshold speed of 5 mph then the system w…

Fleet Maintenance

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Are your vehicles prone to expensive breakdowns and costly fuel consumption? Proper vehicle maintenance can be one of the reasons.
Vehicle life span depends on scheduled preventative maintenance as it is paramount for the safety of the driver on road.
Types of fleet maintenance:Scheduled Preventative Maintenance: Everyday battle to keep vehicles on the road without a hassle is a daunting challenge for fleet managers. To ensure an overall smooth delivery process, be a proactive player in creating maintenance schedules. A good profit margin is based on a vehicle’s health, so schedule maintenance on the basis of odometer reading and time interval. This is the best way to determine faults prior hitting the road.

Unscheduled Breakdown Maintenance: This is a type of maintenance performed when the vehicle gets already broken. It occurs due to a lack of regular preventative maintenance activity and is usually expensive than scheduled maintenance.
So how a fleet manager avoid these unscheduled …