Insights, ideas and inspiration for modern-day fleet managers
It’s human nature – when we’ve been doing something the same way, day after day, year after year, it becomes a blind spot. We don’t stop to think about it unless something forces us to. That’s what’s happened when the proposal for the new ELD mandate was announced, potentially requiring mandatory electronic logging of hours of service (HOS) by as early as 2017.
Along with the HOS going digital, it’s time to rethink paper-based driver vehicle inspection forms (DVIRs) as well.
A daily chore for millions of commercial vehicle drivers, filling in DVIR slips by hand as part of their pre or post-trip inspection is just one of those compliance tasks that we didn’t argue about. The legislation demanded it and we just got it done.
While FMCSA compliance (Ruling 396.11) still requires DVIRs for commercial vehicle operators, the technology is now here to automate the process and turn it paperless.
The Whip Around DVIR solution complies with FMCSA requirements, offering fleet owners significant advantages over their existing paper-based system.
It’s not just about replacing one system with another – it’s about taking advantage of recent tech advancements to stay competitive in a rapidly changing industry.
Electronic inspections – The savings stack up
Pause to think how many inspection reports your drivers complete each day. A single driver can be filling in several; one for each different vehicle, trailer or piece of equipment they operate. Multiply that by the number of drivers and the number of working days in the year, and you begin to appreciate the scale of how much a fleet can benefit from switching to electronic DVIRs.
It’s not just about saving time on inspections and data entry or money spent on stationery but improving the efficiency of your driver’s time – they would much rather be behind the wheel being productive than ploughing through paperwork. When you remember that you’re ‘not earning if the wheels aren’t turning’ then you’d prefer that too.
Switching to electronic inspection forms is also easier with Whip Around for several reasons.
All that’s left to do is decide how soon you want to get rolling. Our consultants can help walk you through the process and answer any questions you have. Get in touch today.