This year's Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) international roadcheck, the largest enforcement program for commercial motor vehicles, will take place June 4-6 and focus on steering and suspension systems alongside general maintenance. During the three day event, popularly dubbed the 'inspection blitz,' truck drivers can expect to undergo a thorough examination of their vehicle and engine. These inspections will take place at inspection sites, weigh stations and patrol locations along major highways and roadways across the United States and Canada.
The pre-trip inspection is a fundamental safety procedure best practiced by all CMV (commercial motor vehicle) operators to ensure safe over-the-road operation. A thorough pre-trip inspection checklist is required to eliminate all possible mechanical or safety issues before departure to ensure smooth over-the-road operations. Identifying damage or maintenance issues early on should be the first step.
School buses are the safest vehicles to transport students to and from school, even safer than your personal vehicle. Whip Around helps schools and other institutions keep up with those rules and regulations and ensures the highest level of safety for students.
As the business owner that specializes in service delivery, your livelihood hinges on your ability to provide five-star service. Here are the key industries Whip Around serves and the specific ways that the platform enables businesses to thrive.
Waste collection and hauling truck technologies have revolutionized the tactics of fleet management in the 21st Century waste management industry. In the "green-minded" age of sustainability and public environmental sensitivity, the industry faces a high level of scrutiny. Thus, this raises the performance bar for waste disposal operators and fleet managers. According to a July 2018 report at Waste Today by industry expert and editor Adam Reding, the waste management sector has experienced a significant emphasis on accountability, efficiency, and preventative maintenance.
Maintaining a competitive edge in the transportation and logistics industry is easier said than done. Owners and operators are often forced to wear many hats. In addition to increasing profits and expanding their customer base, business owners must remain abreast of changing industry regulations and introduce strategies to improve efficiency. Below is a look at the key issues facing logistics providers and the top five ways Whip Around can help your business avoid those challenges and become a leader in the logistics industry.
Dispatchers, customer service representatives, drivers, mechanics — as the fleet manager or owner of a passenger transport business, you have the challenging responsibility of juggling many different facets of a business to produce results. More than anything, it's pivotal that your drivers are accountable to keeping your business's vehicles — whether it's a limo, bus, van, or motor coach — clean, inspected, well-maintained, and DOT compliant.
With thin profit margins and high risks, owning and managing a towing business can be a real challenge. Mostly, these challenges come in the form of finding affordable insurance rates, ensuring safety and compliance, and efficiently managing vehicle fleets. In an effort to help, let's examine 5 benefits of electronic fleet inspections for towing businesses.
When an enterprise is built on liberating difficult-to-access natural resources there is no getting around the fact that those precious resources must be taken where they are found. Operations managers in the oil, gas, and mining industries frequently face the unique challenges of remote site locations, extended supply chains, and the constant pressure of efficient productivity in a high-cost, high-risk business environment. Whip Around provides the digital tools to help oil, gas, and mining companies meet these challenges by combining the versatility of the cloud with the convenience of your workforce's smartphones.
The construction business was one of the few industrial sectors which lagged behind in the surge of digital transformation which has come to be known collectively as Industry 4.0. Today that's all changing, with construction enterprises embracing digital technology that encompasses traditional construction processes at every phase of the project. From accurate bidding and precision estimating to self-driving heavy machinery, and 3D virtual models of job sites generated by the versatile flying drones which are becoming a common staple of the 21st Century construction site, the digital transformation of the construction industry is quickly making up for lost time.
Utility companies don't have the fleet management luxuries of 5 days per week operations or regularly scheduled periods of planned weekly downtime for fleet wide maintenance. In the power business failure is simply not an option. As the energy provider for homeowners, health institutions, and data centers, (to name just a few) utility crews work 24/7/365 to ensure that a reliable power supply is always available to those who depend upon it for their livelihoods, and in some cases, their very lives. Energy consumption is evenly divided at 1/3 each among the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors which comprise a massive diversified customer base unseen in many other industries.
Motor carriers and other fleet owners are obligated under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) Ruling 396.11 regarding vehicle inspections, maintenance, and repairs. Motor carriers and fleet owners are required to systematically inspect, repair, and maintain all motor vehicles and inter-modal equipment under its control.
As part of this ruling, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) are a requirement for commercial vehicle drivers. In the past, DVIRs were filled out by hand at the beginning and end of each driving day. Today's electronic DVIR technology eliminates the tedious hand-work while still achieving compliance.
Most business owners do not realize that failure to properly maintain and repair company vehicles is a silent killer for profits. Not only do improperly maintained vehicles pose an unwanted safety hazard to your drivers, but can cost you an exorbitant amount of money. Vehicles which are out of commission for repair reduces the overall efficiency and productivity of your team. This is less product you are able to deliver and a fewer number of services you can offer.
Failure to keep your company's fleet in compliance can result in fines, penalties, and costly downtime until your business can meet fleet compliance.
In the era before digital transformation, fleet and operations managers frequently relied on the costly "management by the rear view mirror" budgeting strategy. This is a circumstance which was unavoidable with a paper-based fleet management system. In other words, managers would look back on past incidents of vehicle downtime, try to discern patterns, and budget for maintenance accordingly based solely on past fleet performance.
Completing construction projects on-time, safely, and with quality results is the main objective of construction companies. Their ability to efficiently manage daily workflows is essential for reaching this objective, yet inefficient paper-based inspection processes might be holding them back. In an effort to help, let's examine 3 reasons for construction companies to use digital inspections.
Commercial passenger transportation services are constantly under pressure to provide excellent service to clients while effectively managing logistics, coordination, and safety. This is especially true with chauffeur and limousine companies, as their clients have higher expectations and demands.
In their efforts to meet these expectations and demands, drivers and managers may neglect comprehensively completing their Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs). This can lead to compliance issues, vehicle breakdowns, safety incidents, and degraded customer service. In an effort to help, let's discuss how digital inspections improve customer service for chauffeur and limousine companies.
Maintaining a fleet of motorcoaches is about more than just protecting the company's assets. It's essential to the safety and well-being of drivers and others on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets strict standards for the way that carriers carry out and report the results of inspections. In the past, paper reports were required to be completed at the end of each day. These days, electronic driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIR) help motorcoach companies improve the safety of their fleets and to stay compliant with federal safety regulations and rules.
Since their business is based on operating a fleet of commercial vehicles, towing companies are faced with multiple challenges. Not only do their fleet, drivers, and internal operations have to comply with DOT regulations, they also have to be experts at asset management. That's a huge expectation, especially when the responsibility falls on just a few key decision makers.
The FMCSA has set out clear regulation for DVIR - Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports. Fleets are now looking to electronic DVIR for efficiencies. Here are some questions and answers to help you ensure your fleet is compliant.
The regulations text of the section can be found on the eCFR website. To view the regulation, use the link below.
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The trucking industry is heavily regulated at the state, federal, and international level. There are numerous rules and regulations that carriers must obey in order to legally operate, and achieve DOT compliance. The most complex federal rules and regulations pertain to vehicle licensing, trip permits, and the IFTA fuel tax. Navigating these rules can be a challenge, even for companies that have been in business for years. Despite this, it is imperative that carriers follow the letter of the law, otherwise they face stiff fines and penalties and may even risk losing their authority altogether.