Fleet management software makes regulatory compliance easier

Trucking companies that utilize advanced logistics software will be in a better position to comply with shifting federal regulations regarding transportation operations. Fleet owners are already responsible for managing a variety of legal issues on a day-to-day basis. In addition to obeying basic traffic laws on highways and streets, companies must also ensure their drivers aren't overworked when making long-distance shipments.

Some of the most sweeping regulatory initiatives from the federal government have raised controversy in the transportation industry in recent months. Fleet Owner reported that criticism of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program has been so strong that the organization has created a subcommittee that will meet later this year to discuss ways to improve the legislation to make it more realistic and accommodating to business needs. The website indicated the focus of these discussions will be on the CSA's Safety Measurement System and the various interventions and investigative processes currently in place.

FMCSA's hour-tracking proposal worries small and midsized trucking companies
The strategic marketing company Randall-Reilly recently released a report measuring the potential impact of another proposal from the FMCSA that would require all trucking companies toutilize electronic logging devices by 2016 to keep more accurate records of driver hours. While plenty of organizations have already incorporated this technology into their ongoing operations, smaller firms with limited resources have argued that the proposed measure doesn't give them enough time to comply. Some even claim they would retire or exit the market if the regulation was set in place.

The Randall-Reilly report examined the impact such a reduction in trucking capacity would have on the industry as a whole. Specifically, the study cited data from RigDig Business Intelligencethat projected the sector would lose 260,000 trucks if 71 percent of independent organizations with one or more vehicles closed their businesses.

Using technology for data entry doesn't have to be such an inconvenience for trucking companies. In fact, tools such as fleet management software offer managers a simple way to integrate electronic logging processes into their existing operations without interrupting productivity. A user-friendly interface that focuses on reducing the overhead costs of tracking individual driver hours will come as an advantage in the long run. This way, no matter how regulations change in the future, fleet managers will be more prepared to adapt.