How Monitoring Motorcarriers Moves Us All
Since 1913, the first state-weight restrictions for truckers were implemented, motor-carrier monitoring has been an integral part of trucker life. Today's advancements in transport technology mean that more sophisticated, and some might say intrusive, onboard monitoring (OMS), are rapidly making inroads into fleet management.
Semi-surveillance systems have been both a boon to truckers and to transport managers since 1935 when the Motor Carrier Act was created to regulate safety and the trucking sector. They range from fleet regulations to weight restrictions and are a boon to both truckers and transport managers.
Eyes on the Drive and Drivers
Fleet managers use monitoring solutions to decrease fuel consumption, improve efficiency, and increase accountability. More monitoring is especially important for auto transport. This allows us to offer greater security and reliability at all stops and on every road.
OMS systems that have both a driver-facing and road-facing camera are the latest to be in vogue. They send recordings back to carriers for monitoring. American Central Transport raised the pay of truckers who adopt the LytxDrivecam system. This adds an undeniable benefit to what is often viewed as intrusive oversight. The addition, although not optional, has made it easier for drivers to accept and put a positive spin on.
Fleet managers say that the fleet management systems are not designed to catch delinquent drivers, but to encourage safer and smarter driving. Monitoring allows for targeted training and easy assessment of accountability, which increases efficiency for both the driver and the company.
The Department of Transportation will announce this week a proposed rule to mandate speed limiters for heavy trucks. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will also announce a mandate for electronic logging devices. Fortunately, this rule would prevent drivers from being harassed or coerced by carriers.
Both Sides Benefits
Drivers don't deny that monitoring systems can be intrusive to privacy.
Owner-operators support road-facing cameras because they can be accountable for accidents and prevent theft, according to Move Car's Fleet Safety and Compliance manager.
Accident recordings can help increase the accuracy of determining who is responsible. This technology has also been adopted for liability protection. Many fleets report that recordings have prevented them from facing multimillion-dollar settlements and court cases.
Truck cameras deter theft, and if anything is stolen, the surveillance can help to catch the thieves.
Managers can be alerted by onboard diagnostics to prevent maintenance problems from becoming serious. This saves both the owners and operators time and money.
Overdrive Magazine has created a hub to host on-highway videos taken with systems such as DriveCam or other forward-facing video recorders in an effort to link cameras and trucking culture.
A July 2014 Magazine poll found that 21 percent of drivers use a road-facing camera. 7 percent have both driver-facing and road-facing cameras, while 6 percent have some type of safety or efficiency assisting camera system (backup, blind spot coverage, etc.). ).
Many companies use a minimum amount of GPS to track truckers. This is especially useful for managing auto transport. It is important to know where each car and carrier are at all times, as car shipping can take many days.
However, carriers can only adopt certain capabilities due to their ability to pay for them. High-quality technology is not cheap today. Tracking tech will become more affordable and more regulated as it becomes cheaper and easier to use. However, the obvious benefits and legal requirements for onboard monitoring systems, along with their obvious benefits, will increase implementation and improve transport management.