Customers such as R&M Trucking and United Global Logistics (UGL) rely on software from Fleetmatics—a Verizon Company and leading global provider of mobile workforce solutions—to keep their drivers compliant with the impending Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. For heavy truck operators like R&M and UGL, implementing the Fleetmatics software solution was a critical step in meeting the federal mandate ahead of schedule while helping to improve driver safety and productivity.
Fleetmatics LogBook manages drivers’ hours of service (HOS) by combining critical data from the vehicle with status updates made in the mobile application by the driver. Drivers simply log into the mobile app and start driving while their HOS are logged automatically.
Like most trucking companies in the industry, R&M and UGL were used to navigating around stacks of driver logs, reports and paperwork. They now rely on Fleetmatics’ solutions to help eliminate manual processes to increase productivity company-wide.
Established in 1976, R&M Trucking, based in Franklin Park, Illinois, has been moving freight around the United States with the help of their fleet of 200 heavy-duty trucks. Having a fleet of this size enables them to provide a wide range of services that include hauling street freight, rail containers and flatbeds as well as moving airport cargo, warehousing materials and serving as a certified cargo screening facility.
Like most businesses in this space, R&M had many moving parts to oversee and wanted a fleet management solution that would help them manage compliance, monitor safety and eliminate manual processes—all while delivering excellent customer service. After implementing a combination of Fleetmatics REVEAL™ and LogBook solutions, they quickly realized many improvements in their business.
“Overall, having Fleetmatics LogBook has made things easier for our drivers. They don’t have to struggle with filling in lines on a log book form from the seat of their truck. You’re always current, your form and manner is perfect—you’ve got nothing to worry about. It’s one less thing on the driver’s mind when he’s got a million things already going on,” said Mike Narvaez, Safety and Compliance Director for R&M Trucking.
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United Global Logistics
Since 2002, UGL, based in Itasca, Illinois, has been in the business of moving freight—and doing it well. Providing less-than truckload (LTL) and full-container load (FCL) shipments as well as local pickup and deliveries, intermodal transportation and hazmat services, UGL’s fleet of 138 tractor-trailers move goods safely and efficiently across the United States. Using a combination of Fleetmatics REVEAL™ and LogBook solutions helped them monitor driver safety, productivity and fleet compliance.
To comply with the ELD mandate by December 18, 2017, UGL decided the time to implement Fleetmatics LogBook solution was now.
“We implemented Fleetmatics LogBook way before the official mandate because we wanted to give our drivers enough time to understand how it works,” says PJ Khera, Safety Manager. “With paper logs, we used to sit down with a calculator and actually do math. Not that it’s hard, but you have to make sure every minute tracked is correct. LogBook helps cut down on headaches for a driver, so they can focus on just driving.”
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