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Electronic driver logs: compliance should be easy

October 28, 2012

If you're like me and like to have technology at your fingertips, without the sometimes confusing rhetoric, then keep reading. Driver logs (Hours of Service Logs), administered by the Federal Agency FMCSA - (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) are required for every commercial truck driver in the USA that goes beyond 100 air miles of their home base. However, today, approximately 98% of drivers complete their driver logs with paper, which for many is quite daunting to complete, since they take more time. It is especially more difficult and time-consuming for new drivers, requiring complex hours calculations and multiple entry fields that are prone to error.  In fact, industry experts indicate that over 70% of roadside inspection fines are related to 'form and manner' errors.  The average roadside fine for a driver can range from $500-$2,000, along with being put Out of Service, and unable to drive. Ouch! 

However, with the proliferation of smart phones available to drivers today, it is becoming much easier to remove the burden of paper logs and replace them with electronic logs. New technology entrants to the market such as BigRoad offer easy to use electronic driver logs that are compliant to the FMCSA regulations. For those who are concerned with cost, no need to worry: they are also FREE for drivers to download from Google Play Store onto any Android device. Even drivers that are skeptical about technology are recognizing that they can easily adopt electronic logs, helping them run safer and more compliant, while removing hassles and headaches of paper logs.  

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Detention time is elephant in room: Shipper/Carrier Collaboration key

October 19, 2012

A recent article in FleetOwner magazine (see link below) highlights the benefits of Shipper & Carrier collaboration and the potential for cost savings.  Having both parties on the same page with regard to the macro issues affecting the transportation industry is a critical first step.  The article mentions driver shortages, rising fuel costs and increased FMCSA regulations as top of mind issues.  The elephant in the room that also needs to be addressed and improved is unnecessary wait and detention times at shipper locations.  This issue is particularly relevant for small carriers that often don't have the technology, manpower or size to influence large shippers to make the necessary changes to reduce detention times.

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Smartphone Adoption & Trucker App Usage is Exploding!

October 12, 2012

recent survey conducted by driver performance management firm GreenRoad found that 76% of fleet managers across a variety of transportation operations report that they use a smartphone as part of their job, with 67% noting that most or all of their drivers use smart phones as work tools as well.

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ATRI Top 10 Critical Trucking Issues - HOS, EOBR, e-Logs among them

October 12, 2012

Las Vegas, NV – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization, today unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing the North American trucking industry.  HOS Rules, EOBR mandate, e-Logs all top issues.  Trucker apps like BigRoad can help address many of these issues  Original Article

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Overdrive Online - BigRoad electronic logging article

October 04, 2012

Kathleen Buccleugh of Overdrive Online in the Tech Buzz section has provided a nice review of the BigRoad app:

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Is it time for a shared data plan for your fleet?

September 27, 2012

If you haven't looked at a shared data plan for your fleet yet - you should.  We have seen many small fleets save hundreds of dollars a year by pooling their data plans across their smartphone and tablet devices when running BigRoad Fleet apps for tracking and electronic logs. 

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One Trucker's comments on the benefits of one universal tablet…

September 20, 2012

Everything can all be contained in one device and one device only. Hey, we’re close. My Droid can do just about anything a laptop can do and faster, plus make calls. It has two GPS apps, both were FREE. It has five games that mimic those that you find on PlayStation and Xbox.  It has a camera that also does vids. I can watch television and movies.  Hulu is $7.99 per month. I even have a fake, (sure looks real) aquarium display. It all fits into my shirt pocket. There is even a new app that let’s me connect my phone (or tablet) to my television.

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BigRoad Hits 15,000 Download Mark on Google Play Store

September 17, 2012

New smartphone app offering common sense fleet tracking and electronic HOS logging is changing the game for drivers and small fleets

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'Lose-it' on the BigRoad: Weight Loss app for truck drivers

September 15, 2012

BigRoad is always on the lookout for good apps that help improve life on the road for truckers.  We added in a great free app called 'Lose-it' into the BigRoad 'app launcher' in the latest release.  We've had overwhelming support from truck drivers out on the road, and I am quite amazed at the statistics I am seeing regarding usage from within the BigRoad app.  I have been using it myself for the last little while and it is quite revealing (sometimes too much perhaps....) regarding the calories going into my yap.  The snacks and drinks can really add up.....

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BJ Bear - BigRoad Customer Success Story

September 11, 2012

Another BigRoad customer success story in our series - BJ Bear....

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