NCN Shares VLC Announcement of DQMConnect™

NCN Shares VLC Announcement of DQMConnect™

News Channel Nebraska (NCN) shared VLC’s DQMConnect™ product announcement.  DQMConnect™ is a driver qualification file management tool designed to serve fleet managers, HR managers, and safety managers with hiring, qualification, compliance, audits, and management.

The unique value of DQMConnect™ is that it is a self-managed software tool that allows companies to remain in control of their own driver files. The benefits are many and the reviews have been stellar. Visit Southeast Nebraska news and read the article they shared.  Then, visit the VLC website and see what DQMConnect™ customers are saying about the value of this amazing product.

DQMConnect™ – The #1 Driver Qualification File Management Solution

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FMCSA has removed the ArionT from the list of ELDs

FMCSA has removed the ArionT from the list of ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs). On June 24, 2022, FMCSA removed the ArionT ELD from the list of registered ELDs due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A. Motor carriers and drivers using ArionT ELDs have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs.

Here are the specifics of the affected ELD product, model #, and ELD identifier:

ELD Name: ArionT ELD

Model number: AT5000

ELD Identifier: AR1ONT

ELD Provider: Arion Tech Inc.

This device now appears on FMCSA’s Revoked Devices list.

Motor carriers and drivers who use the ArionT device must take the following actions:

  1. Discontinue using the revoked device(s) and revert to paper logs or other logging software to record required hours of service data.
  2. Replace the revoked device(s) with compliant ELD(s) from the Registered Devices list before August 24, 2022.

These required actions provide motor carriers with up to 60 days to replace their ArionT devices with compliant ELDs.

Motor carriers and drivers who continue to use the revoked ArionT device listed above on or after August 24, 2022, will be in violation and drives will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria.

If Arion Tech Inc. corrects all identified deficiencies, the FMCSA will place the device back on the Registered Devices list and inform the industry and the field of the status change. However, FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues should these deficiencies continue past the 60-day grace period.

Vehicle Licensing Consultants has a solution for you. Check out the benefits of a TripDawg solution for your electronic logging needs:

  • The TripDawg ELD is based on Geotab, one of the highest rated ELDs available
  • TripDawg ELDs are always kept up to date with the latest technology and software releases
  • TripDawg ELDs offer amazing expansion capabilities including:
    1. Dash Cams
    2. Weigh Station Bypass
    3. Asset tracking
    4. Fleet Maintenance
    5. Dispatch solutions
    6. And more!

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Improve Recruitment and Retention with Driver-Friendly Technology

Improve Recruitment and Retention with Driver-Friendly Technology

Driver shortages hit all-time highs in 2021, making recruiting and retention a top priority for both large and small motor carriers. How can fleet managers and business leaders attract and retain drivers to fill their needs today and prepare for the demands of the future?

All employees want to feel supported by their employers, so having an employee-first (or specifically a driver-first) culture is important. Having access to the latest tools for communication, efficiency, and safety are important to them.

Offering a company culture that includes these technologies is the first step in building and maintaining a company that drivers want to become part of. Here are a few tools that are helping companies attract drivers and are helping driver stay safe, stay in touch, and efficiently complete their routes so they can return home to their families.

Becoming a Driver-First Focused Company

The right company focus that gives employees a sense of belonging, purpose, and tangible benefits is the first step toward retention. In this article, we present you with the top tools to consider in order to build that driver-first culture in your company.

Telematics Solutions

Your drivers spend most of their day behind the wheel and on the road alone. What better way to support them during the most difficult part of their job than with telematics-based software solutions that clearly offer a positive impact on driver experience and efficiency.

With mandated ELD regulations, drivers are concerned about planning their drive time accurately to avoid HOS violations. One extremely helpful tool in getting drivers home faster is a weigh station bypass system. Bypass systems not only make the driver feel cared-for and their time appreciated, but they also save the company time and money when drivers do not have to stop, produce the required information, and wait for law enforcement review. Some bypass systems offer e-inspection capabilities which streamline the process even if the driver is required to stop. Inspection time can be reduced from over a half hour to just minutes, enabling the driver to get back on the road more quickly.

Electronic Driver Qualification File Management

Another impressive tool that speeds onboarding and seasonal hiring, is online driver qualification file software. Online access for applying, re-hire, and getting the necessary documentation for compliance helps companies streamline their operations and present themselves to prospective employees in a professional and organization manner.

These driver qualification file systems also offer driver communications to help facilitate the gathering of compliance documents while on the road. When a driver applicant sees how easy the onboard and compliance process is, the driver-first company benefits.

In Conclusion

At VLC, our TripDawg and DQMConnect™ products are helping companies improve recruitment and retention by helping them with a driver-first culture. Let’s explore these opportunities and others that can help your business build an efficient, exciting technology strong company that drivers want to be part of. Contact us for a discovery call.

 

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530-384-3884

Managing Fuel Consumption for Your Fleet

Managing Fuel Consumption for Your Fleet

With the rising cost of fuel, managing fuel consumption is a top concern for fleet managers. Here are some helpful tips and tools that you can use to keep fuel costs in check.

Tire Pressure

The simplest and easiest adjustment that fleet managers can make to have a positive impact on fuel consumption is regular tire pressure maintenance. For every 1 PSI below the tire’s recommended pressure, you could be losing as much as 0.2% in fuel efficiency. While 0.2% might seem like a small fraction, multiply that by miles and by the number of trucks in your fleet and you can really start to see the savings.

Not only will this simple tip prevent excess expense at the pump, but it will also save on the wear and tear of your tires. VLC’s TripDawg solution provides a way to integrate your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) so that your fleet dashboard views can quickly alert you to tires that need attention.

If you are not a current TripDawg customer, simply include a tire pressure check on your morning or pre-trip checklist and have those tires checked and inspected with the rest of the vehicle. An integrated TPMS system can be added to your telematics fleet management tools by simply calling VLC for details.

Tire Pressure and Fuel Consumption Reports

Tire pressure and fuel consumption reports will help you manage your fuel costs. These reports cover fuel consumed, distance covered, and fuel economy across a chosen time period. This will help owners and fleet managers identify the fuel efficiency and performance across the whole fleet or target specific vehicles. The ability to easily review and examine the fuel economy of your transportation assets will help you uncover what actions are needed to improve efficiency and slash fuel costs.

The Right Vehicle for the Job

Does your fleet have a diverse set of jobs, from short trip city driving to longer haul deliveries? Assigning the right vehicle to the given job is another critical step in fuel conservation. Alternative fuel vehicles are great choice for short, last-mile deliveries. As you see the impact that hybrid or EV vehicles can have when hauling lighter loads or traveling in city traffic, you can justify changes that will allow you to pair the job with the proper vehicle. This is another place that TripDawg analytics can help you fine tune your fleet operations.

Limit Speed and Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving, including operating vehicles at higher speeds, will consume more fuel. Whenever possible limit top speeds on the road by setting your telematics device to issue in-cab alerts. Often, when we drive long distances or spend a lot of time on the road, the speed of the vehicle seems to creep up over time. Set company policies about maximum vehicle speed and use telematics rules to manage vehicles within these policy levels. TripDawg provides a means to set these rules and provide fully customizable reporting so you can visualize and take action to keep aggressive driving under control. Not only will you save on fuel, but also on maintenance as accelerating and braking hard can impact the life of your vehicle components.

Conclusion

If you are a current TripDawg customer and unfamiliar with all of the ways that your telematics device can help you save on fuel, then contact us today for details. We will show you how your electronic logging devices can assist with cost reductions.

If you have yet to make a commitment to a full-featured telematics reporting system, then think about the savings it will bring you today, and for years to come. At VLC, your telematics system is never out-of-date. We keep you updated and informed of all the latest capabilities and reports. Monitor and manage your fleet, improving cost, productivity, and sustainability. Learn more about TripDawg and all its potential cost savings today.

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Fleet & Driver Compliance…Fleet Tracking Software

https://im4trux.com/

530-384-3884

 

DOT Requirements for Non-CDL Drivers

DOT Requirements for Non-CDL Drivers

Are you aware that you may be required to keep driver qualification files for your non-CDL drivers?

Yes, it is true. DOT requirements are not limited to CDL drivers. DOT compliance is determined by vehicle weight. So, even if you only have non-CDL drivers, you may still need to maintain driver qualification files.

At VLC, we understand the challenges of sifting through all the rules and regulations necessary for your company to stay in compliance. So, we are covering a few important points and urging you to contact us if you have any more details questions or concerns.

While you only need a CDL for a vehicle that is 26,001 pounds or greater, there are circumstances that require you to maintain driver qualification files for non-CDL drivers. Here is the list to help you stay in compliance:

  1. Any interstate driver of a vehicle that has a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of over 10,000 pounds.
  2. Any interstate driver of a vehicle that has a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of over 10,000 pounds.
  3. Any interstate driver of a vehicle that has a GCW (gross combination weight) of over 10,000 pounds.
  4. Any interstate driver of a vehicle that has a GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of over 10,000 pounds.
  5. Any driver transporting hazardous materials.
  6. Any driver transporting more than 8 people for compensation (count includes the driver)
  7. Any driver transporting more than 15 people with no compensation (count includes the driver).

.. Therefore, you might only have non-CDL drivers and still need to maintain DOT compliance.

As a word of caution, requirements do change slightly from state to state. Contact VLC for your state’s commercial motor vehicles requirements. In summary, even if you only have non-CDL drivers, you may still need to maintain driver qualification files. Let us show you how to get started, quickly and easily with DQMConnect™. Driver qualification file management (including hiring, onboarding, secure storage, and renewals) has NEVER been easier!

 

Vehicle Licensing Consultants

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Fleet & Driver Compliance…Fleet Tracking Software

https://im4trux.com/

530-384-3884

 
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