Technology is improving so many aspects of daily life, and it can make an enormous difference for your company whether you are a service-based organization or a delivery business. TripDAWG – The Customizable Fleet Management Tool from Vehicle Licensing Consultants is a unique fleet management telematics program that is customizable to meet the specific objectives of your fleet. It allows data to be analyzed so that you can make informed decisions in management, logistics, safety, and compliance. With TripDAWG’s innovative and integrated technological solutions, it has become the premier customizable fleet management tool to enhance efficiency, safety, and compliance in commercial vehicles.
With TripDAWG as the foundation of your fleet’s technology system, you can have peace of mind that your dispatchers, managers, drivers and other staff members are working together efficiently and collaboratively to best meet the needs of your company.
How Does TripDAWG Work?
Step 1: The first step in using TripDAWG telematics solutions is to install individual Geotab fleet telematics devices in each one of your commercial vehicles. Click here to read about Geotab’s innovative technology, and learn how it can increase the safety of your drivers and the productivity of your company.
Step 2: After the Geotab devices are installed in each of your fleet vehicles, you can use the TripDAWG program to gather and analyze data on the following:
- The health and reliability of each of your vehicles
- The regulatory compliance of your fleet
- Specific routes
- Areas for improved efficiency
- Driver safety
TripDawg also provides easy access to data reports, so you aren’t left feeling disorganized or frustrated trying to locate information when you need it.
GeoTab and TripDAWG Provide Security for Your Data
It’s the job of Geotab devices to collect data from each of the commercial vehicles in your fleet. Once collected, they use an ES256 encryption standard to encrypt the data and keep it private; this means you are able to safely and discreetly obtain the data without it being leaked or shared. It’s important that you are able to manage your fleet without the risk of any kind of compromised security or potential data loss due to cyber attacks. The TripDAWG telematics solution program helps your company easily gather and analyze the data so that you can quickly and easily figure out how to increase your business’s productivity and safety on the roadways.
What are the Main Benefits of TripDAWG Technology?
Because TripDAWG technology is providing your company with data in real time using the Geotab telematics devices, it can help you to save valuable money and time dealing with issues such as:
- inclement weather
- fuel management and cost
- cellular service black out spots
- road work and other road closures
- safety precautions and protocols
- parking solutions
- hazardous roadways or dangerous driving conditions
- asset tracking
- and more!
What to do About CSA Scores Being Below the Industry Standard?
If you have been struggling with safety violations and your company would like to have the data that it needs to decrease its CSA scores, the TripDAWG management telematics solution from Vehicle Licensing Consultants is perfect for this purpose. It can help you pinpoint problems across-the-board and communicate with your drivers to increase safety precautions and decrease violations.
Why Work With Vehicle Licensing Consultants?
At Vehicle Licensing Consultants we have a friendly and knowledgeable team that always goes the extra mile to optimize safety, sustainability, and productivity in the commercial fleet industry. For general inquiries, you can call us at 530-637-1696 or email us at email@example.com, and you can also sign up for our newsletter to learn more at the bottom of our website.
Each one of our staff members at Vehicle Licensing Consultants wants to help you implement the most helpful technology on the market today so that you can focus your time, energy, and attention on growing your business and meeting the needs of your customers.
Driver qualification files are critical to any trucking fleet, and as a manager, you know how time-consuming managing these files can be. DQMConnect is a driver qualification file management software that makes it easy to manage and store your driver qualification files. The software is highly intuitive and easy to use, making it ideal for fleets of any size. With DQMConnect, you can quickly and easily store and access drivers’ qualification files, making sure that your fleet is always compliant.
Let’s review everything you need to know about DQMConnect and why it is the fastest and most convenient way to manage DOT driver qualification files.
DQMConnect is an online driver qualification file management solution that makes it easy to store and access driver qualification files. The software is highly intuitive and easy to use, making it ideal for fleets of any size. With DQMConnect, you can quickly and easily store and access drivers’ qualification files, making sure that your fleet is always compliant and ready in case of a DOT audit.
How We Do It
DQMConnect enables you to quickly and easily store and access DOT driver qualification files from any device. All you need to do is upload the driver qualification files to the platform, and you’ll be able to access them anytime and anywhere. The platform is also integrated with Geotab, so you can access ELD data and ensure that your driver qualification files are accurate and up-to-date.
Benefits of an Online Driver File Management Solution:
Using an online driver file management solution like DQMConnect helps make managing driver qualification files easier and more efficient. You’ll be able to quickly and easily store and access driver qualification files, making sure that you’re always compliant. Additionally, you’ll be able to prepare quickly for DOT audits.
Here are some of the most important benefits of an online DOT driver qualification file management system:
Less Time Wasted by Management
Managing and updating DOT driver qualification files is a time-consuming task that can pull value from other parts of the business. If a high-level manager or fleet manager is spending resources trying to keep up with every driver’s files, the company’s growth and bottom line will suffer.
Reduced Risk of Non-Compliance
Driver qualification files are an important part of staying compliant with the Department of Transportation. With a driver file management system, you can quickly and easily access driver qualification files, reducing the risk of non-compliance.
No Matter Your Size, We Have the Solution for You!
Fleets – Large and Small Can Take Advantage of DQMConnect
DQMConnect is a powerful online driver qualification file management system that is suitable for fleets of any size. From large fleet operations to single-truck owner-operators, DQMConnect is the perfect solution for managing and storing driver qualification files.
Owner Operators Need Driver Qualification Files Too
Owner-operators are responsible for managing their own driver qualification files. With DQMConnect, owner-operators can easily store and access their driver qualification files, making sure that they’re always compliant.
Simple & Fast Audit Preparation
With DQMConnect, you’ll be able to quickly and easily prepare for audits. The platform makes it easy to access and review driver qualification files, making sure that you’re always audit-ready.
Integrated with Geotab for ELD Data
DQMConnect is integrated with Geotab, making it easy to access ELD data and ensuring that your driver qualification files are accurate and up-to-date. This helps reduce the risk of non-compliance and ensures that your fleet is always running smoothly.
Why You Need Detailed DOT Driver Qualification Files
The Department of Transportation is very specific about the driver qualifications that are required for trucking. If you’re not compliant with the DOT driver qualification files, you could face serious consequences. The DOT driver qualification files are a comprehensive set of requirements that truck drivers must meet to be qualified to drive a truck. The files include information such as driver education, experience, and licensing requirements.
If the DOT decides to perform an audit, they will require access to your driver qualification files in order to verify that you’re in compliance. Having an up-to-date and compliant driver qualification file management system will help you avoid potential problems with the DOT.
Ensure Fast and Accurate DOT Driver Qualification File Management With DQMConnect
If you’re ready to optimize your DOT driver qualification file management, it’s time to get DQMConnect from Vehicle Licensing Consultants. Whether handling day-to-day operations or dealing with a potential DOT audit, there’s nothing more important than having all your driver qualification files and driver data organized and accessible.
With DQMConnect, you can finally eliminate the hassle and waste of inefficient driver qualification file management. With a simple and intuitive interface, DQMConnect makes it easy to store, access, and update your driver qualification files. Plus, Geotab integration ensures that your driver qualification files are always accurate and up-to-date. Contact us to schedule a discovery call for your 30-day trial of DQMConnect.
Don’t be intimidated by software and the trend toward everything digital. We would like to show you that not all software products are difficult to use and that even the conversion process from your old paper files doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal.
If you have been thinking about moving to digital for your driver files, but a little uneasy about the training and transition time such a move would impose on your already busy staff, then we would like to introduce you to something so different, so easy to use, you will wish you had done it sooner.
If you are ready to embrace digital, DQMConnect™ can make the journey simple, easy, and painless. While it is true that some software packages take a long time to install, this is not true with DQMConnect™.
Utilize our easy to deploy software and you will be up and running in seconds. Yes, seconds! We want you to start realizing value from the very moment you begin. We have designed a tool that you can operate with no training, it couldn’t be more intuitive.
Your next concern might be all those paper files you have been collecting and storing for years. What do I do with those? How can I transition to digital when so many driver files are already bundles of paperwork in a file cabinet?
DQMConnect™ enables you to bulk upload your documents, making the transition seamless. Once uploaded, you will see how easy finding and reviewing files can truly be. And the most important part…You are in control of your driver files at all times.
And the Benefits? There are many, but here are the top 4:
- Never lose a document
- Easy to manage for multiple people
- Secure encrypted server storage
- Compliance tracking
Still a little skeptical or unsure? Don’t worry. Take a DQMConnect™ tour with one of our compliance specialists. We will show you the simplicity of digital and a well-designed driver file management system.
Embrace digital and learn more about DQMConnect™. The first and only tool that is quick, easy, and keeps you in control of your files.
The new driver physical requirement has been put in place this year by the DOT as an important part of keeping America’s roads and highways safe. Let’s take a look at what it is and what you need to do to keep compliant with the new health exam requirements.
What is the new 2022 DOT Physical?
The new 2022 DOT physical is a health exam required of commercial drivers by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to ensure that commercial drivers are capable of fulfilling their job. This exam must be completed by a DOT medical examiner and documented every 24 months.
Are All Drivers Required to Get a DOT Physical?
This requirement applies to the following classifications of drivers:
- Drivers who transport hazardous materials
- Drivers who are paid to operate a vehicle that carries over 8 people
- Drivers who operate a vehicle that carries more than 15 people
- Drivers who operate a vehicle with a gross combined weight of over 10,000 pounds
What does the Physical Consist of?
The DOT exam will cover:
- Health history
- Vision assessment
- Hearing test
- Blood pressure
As well as a number of other health factors that can indicate a risk while operating a commercial vehicle.
What Factors Might Disqualify a Driver?
Here are a few guidelines and some minimum requirements for drivers to pass their exam:
- 20/40 vision in each eye (with or without glasses); 70+ degrees field of vision; the ability to distinguish between red, green, and yellow.
- The hearing test requires you to hear a harsh whisper in your best ear
- Blood pressure below 180/100; blood pressure between 140/90 and 179/109 may require an annual exam.
- Medical conditions, such as diabetes, hernias, obesity, and sleep apnea that are not in control
- Uncontrolled or unstable heart conditions
- Epilepsy or seizure disorders
- Meniere’s disease, an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness
- Use of marijuana, even if prescribed
- Use of illegal substances
- Use of oxygen therapy
- Some respiratory conditions
What You Need to Know for Compliance
Just like any other DOT requirement, if your driver is caught without a medical certificate, they are taken off the road and you will pay for it. Not just in fines, but in the business that is impacted by the loss of a driver.
As driver requirements are changed, increased, and refined, it is so important to have a way to track which of your drivers complies and who may be coming due for their next medical exam.
Take a look at DQMConnect. This amazing application is helping many companies address the same concerns. Real-time alerts and a dashboard view of your driver compliance, puts you in control.
Keep your company safe, your drivers compliant, and your clients happy with DQMConnect.
The FMCSA has been conducting offsite audits for over 3 years. Starting in 2019, they were largely focused on safety reviews. However, the number and types of offsite audits have been on the rise. The pandemic encouraged the transition while the ease and cost effectiveness of offsite audits are continuing the trend upward.
In 2020, nearly 5 times the number of offsite audits were conducted as compared with 2019. Last year, 2021 saw a rule change enabling the FMCSA to issue safety ratings after an offsite audit. More motor carriers are receiving a “conditional” safety rating than “satisfactory”, despite so many audits being done remotely. This is something the agency could never do before.
Given the trend of the past 3 years and the fact that offsite audits appear to be working, they will likely remain part of the agency’s approach for years to come.
Let’s examine the audit numbers for 2021.
6% increase in audits; 95% resulting in violations
30% increase in audits that uncovered severe violations
37% increase in audits with critical violations such as missing records
The rise in conditional safety ratings is an important consideration for any HR manager or Fleet Manager. Conditional safety ratings can have costly consequences, including lost customers, higher insurance rates, and increased liability in court.
The Transition to Offsite Audits
As we can see, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is relying more heavily on offsite audits. It is time for you to embrace a DQM File Management tool to help ensure your compliance and facilitate these offsite audits. DQMConnect has a truly unique approach to DQM File Management. You maintain control of your files and it presents you with your compliance status and prepares the necessary audit files right from the Dashboard. No waiting. No loss of control. The data is yours and is accessible 24×7. For you and for the auditor should you need it.
Let us show you why more carriers are moving to DQMConnect to stay in control, in compliance, and audit ready!
If your business is in the trucking industry, such as a fleet management company, you are likely aware of the DOT audit process. A DOT audit can be a nerve-wracking experience, but if you prepare for it properly, you can make the process as smooth as possible. Let’s discuss what you need to do to prepare for a DOT audit, what happens during an audit, and what happens if you fail one.
Ultimately, the best way to make sure a DOT audit does not become an issue for your company is to have strong DOT driver qualification file management with the help of software.
How to Prepare for a Trucking DOT Audit
The best way to get through a DOT audit is to be prepared before it even happens. Here are a few tips on how you can do that:
- Know the DOT Regulations: Familiarize yourself with the DOT regulations so that you know what is expected of your company. This way, you can make sure that all your policies and procedures are in compliance.
- Keep Detailed Records: DOT auditors will want to see detailed records of your driver qualification files, maintenance records, and more. Make sure that these records are organized and up-to-date before an auditor arrives.
- Be Proactive: If you know that an audit is coming up, take some time to review your procedures and make sure everything is in order. This will help put the auditor’s mind at ease and make the process go more smoothly.
What Happens During a DOT Audit?
During a DOT audit, an auditor will review all your company’s records and procedures. First, you will receive an opening conference where the auditor will explain the audit process and what they will be looking for. Next, the auditor will review your DOT driver qualification files to make sure they are complete and up-to-date. They will also look at your maintenance records to ensure that your vehicles are being properly maintained. Lastly, the auditor will conduct interviews with you and your staff to check for compliance with DOT regulations.
They will look at your driver qualification files, maintenance records, drug and alcohol testing programs, and more.
If you fail a DOT audit, you may be subject to fines, penalties, or other consequences. However, if you are prepared for the audit and have strong DOT driver qualification file management, you should be able to avoid any issues.
What Your Driver Qualification Files Need to Have
To DOT audit-proof your trucking business, you need to ensure that your driver qualification files are complete and up-to-date. This includes maintaining records of the following:
- Driver’s licenses
- Medical certificates
- DOT physical examination results
- Employment applications
- MVR reports
- DOT drug and alcohol test results
- DOT crash reports
- Safety performance history
By keeping detailed records of your drivers, you can be sure that you are in compliance with DOT regulations. This will make the audit process much easier and help you avoid any penalties.
The Pitfalls of Failing a DOT Audit
A trucking DOT audit is unique in that there are DOT regulations in place specifically for the trucking industry. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of both drivers and the general public. As a result, DOT audits tend to be more stringent than other types of audits.
If you fail a DOT audit, you may be subject to:
- DOT compliance review
- DOT safety rating downgrades
- DOT enforcement actions
- DOT shutdowns
If you are not prepared for a DOT audit, it can be a stressful and difficult experience. However, if you take the time to prepare and have strong DOT driver qualification file management, you should be able to handle an audit with ease.
How DOT Driver Qualification File Management Helps
DOT driver qualification file management is the key to success when it comes to DOT audits. By using software, you can keep track of your driver files, maintenance records, and more in one place. This will make it easier for you to find the information an auditor is looking for and ensure that everything is up-to-date.
Driver file management software can also help you stay in compliance with DOT regulations. The software can remind you when it is time to update a driver’s file or administer a drug test. This will take the guesswork out of DOT compliance and help you avoid any penalties or fines.
Handle Your DOT Audit with Ease Thanks to DOT Driver Qualification File Management
If you are looking for an easy way to prepare for DOT audits, DOT driver qualification file management software like DQMConnect is one of the best ways to remain prepared at all times. DOT driver qualification file management software is designed to help trucking companies stay DOT compliant and audit-ready at all times.
With DOT driver qualification file management, you can keep track of your drivers, vehicles, and maintenance records in one place. This will make it easier for you to find the information an auditor is looking for and ensure that everything is up to date.
Contact Vehicle Licensing Consultants today and stay DOT Audit-ready at all times with a free 30-day trial of DQMConnect.