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Great news for National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) members! Geotab has been awarded a four-year contract by the NJPA for the procurement of Fleet Management and Related Technology Solutions. The contract establishes Geotab as an awarded vendor and offers streamlined purchasing for the over 50,000 NJPA members across the United States with competitive volume pricing. On the topic of the NJPA contract, Geotab’s Strategic Market Development Manager, Jean Pilon-Bignell, said “through this NJPA awarded contract, all local and state government fleets gain access to premium quality secure telematics solutions without having to engage in a lengthy and costly bidding process.”

Geotab’s platform security is designed for end-to-end protection of data, and sets Geotab apart as a leading global provider of innovative telematics technology. Through the over 2 billion points of data collected each day, Geotab provides critical intelligence to enable new and innovative smart-city and state applications to help government agencies improve regional operations surrounding transportation efficiency, citizen safety and environmental sustainability.

If you qualify to purchase the Geotab telematics solution through the NJPA contract, we encourage you to contact us to get started experiencing the benefits Geotab can offer you.

On December 18th, 2017, the day the U.S. mandated for all truckers to track Hours of Service with the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD), Canadian Transport Minister, Marc Garneau announced a similar plan for truckers in Canada.

Siting research showing an “ELD mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviours strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over limits of service, which leads to fatigue”, Garneau stated the Canadian mandate would be expected to mirror the one now in place in the U.S. and consist of a two-year rollout plan, but added, “if we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better”.

The reasoning given for the two countries’ mandates being mirrored was, “there are almost 30,000 trucks a day that travel between Canada and the United States. It helps if we have the same rules on both sides of the border”.

Although truckers in the U.S. also had what could be seen as sufficient lead time to implement ELDs into their trucks, whether single-truck owner-operators to fleets with hundreds of vehicles, many chose to hold out until the eleventh hour to see if any actions by various advocates would reverse the decision or delay the deadline. The deadline was not delayed and the decision went ahead leaving many panicking to meet the requirements before roadside enforcement of the ruling begins in a few short months.

Our best advice to any Canadian trucker or fleet owner who does not already have a GPS fleet tracking and ELD system implemented into their truck or trucks, is to start now so it not only gives drivers and fleet managers time to learn the new technology, you can also get a head start on experiencing the advantages making the change can offer your business.

What are some advantages of using GPS fleet tracking and ELDs?

  • Improved Productivity
    • Less downtime and overtime
    • Reach more customers in a day
    • More efficient fuel use
    • Prevent unscheduled stops, detours, or off-hours use
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Receive reminders for regular maintenance & check-ups
    • Alerts for engine lights & diagnostics
    • Alerts to you and drivers for poor driving (speeding, idling)
    • Be notified of off-hours use, and find stolen vehicles
  • Safer Driving
    • Improved company image on the road
    • Save on fuel costs by eliminating aggressive driving
    • Reduced chance of accidents
  • Better Customer Service
    • Faster routes and response times
    • More accurate ETA’s for customers
    • Proof of service reports
  • Reduce Costs
    • Enjoy less downtime and fuel costs
    • Reduced risk of accidents and vehicle wear & tear
    • Accurate time sheets and less need for overtime hours
    • Potential to lower insurance rates for safer drivers
  • Insightful & Useful Reports
    • Make sound business decisions based on real data
    • Better manage and allocate resources
    • Reduce routing time, costs and fleet miles
    • Learn from over 30 standard reports or customize your own

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Every fleet manager dreads having a vehicle down for any amount of time as it quickly takes a toll on productivity and profits. Whether a vehicle is out of gas, has a flat tire or a dead battery, the goal of every fleet manager is to have the situation dealt with as soon as possible to get that vehicle back on the road to keep business going without too severe of a disruption. Businesses have many options for roadside services to help deal with vehicle breakdowns or other situations when vehicles are out on the roads, but we’d like to share why we believe you should strongly consider using Geotab’s Roadside Assistance.

 

Geotab Roadside (available in the U.S. and Canada) is a simple solution for dispatching roadside assistance to fleet vehicles experiencing a breakdown or another type of roadside issue. Powered by Rapitow, Geotab Roadside has a roadside assistance network of more than 45,000 service providers. When a roadside assistance request is sent, it is sent to the closest service provider ensuring a fast response. Services are provided 24/7 and 365 days a year.

Using Geotab Roadside allows you to track the service time on the app with accurate GPS data, and watch the service vehicle drive to your location. This gives the driver assurance on how soon someone will be there and also allows your fleet dispatchers to update customers or receiving areas that the driver will be late, if needed.

Fleets often pay too much for roadside assistance programs, only receiving a slight discount from what a consumer would pay for services. Geotab Roadside, on the other hands, is offered free of charge for Light-Duty vehicles located in the U.S. and Canada, with a fleet-wide* subscription to the Geotab ProPlus plan.

The following services are complimentary for Light-Duty vehicles:

  • Towing for up to 25 miles (40 kilometers)
  • Flat tire change
  • Battery boost
  • Fuel delivery
  • Winching
  • Lockout service

(*Standard rates apply for servicing Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty vehicles, and for Light-Duty vehicle services exceeding the complimentary services listed)

For more information, or to get started with Geotab Roadside to help you minimize the downtime of your fleet, contact us today.

As the December deadline for the ELD mandate approaches in the U.S., we thought it was important to debunk some popular myths about vehicle tracking to help ease the transition and put minds at ease for those who may be confused or worried.

Myth #1 – Telematics Is Too Expensive

One of the largest concerns many have about the new ELD mandate is the cost associated with the implementation. Firstly, a telematics device should be seen as an investment for your business rather than expense as, if used correctly, it can give you a great return on your investment. Secondly, the cost for implementation depends on a wide variety of factors such as fleet size and device and package selected. These factors can result in a larger fleet, or fleet requiring higher packages to pay more while smaller fleets or companies needing the basic functions to be compliant having an extremely affordable telematics solution for their business.

When looking for a telematics solution, be sure to compare vendors, hardware, software, and any installation costs that may apply. GPS to GO is proud to offer simple plug-and-play Geotab devices allowing you to avoid installation costs. With our videos to show how simple installation is for a variety of vehicles, and amazing customer support, you can have your device up and running and tracking your vehicles within minutes of unboxing!

Myth #2 – Telematics Means Big Brother Is Watching

Vehicle telematics often gets mixed up with GPS tracking devices and systems which usually require an app to be downloaded to a driver’s phone. That type of system means a driver’s cell phone is being tracked rather than a vehicle being tracked. With vehicle telematics on the other hand, there are tiers of the technology depending on the need of the business so only what needs to be tracked, is. This can range from a simple GPS tracker that will tell you the location of the vehicle, all the way to a robust system that allows fleet managers and business owners to monitor a vehicle’s health, manage productivity, improve fuel efficiency, ensure compliance with government regulations, and keep drivers safe. For those still worried about being tracked through vehicle telematics, just remember, the vast majority of fleet managers aren’t interested in and don’t have time to watch each driver minute by minute and some companies actually use telematics data to score and reward safe and fuel efficient drivers.

Myth #3 – Drivers Will Lose Driving Time

A report mentioned in the FMCSA’s final rule on ELDs stated that the transition from paper driver logs to ELDs will help reduce the time spent complying with the Hours of Service regulations by 68.33 million hours per year across the nearly 4 million drivers in the U.S. required to comply with HOS and the administrative personnel dealing with these as well. This means the estimated annual recordkeeping cost savings from the proposed rule is about $705 per driver.

Myth #4 – My Company Is Too Small To Use Telematics

There is a common misconception that telematics are only required or beneficial for large companies. This is far from true and even companies with a single vehicle can benefit from a telematics device. As mentioned above under other myths, vehicle telematics systems can be very affordable for small fleets and allow you to monitor vehicle health, improve fuel efficiency, and keep drivers safe, which we’re sure every company can get behind.

Myth #5 – A Telematics Device Will Interfere With Vehicle Performance or Void The Warranty

In the U.S., the Moss Magnuson Warranty Act of 1975 prohibits manufacturers from voiding warranty due to aftermarket additions to a vehicle. As long as you have proof of a defect being attributed to the car manufacturer, then your warranty if valid and enforceable regardless of whether or not you attached an aftermarket part. As the Geotab devices have a plug and play design, there is no need to change the vehicle in any way mechanically. Although it is true that a device will draw energy from a vehicle’s battery, it is so low that it would take a typical car battery over two years to be depleted by the Geotab device. The Geotab device also goes into sleep mode when a vehicle is turned off and will only draw 2.5 mA of current, and is smart enough to turn itself off if a vehicle is left for months at a time without charging the battery.

Myth #6 – My Employees Operate in Remote Locations (Out of Range)

While this myth may have been true at one point in time, it is no longer the case thanks to the evolution of technology which now has solutions for people in remote areas of the world. Although cellular networks are the main form of communication the Geotab device uses, it also has the option of storing months and months’ worth of data on the device itself which will then upload once the vehicle comes back into an area of cellular reception. There is also the option of instead of using cell towers to transmit data, to use satellites which offer more reliable connections and services in remote areas.

If you have any questions about the Geotab device and any myths you may have heard about not mentioned in this list, contact us. To start experiencing the benefits of choosing GPS to GO for your vehicle telematics solution in the Geotab device, Request a Quote.

Commercial vehicle accidents can be costly. Not just in the financial sense with factors including property damage, medical bills, lost cargo and time cost averages well into the billions of dollars each year, but also in terms of life. Far too many commercial vehicle accidents and fatalities occur as a result of driver negligence, which we believe our GPS tracking device and software can help prevent.

Statistics published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the United States each year show an alarming problem of truck driver negligence as the main culprit in commercial truck accidents, putting the drivers and those around them at risk. The most common causes of driver negligence include drivers abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs, travelling too fast for road conditions, and driver fatigue. Although any vehicle accident is never good, an even more serious situation is created when a commercial truck is involved as their vehicles and cargo carry more deadly force as compared to an average passenger vehicle.

With truck drivers being under pressure to deliver their cargo on time, it becomes tempting for them to drive more carelessly or spend too many hours on the road to make up for lost time. These reckless actions can result in accidents caused by driver error as well as employer negligence if an employer has failed to enforce necessary restrictions.

That’s where GPS to GO believes we can help. The Geotab GPS tracking device we proudly stand behind can track vehicle speed, hours of service, routes taken and mechanical issues. Having the device installed in your fleet vehicle will not only improve your fuel consumption, maintenance costs and fleet efficiency, but will also train your drivers to become safer on the roads which is a good thing for everyone.

It shouldn’t take a change in legislation, a serious accident or the loss of life to get a business thinking about how they can improve their driver safety. You have the power to change the statistics for the better and potentially even save lives. Contact GPS to GO today to find out how easy it can be to increase the safety of your vehicles on the road.