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With the ELD Mandate quickly approaching, it is necessary to make sure that you and your drivers are properly prepared. If you are looking for an electronic logging device, look no further! Here at Quality, we have partnered with Geotab, a leading telematics company, to bring you an ELD device from a company you have come to know and trust. Geotab has manufactured a device called the Geotab GO7 to evolve and grow with your fleet, along with other changes and regulations in the future while still being affordable for fleets of all sizes.

If you are unfamiliar with the upcoming mandate, the ELD rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and in turn, accurately track faster, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, this was considered Phase One of the mandate. [...]

For this special edition of the Employee Spotlight series we get to know Liz Edmunds, Customer Success Manager, with our ELD Department. Liz has been a member of the Quality Team since 2015. Liz is one of the most energetic members of our staff and has been focused on helping drivers get compliant with the new ELD mandate on December 18th of this year.

School:  Indiana University / Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Major:  Business Management

Role at Quality: Customer Success Manager – ELD

Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots

If you could sit down with anyone for dinner, who would it be and why? My grandfather, he passed away when I was only 7. As an adult I’ve learned a lot more about him and wish I could’ve asked him things I wouldn’t have thought of when I was still a kid. He was a fighter pilot in WWII and I [...]

The Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate is less than 3 months away! If you are unfamiliar with the upcoming mandate, the ELD rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and in turn, make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, this is Phase One. In Phase Two, officially going into effect on December 18th, 2017, carriers and drivers can use AOBRDS that are installed prior to December 18th, 2017 or self-certified and have registered ELDs with FMCSA. Finally, Phase Three is after December 16th, 2019, where all drivers and carriers are subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA.

The [...]

Upgrading your fleet is a major investment, but it can be necessary depending upon the state and age of your existing equipment. You may find that replacing equipment with financing and leasing programs is a better investment than paying for numerous repairs to an older vehicle. This post will list reasons to replace a truck, for instance, if a truck is experiencing too many problems or is not compliant with modern FMCSA fleet rules. It will also point out the benefits of updating your fleet with high-quality vehicles, including access to warranties, leasing options, low mileage, and low monthly payments.

Technology Improves Safety

Geotab

As the transportation industry slowly adapts to technology, there have been a lot of products and solutions developed in order to make sure drivers are remaining safe on the road.

One of the [...]

Unfortunately, accidents are extremely common for truck drivers while they are out on the road. If you are a trucking company, preventing accidents and encouraging your drivers to be safe on the road should be your number one priority. As summer is winding down and cold weather is quickly approaching, taking the proper steps to make sure your drivers are staying alert and vigilant while driving is important. Implementing a safety program cannot only protect your company’s bottom line but encourage safe driving among your drivers and employees.

Driving a truck is an extremely dangerous profession. Tractor-trailers are about 20-30 times larger than most cars and trucks on the road and because of the dramatic increase in size, this can cause roads to become unsafe especially in dangerous weather. “Motor vehicle crashes cost employers $60 billion annually in medical care, legal expenses, property damage, and lost productivity. They drive up the cost of benefits such [...]

Quality Companies has designed a new program to help carriers and drivers find success. Low weekly payments and a minimal driver access fee will allow drivers to be profitable and take their first step becoming a successful owner operator. As a carrier, there is no better way to grow your owner operator fleet and create a competitive advantage against your peers. We are going to cover a few of the most commonly asked questions below.

1. What are the benefits of the new Lease Purchase Program?
  • With our new Managed Maintenance Program and Earned Deferment Program, especially with older models, there is a chance for more maintenance problems. With older models, more than likely, any repair you will have, will be over $500. Our Earned Deferment Program will give you peace of mind. You can earn up to 10 payment deferrals a year and the first deferral can be earned by making 4 full lease [...]

Recently, Quality Companies collaborated with Thorn Valley Safety in a webinar to explain “How Safe Driving and the Electronic Log Device Mandate Will Impact Your Insurance.”

As a driver, a truck and/or trailer can be an extremely dangerous weapon while out on the road. It can not only affect the life of the driver but also others who are out on the road. It is important that the company you are driving for has an appropriate and effective safety department in place that is well trained in case an accident happens so the company is properly prepared to handle it. With the new ELD Mandate as well as companies continuing to improve their safety departments, practicing safe driving is getting easier.

Overview of the Webinar

Hallie Beddes

Hallie Beddes, Quality Companies’ Vice President [...]

The Electronic Log Device (ELD) mandate is less than 6 months away now. If you are unfamiliar with the upcoming mandate, the ELD rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, and is set to go into effect on December 18, 2017.

The ELD Mandate brings the transportation business into the 21st Century, and helps drivers cut down on deadhead miles, as well as assists in keeping accurate records. The ELD simplifies compliance by eliminating long-term paper logs, and in doing so results in a significant cut back in the most common violations, since drivers will always [...]

As a fleet owner, you probably have had a lot of experiences while out on the road. Perhaps you have been in an accident or have seen one happen as an innocent bystander. Either way, preventing accidents should be the number one priority for drivers while out on the road. We are now in the middle of summer and that means there are going to continue to be a lot of passenger vehicles on the road. As convenient as highways and toll roads may be, especially with the increase in speed limits, it can also be tremendously dangerous. Like you, many drivers are trying to get to their destination as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, accidents are becoming extremely common. It is important to take the proper steps to make sure that you and other drivers are staying alert and vigilant while driving. This post will go through some of the major causes of accidents and [...]

Because technology is ever-changing, it is important for industries to remain current with the trends. The transportation industry is no exception. The transportation industry has been around for a long time and technological advancements have disrupted the industry in a positive way. It has allowed owner operators to become efficient and successful. As more companies adopt these technological trends, they can improve their overall operations, as well as increase the success of their drivers. These technological advances might be expensive, but they are also extremely beneficial for companies to invest in.

Telematics

As technology is continuing to grow, there are a variety of apps that are forming to help the transportation industry become more up-to-date. Telematics are helping multiple different sectors in the industry. Fleets can benefit from investing in telematics because it can not only help with communication, but also make drivers more efficient by causing less distractions on the road and condensing everything [...]

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