“Now with Geotab, we can do the IFTA mileage quarterly report in five minutes, so it’s a huge labor savings on that part,” said Butcher.
But D&H Transportation had other reasons for choosing Geotab as a technology provider, according to Butcher. Geotab had the right price point even with its advantages and capabilities, and the provider received high marks from drivers, especially when it came to the ELD.
Because of D&H’s increasing use of in-cab technology with Geotab, the company recently switched from PrePass transponders for driver weigh station bypass alerts to the PrePass app on its Geotab powered in-cab telematics system.
“My drivers love it. There haven’t been any complaints,” said Butcher. He also noted that drivers like the convenience of signing in once with Geotab, which logs them into PrePass automatically.
And as important as it is for such an integration to run smoothly, Butcher said, the time and money savings that PrePass brings are even more important. He pointed out that a weigh station stop may take five to ten minutes, and when drivers have to do this two,
three or even more times per day, the time off the road can add up.
During a recent eight and half month period, D&H received a little more than 300 weigh station bypasses using PrePass. Based on a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calculation, each weigh station bypass saves an average of five minutes and more than $8.00 in fuel costs – for qualified carriers with PrePass, this translates into big savings. For D&H trucks and drivers, this meant more time on the road, over 1,500 minutes, or 25 hours more. The fleet also saved at least $2,400 in fuel costs from bypassing weigh stations during this period.
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