The government and the trucking industry is looking at how better to streamline the industry. Specifically, there is a new push to use electronic monitoring, GPS systems and Internet connectivity within the industry. In some situations, this can be a very good thing. If a truck is stolen, tracking it down using a GPS unit is very easy to do and can save the company a significant amount of money (not to mention, possibly reducing trucking insurance costs for claims). Yet, not everyone is in agreement with the benefits.
Electronic monitoring may provide a wide range of tools, as well as significant insight into how drivers operate. Of course, the trucking industry already has a wide range of regulations and numerous compliance requirements for truckers and trucking companies. What this may do, though, is provide more information about what is happening, whether compliance is being met and even provide information on how to make improvements. Consider a few examples of how this can be effective.
- The implementation of tracking can help trucking companies verify truckers are taking the approved routes, especially those that are safer or less risky for other reasons.
- The tools can require drivers to sleep or rest, and track whether or not they are doing so. In some cases, this can be one of the most powerful tools available because it may play a role in the trucking company's liability during accidents.
- Electronic tracking can answer questions about theft, as well as loss by pinpointing what is happening where. It provides information that can help in lawsuits, such as proving the vehicle did cross over the center line or did not.
There are many people that do not like the thought of being monitored through electronic means. It is yet to be seen, though, the direct impact that this can have on day-to-day operations in the trucking industry. It may be something trucking insurance companies also take a look at to help reduce risks and improve overall compliance with the laws. By taking these steps, it may reduce costs and improve overall coverage for truckers and their companies.
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