Davis Transfer Recognizes Benefits Beyond Compliance with Omnitracs’ Hours of Service
Ground Floor Adopter of Technology Experiences Increased Efficiency, Safer Fleet Operations, and Improved Customer Satisfaction
DALLAS, Sept. 2015—Omnitracs, LLC, a global pioneer of fleet management solutions to transportation and logistics companies, today announced that leading, dry truckload carrier Davis Transfer Company, implemented Omnitracs’ Hours of Service (HOS) application well in advance of the pending electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, and, as a result, has realized significant benefits beyond basic compliance. Having first adopted Omnitracs’ onboard mobile information system nearly 25 years ago, Davis Transfer deployed the HOS application across its fleet of 250 trucks as a core component of its comprehensive safety program. Since the adoption, the carrier is not only fully compliant with FMCSA Hours of Service regulations, but has also experienced increased efficiency; more alert, safer drivers; and increased satisfaction from shippers.
An ELD is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS) and replaces antiquated and error-prone paper log books. With a targeted publication date of Sept. 30, 2015, the ELD mandate—which is expected to affect more than three million vehicles—will specify exact use requirements for drivers, fleets, and law enforcement. While wanting to ensure compliance with federal regulations, Davis Transfer quickly recognized the many benefits of early adoption of ELDs, which extend well beyond adherence to the mandate. Omnitracs HOS not only automates the accurate capture of hours driven, but has also enabled the fleet to capitalize on a number of other benefits in support of business objectives, such as ensuring drivers are well-rested for improved safety; demonstrating a commitment to safe fleet operations, which is increasingly important to many shippers; and enhancing efficiency through a reduction in manual data entry and paperwork errors.
“From day one, the leadership team at Davis Transfer has recognized the strategic value of the ELD mandate and has embraced the benefits this technology offers to our drivers, customers, and fleet operations,” stated Todd Davis, president of Davis Transfer Company. “In addition to being the right thing to do, our adoption of Omnitracs Hours of Service application has enabled us to meet and exceed our compliance, safety, customer satisfaction and efficiency goals. Furthermore, our company is well positioned to ‘maintain business as usual’ in light of a major industry transition.”
With an accurate record of hours driven, Davis Transfer can ensure that its drivers are well rested and alert. Additionally, the HOS application allows fleet managers to more efficiently assign routes, making sure that drivers have sufficient driving hours remaining to complete the delivery. The carrier’s drivers have embraced the value of the system—adequate rest that allows them to perform safely when on the job and the elimination of cumbersome paperwork enables them to focus on what they do best, driving, both of which contributed to improved fleet efficiency.
“As an early adopter of ELD technology, Davis Transfer has set itself up for continued success and growth and has been proactive in realizing the many benefits of our HOS solution that extend beyond regulatory compliance,” noted David Vice, chief sales officer at Omnitracs. “We are thrilled that Davis Transfer has surpassed its initial goals with the use of HOS and can serve as a model for other fleets that have yet to take action in advance of the pending ELD mandate.”
Choosing to be ELD compliant has also positively impacted Davis Transfers’ value proposition as a service- and safety-oriented company among its customers. As shippers are becoming more aware of their brand’s exposure and liability in relation to the freight transportation firms they partner with, it is not uncommon for them to research Department of Transportation information and review CSA scores as a factor in carrier hiring decisions. Based on its CSA scores—and thanks, in part, to its early adoption of the HOS application, Davis Transfer ranks among the top three carriers, which has enabled the company to stand out among competitors and increase business.
“Early on, we viewed the adoption of Omnitracs’ HOS as a significant turning point for our safety program and as a strategic investment in the future success of our business,” continued Davis. “Every aspect of the implementation—from installation and training, to driver and back-office use—was so well supported by our management and Omnitracs, that the transition was easy and was met with very little resistance.”
Available on all of Omnitracs’ Mobile Computing Platforms (MCPs), as well as the XRS Relay Platform, the HOS application provides near real-time tracking of drivers’ hours, increased reporting accuracy and compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
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About Davis Transfer Company
Davis Transfer Company services the dry, truckload market with a fleet of more than 200 tractors and almost 800 trailers. The company has been in the trucking business for more than 50 years and in the dry, truckload sector for more than 20 years, and is committed to taking care of its customers and drivers. Davis Transfer Company operates terminals in Carnesville and Valdosta, GA, and Lakeland, FL.
About Omnitracs, LLC
Omnitracs, LLC is a global pioneer of fleet management, routing and predictive analytics solutions for private and for-hire fleets. Omnitracs’ nearly 1000 employees deliver software-as-a-service-based solutions to help more than 40,000 private and for-hire fleet customers manage nearly 1,500,000 mobile assets in more than 70 countries. The company pioneered the use of commercial vehicle telematics over 25 years ago and today its intuitive technologies, including solutions for safety and compliance, fuel efficiency, driver retention, fleet productivity, GPS fleet tracking, route planning, scheduling, and fleet maintenance, enable customers to solve common fleet problems and achieve their business objectives. Omnitracs, LLC includes Roadnet Technologies, XRS, Sylectus, Omnitracs Analytics, and Omnitracs Mexico. Omnitracs is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of companies.