Compliance challenges, tight timelines and lean resources can result in overwhelming stress for a fleet manager. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Tom Bray - Sr. Industry Business Advisor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
July 26 , 2021
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The year 2020 challenged safety professionals like never before, and this was confirmed in a J. J. Keller Center for Market Insights survey. Fifty-two percent of respondents in the survey ranked their job as extremely or very challenging. That’s a significant number and one that we all need to take seriously.
Comments include themes all too familiar with many fleet professionals:
“…Compliance, safety, and keeping up with all that’s involved, and also hiring and keeping qualified people.”
“…having the required amount of bandwidth to be proactive and less reactive.”
“…interruptions, work is continuous and is never fully complete.”
The survey also revealed that limited time and resources frustrate fleet managers’ abilities to stay in compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The compliance challenges included:
When these compliance challenges meet the realities of tight timelines and lean resources, the result is overwhelming stress and, unfortunately, non-compliance with regulations and/or company policy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Speaking from experience, I can state with complete confidence that using a cloud-based fleet management system (FMS) can alleviate the stress of many of these challenges. So here are my recommendations on what to look for to ensure you get a compliant and comprehensive FMS.
Having an FMS is all about reducing stress and saving time for the fleet manager. They are an essential part of the operation. And if you’re the fleet or driver manager taking care of these tasks, it’s time to make your case for getting a fleet management system.
Let’s face it. Disorganized records are a liability. Therefore, your company needs a comprehensive fleet management system to run an organized and compliant operation. Talk with a compliance specialist at J. J. Keller and learn how Encompass® Fleet Management can reduce stress and improve your compliance.
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