Revolutionizing Transportation Safety
The Biometric Operator Log (B.O.L.) offers the opportunity to transform the commercial trucking industry, as we know it.
Fleet owners and managers face many challenges in a post 9/11 world. The technology exists to assist the industry in facing these challenges:
§ Insurance rates for trucking companies rose as much as 159% after September 11, according to an American Trucking Associations survey.
§ Chemical and hazardous materials carriers have been hit the hardest, with lower volumes and increased security measures dramatically slowing shipments.
§ The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (F.M.C.S.A.) issues regular warnings to truck drivers regarding terrorist threats, urging them to secure their loads and alone, ensure the safety of cargo that could be used in a terrorist attack.
With truckers paid by the mile, the motivation to drive far beyond legal time limits is clear. With traditional paper logbooks and even new computerized logs, it is common practice to enter misleading information – even to the point of claiming “phantom” driving partners on the road.
§ Truck drivers are killed on the job more often than any other type of employee.
§ The National Sleep Foundation reports that 30 to 40 percent of all truck crashes are due to driver fatigue.
§ Scientists at both Stanford and Harvard universities are urging that drowsy driving be classified in the same category as driving under the influence.
With tougher regulations on the horizon, and increased costs cutting into the industry’s profitability – the market is ripe for the B.O.L.
§ According to Lawyer’s Weekly, lawsuits involving driver fatigue are on the rise.
§ With the advent of ‘just-in-time” delivery, more pressure than ever is placed on fleets – often forcing truck drivers to go beyond federal driving hours restrictions. It is predicted that soon, both the shipper and receiver, in addition to the trucking company, will be liable in “tired trucker” litigation.
§ Congress has set aside $174 million for the F.M.C.S.A. to assist the industry in meeting driver hour regulations and a total of $447 million to increase truck fleet safety.
§ The U.S. Department of Transportation faces a May 2003 deadline for issuing updated regulations related to fatigued drivers.
The B.O.L. uses proven technology to fully integrate the positive identification of authorized drivers and an accurate report of the number of hours driven.
The B.O.L. is integrated into a truck’s computer or mechanical systems and is both tamper-proof and accurate.
The B.O.L. identifies authorized drivers with a fingerprint identification module – if an unauthorized person attempts to drive the vehicle – it will not start. If an authorized driver attempts to drive the vehicle beyond the 10-hour continuous limit – the appropriate action can be taken.
The B.O.L. can:
§ Record the timing of trip intervals
§ Accurately identify the driver(s)
§ Monitor truck operations
§ Provide compliance and 100% auditing of electronic logs by the FHA
§ Provide security for cargo
§ Reduce truck crashes and insurance
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