Teletrac wins FMCSA contract for cross-border longhaul trucking program

Teletrac, a provider of fleet management solutions for the trucking industry, announced it has been selected by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide its Fleet Director GPS fleet tracking and hours of service (HOS) software to FMCSA for the new US-Mexico cross-border, long-haul trucking pilot program.

As stated in the FMCSA’s Federal Register Notice, all Mexican carrier trucks designated for inclusion in the program must be equipped with a GPS and HOS services electronic monitoring device. Fleet Director is fully compliant with current FMCSA regulations for vehicle and driver monitoring, according to Teletrac officials.

"Teletrac has a proven track record of delivering advanced telematics solutions that give carriers powerful control over fleet operations to improve safety, control costs, mitigate risks, and ensure compliance," says Drew Hamilton, executive vice-president, Teletrac. "We are extremely pleased that officials of FMCSA have chosen to partner with us and are confident that our solution set--expert resources that can deliver training in Spanish, plus headquarters in California and large operations in Texas--will play a vital role in supporting FMCSA."

Fleet Director integrates GPS location tracking and an electronic on-board recorder and features to capture, correlate, and archive all HOS data, from "total time driving since last qualified rest" to all underlying information such as driver, vehicle, trailer, shipper, driver status, date, time--all saved as a permanent electronic log. Additionally, 30 standard and customizable reports provide full documentation to analyze carriers' operations and safety performance.

Through the use of geo-fencing technology that provides vehicle location data relative to specified geographic landmarks, Teletrac will track trucks participating in the pilot along designated routes and within pre-defined boundaries, to monitor driver adherence to program parameters and safety standards. Further, the technology enables automated status updates to back office systems, providing validated, time-stamped records of vehicle activity.

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