Climbing the Ladder of Compliance

Instrument Panel

WWII M35A2 instrument panel

Before delving in to the cornucopia of screens, switches, and sliders that inhabit your truck dashboard and moving beyond to a state of locomotion, the fundamental condition of compliance must be satisfied. In fact, in some cases, your vehicle will remain sandbagged until certain compliance conditions have been met. These conditions work together to make up what might be referred to as the “Ladder of Compliance,” which consists of four rungs: Driver Safety, Federal Regulations, Organizational Requirements, and Efficient/Best Practices.

Driver Safety

Above all, a driver’s safety must be accounted for. Therefore, this rung is first on the Ladder. Many of the conditions pertaining to this rung were taken care of well before you saddled up for the day today. Driver training and professional development contribute significantly to driver safety, as well as preventive maintenance and vehicle safety features. Do be sure to buckle that seatbelt though – even if you’re a passenger.

Federal Regulations (US)

Truck dashboard running TouchStar's eLOG mobility app

Truck running TouchStar’s eLOG mobility app

Like it or not, if you are a CMV driver in the United States, you will be impacted directly by federal roadway safety mandates. Probably one of the most front-of-mind regulations for many US fleet managers at the writing of this post is that of the FMCSA Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate that goes into effect later this year. Save yourself a headache (and possibly a bunch of money in fines): hit that next rung on the Ladder of Compliance with a thorough knowledge regulations, and commit to making them a part of your larger fleet management system. Simplify compliance with an intuitive eLOG solution.

Organizational Requirements

Once everyone is safe and observant of federal standards, it’s time to hit the next rung of the Ladder and do business. Theoretically, with every delivery or service visit, a company’s bottom line is bolstered. And with every mile and piece of paper that is saved…a company’s bottom line is bolstered. Yep, profit comes both from sales and from savings, and there are plenty of tools out there to help improve dispatch, mobility, and business intelligence. Consider too that profit is often connected directly to human resources, so if you don’t love the idea of organizational requirements, just try to view them instead as job security.

Efficient/Best Practices

While federal regulators and organizational leaders invest extensive research into their mandates and directives, sometimes, a diverse combination of protocols inadvertently dilutes best practices; hence, this rung’s placement on the Ladder of Compliance.

Despite being bound to a canon of requirements that have been birthed from existing regulatory measures, drivers and dispatchers are still presented with a bevy of important day-to-day choices: choices of efficiency, of scale, of vigor and intensity. Industry best practices should govern and guide each of these decisions.

Issues of compliance sometimes get a bad rap. Realizing that they have been put in place to protect drivers and their jobs can sometimes help in swallowing an otherwise bitter pill. Drink it down with the sweet knowledge that choices do still remain – and these choices demand Rooseveltian* responsibility and a solid knowledge of industry best practices.

Consider your own fleet’s current Ladder of Compliance. Is it missing any rungs? If it is, or if perhaps some rungs have seen better days, give us a call at TouchStar.

* That’s Eleanor

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