IFTA Fuel Tax Agreement

IFTA

IFTA is an agreement between US States and some Canadian provinces that allows members (truck owners) to coordinate all their fuel tax and tax filing responsibilities with their base jurisdiction rather than each jurisdiction where they operate.  This coordination applies to fuel taxes only and does not cover road taxes, weight taxes or similar taxes.  

Choosing a Car or Truck Tracking Device

There are various factors that go into choosing a GPS Tracker for a Car or Light Truck. Examining these factors is the first step to choosing the proper hardware to meet your needs. Having a full grasp on your requirements makes it easier to sift through all the different hardware out on the market and in our store. Additionally, reviewing how you use the different vehicles in your fleet, may make it clear that different vehicles may need different hardware. This guide is designed to help in choosing a car or truck tracking device.

iOS and Android Apps now available

We’re excited to let folks know that our App has been accepted into both the iOS iTunes store and the Android store. The downloads are easily available through each store by searching for TrackerSystems. These links will also help: TrackerSystems on iTunes and Tracker Systems on Google Play.

Now that we’ve passed the first step of being accepted into the store, we have a list of features to add and a pretty aggressive schedule to get them in and up to the stores. We’re excited to say the least.

The current feature set is focused on accessing the fleet’s status. The mobile apps have been optimized for small devices, weaker data networks and all the challenges of seeing details on a phone. We give a detailed list of fleet status including last alerts, current ignition state and similar ‘want to know now’ details. The app also includes on map details like fleet location and unit trails. We’ve also included all of our reports.

If you’re interested in fleet information when you’re on the go, but not so interested in installing another app, all the same information is available from our mobile website: mytracker.mobi

Trucking Industry Tool: Geofences

New uses for Geofences and Long Haul Trucking

Trucking Industry Tool: Track Trucks On Route With Geofence Of all industries, the trucking industry probably benefits the most from the technologies of GPS Truck Tracking.  Send trucks out to distance places and keep track of them.  A match made in heaven.  But really, who wants to sit and watch a truck on a computer terminal for hours, if not days.  The question then, is how to use the tools in the fleet management system effectively.  And of all the tools available, which ones do the trick and should be focused on.

The focus of this post is on one system function that can get you away from computer  monitor and back doing the things that help your business grown.  Which feature is this? Geofences!

 

Monitoring Driver Behavior: The Big 4

Monitoring Driver Behavior: SPEEDING, IDLING, RAPID ACCELERATION, AND HARD BRAKING

The real risk to business owners with deployed fleets is driver behavior. Within driver behavior, there are many facets. Are the drivers speeding or driving erratically? Are they burning fuel with long idle stops? Jack Rabbit starts? Rapid braking? For the business owner, this translates to wasted fuel, dings on their reputation and in the very, very worst case, accidents that damage the owner’s livelihood. By monitoring driver behavior with GPS tracking the risk can be mitigated.

Let's look at the "Big 4" factors in what we in the GPS tracking business call driver behavior.

Benefits of Mower Tracking

A question often comes up with our customers about how to best protect their fleet.  For a fleet of vans or cars the response is rather simple, protect each.  When it comes to trailered equipment, like mowers, chippers and similar, the options seemingly begin to expand. Our recommendation is to take a tiered strategy to security.  One trailer, one truck, several mowers cover them all.  But, the first reaction is that it could get expensive. Is that expense worth it? And how to justify it?  yes, its our belief that is is worth it and that there are several benefits of full coverage that make the whole package make a lot of sense.  This article will look into some of the trade-offs and justifications to mower tracking.

GPS Satellite Launch

Photo: Craig Bailey, Florida TodayIn a picture perfect GPS Satellite launch, against a beautiful blue sky, the United Launch Alliance launched the latest GPS IIF-8 Satellite into orbit on October 29. The satellite, built by Boeing, was launched into orbit for the US Air Force, from Cape Canaveral Florida.

The gps satellite will be tested and then placed into operation by December. This is the 8th satellite built by Boeing. Four more are built or being built and will be pressed into service by early 2016. The next GPS Satellite launch is planned for early spring. Lockheed Martin is under contract to build the next generation of satellites.

The satellite was launched by an Atlas V rocket. The satellite was launched into an orbit 11,000 miles up. There are more than 31 satellites in the GPS constellation.

Insurance Claims

Most of the insurance claims in the industries we serve are the result of a theft of property. Loaders, Skid Steers, Hi Lifts, Generators, Graders, are examples of construction equipment that is frequently stolen. Of course, regular cars and trucks get stolen too. Personal items like Boats, ATVs, Motorcycles, PWCs, Golf Carts, and Side by Sides are popular with thieves because the theft is often unnoticed for days. Landscaping companies have been hit hard with thefts of Trailers and Zero Turn Mowers recently.

Driver Behavior

The term “Driver Behavior” is a catch all phrase that has many meanings.  To many, the first thought is speeding.  Usually that’s not the last thought, as it is quickly followed by thoughts of swerving through traffic and then to thinking about the underlying behaviors:  harsh braking and rapid acceleration.  Even idling with the engine running becomes a factor in evaluating driver behavior. As a business owner with vehicles in the field, these aren't random thoughts, driver behavior, and specifically ‘bad’ driver behavior is a pressing business concern.  Its not taken lightly and tools to assess and manage the trends are valuable. Our system provides several tools to help evaluate each of these factors providing insight to allow you to make good decisions: correct the bad behaviors and reward the good.

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