SRS Distribution consists of a family of industry-leading independent roofing distributors that serve the professional roofing contractor. SRS has expanded rapidly through acquisition and the opening of multiple new locations since its February 2008 inception and has established itself as one of the fastest growing building products distribution companies in the U.S.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released the final ruling on mandating electronic logbooks for commercial vehicle drivers working in the U.S. Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) [formerly Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs)] monitor and record truck and bus operator compliance with hours of service (HOS) limitations set by the FMCSA.

SRS already uses Descartes for route planning and execution. For its quickly growing fleet, SRS needed a solution to simplify compliance with HOS regulations and time and attendance tracking across the 39 states where the company operates. With Descartes Telematics and Compliance™, SRS has eliminated paper driver logs and reduced errors. During a recent audit by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), both the SRS team and DOT representatives were impressed with how quickly the company was able to demonstrate compliance with the electronic logbooks using the Descartes solution to generate thorough and easily understood HOS reports.

Why Descartes for HOS Reporting and Attendance Tracking with Electronic Logging Devices?

Descartes Telematics and Compliance is a cloud-based solution that brings together innovative technologies for vehicle and mobile workforce tracking, telemetry intelligence, reporting, and analytics for logistics-intensive businesses around the world. Using the solution, organizations manage fleet operations more efficiently through next-generation electronic logbooks that continuously monitor and record driver and vehicle performance. This helps fleet operators ensure compliance with government regulations, and reduce high operating costs driven by rising fuel, equipment purchases and maintenance, and labor and overtime expenses.

Descartes Telematics and Compliance is unique in the marketplace in that it can be fully integrated with optimized route planning, robust real-time dispatch and scheduling, and time and attendance tracking. By integrating routing, mobile, telematics and attendance tracking systems, companies in diverse industries can enhance driver productivity, performance and safety.

Automated HOS Reporting Improves Compliance and Minimizes Risk of Fines

With Descartes Telematics and Compliance, companies can better manage driver performance through the use of ELD. With electronic driver logs, companies can improve the accuracy and timeliness of HOS compliance reporting, and minimize the risk of non-compliance and the infringement fines that can interrupt operations and erode profit margins. Fleet operators can also improve the productive time of drivers as tied to daily route plans, reduce excessive paperwork and processing times, and eliminate the overhead associated with the storage and management of paper logs.

Automated Time and Attendance Tracking Improves Driver Productivity

Companies can automate time and attendance tracking for drivers by using the Descartes OzLink™ application integration solution to share information in real-time between Descartes Telematics & Compliance and leading cloud-based time and attendance solutions. The solution helps automate data capture for drivers clocking in and out, breaks and meals. Additionally, the status of driver activity, such as driving and parked, is also automatically updated and tracked.

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Written by Ken Wood

Executive Vice President, Product Strategy at Descartes