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    Safe Driving Practices

    Motor vehicle traffic incidents are complex events that are a culmination of various driver, vehicle or environment-related factors. Driver-related factors that contribute to motor vehicle traffic incidents are most often  behavioral in nature.  These include impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, and distracted driving.

    Envue can help you monitor, assess and develop a program safe driving habits for all your drivers.

    Through its reporting capabilities you can now benchmark driver’s habits and develop training based on observed risky driving behaviors.  Consistent monitoring and reporting will help you further develop their driving skills and safe practices behind the wheel of your fleet vehicles.  Employees should be assessed and trained before an incidents happens.  Although some incidents are inevitable, with the knowledge delivered by Envue, your company can take every possible step to minimize or avoid incidents entirely.

  • Fleet Maintenance Improvement

    Telematics for fleets incorporates Information and Communication technologies to acquire and report on numerous attributes of your company’s vehicles.  Reporting includes utilizing odometry, idling and other indicators to manage vehicle maintenance, reduce maintenance costs overall, and minimize out of service timeframes.  We call it: Intelligent Vehicle Technology, and we can show you how it impacts your bottom line.

    Other benefits of Intelligent Vehicle Technology include monitoring of fault codes generated by the vehicle’s engine and any alerts generated by the system to check engine conditions in real-time.

    Our Intelligent Vehicle Technology will allow your company to maintain better vehicle health, reduce downtime, and prevent issues that may lead to larger repairs or incidents.

  • Driver Service Logs

    The hours of service (HOS) are regulations (FMCSA - 395.16) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governing the working hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in the United States for the purpose of “interstate commerce”— moving commercial goods from one U.S. state to another. This includes truck drivers and bus drivers who operate CMVs for motor carriers (their employers). These rules limit the number of daily and weekly hours spent driving and working, and regulate the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. For intrastate commerce, the respective state’s regulations apply.

  • Fuel Tax Reporting

    The International Fuel Tax Agreement (or IFTA) is an agreement between the lower 48 states of the United States and the Canadian provinces, to simplify the reporting of fuel use by motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction. Alaska, Hawaii, and the Canadian territories do not participate. An operating carrier with IFTA receives an IFTA license and one decal for each qualifying vehicle it operates. The carrier files a quarterly fuel tax report. This report is used to determine the net tax or refund due and to redistribute taxes from collecting states to states that it is due.

    Having three or more axles regardless of weight, and/or

    Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight

    Exceptions exist for Recreational Vehicles (such as motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers, and buses when used exclusively for personal pleasure by an individual)[2]. Some states have their own exemptions [3] that often apply to farm vehicles or government vehicles.

  • Reduce Engine Idle Time and Fuel Consumption

    If one driver reduces idling by just five minutes per day on an 8 cylinder vehicle, it eliminates 440lbs of CO2 annually.    

    According to the EPA, the breaking point where idling time uses less gas than restarting your vehicle is only one minute.  So, the next time your driver is waiting on a customer, dropping goods, or sitting in an unmoving traffic jam, by shutting the engine down, your driver has automatically reduced not only emissions but extreme wear on the vehicle.

  • Fuel Savings, Wear and Tear

    When a vehicle is left idling, it can consume one gallon of gas per hour, and the American Trucking Association estimates that one hour of idling per day for one year results in the equivalent of 64,000 miles in engine wear that will never show up on an odometer reading.

    “An engine that’s in an idle state doesn’t operate at its peak temperature and fuel combustion is unfinished.  This causes fuel residue to constrict cylinder walls, expel oil and harm engine components. A driver could see the effects of this damage later on through accelerated fouling in their spark plugs or through condensation in their car’s exhaust. Damaged spark plugs can increase fuel consumption up to 5 percent and a faulty, corrosive exhaust system can diminish your engine’s longevity.”

    “The damage that can be done by an idle car, though, isn’t limited to just the vehicle itself.  Idle cars produce emissions that have been found to negatively affect respiratory health. Vehicle exhaust also contributes to unhealthy air quality and the presence of smog.  These factors have resulted in ailments like asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and even premature death. Children and the elderly have been affected the most, but the environment itself is also impacted. Idle vehicles emit pollutants like carbon dioxide. An engine that idles for 10 minutes yields 90 grams of this gas and consumes 0.14 liters of fuel, (commercial vehicles produce even more). These fumes could be greatly reduced if all cars stopped idling their engines by a minute less every day. Widespread practices like these will help to decrease pollution in the air and the threat of global warming” .

  • International Registration Plan

    The International Registration Plan is a registration reciprocity agreement among states of the United States, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada providing for payment of license fees on the basis of fleet distance operated in various jurisdictions.

    Registration is required; according to the Plan under section 204, all apportionable vehicles, which means any vehicle except for recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pick-up and delivery vehicles, buses used in transportation of chartered parties, and government-owned vehicles, used or intended for use in two or more member jurisdictions that allocate or proportionally register vehicles and is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and:

    - is a power unit having two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms; or

    - is a power unit having three or more axles, regardless of weight; or

    - is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms gross vehicle weight.

    Trucks and truck tractors, and combinations of vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms or less and buses used in transportation of chartered parties may be proportionally registered at the option of the registrant.