The world of logistics and fleet management is always in motion, so much so that it can be a little overwhelming at times. With automotive technology moving forward at an unprecedented pace and legislation passing, it can be hard to get a clear picture of what the future holds for fleet management agencies. Read up, be prepared, and stay ahead of the curve.
A Legal Grey Area
For decades, many different tests have been used by law enforcement to determine whether or not a seemingly intoxicated person is fit to drive. There are clear, time-tested limitations in place, making it easy to identify and penalize drunk drivers, but a new form of intoxication is becoming more popular – and more readily available. Almost half of the country has legalized the use of marijuana for medical applications, and a handful of states have made it legal to use the long-demonized drug recreationally.
While some states that have legalized marijuana have had a windfall of tax dollars, all of them are faced with a new problem: identifying, testing, and penalizing drivers under the influence of marijuana. At this time, 17 states have laws addressing legal levels of THC, but testing is currently expensive and slow. You can already purchase a fleet management system with a breathalyzer – will there be systems soon that can test for THC?
Where Do You Stand?
In other news, two trucking companies are making big changes. Long-time family run trucking company Mills Transport will be closing down at the end of the September 25th business day after over 91 years of business. While one trucking company shuts down, another is trying to move into the Spencer Road Industrial Park in Joliet, Illinois, but local residents are fighting against the company, worried that the additional truck traffic will create additional problems in their already congested community.
In California, the government is working to make it easier for law enforcement officers to find stolen vehicles by installing license plate reading devices on city garbage trucks. While many have spoken out that this is a violation of privacy, the San Jose government clarified that these sensors will be no different from those put on police cruisers, and the information gathered will only be used to apprehend criminals.
The future is always in motion, and the best way to prepare for the future is to embrace the technology that is available now. Advancements in GPS fleet management solutions have completely changed the landscape of logistics and planning. New levels of efficiency and coordination are possible only with the help of GPS tracking devices and our powerful fleet management software. Respond more quickly, spend less on fuel, get alerts when vehicles are being tampered with, and receive reminders for vehicle maintenance – all from a simple system that can grow as your business does.
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