This article has been reprinted from the May 10 USDA Grain Transportation Report.
The American Trucking Association has historically identified driver wages and fuel prices as two of the main operational costs impacting trucking company rates; including for bulk load shipments such as grain and fertilizer.
Previously, fuel-efficiency was gauged by strictly monitoring the miles traveled per gallon.
However, an article in the April edition of Transport Topics describes how some trucking fleets are now employing new technology to reward fuel-efficient drivers.
New onboard technology gauges driver fuel-efficiency to support performance-based pay.
Providers of this technology offer the possibility to monitor fuel-efficiency factors that rely on the driver’s performance such as optimal equipment procurement, idling, speeding and excessive revolutions per minute.
For more information, see: http://www.ttnews.com/articles/fleets-implementing-tracking-technology-fairly-reward-fuel-efficient-drivers.