By John Tsoucalas - GM, Compliance Systems (Fleet Effect)
Last year emerged as the year heavy vehicle (HV) maintenance and its associated responsibilities were escalated in significance, regulators are now preparing legislation to incorporate HV Maintenance into the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) regime in 2018.
Heavy vehicle maintenance is constantly being reviewed by fleet managers and achieving the right balance of cost and investment is challenging, while maintaining a profitable operation. A number of factors have contributed to the large increase in paperwork and auditing that now takes place, with the NHVAS Maintenance module becoming a significant but necessary overhead for fleets.
As a technology provider it’s great to see focus on reducing and even eliminating the in cab paper for all driver functions from industry. When we analyse fleet operations we find that even medium (<100 trucks) sized fleets are processing well over 300,000 pieces of paper from the driver each year.
"Clearly paper processing is out of control"
Our solution to this evasive paper problem is to deploy into the truck a reliable Android or Windows based enterprise mobile platform and a Cloud based software solution to eliminate all NHVAS maintenance as well as other paperwork.
Delivering a paperless solution requires some of the following maintenance tool for drivers:
Pre-start vehicle and trailer checklist, that automatically creates a Defective Maintenance Request (DMR) when items are not ticked, that are immediately sent to fleet operations for actioning
Sign on glass driver declaration with interlocks to prevent driver bypassing process
Raise a DMR with associated photographs at any time during a driver shift
Review any DMR in the past 60 days to confirm repair status
Qualified mechanics/technicians can close or raise new DMR’s during repair or servicing activities.
When you are operating a fleet with different heavy vehicle and trailer variations, it is important that the pre-start checklist and fault types are customisable for each piece of equipment, which any solution incorporate.
Fleet Operations staff should have immediate access to all the NHVAS Maintenance related information that the driver and maintenance team require to meet all the NHVAS standards and more. The Argus Cloud environment provides the following paperless maintenance functions:
Pre-start checklist results including driver signature, available historically with vehicle, driver and trailer records for ease of audit
DMR’s shown on the NHVAS Maintenance screen for immediate corrective action
All DMR corrective action closeouts are made available on Hermes at the drivers next login
Detailed reports are available for all DMR’s open or closed with closeout performance
Automatic scheduling of A, B and C services for each vehicle and trailer, based on either km or time period intervals
Special scheduled service panel provides full visibility of upcoming services
NHVAS vehicle and trailer asset register is fully integrated into the system
Management of driver/mechanic/technician qualifications and training records
One of the greatest challenges a fleet has is the collation and analysis of vast amounts of information ‘Big Data”, especially once NHVAS Maintenance is automated. To this end Fleet Effect has integrated a Business Intelligence platform into our Cloud fleet solution, which provides Dashboard’s and KPI reports for various aspects of fleet asset maintenance.
The NHVAS Maintenance automation process is not complete without the final integration into a Fleet’s ERP or TMS systems to avoid more labour intensive data processing duplication. The Argus solution is fully compatible with Translogix Sapphire TMS and SAP, with other systems progressively being added. Paperless NHVAS Maintenance is now a reality and numerous Fleets are benefiting from 100% compliance performance and much improved cost of operations. Get in touch with us!