Technology has slowly changed the way we process and do things. Almost everything in our surroundings today has a touch of technology in them. To ensure that one’s business remains on top of the game, companies and firms are slowly revolutionizing and improving their systems through technology. Like it or not, technology can help boost performance and productivity. Canadian trucking companies have indeed saw this potential and thus, many of them are integrating technologies into their businesses. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before doing that.
Read the Fine Print: Regulations
A business owner should always keep the law in mind whenever integrating new additions to their establishment. For a trucking firm, this means that the new technology must be in line with government rules and regulations. In Canada, the government agency of Transport Canada monitors the trucking business. Compliance with these rules and regulations is important since it means that your company has no legal issues. Observance would also mean avoiding fines and penalties and thus, lowering costs.
Moreover, Canadian truck regulations are similar with American regulations. As some Canadian trucking companies traverse across the border, adhering to these rules results to a safe and hassle-free delivery.
Read and Refresh
Another thing to keep in mind is to familiarize oneself with future regulatory plans. One way to do this is to scan Transport Canada’s Regulatory Plan for 2017 to 2019. This contains all future rules and regulations in the trucking business. This can help companies ensure that they are operating within the legal framework.
Trucking businesses owners can also do well to have a copy of the National Safety Code. Having it handy can help refresh one’s memory on driving regulations for the trucks and their drivers. Again, constant reading of these rules can pay off!
Journaling: trucking business style
Like all vehicles, trucks also need to be renewed with their registration and whatnot. To save time, business owners can do well to create a directory with all this information. Doing this would help keep track of the records as well as make it easier to transfer to new truck transportation technology. Normally, one should take note of these documents:
- Licenses of all drivers
- Medical records of all drivers
- Other information on the truck drivers
- Licenses of all the trucks and equipment
- Insurance of the trucks and equipment
- Loan information on the trucks and equipment
- Copy of driving rules and regulations
- Delivery records and receipts
These “essential documents” may vary as they depend on the city/ province, type of business, haul, etc. As one’s trucking business expands, more documents may be added later. It is within the purview of the company to determine which documents are needed or not.
Integrating technology into a business can help it grow in terms of output and performance. As long as one ensures compliance with these key areas, then, adding technology to your business is no problem. One thing is certain, with technology, Canadian trucking companies would be unstoppable.