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April 6, 2016

Allen Lund Company Newsletter

Emergent Issues in Distribution and Transportation

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Wireless Roadside Inspections

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Jenn Cole, Editor  
Allen Lund Company
Grand Rapids Office
(800) 641-5863 
Wireless Roadside Inspections

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the process of testing a Wireless Roadside Inspection system. Currently, drivers pull over at weigh stations for mandatory checks, however, proposed electronic inspections will automatically collect compliance-related data on carriers without the need for a physical stop.

The WRI research project is currently in its third phase, and will hopefully be completed in 2017. Upon successful completion, it is possible that in the future there will be no physical stops required, and inspectors at check points will electronically receive information, such as a driver's hours of service. The auditors will subsequently send the data to the government, and the driver will continue on his or her way at roadway speed. Drivers will only need to pull over for inspection when specifically requested. Trucks will be able to send compliance information multiple ways. Using mobile phone (Commercial Mobile Radio Services), Wi-Fi (Dedicated Short Range Communication), or Universal Identification, such as license plate readers. As the internet continues to evolve, it is imperative that carriers have the proper software and infrastructure capable of supporting such devices. Carriers and shippers with fleets will want to retain that data in a TMS or FMS to protect themselves and their SAFER Ratings.

Proponents believe that WRIs have the opportunity to improve safety and efficiency by increasing the number of times carriers and vehicles are inspected, while at the same time decreasing delays. Advocates would also argue that this process will minimize environmental impact by reducing fuel use as well as air emissions. Opponents argue that it will be very costly for carriers and will increase regulations in an industry already heavily regulated.

Regardless of opinion, the transportation industry is continuing to transform itself through various technology in both the private and public sector. It is important that carriers and shippers stay up to date and aware of the possible impending changes and its effect on their operational efficiency.

Sophie Pircon
TMS Cordinator, ALC Logistics

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Sophie Pircon began her career with the Allen Lund Company in the Charlotte office in May 2013. She transferred to headquarters in January 2015. Graduated from Illinois State University with a B.A. in Business Administration.
About Allen Lund Company: Specializing as a national third-party transportation broker with nationwide offices and over 400 employees, the Allen Lund Company works with shippers and carriers across the nation to arrange dry, refrigerated (specializing in produce), and flatbed freight; additionally, the Allen Lund Company has an international division, which is licensed by the FMC as an OTI-NVOCC #019872NF, and a logistics and software division, ALC Logistics.  


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