Construction Spending is Up: Don’t Throw Away Your Profits

September 6, 2018 Karli Langner

The construction industry is booming. According to the latest year-to-date figures released by the US Commerce Department and reported by The Associated General Contractors of America on August 1, “public construction spending climbed 4.7 percent, private residential spending grew 8.3 percent, and private nonresidential construction spending edged up 1.8 percent.” More specifically, the report details that the largest among public infrastructure spending categories, highway and street construction, “increased 4.2 percent year-to-date. Educational construction inched up 0.1 percent in the first half of the year, while transportation construction (airports, transit, public rail and ports) jumped 11.7 percent.”

That’s great news!

The not-so-great news is that penalties for violating federal environmental regulations can take a big bite out of construction project budgets and profits. Even unintentional improper permitting or documentation is considered noncompliance, and depending on the violation, civil penalties can reach as much as $27,500 a day and criminal penalties up to $250,000 and imprisonment.

Federal Regulations Transforms Trucking

What some in the construction industry may not be aware of is the extent of federal regulations. Construction business owners, contractors, and many materials producers, service providers, and suppliers are also subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device Mandate, commonly known as ELD.

Effective December 18, 2017 (yes, last year), ELD requires contractors who manage equipment and vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds to comply not only with the basic data collection and reporting rules it imposes on the trucking industry, but also to meet additional requirements created specifically for the construction industry and contractors.

The trucking industry’s ELD requirements mostly concern hours of service (HOS) compliance, and the technologies they use focus on collecting and aggregating data on drivers, dates, miles driven, and hours of duty.

But in the construction industry, it’s somewhat more complicated. As one construction company president explained to Equipment World, “In the construction world, you have guys who are jumping in and out of the trucks all day. One week they might be hauling for five days and off for two, or six and one. There is a lot more complexity. There is not a straightforward schedule for one driver and one truck.” In addition, there are certain exceptions and variations carved out just for the construction industry, and states often have different DOT regulations that may apply.

Ensure Productivity and Performance

So, how do you choose the right telematics solution for the real-world challenges you actually face?

TrackIt, part of the CONNEX Logistics Suite, is the telematics solution designed especially to meet the construction industry’s mixed-fleet tracking, reporting and documentation requirements while also providing data-based business intelligence and insights. With GPS truck tracking and telematics as well as fleet and workforce management, TrackIt gives you the visibility you need to maintain ELD compliance and optimize your fleet operation:

  • Analyze driver habits to increase fuel economy and improve safety
  • Monitor vehicle health to improve maintenance and performance
  • Examine jobs, routes, productivity and performance to eliminate nonproductive time
  • Eliminate paper timesheets to save time and improve accuracy
  • Integrate performance, payroll and other relevant data into business systems, making it easy to review, edit, approve, pay and document.

Built specifically for heavy building materials suppliers and haulers, TrackIt is the easy-to-use solution that helps you protect your productivity and improve your customer service.

Command Alkon's TrackIt offers GPS truck tracking and telematics as well as fleet and workforce management. You can analyze fuel usage and driver performance, monitor vehicle health, and identify causes of nonproductive time. TrackIt allows companies to schedule workloads and accurately predict truck arrival at a job site or back at the plant.

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