Drivewyze survey finds importance of weigh station bypass

Drivewyze survey finds importance of weigh station bypass

Available on ELDs, smart phones and tablets, Drivewyze detects when the truck is approaching a fixed weigh station or temporary inspection site. Carrier information is pulled up and if the carrier passes the criteria established by the state’s commercial vehicle enforcement agency, a bypass is granted. “We’re finding that Drivewyze users with the best scores get a free pass 98 percent of the time,” said Heath.

“Bypassing weigh stations allows drivers to obtain on-time performance more frequently – helping them meet hours of service requirements and getting them home faster,” said Brian Heath, Drivewyze’s chief executive officer and president. “The survey validates that drivers want this technology – it makes their job easier. It showed that, when they consider two otherwise identical job opportunities, drivers are 3 times more likely to choose a job at a company that provides weigh station bypass service as a free benefit.”

Heath said the survey fact is crucial. “According to ATA (American Trucking Associations), driver turnover at large truckload carriers hit an annualized rate of 87 percent in the second quarter of 2015. The shortage is estimated to be between 35,000-40,000 drivers and it is expected to get worse. The fact that drivers ranked weigh station bypass so high in our survey demonstrates that it’s an effective driver recruitment and retention tool. Drivers know from experience that bypassing weigh stations makes their jobs easier.”

To learn more about the Drivewyze driver recruitment and retention survey, and to see the full survey results, those interested can visit the company’s website.

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