Posts tagged fleet maintenance
What Does the Bus Company of the Future Look Like?

Bus travel is one of the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and safest ways to travel.

But you already knew that. 

Those three facts are one of the key drivers and value propositions that you explain to your customers every day.

While many futurists are describing "the what," that is, predicting buses will be exclusively electric or driverless at some point in the future, not a lot of folks are focusing on "the how." 

We won't wake up one day surprised to find ourselves driving an electric vehicle fleet or managing an automated fleet. No, there's a lot of changes to be made, especially on the operations front.

That's where you come in. We know the passenger transportation industry is slow to change. We know that by and large that's a good thing - the people-focused and people-driven nature of the industry is part of why it's so strong.

We also know the industry isn't threatened by Uber-ization, as we talked about here

Electric Passenger Vehicles are incoming, but not as cost-effective as most companies can justify for the time being. A combination of increases in battery efficiency and federal tax credit funds seen alongside decreases in operating costs has to happen before widespread adoption. 

Once EV Buses are part of every fleet, the startup and operating costs will have fallen well below the costs associated with maintaining traditionally-fueled vehicles.

Not only that, the speed of charging the vehicles and the mileage obtained from a full charge will have to increase dramatically to convince the rational fleet owner (that's you!) to upgrade the entire fleet. 

This may be a slow process, and that's okay! A lot of fleets are just now switching to cheaper and more efficient diesel-powered vehicles. 

Green power is coming and in some cases, it's already here, but there are many, small operational adjustments that will take place on the way to the future bus company talked about in electric and driverless terms.

When the breakeven point arrives, you'll take action.

Until then...

What are some things we should expect to change over the next few years?

How can we prepare for the future while getting the most out of our investments today? 

For one, adopting new, strategic methods that improve mobility and efficiency in operations and fleet management. 

The FMCSA intends for regulations to drive this sort of change. For example, pushing for trucks and Over the Road fleets to use ELDs was implemented with the intention of improving efficiency. Whether it's successful in doing so, only time will tell.

One thing we know for sure:  innovative fleet managers, visionary fleet owners, and motivated drivers will be leading the way forward, not government regulation.

The fact remains, the technology available to fleets, in general, has never been more empowering, but never more confusing to sort through. 

Everyone is promising returns on investment, but do they really break the mold?

Will they work for you?

Big marketing budgets take one-size-fits-all products and sell them to everyone with a wallet. 

You’ve heard it all before.

Every sales pitch. Every marketing scheme. Crafted by people not in the trenches every day like you.

How about a service built by and for the everyday folks running the business?

From the manager to mechanics, it’s all here. Made just for you.

You should be able to feel the organization and freedom to work without the costs and fatigue of dealing with piles of paperwork.

Mobilize your bus fleet now for the future economy ahead.

Get FleetRevolution. Free for 30 days. 

We're confident we can get you where you want to go.

Let's build the future together. Today. 

How to Responsibly Manage and Dispatch a Bus Fleet

You're the Fleet Manager. Maybe you're a Dispatcher. Perhaps you're both and responsible for managing and dispatching an entire bus fleet. 

Big or small, that’s a demanding task.

The phone is ringing. There's a knock at your door. You want to respond to everyone and be there for your team — we get it!

Because you care.

You're caught between ensuring your customers are getting the best service possible and making sure your drivers are in the know.

Between passing out charter sheets, sending emails, and doing most (or all) of the planning and scheduling of vehicles and drivers, how are you staying on top of your responsibilities? 

What if there's a way to monitor all of the activity happening around your fleet? There is.

Status of your vehicles? Check. Status of your drivers? Check. Automated record-keeping? You got it.

You can ensure your team is aware and active in keeping your fleet in peak operating conditions. 

Your job is stressful enough with the day to day responsibilities. We know, because we’ve worked alongside folks just like you to make sure we’re meeting and exceeding your needs. 

Think of the Feed like it’s your fleet’s crystal ball. 

 
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Don’t get lost clicking through tab after tab trying to find what you want to know. 

Need a report on an ongoing trip? Open the Feed. Want to check on the status of a bus while in the shop? Check the Feed. 

It’s all there and updated to the second. That’s the power of cloud computing technology. 

That’s the engine under the hood of FleetRevolution

Have the freedom to interact with your operation while mobile, keeping a watchful eye on the progress and activity of your bus fleet.

It's time to experience a new type of freedom and control while on the job.

Try FleetRevolution for free for 30 days.

 

Should the Charter Bus Industry be On Demand?

Will the charter bus industry face the threat of Uber-level disruption?

The answer is likely not. Think of the types of customers who want that type of instant service. The truth is, there's not a lot of large groups with any idea where they want to go or the slightest idea of how to get there. 

That's where you come in by the way. Your customer experience team is pushing to provide the best travel experience possible. Your maintenance team is laboring to put the best looking and smoothest running fleet on the market.

Your drivers require the most efficient routing and measures to keep themselves and your customers safe.

Your owner/operator is forming the vision of the company's future while keeping a pulse on the activity and progress of the day-to-day business. 

And it's a competitive market. You demand to supply the best service while growing your bottom line. 

That's where we come in.

Streamline the flow of information. From planning the trips to maintaining the fleet, everything is connected and at your fingertips in a moment's notice. 

Teams can even be color coded into sales, route building, inspections, maintenance, and whatever organization your unique business requires.

Instant messaging is built in to enhance your company communication like never before. 

The "Add Trip" feature is what other, cheesier SaaS software marketers might call the Trip Generator 9000 (TG9) or something else corny and bloated. 

We think it's an integral feature built in to save you time, money, and paperwork. No fluff.

Adding a trip is like dropping a stone into a pond and seeing the effects ripple seamlessly and beautifully throughout the rest of the app.

Your logging. Your planning. Done for you by a dedicated mobile platform, all on your own device.

That's an impressively powerful computer in your pocket. 

Don't let the pessimists get you down. If a smartphone was really just for calling and messaging, we wouldn't have smartphones.

There'd be no reason for them. Why not demand the most out of your tech? 

Check out the way your information is being displayed on the Calendar, your window into the schedule of your company. Go ahead, see where you stand. Have all of your info, all in one place. 

You've never had a booking and scheduling system like this. It's planning for the mobile fleet. 

Bottom line:  the Uber app doesn't pose a threat to the Bus Industry.

But there's an app revolutionizing the Bus Industry from the ground up. 

Organized for greatest efficiency and coordination between separate roles and features, there's really not another mobile software like it. 

Supply your entire team with the tools they need to drive your business. 

Automate your sales process.

Verify your reports instantly. 

Engage your customers like never before.  

Try FleetRevolution today and see.

Free for 30 days. 

No contract after that.

We think you'll find the service valuable. 

Over time? An essential investment. 

 

Transportation Mobility and The Future of Mobile Devices

What's wrong with using your iPhone or iPad to enhance your fleet management experience?

Nothing. 

Of course, a lot of folks don't like what they don't understand.

But that isn't you.

You're thinking of ways to save time while increasing the bottom line.

Safety, mobility, preventative maintenance. These are things we know you want to improve because they directly improve cost-savings and grow your revenue.

Modern technology is underused in many industries, especially the transportation industry. A few big players have kept a monopoly on what good service can be provided to the hardworking men and women in the industry. 

For a long time, they were able to keep out the smaller players who charged a lot less for superior service. 

Not anymore. 

No hardware, no installation, no outdated technology. The industry is finally turning the page. 

Take Service Vehicle Fleets for example. They're seeing extraordinary results by using Fleetio, a fleet management service that keeps large fleets well-maintained and accounted for like ServPro and Stanley Steemer!

Bus fleets are ready to take the next leap.

Mobile software is revolutionizing industry in the same way laptops improved efficiency, mobility, and cut costs by no longer having to buy expensive, immovable desktop units. 

We've perfected the magic behind the scenes to let you do your jobs.

For lower costs. Bottom line. 

We're so confident you'll see savings across the board while using our service that we don't ask you to join a contract. 

Any tool that provides value should be an investment. And an investment should pay dividends.

FleetRevolution is an investment in the future of your bus company. 

An investment in the quality and upkeep of your assets. An investment in the safe and collaborative work environment you provide for your drivers. 

Download FleetRevolution today and let's start winning together. 

Job Prospects for Bus Drivers Using FleetRevolution

Driving a bus can be a freeing career that's expected to grow by big margins in the next decade (1). Why?

For one, bus routes are being optimized by better mapping, understanding of road conditions, and innovations in traffic control. Don't worry if your school district or region hasn't started adopting the latest technology, it's government that we're dealing with after all.

But innovation is coming. 

Second. Better high passenger vehicles are raising standards in quality, durability, and maintenance. The manufacturing of buses is a highly competitive industry. Each model is steadily improving with each release. Electric vehicles are being implemented by some fleets and automated vehicles are being talked about and tested but still several years off. 

Bottom line:  it's not yet time to be thinking about these markets. It's important to plan for the future while getting the most out of your current investments today.

Which leads to the last point:  advances in available technology to revolutionize the experience of being a bus driver. 

Paper logs? No more. Expensive devices? You really don't need them.

Nothing should complicate a straightforward task that ensures a well-maintained fleet with exceptional logs.

Anything that helps drivers in performing their daily inspections should be extremely cost-effective with a high return on investment. 

FleetRevolution: DVIR performs these tasks with ease.

It's a rigorously tested mobile software built alongside a bus company just like yours. Experience gave them the ideas that we deliver through peerless design in the form of a straightforward mobile app. 

Folks sitting around a boardroom not performing the everyday duties of operating a bus fleet shouldn't be writing the law on what software can be passed off as helpful solutions that really lack vision. 

WE believe it should be a tried and true process invested in the latest technology. A combination of experience in practice and innovation in execution. 

Try it on your iPhone or iPad for free. 30 days. No contract.

After that. If you like it and think it saves you time and money and makes your job easier, we ask 10 dollars a month, per bus. That's it.

You supply the device, we supply the service on as many devices for as many users as you like.

In today's market, top companies are talking about ways to streamline their business while building a powerful team to represent the brand. 

FleetRevolution makes that happen. You can organize the devices however you like and create special accounts for each member of your team.

Our suggestion? Make sure to give one to your mechanics so they can resolve issues the moment they arise with a notification.

FleetRevolution helps keep clean service logs and lets you and your team comment and make notes on everything. It's instant messaging built for managing a bus fleet. 

The future of bus driving includes the most advanced Calendar system on the App Store.  You've got your schedule in your hand so you can always be in the know. 

Some drivers are saying the Activity Feed scrolls smoother than Facebook. Except we don't track you at all. 

We do help you keep track of your bus fleet and simplify your daily tasks. 

Logging and planning have never been easier and we're just getting started. Let's make the bus industry stronger. 

Empowered drivers make for safe and efficient fleets. Happy and engaged drivers drive your revenue. FleetRevolution saves you time, increasing productivity and growing your revenue. 

Let your drivers enjoy their time on the open road not having to worry about filling out and submitting paperwork. That's a thing of the past. You don't have to file it either, we automate that process for you.

Whether it be to the next sightseeing destination, school bus route, or accelerating your profits, FleetRevolution is built to get you where you want to go.  

With your know-how, we provide the tools to get you there. 

Let's get moving