Transportation Consulting

Driver Operations Manuals are valuable tools that outline established company policies and procedures. They also provide proof of “Due Diligence” should you be unfortunate enough to be sued by a plaintiff as a result of an accident, particularly if said event occurred south of the 49th parallel.

We create custom-made manuals that cover every aspect of a Professional Driver’s duties, such as:
♦ Communications
♦ Pre-Trip Inspections (power-unit & trailer)
♦ Trailer Hook-Up procedures
♦ Yard-Safety
♦ Pre-Departure Paperwork
♦ Canada to US Customs Procedures
♦ The Professional Driver “On-the-Road”
♦ Hours-of-Service
♦ Fuelling
♦ Daily Vehicle Inspections
♦ Satellite Use
♦ Deliveries & Pick-Ups
♦ Cargo & Driver Security
♦ USA to Canada Customs Procedures
♦ Breakdowns, Incidents & Accidents
♦ Re-routings, Layovers and weather-related Delays
♦ Return-to-Yard Procedures
♦ Trailer-Dropping
♦ Post-Trip Inspections
♦ Traffic Fines, Tickets & Citations
♦ Handing-in the Completed Trip Envelope
♦ Owner/Operator as a Small Business
These manuals are divided into sections and modules and allow for changes and revisions after they have been issued to the drivers.
Code # RSC-5060-DOM

The Driver Pocket Manual is a condensed version of the aforementioned document and includes those components which do not necessitate frequent changes or updates. The pocket manual measures 5½ by 8 inches and fits easily in a driver’s briefcase or duffel-bag.
Code # RSC-5065-DPM

Buying your equipment “off-the-lot”, may save you some dollars up-front, but considering you will be keeping that vehicle in your fleet for a number of years, will you – in fact – get full value from it.
When dealers order “lot” equipment, they usually specify options, which are “big sellers”, but may not be very effective in your operation.
♦ An example of this would be “power windows instead of power mirrors”. If you operate a day-cab tractor without a dedicated driver, or use the same tractor for two or more shifts per day, it would necessitate that every driver using that tractor would have to manually fiddle with the mirror setting – with a result that the mirrors will start vibrating while in motion. In this particular example, specifying power-mirrors would be of more importance then power windows.

♦ Alternatively, if you consistently haul heavy loads on steep grades, a drive-train equipped with a 3.70 rear-end and a 13-speed transmission will definitely provide less efficiency than a 4.10 ratio with a 15-speed transmission.

♦ Trailer-Dealers will invariably specify an inside height of 101” to maximize volume (a big selling point). However, to obtain such an inside height, with a maximum legal outside dimension of 13’6” high, your tractor’s 5th Wheel height may not exceed 47”. Does your company currently have such a policy in force, especially for Owner/Operators?

♦ OEM’s have begun equipping their tractors with shortened trailer pick-up ramps. These ramps are designed to lift a trailer over the tractor tires to prevent damage to the rubber. However, these shortened ramps now get caught in between the trailer’s floor cross-members, when the unit is jackknifing into a dock on a downward ramp. Result: Damaged trailer floor cross-members.
These are among a multitude of issues that must be considered when buying new equipment. Our Equipment Specification Consulting service might prove to be some of the best investment you will make. While we maintain close cooperation with many equipment suppliers, we do not accept any “commission” or other remuneration from them for potential sales leads.
Code # RSC-5070-ESC

Even when you do your best to run your trucking company efficiently and legally, you invariably find yourself squeezed between a rock and a hard place, trying to ensure that the Sales, Dispatch and Operations departments are still in full compliance with the Rules and Regulations.

This constant juggling may cause you to loose sight of the realities.

The Road-Scholar™ is professionally trained to recognize these problems and will advise you and your executive management if and when we feel that your current operation might be in conflict with established jurisdictional and/or regulatory compliance issues.

We can explain the differences between Strict and Absolute Liabilities of any given breach of regulations.

In cooperation with Dispatch, Customer Service, Accounting, Sales & Warehouse departments, The Road-Scholar™ will endeavour to find solutions to the problems affecting drivers and equipment.

While we do not profess to have all the answers, our Operational Consulting service has solved many such problems in the past. Quite often, looking at issues in a detached way from “outside the box” allows us to find a course of action, which effectively removes the stumbling block, perceived or otherwise.
Code # RSC-5080-TOC

Unfortunately, many O/O’s become self-employed for the wrong reasons.
When it is to their advantage, they want to be considered independent, however when things do not go according to their expectations, they feel “wronged by their employer”. Our OWNER/OPERATOR AS A SMALL BUSINESS training session covers the following subjects:
♦ WSIB Coverage & Clearance Certificates
♦ Employed Driver’s Tax Deductions at Source
♦ Preventive Maintenance Policies
♦ Performing your own Preventive Maintenance & Repairs
♦ Written DVI when off-duty
♦ Operations Budget
♦ Personal Income
♦ Non-Business Expenses
♦ Bookkeeping & Accounting
Code # RSC-5090-OOC