Luxury Coach & Transportation

July 2018

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MOTORCOACHES / REGULATIONS With the new ELD mandate, motorcoach operators must consider traffic and other potential delays that may require having backup bus drivers available. By Tom Holden ow that ELDs are a vital part of fleet opera- tions, it's a bigger challenge to arrive at des- tinations in the same 10 hours you're used to making it in. For motorcoach, charter, and tour operators, many trips that would have normally been ideal for a day are not possible now using only one driver. Have you noticed more tractor-trailers sitting on the side of highway ramps? Their drivers are probably out of hours! That adds to more congestion. According to Google maps, a trip from Charlotte to Orlando takes about seven and a half hours. Truckrouter.com, an online truck routing and mileage software, shows the same trip as taking nearly nine hours. Then you have to factor in traffic. Highway I-4, which bisects Central Florida, is under construction, which could add 45 minutes to your travel without it being rush hour. It's unlikely you'd be able to make it in 10 hours. We recently started using Truckrouter.com. It's a great app that allows you to enter the type of vehicle you are driving (in this case, a bus), the length, weight, height, and even fuel mileage. It will keep you clear of low bridges or tunnels, and on the best roads for the vehicle you are driving. Let's face it: I can drive my car from Charlotte to the Daytona race track in six hours. BUT that's not a bus! The added cost this year without recovery has not been good. Since you need to add a relay driver on this trip, you need to at least use the relay driver for one hour which really means four hours or so. That takes drivers out of your available pool, and needs much attention to 38 WWW.LCTMAG.COM LUXURY COACH & TRANSPORTATION JULY 2018

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