A Rule is used as a precautionary measure to avoid any physical damage to the vehicle and driver or any reputational damage to your brand. The MyGEOTAB software has a few Rules that can be activated or de-activated by a simple click of a button. These rules are what we call our Standard Rules…
Standard Rules are used to ensure your fleet is not being abused by drivers or other workers and include the following:
- PRODUCTIVITY and
Within the SAFETY sub-section, one will find pre-setup rules for harsh braking, harsh cornering as well as speeding, amongst others. The PRODUCTIVITY sub-section is all about measuring idling, unauthorized stops and duration of vehicle stoppages. In the FLEET sub-section there are rules dedicated towards engine abuse, fleet idling and unauthorized device removal to name a few.
All the rules mentioned above have a small explanation that helps one to fully understand these rules. One is also given the option to add or edit these rules, for example to notify the fleet manager when these rules are being triggered.
Except for the Standard Rules you can also create your own Rules on the MyGEOTAB software. You can find this option underneath ADVANCED RULES. From here you can setup customized rules for whatever fits your business’ needs. Some examples include the triggering of an AUX, entering a home/office/client or no-go zone as well as route deviation.
Advanced Rules are a very specific base of rules that are designed for specific needs. Setting one up is quite easy as there are only a few options that should be selected. Firstly, click on RULES and choose the Add button. You will now be prompted to name the rule and select a color code. You can also publish to a group or entire organization as well as write a comment for that rule. The second section is to add a condition for the rule… add zone or zone type, add speed, speed limit, and so forth. Lastly set the notification for the rule, this will notify someone when the rule is broken.
Finally, if you want to see which RULES have been broken or triggered you can run a EXCEPTIONS REPORT and this will show you a full list of rules for a specific period of time. This report can also be setup to run automatically and be emailed to the relevant person in charge of the fleet.
Author: Xavier Hannie, Technical Support Western Cape – GEOTAB AFRICA