Using on-board scales can be a great way to reduce costs and increase profits for your vocational truck operation. But if you are unsure of the benefits that on-board scales offer, it may be hard in your mind to justify the cost.

On-board scales are an investment with users reporting an average payback of 6 months or less. Not a bad ROI.

Here are seven top benefits of on-board scales you should consider.

  • Eliminate Overweight Fines: The main reason that on-board scales were developed years ago and are still a big benefit today. If overweight tickets are adding up, it’s time to eliminate that cost.
  • Haul the Maximum Legal Load: The down side to avoiding overweight issues is loading trucks too light. On-board scales help optimize the capacity of every load.
  • Reduce Maintenance Costs: Constant overloading prematurely wears out truck and trailer components such as brakes, springs, frames, etc. What is the cost of constantly buying new trucks to replace prematurely worn-out ones?
  • Increase Safety: Imagine being the driver’s seat trying to control a truck that is grossly overloaded. Keeping weight within legal limits allows braking distance to remain constant and tracking around corners to be more predictable.
  • Retain Good Drivers: One of the best ways to combat the driver shortage is by working to retain drivers. A fleet culture that demonstrates  efforts to keep gross load weights in check, shows drivers that you care.
  • Weigh Individual Pick-ups: In addition to overweight/underweight impacts, a need for knowing individual customer pick-up weights is also critical for many companies.
  • Reduce Liability Exposure: Do an internet search today of three words… “overloaded, truck, wreck”. Read the latest news articles. Just the list of law firms that advertise fighting for the rights of drivers who have been injured in truck accidents, is a real eye-opener. Isn’t it time to eliminate that risk?

The key to a successful on-board scale program is to conduct a pilot program. In other words, commit to purchasing 1-2 systems to test and measure the results for a month or two. Maybe now is the time to give it a try on your trucks?

To talk about an on-board scale program for your company, contact us anytime via email.