If you have not switched over to Geotab, thank you for your patience, it is coming your way soon!  To date, we have successfully installed over 325 Geotab units in our DTL trucks and Owner/Operators’ trucks and as we have indicated, we are still on track to have 100% of our fleet equipped with Geotab by the middle of March.

As with any new technology, there is always a learning curve.  Our very diligent team who has been put to the task of managing this update to our equipment has tackled and continues to address any hiccups that may come our way.  They have put together a very detailed Manual that will help to get you through this transition painlessly!  This Geotab/Transflo ELD In-cab Quick Reference Users’ Guide is now available for all our Professional Drivers:

  • The Manual is on the Decker Truck Line, Inc. website using this url: Click here or type this into your web browser, then click on “Geotab Manual” to view it or click on “Download” to save the Manual to your personal device.
  • If you have Geotab and use the regular Transflo Mobile app, just click on the tiles in the top right corner of your screen, then click on the tile that is titled Decker Geotab/Transflo Help  (unfortunately, the manual is not available on the Decker-branded Transflo Mobile+ app)
  • You can also find the Manual on the Decker Intranet – in the second line of the menu bar, just click on “Geotab Manual”

This is a great “How-to” guide that includes Geotab procedures and tips on any issues that Drivers have experienced to date.  This tool has been very successful in training Drivers on how to become familiar with and use Geotab.  Much of the information in this Manual comes from commonly asked questions from you, our Professional Drivers.  If you hear recurrent questions from other Drivers about their Geotab that are not discussed in this Manual, please let your Fleet Manager know or send them to Jason Sorlien at [email protected].  The Manual will be revised as the system gets updated and as needed.  This Manual is a great way for you Drivers who have not yet transitioned to Geotab to get a jumpstart on learning the ins and outs of Geotab.


The goal of the DTL Maintenance Department is to provide the service required to ensure Decker tractors and trailers operate in a safe, efficient and trouble-free manner.  As part of this goal it is important that communication between Drivers, Operations and Maintenance is open and consistent so accurate load planning can occur.

As with any fleet, in order to perform proper equipment maintenance, downtime is required.  BPM’s have been averaging 8.8 hours of labor to complete and APM’s have been averaging 7.8 hours.  This time could be less if personnel are available to team on the repairs or longer if extensive repairs are required.  These times are averages and should be anticipated when arriving for the service.  Maintenance to many components are scheduled based on mileage and are completed during the PM process.  Currently within the Decker fleet, many of these components are becoming due for the scheduled maintenance.  This situation can result in additional time to complete the repairs and additional downtime in the shop.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through the additional required repairs.  Unlike other fleet maintenance programs, the PM’s performed by Decker shops consist of much more than a grease job and oil change.  Many components are checked to ensure maximum uptime is available and breakdowns are minimal.  The Decker Maintenance Department is always evolving by improving processes, technician training and schedules.  We are committed to improving the department to provide a great service experience for all our Professional Drivers.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you.



Let us help you to stay healthy while out on the road!  The TCA Communications Action Team has designated this month to help you do just that.  Follow along this week as we share some great information that everyone can work into their everyday lives.  The topics we will be covering each week are as follows:

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED                                                    

January 11   Benefits of Good Sleep Habits and Mental Health                                                                                                                                        

January 18   Proper Nutrition – Eating right  to fuel your body and weight loss                                                                                                   

January 25   Physical Fitness – Stretches for mobility and cardiovascular


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This Week’s Topics – Nutrition and How to Eat Healthy on the Road – here is a recap:

Here are some tips and tricks to help you choose healthy food:

  • Foods close to their natural state:  Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and whole grains.
  • Plain rather than flavored:  Unflavored milk, plain cottage cheese, plain yogurt. Choose low- or nonfat versions when available.
  • Healthier:  Olive oil instead of vegetable oil; vegetable oil instead of shortening; low trans-fat vegetable margarine over butter.
  • Better meat choices:  Poultry, fish and lean cuts of red meat.
  • More nutritiously prepared:  Broiled meats and raw, steamed or lightly microwaved vegetables. Avoid deep-frying foods and fatty sauces such as gravy, cheese, ketchup and ranch.

Keep these guidelines in mind to help you eat smart as a Professional Driver and don’t let being out on the road stop you from living a healthy life!