Archive for July, 2008

Are Traffic Tickets More Expensive Due to High Gas Prices?

I got a traffic ticket today. I was late for a meeting, two roads were closed, I was driving 49 in a 35 and I was guilty.  We’ve all been there.  Its been nearly 5 years since my last ticket and I forgot how much I paid on the previous fine.  This ticket doesn’t have the amount I owe, the policeman was nice, quick, and told me I would get a bill in the mail.  I drove off thinking that was odd.  Why not list the amount I owe on the ticket?  Something like 0-5 miles over the speed limit, pay a certain amount.  10 miles over the limit, double that, and so forth.  Seems logical.  Instead, I won’t know my fine until next week.  Is this because traffic fines change often?

High fuel prices are causing Americans to drive less, thus buying less fuel and lowering the amount of fuel taxes the government collects.  To make up for this difference, maybe local governments are increasing fines on speeding tickets and have stopped putting fine amounts on the ticket.  I don’t know but I really don’t see anything wrong with this.  Everyone is finding creative ways to make up in lost revenue brought about by high fuel prices.  Hopefully the city is trying to find ways to save money in addition to just increasing their collections. 

What are some of the ways you have saved money or justified charging more (besides filing your taxes with IFTA Plus)?

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July 25, 2008 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Trucking Tips to Save Money During an IFTA Fuel Tax Filing Season

As I’m driving home late one night, I realize my home city is forcing me to waste gas.  I’m driving towards Brookside in Kansas City, its 1:30am on a Tuesday morning, there are no cars on the street.  Through a 2 mile stretch of road, there are 7 stop lights.  After cruising through 2 green lights, I have to stop at the next 4 red lights.  There was no cross traffic.  No other car ‘tripped’ a sensor.  I happened to have poor timing.

I wait for the green lights and wave goodbye to 5 minutes of wasted time and wasted gas.  We hear so many people offering ways for me as an individual to save fuel, but why don’t we hear any talk about local governments doing something to help.  Thanks to Google, my first search returns these articles http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/05/timing-traffic.html and http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2008/06/09/editorial6.html

1 article estimates updated traffic lights would save 19.3 billion gallons a year.  You can’t count on the government to fix this immediately, so what can you do now?

We here at IFTA Plus are looking at ways to help you save money. Check out our new Refer-a-Friend program allowing any company to get free IFTA fuel tax preparation through IFTA Plus’s online software tools.  For each paying customer you refer, you are credited $25, the cost of preparing a state return.  Its not much, but every bit counts these days.

July 11, 2008 at 4:26 am Leave a comment

‘Holmes on Homes’ on ‘The Home Depot’ on transportation software

If you haven’t seen the show Holmes on Homes, you need to.  The show superhero is Mike Holmes a unique man-mixture resembling 1/2 master contractor and 1/2 Alaskan bear hunter.  Mike Holmes fixed the mess other professional contractors have left behind.   “I’ve been fixing a lot of sloppy, lazy and dangerous work for the past two decades,” says Holmes.

During the show airs a commercial for The Home Depot.  Makes sense, right?  You are watching a remodeling show and The Home Depot is a home building supply provider.  However, the commercial showed a happy do-it-yourself couple working on  their first time tiling project. What a contrast!  A show following Mike Holmes, professional extraordinaire, and a commercial showing Joe and Susie DIY Homeowner.  The two couldn’t be more different.  The Home Depot is the place where Mike Holmes could buy all his material, but The Home Depot choose to focus their services towards the everyday, small, independent home owner.

Transportation software tools historically are also sloppy, lazy, and dangerous, if you consider getting audit fines dangerous.  I am consistently amazed at the poor quality and user experience of most transportation tools.  Look at the terrible design of websites like www.wolfbyte.com/fueltax.htm, www.promiles.com or www.myfleettools.com and then compare them to the clean simplicity of www.iftaplus.com.  A website is often an indicator of the software the company produces.  Cluttered website = cluttered tools.  Clean website = easy tools.

There are some transportation software companies that can call themselves the Mike Homes of the industry.  The Big Guys like McLeod, Prophesy, JJ Keller provide great tools, but there are so many features and their tools are so complicated that few companies will ever pay thousands of dollars for the software.  Others, like AgilCor’s IFTAPlus are like The Home Depot of the transportation software industry.  IFTA Plus is capable of handling the same customers that use The Big Guys, but prefer to cater to the small, independent owner-operator, and all for only $25.  If you are a small transportation company, we want you as a customer.  You are our sweet spot.

IFTA Plus is clean, easy to use, and perfectly catered towards small to mid-size transportation companies.  Bob Vila, eat your heart out.

July 2, 2008 at 2:38 pm 1 comment


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