Enhancing Efficiency: Melton Truck Lines Integrates Drivewyze to Empower Drivers and Boost Productivity

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“Our decision to activate Drivewyze is about providing our drivers the tools they need to be as productive and efficient as possible.”

Randy Rhines

Senior Vice President

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines is one of the largest international flatbed trucking carriers in North America. Melton has been named Commercial Carrier Journal’s 2023 CCJ Innovator of the Year, Fleet Safety Award winner in the 100 million or more miles category in the 47th Annual TCA Fleet Safety Awards competition, and was ranked 72 on the 2022 FreightWaves Top 500 Largest For-Hire Carriers List.

Melton trucks haul a variety of loads including construction and building materials, air conditioners, sheet metal, metal coils and large machinery. Employing over 1,400 of the best drivers in the industry, Melton Truck Lines prides itself in providing customized services for specific flatbed hauling needs.


Delays for Melton Truck Lines drivers can not only result in reduced pay, but also in missed delivery appointments. According to Randy Rhines, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, many of the loads Melton drivers haul are delivered to construction sites where there’s not a lot of room for unloading trailers. “With a lot of activity occurring at these job sites, deliveries must often be scheduled in narrow delivery windows,” Rhines said.

“Missing a scheduled delivery appointment can result in significant delays for the drivers trying to make it to their next appointments, because construction site managers may rearrange the schedule to accommodate the late delivery or may even set a new delivery time,” Rhines said. “With deliveries of heavy equipment, the contractor may have also scheduled a crane to unload the freight and move it to where it needs to go on the construction site.

“If we’re a day late, we can face some pretty huge fines and penalties as it can significantly impact a construction project”

Randy Rhines

Senior Vice President

For years, Melton drivers had been using transponder-based weigh station bypass to avoid delays at weigh stations. But Rhines and Melton’s Vice President of Operations – Angie Buchanan, were intrigued by recent reports of the rapid growth in the number of states and locations offering Drivewyze weigh station bypass.


Rhines said he first learned about Drivewyze at an American Trucking Associations conference a few years ago. Rhines mentioned he kept tabs on Drivewyze, and when it became available on the company’s electronic logging devices, he recommended that Melton activate the complimentary Drivewyze analytics reporting tool to test it out.

That Drivewyze analytics reporting tool showed the company that Drivewyze could have offered its drivers more than 10,000 bypasses from July 21 to August 20, 2016. The analytics report also estimated that Melton drivers lost nearly 1,000 hours of drive time in just one month. Rhines said those results convinced company executives to provide Drivewyze to the entire fleet.

“Weigh station bypass is important to our drivers because they don’t have to pull into weigh stations as often”

Randy Rhines

Senior Vice President

“As flatbed haulers, we often feel we’re more likely to be called in for a Level II inspection because our freight is out there visible on a flatbed,” said Rhines. “We understand there’s heightened concerns over load securement. So our company spends a lot of time and money to train our drivers on proper techniques and procedures. Plus, we know our shippers wouldn’t want us to leave their location without properly securing their freight.”


After activating Drivewyze, on nearly 1,100 trucks, the monthly analytics report estimated that Melton saved $85,000 in their first full month of service, and that bypasses saved an estimated 550 hours of drive time.

“Our decision to activate Drivewyze is about providing our drivers the tools they need to be as productive and efficient as possible,” Rhines said. “We also want our drivers to be able to take full advantage of our efforts to improve our safety scores. We think Drivewyze provides us that opportunity through a rapidly growing network of locations. We also think our bypass rate more accurately reflects our improving CSA score because Drivewyze accesses the same information and screening rules that commercial vehicle enforcement officers use.”

Contact Drivewyze today to find out how much you are losing at weigh stations and inspection sites.

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