Planning Routes with Commercial Routing
Depending on your local traffic regulations, many roadways may have mandated vehicle restrictions, such as height, weight, hazardous materials, level of emissions and other regulations that apply to commercial vehicles. Route4Me enables you to use commercial routing to improve your route planning process and costs distribution. Route4Me’s commercial routing allows you to always assign the right vehicles to the right route. To plan a commercial route, first, set up commercial constraints for your fleet in the “Road Restrictions and Dimensions” section and then assign the vehicle with the corresponding commercial constraints to a route before it is planned.
Adjusting Commercial Settings of your Fleet
To plan a commercial route, first, you need to set up commercial vehicle constraints for your fleet. To access and manage your fleet, go to “Vehicles” from the navigation menu.
On the “Vehicles” screen, select the vehicle for which you want to set up commercial constraints. To open the vehicle’s settings, click on its “Name.” You can learn more about adding new vehicles and managing your fleet here .
If needed, you can modify the basic information about the vehicle such as alias, fuel type, registration details, and other information respectively.
Scroll down to the “Road Restrictions and Dimensions” section to adjust the commercial settings of the vehicle. NOTE: The values in this section should be defined in metric units (meters and kilograms).
Roads, tunnels, bridges and other constructions may have specific limitations on weight and dimensions of a vehicle that are mandated by the government. In case your fleet contains the vehicles that may exceed the corresponding limitations, you can predefine weight and dimensions of the vehicle. When assigning a vehicle with predefined “Height,” “Length,” “Width,” “Max Weight Per Axel Group,” “Number of Exiles,” and “total Weight” values, Route4Me will calculate the values and compute the most efficient routes taking into account the corresponding limitations.
Depending on the local traffic regulations some roads may have certain restrictions as to the type of cargo that can be carried by a vehicle, level of emissions, vehicle type, etc. Route4Me allows you to adjust the corresponding settings of your fleet for the maximum efficiency of your route planning process. By presetting hazardous materials that are transported by a vehicle, a route may be planned to avoid roads that prohibit the transportation of dangerous goods. Route4Me can also compute routes to avoid low emission zones or roads that have specific restrictions regarding vehicle configurations.
To enable commercial routing, you need to define the dimensions, type of the cargo and vehicle specification so that Route4Me can compute the most efficient routes and exclude the roads that may have the corresponding restrictions for commercial vehicles. Additionally, Route4Me allows you to manually predefine the roads and crossings that should be avoided. This feature provides more flexibility for commercial routing.
To apply the changes, click “Modify Vehicle” at the bottom of the screen.
Enabling Commercial Routing
To plan a commercial route, first, select “Plan New Route” in the navigation menu.
To enable commercial routing, assign a vehicle with predefined commercial restraints to the route. Route4Me computes the route based on the information provided in the “Road restrictions and Dimensions” section of the vehicle and provides the most efficient set of directions. To Assign a commercial vehicle to a route, select the vehicle from the list in the “User” tab.
Click “Create Route and Proceed to Add Addresses” to continue planning the route.
NOTE: To enable commercial routing for your Route4me account, please contact our Customer Sucess Department.
To plan a commercial route, you must assign a vehicle with commercial constraints to a route before the route is completely planned. Assigning a vehicle with commercial constraints to an already planned route will not enable commercial routing.