7 Things You Must Know About Electronic Logging Device


Electronic logging device rule will successfully replace prevalent hours of service protocols in absolutely no time. According to latest research, a large number of reputed transport companies, specifically which operate on soil of United States of America, must utilize these recorders for appropriate management. In the following write-up, I have chalked down a few essential things you must know about ELD mandate. Please take a close look at below-mentioned pointers.

  1. Execution in Two Phases

Proficient and experienced drivers who have a clear understanding of Elog compliance, also know that it could execute in two definite phases. In first one, all vehicles should be equipped with strictly adhering to ELD and AOBRD rule under grandfather clause. In second one, which will most probably start from 16th December 2019, almost all vehicles must be equipped with certified electronic logging device.

  1. Self-Verify the Product

Mostly all organizations must install ELDs listed on FMCSA. Suppliers must verify all technical requirements of the car or truck, and then gain registration from authorities. This particular rule applies to vehicles in USA and Canada manufactured before the year 2000. There are certain exceptions.

  1. Supporting Documents must be Aboard

Prior to purchasing an electronic logging device, it is necessary that drivers possess certain essential documents namely,

  • User guide describing how an ELD is utilized.
  • Instruction sheet specifying mechanisms about data transfer along with advice regarding a driver’s hours of service chronicles.
  • Another instruction sheet explaining the process on how to report a device’s malfunction.
  • Blank logbooks for recording HOS for eight days.
  1. Mandatory after December 18 2017

According to recent studies, trucks bought after 18th December 2017 should be equipped with an electronic logging device. However, if vehicles are bought before stipulated date, the compliance is not always required.

  1. Visibility of Electronic Logging Device

If drivers are using portable electronic logging device (ELD) on smartphone or tablet, they must consider fixing it on a proper position so that they could see it while operating trucks or cars. In other words, an ELD must stay visible always.

  1. Driving Status is 8km/hr.

According to research, an ELD should automatically switch back to ‘driving’ status immediately after cars or trucks reach 5mph or 8km/hr. The status would show ‘stopped’ if the concerned vehicle remains immobilized for about three consecutive seconds.

  1. Logbook could be edited (if required)

Both the driver and authorized personnel of fleet can edit an ELD’s hours of service (HOS) records. Each edit should have an explanatory note. This device also needs to keep original version of log.

There is a wide range of benefits you can relish through ELD compliance. Starting from effectually handling logbooks to saving substantial amounts of time, improving road safety, and alleviating HOS infractions largely-the list simply does not seem to end.

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