Electronic Logging Device Checklist

How to Get the Most Out of the Technology

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are now required and affect every business and every driver that has to keep a log.

Phase II (the compliance phase) of the federal government’s ELD mandate is in effect. Drivers who are required to adhere to the hours of service (HOS) rules are required to use either an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) if it was installed before Dec. 18, 2017, or a certified and registered ELD, as outlined in the rule’s December 2015 publication.

Fleets and their drivers using AOBRDs have until December 2019 to become fully compliant with the rule by switching to a compliant ELD device.

Before selecting which devices and provider will work best, review this ultimate ELD checklist that will help you to get the most out the technology.

Which Technology to Choose?

In general, an ELD is required to automatically:


Record the date, time, and vehicle geographic location information


Engine hours


Vehicle miles


Driver or authenticated user identification data


Vehicle identification data


Motor carrier identification data

Electronic Logs

The ELD Checklist: ELD Features & Functions

If you have not made the transition to using ELDs, the sheer number of devices to choose from may seem overwhelming. The good news is that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a checklist of the key features and functions that every ELD must provide.

Electronic Logbook

Provides separate driver and manager accounts

Synchronizes with the engine control module

Automatically records driving time

Retains data for the current 24-hour period

Retains data for the previous 7 Days

Prevents device tampering

Requires driver to review unidentified driver records

Allows drivers to obtain ELD records on-demand

Supports electronic data transfer

Displays required data for authorized safety officials on-demand

Requires driver annotations for edited records

Provides ELD user manual

For full descriptions of the electronic logbook features required by the ELD Mandate, visit the FMCSA website.

The Integrated ELD/Telematics Checklist: What Else to Consider

While there is no requirement that ELDs be part of a fleet management system, such as telematics, there are numerous benefits that a business can reap by integrating an ELD with a telematics solution.

Improve driver and public safety

Improve Dispatch Efficiency


Reduce Time Auditing Logbooks

Increase Driver Productivity

Improve Maintenance Management

Eliminate Common Violations

Benefits to the Bottom Line

As with any requirement, adding an ELD to a regulated driver’s truck may seem like a burden — and, certainly, the implementation may be complicated and present a financial hardship to the fleet on the front end — but there may be an important silver lining to ELDs. The FMCSA predicts that there will be a net benefit of $1.17 billion to the entire industry in savings due to reduced driver downtime to fill out paperwork, reduced clerical time, reduced expenses from crashes, and reduced paper costs, among other reasons.

Marrying the required ELD with telematics technology could bring additional net savings to the fleet by being able to take on initiatives like better monitoring and reducing idle time, reducing miles driven, and increasing a fleet’s utilization rate.

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