Electronic Logging Device ChecklistHow to Get the Most Out of the Technology
Electronic logging devices (ELDs) will be a required reality by year’s end and will affect every business and every driver required to keep a log.
FMCSA ELD Compliance Date
On December 18, Phase II (the compliance phase) of the federal government’s ELD mandate will come into effect. Beginning on that date, drivers who are required to adhere to the hours of service (HOS) rules will be required to use either an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) if it was installed prior to Dec. 18, 2017, or a certified and registered ELD, as outlined in the rule’s December 2015 publication.
Fleets and their drivers using AOBRDs will 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
Driver or authenticated user identification data
Vehicle identification data
Motor carrier identification data
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.
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
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.