In December of 2017, the mandate for ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) started. While many devices claimed to be compliant, how are you to know what devices are FMCSA certified and which ones are not? The FMCSA recently provided a checklist to consider before selecting a device for your truck.
Before you purchase an ELD, have the vendor confirm that it:
- Provides separate accounts for drivers and administrative (non-driver) ELD users
- Has “integral synchronization” with the engine control module to automatically record engine power status, vehicle motion status, and other data
- Automatically records all driving time and at intervals of 60 minutes. Records date, time, location, engine hours, vehicle miles, and driver identification
- Reduces location accuracy to a 10-mile radius when vehicle is used for authorized personal use
- Records location with an accuracy of one-mile radius during on-duty driving periods
- ELD time is synchronized with UTC (coordinated universal time)
- Retains data for the current 24-hour period and the previous 7 consecutive days
- Prevents tampering; does not allow anyone to alter or erase information originally collected for driver ELD records
- Requires driver to review unidentified driver records – and either acknowledge assignment of this driving time, or indicate that the records do not belong to the driver
- Allows a driver to obtain a copy of his/her ELD records on demand – either through a printout or electronic file
- Supports one of two options for electronic data transfer:
- Telematic Type: using wireless web services or email
- Local Transfer Type: using USB 2.0 or Bluetooth
- Displays all required standardized data to authorized safety officials on demand – through a screen display or printout that includes three elements: a daily header, graph grid showing driving duty status changes, and detailed daily log data. The graph grid, if printed, must be at least 6 inches by 1.5 inches
- Requires driver certification and annotation (written explanation) for any edits to records that are made by the driver or any other ELD user
- Volume control or mute option for any audio feature
*Information checklist provided by the USDOT
The new rules and regulations regarding the ELD devices can be confusing. If you have any questions about this device feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our commercial truck insurance specialists.
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