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The Electronic Logging Device is an electronic hardware which, when installed in a commercial motor vehicle, tracks the Hours of Service. The driving hours of commercial drivers will be strictly regulated by the Electronic Logging Devices or ELD Mandate

The Electronic Logging Devices or ELD mandate, as is commonly referred to, has brought some of the most significant regulatory initiatives on the part of the US government, it is improved compliance with hours of service.

The goal is:

  • Reduce accidents
  • Reduce fatalities
  • Get fatigued drivers off the road, and
  • It has significantly updated the hours of service rules with respect to at roadside and the record-keeping requirements for carriers at their terminals

What are the specifications of ELD?

The main highlights regarding the specifications of an ELD are:

  • Automatically captures driving time
  • Allows drivers to update their duty status
  • Allows drivers to edit their logs
  • Allows the driver to maintain the original and edited laws
  • Allows a motor vehicle’s engine to capture the data through the electronic control module or the ECM

What are the additional specifications of ELD?

Additional specifications are:

  • The device must be tamper-proof
  • It must also protect the driver’s Privacy so when a driver is using a commercial motor vehicle for personal conveyance that it will block out exact latitude and longitude locations, it electronically monitors the locations and the changes of duty status every time a change occurs by a driver
  • It also prescribes the type of graph grid and the record of duty status the way it has to be displayed at roadside and transmitted to a motor carrier


Who must comply with the HoS and ELD rules?

Essentially a driver who is currently doing paperwork, or paper laws, must comply with the hours of service and the ELD rules; As is the case with most rules, are always going to be exemptions, there is a short-haul scenario that described earlier, there’s a tow-away operation where essentially a vehicle is being towed by a power unit and the actual told unit is part of the cargo; If someone is operating a commercial motor vehicle that has been manufactured older than the year 2000; Drivers who are not required to complete records of duty status for eight days in a 30-day consecutive would be exempt from the ELD rule.

In these given scenarios, these drivers must still complete a paper log so you can appreciate some of these customers some of these clients in this type of scenario will, in fact, uptake on ELD because it simplifies their task and goes away from the paper process. 

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The above information is for informational purposes only, and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice.

  Nov 14, 2016     Marc Moncion

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Marc is the Vice President of Safety, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at Fleet Complete. He is an author and industry subject matter expert who has worked in numerous senior transportation management roles for over 25 years, including being an Inspector for the MTO. Marc sits on several Federal/State/Provincial regulatory bodies and frequently provides commentary on emerging technology, best practices, and regulatory affairs. In addition, Marc is a Commercial Driver's Licence (CDL) holder and can drive all types of commercial vehicles in North America.

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