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Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) – What you need to know

May 16, 2019 | Posted in News

In December 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated in the United States that required drivers to use electronic logging devices (ELD) in lieu of paper logbooks. In Canada, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is in the process of finalizing a similar proposal and could release their ruling to be in effect by 2020, with a 2 year phased-in compliance period for fleets already using such ELDs (subject to change).

An electronic logging device is a digital device used to automatically capture and store a driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) data. It connects directly to the engine control module (ECM), which provides a number of benefits over the traditional logbook method of recording HOS:

  • changes the previous driver-written, paper entry method to a digital, auto-logged process
  • replaces paper logs with a regulation-compliant device directly connected to the vehicle’s engine control module
  • prevents human errors or culpable tampering
  • stored digitally and almost instantly in the cloud for accurate, historical record keeping
  • records accessible for easy retrieval for audits by both the driver, instantly upon the request of law enforcement, or a fleet manager through an online portal

Telematics technology can easily provide compliance  to this upcoming mandate, plus many more major benefits. Please visit our whitepaper or contact us today to find out more about our telematics solutions and how they can propel your fleet to the next level.

Read more about the Canadian ELD Mandate here.

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