What are ELDs?

What’s an electronic logging device, or ELD?

Easily Track Hours of Service (HOS) compliance

Put simply, an ELD is an electronic solution that enables professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers to easily track HOS compliance.

All CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

Benefits of ELDs

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Decreased Fuel Costs

By monitoring excessive truck idle times or speeding events, fleets can build incentive programs for truck drivers that help increase fuel efficiency.

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Simplified Regulatory Compliance

While complying with the ELD Mandate, other regulations can also be easily satisfied, including Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports and IFTA.

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Saved Time and Money

For drivers who use ELDs, ELD manufacturers report an increase of 15 minutes of drive time per driver per day, which translates into big monetary savings.

Make sure the device meets the proper specifications

The new ELD rule adds certain technical and performance specifications that define exactly what the device must feature.

For example, an ELD must:

  • Connect to the truck’s engine to record if the truck is in motion
  • Allow the driver to log in and select On-duty, Off-duty, or On-Duty Not Driving; drive segments must be automatically selected based on vehicle movement
  • Graphically display a Record of Duty Status, so a driver can quickly see hours in a day
  • Provide data in a format that’s standardized and can be transmitted to law enforcement in a number of prescribed ways, such as wireless web services, USB, or Bluetooth 2.0

Be provider-certified that the device meets the proper specifications