An ELD is an electronic logging device designed to log the hours of service (HOS) for professional truck drivers. An ELD will connect to truck engine data through its vehicle diagnostic port and record driving activity.
*ELD shown is ONE20’s F-ELD solution and F-ELD app.
The main reason the FMCSA made the decision to move drivers from paper logs to electronic ones, was to make the roads drivers drive on each and every day safer. An ELD will ensure logs are accurate and within the hours of drive time allowed. ELDs also allow for easier hours of service (HOS) recording – taking the manual process out. The U.S. Government and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ruled that carriers and drivers who use paper logs, or logging software, must transition to an FMCSA compliant ELD by December 18, 2017.
The rule will impact most drivers and carriers who require maintenance of record of duty status (RODS) – which covers just under 90% of commercial motor vehicles.
What are RODS?
The RODS, or record of duty status, is a record or document used by the driver to record his or her time. Carriers and drivers need to know what items are required on a driver’s duty status record and how they are to be recorded.
The short answer is no, but you can use an AOBRD until 2019 if it meets certain guidelines.
The long answer is an Automatic Onboard Recording Device (AOBRD) simply has the ability of recording a driver’s duty status automatically, but lacks the capabilities of an ELD. AOBRDs have been around since the late 1980s and drivers will have until 2019 to replace them with ELDs (these are the ones that are being “grandfathered in”). An EOBR, or Electronic Onboard recorder, is simply a software-driven device that records an electronic log. The FMCSA used the EOBR term for about a year (2011).
We are with you. So, why would we develop our own ELD? Simply put, we work for the driver, not against. If you do your research you will find that so many ELDs on the market are expensive, developed by people with little to no transportation industry experience, and worst of all, have a monthly service fee. To make this as painless as possible, we made something for the DRIVER (with no monthly service fees) with hopes to win over those on the fence.
Here are just some of the things we hear (on a daily basis) about the mandate:
“We hear it could be overturned by President Trump.” Well, we have heard it too. And we have heard both sides. To be honest, it could…and it couldn’t…so we are as prepared as we can be for both outcomes. The way it stands today, the mandate will go into effect in December, 2017.
“I am going to quit driving so I don’t have to use these stupid things.” We get it. You have been doing things a certain way for so many years. And you are good at it. So why change? Think of it as going from hand-writing a letter, to writing an email. There was a learning curve, new equipment to use or purchase, but it ended up saving you a ton of time, and not to mention money on stamps. And now, how often do you write a letter and put it in the mailbox? And if you want to quit our job, that is up to you, not us. But we have seen very apprehensive drivers turn into ELD advocates.
“I don’t want another device to have to manage.” We get it. Fortunately most ELD solutions are small enough to just plug into your truck, mount on your dash, and run through an app on your phone or tablet. Not all of them are, so do your research!
“I am waiting until December to buy mine.” Totally up to you! Just know that many pre-order specials are running right now and once the mandate actually happens, prices will go up because various companies will take advantage. Some ELD systems let you operate in “paper equivalency” mode ahead of the mandate – so you can save time by using electronic logs, but don’t even have to connect the vehicle adapter.
“There will never be something bolted to my truck!” We wouldn’t want that either! Luckily, there are many ELD options on the market now (ours included), that only require you to fasten the device to your dash – typically with an adhesive strip. And if you choose not to purchase an ELD when the mandate hits, the fines you would be paying are far worse than any adhesive strip you could use.
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