About the ELD Rule
On December 18, 2017, carriers and drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) subject the ELD mandate will be required to adopt electronic logging devices (ELDs). The ELD will automatically record a driver’s on-duty and off-duty time, allowing drivers to spend less time preparing logs and more time doing what they do best: driving. The intended result is a decrease in the frequency of fatigued driving by CMV drivers, reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on our highways. Carriers who install automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) prior to December 18 will be able to use those devices until December 16, 2019, after which point they must upgrade or switch to ELDs. The ELD Rule includes all technical specifications that ELD providers must follow in order for their device to be considered a compliant ELD.More on the ELD Rule
ELD Provider responsibilities:
- Create a user account with FMCSA
- Self-certify devices and register devices with FMCSA
- Ensure security of devices
- Respond to carriers to quickly resolve any ELD malfunctions
- Keep ELD self-certification up-to-date with FMCSA
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The display and print requirement serves as a backup to the data transfer methods. In the event that data transmission fails during a roadside inspection, the safety official must be able to view the required information without entering the cab of the truck. This can be accomplished via either the ELD screen or a printout from the ELD, whichever is supported by the device. If a provider selects the display requirement as the backup method, the device is not required to meet the print requirement and vice versa.
This distance is not specified in order to account for the variety in size of screens. The safety official must be able to read the screen display without having to physically enter the cab of the CMV.
The display must be designed so that it can be reasonably viewed from outside the cab of the vehicle. That may require the device to be untethered from its mount or connected in a manner that would allow it to be passed outside of the vehicle for a reasonable distance.
Yes, this is an acceptable way for all ELDs to function. If the ELD is structured such that the device must be powered on and logged into before the engine is powered to meet the requirements of the rule, this should be made clear to the driver through the device manual and carriers should include this in their driver training.
The manufacturer must select at least one complete option, either telematics (Email and Web Services) or local transfer (USB 2.0 and Bluetooth). So long as one option, which includes both methods, is met, the ELD is compliant. Manufacturers may offer additional methods if they choose.
ELD Technical Specifications
Testing your ELD
- Compliance Test Procedures
- Compliance Test Procedures Webinar (February 25, 2016)
- Compliance Test Procedures Follow Up (May 2016)
- Email/Web Services testing environments (Coming Soon!)