Electronic Logging Devices

ELD Basics

The primary purpose of the Electronic Logging Devices is to maintain HOS, Hours of Service, for drivers in commercial Class 7 and Class 8 vehicles. ELDs are the legal electronic replacement of a driver log book. To satisfy the electronic log mandate drivers must identify themselves with a unique combination of a username and password by logging into the device at the beginning of the tour of duty. The ELD must automatically track Record Of Duty Status (RODS) changes for the driver in the vehicle. The ELD must present the information of each duty status change and summary hours upon request to drivers, fleet compliance personnel and FMSCA officials during the road side inspections.

LoadTrek ELDs are compliant with the new ELD Mandate.


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LoadTrek ELD systems extend the functionality beyond the basic requirements of HOS:

  • Record driving information for driver performance and safety analysis
  • Report real time vehicle location (AVL)
  • Provide paperless Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) on-board
  • Capture miles driven in each state or province for IFTA reporting
  • Generate maintenance warnings based on company set intervals
  • Satisfy industry specific regulations such as Working Alone rules in Canadian oilfield
  • Record accident data for reconstruction in post-accident investigation
  • Generate exception reporting based on speed violations, relevant geo-fence crossing, failed vehicle inspections, and other parameters
  • Capture Vehicle Fault codes and report

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EOBR to ELD – Change in Terminology

ELD, Electronic Logging Device, is the new term adopted to replace the former terms EOBR, Electronic On-Board Recorders, and AOBRD, Automated On-Board Recording Devices. The term ELD will likely enter use to describe any in-vehicle management device with electronic driver log capabilities but ELDs must meet specific requirements set forth in the ELD Mandate.

Timeline for the Implementation

MAP-21 bill, Moving Ahead for Progress, mandates ELDs on all commercial vehicles within 2 years from the passage of the final rule. Companies already running Electronic Logging System in the fleet vehicles will have additional two years to ensure their system is compliant with the requirements of the ELD mandate.

The final rule has been published in December 2015.  The required compliance date is the end of December 2017.

The implementation of ELDs will require time to search for the right vendor then adopt the technology in the fleet. The search, installation and training may take anywhere between one to twelve months. It is important to include the search and implementation time in planning to meet the required deadlines.

ELD implementation Timelines

ELD Questions

The proposed mandate has generated many questions, concerns and misunderstandings. We began to hold an on-going webinar series to answer those questions, and we organized a collection of Q&As to answer some of the more common inquires. You can read questions and answers about Electronic Logging Devices and the mandate further:

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