The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate regulation says that you will need to have an ELD-compliant device in the future, but what does that really mean? There’s more to it than simply installing a device. Behind that device there’s software that stores data—and drivers need to know how to utilize both the device and the collected data. Here are five changes that you can expect from the ELD Mandate:
DRIVER LOGBOOKS: Drivers will be able to edit their logs (with required notes), and will be required to approve the logbooks daily. Fleets will not be able to edit a driver log without the driver’s approval.
DATA SHARING: Data will need to be easily — and securely — shared with law enforcement in a standardized format to save time and reduce confusion.
DATA COLLECTION: Devices will collect additional data including engine power status, vehicle motion status, vehicle location, engine hours, miles driven, driver CDL number, VIN number, and more.
DRIVER ALERTS: Devices will be required to trigger an alert when there is “unassigned driving time” on a driver log, or when a device malfunction is found.
DRIVER DUTY STATUS: A Duty Status will be required for all vehicle drive time. U.S. Mandate Duty Statuses include: On-Duty, Off-Duty, Driving, and Sleeper Berth. Additionally, fleets can give drivers the option of logging time as Yard Move or Personal Conveyance as driving events.
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