6 Frequently Asked Questions from Drivers About ELDs

We answer some of the questions your drivers may ask when transitioning to ELDs and elogs.

Clear, effective communication between fleet managers and drivers about ELDs and elogs apps is an absolute must if you want to ensure a smooth transition from paper logs.

Use this article to answer their most frequently asked questions quickly and precisely!

  1. What are the FMCSA-mandated requirements for an ELD?

Per the FMCSA ELD mandate, ELDs are required to:

  • Accurately record a driver’s hours of service (HOS)
  • Accurately record the location of a driver’s CMV
  • Be resistant to tampering (both the hardware and software)
  • Be able to determine when the CMV is in operation (driving)
  1. What does it mean exactly for an ELD to be “resistant to tampering”?

An ELD is tamper-resistant if it prevents someone from:

  • Recording the wrong date, location, or time for change in on-duty driving status
  • Altering records created by the ELD
  1. Do all drivers have to use ELDs?

No, certain drivers are exempt from having to use ELDs, these drivers are:

  • Those who perform driveaway-towaway operations
  • Those maintain RODS for 8 days or less in a 30-day period
  • Those who drive CMVs that were made before the year 2000
  • Those who do not have to maintain RODS
  1. Is an ELD capable of shutting a CMV down if it passes its HOS limits?

No, ELDs are not capable of interfering with the operation of a CMV’s engine, or any other hardware within the vehicle.

An ELD simply functions as a monitoring device.

  1. How do ELDs help with daily operations as a driver?

First and foremost, ELDs remove the hassle of maintaining paper logs by automating the process through the automatic recording of vehicle metrics.

This allows drivers to greatly reduce the time spent filling out paper logs, and instead, focus on driving, or taking much-needed rest breaks.

Outdated and/or falsified logs will also be a thing of the past with the introduction of ELDs, due to their resistance to tampering of elogs.

HOS violations should also see a reduction with ELDs since they audibly and visually alert drivers if they are nearing the threshold for an HOS violation.

  1. How do ELDs help save money?

ELDs are capable of saving fleets money in a few ways.

Geofencing allows fleet managers and drivers to collaborate and plan more efficient routes.

ELDs’ ability to track vehicle metrics such as idle time, provides insight into how to save fuel.

These fuel savings quickly add up once you account for each vehicle in your fleet.

ELDs can also alert drivers and/or managers about vehicle fault codes in real-time, which allows for faster response time when it comes to vehicle maintenance.

The storing of these codes also helps with identifying recurring problems with the CMV.

In the case of an accident involving a driver’s CMV, ELDs are able to provide vehicle data that can help protect the driver in the case of being falsely considered to be at fault for the accident.

These metrics, such as hard braking, hard acceleration, and speed, can prevent a driver, and thus your fleet, from receiving penalties.

This article should help you take your first steps into beginning your drivers’ transition to ELDs and electronic logs.

It’s important to ease your drivers’ worries concerning ELDs and elogs, and the first step is answering their most common questions regarding the devices.

Make sure to check our blog frequently for more updates regarding ELDs, the FMCSA ELD mandate, and more information regarding how to best implement ELDs for your fleet.

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