Electronic Logging Devices for trucking fleets

Published Feb 28, 2023, 1:08:16 PM UTC
by Phil Lumbroso
Filed under: · General  ·

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are electronic systems that are used to track and record a commercial vehicle's hours of service (HOS) in real-time. The use of ELDs is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for all commercial motor vehicles that are subject to the hours-of-service regulations, including trucks and buses.

ELDs are designed to replace paper logs, which have been used to track HOS for many years. Paper logs are prone to errors, and they can be difficult to enforce, as they can be altered or falsified. ELDs, on the other hand, are tamper-resistant and provide real-time data that can be easily accessed and analyzed by carriers, shippers, and safety officials.

ELDs connect to the vehicle's engine control module (ECM) or other data sources and automatically record the vehicle's driving time, location, speed, and other information. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a secure server, where it can be accessed by authorized parties, including the FMCSA.

The use of ELDs has been shown to improve compliance with HOS regulations, reducing the risk of driver fatigue and improving safety on the roads. ELDs also provide carriers with more accurate and up-to-date information on their drivers' HOS, allowing them to manage their operations more effectively and efficiently.

There are many ELD solutions available on the market, ranging from simple, low-cost devices to more advanced systems that integrate with other transportation management systems. Carriers should carefully consider their needs and requirements when choosing an ELD solution, and they should ensure that the ELD they select is FMCSA-certified and meets all the required technical standards.