- The ELD Rule is mandatory for all commercial vehicle drivers who must report their Hours of Service (HOS). Most of the 3,5 million of CMV drivers throughout America have to keep Records of Duty Status (RODS).
- The rule sets standards for electronic devices used to keep Records of Duty Status (RODS). The list of certified and registered ELDs is on the website of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Ezlogz is one of FMCSA compliant designers which produces high-quality devices to serve carriers and drivers.
- The rule establishes what documents have to keep CMV drivers and operators.
- Controls the co-working between drivers and logistic companies, prevents harassment of drivers and violation of law.
Before ordering an ELD device, check the manufacturers in the FMCSA registry. If the driver does not use approved devices, he will be found as “no record of duty status”.
There are some requirements for the ELD devices concerning such aspects:
- User account settings. They must support the structure of the user’s account by separating the drivers from the carrier’s operators. Each user must have its own account with a unique identifier, associated with his license. This data must be stored on the ELD and be confidential and authentic. The device must be capable of recording and collecting data separately for each driver. If the driver does not log onto the ELD, the system must warn about the necessity to identify oneself to continue the driving. For non-authenticated drivers ELD must not allow you to enter any information except in response to a login question.
- ELD synchronization with the engine of CMV. Once connected to the engine, it “reads” its power status, malfunction, vehicle’s motion status, counts miles and hours spent by the driver on duty. This data ELD sends to the carrier control center.
- Driver’s entry of information. The ELD must allow the driver to enter information manually only when the CMV is stationary. But if the driving status is “Driving”, the device only allows you to change status. It can be chosen from such categories: “On Duty, not Driving”, “Off Duty”, “Driving”, “Sleeper berth”. The ELD must control the driver’s HOS and remind them about the break or end of the working shift.
- Driver’s Records of Duty Status should be verificated by the driver and accepted at the end of the 24 hour period. Device also must give the possibility to edit the entries if there are errors, but it must not allow erasing the original data collected during the driving time.
- Carrier’s manual information inputs can be made only by authorized personnel.
- Vehicle Location must be captured for each change of driving status. The ELD automatically fixes the longitude and latitude of the vehicle and indicates distance to the nearest town with a population of 5000 people or greater.
- The data and time settings must convert automatically according to UTC standards.
- Data safety guarantee.
- Self-monitoring, malfunction diagnostic.
- Printout the report. The ELD must generate reports as a printout or on a display.
These are the main requirements the ELD equipment must deal with. Ordering the ELD customer should be sure that the device corresponds to all technical specifications in the Rule. FMCSA compliant devices must enforce driver’s HOS correctly and accurately.