Electronic Logging Device (ELD) FAQ

Information About the FMCSA Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate


This page describes some of the common questions our customers might have about ELD mandate regulation and requirements.

How do I know if the mandate applies to my fleet and, if so, what is the deadline to comply?

The mandate covers almost all drivers and fleets required to maintain records of duty status. Drivers of pre-2000 model year trucks are among the few exemptions. The rule requires you to transition to ELDs by Dec. 18, 2017, if you are switching from paper logs or logging software.

If you currently use or began using CFR 395.15-compliant automatic onboard recording devices before to Dec. 18, 2017, you can wait until Dec. 16, 2019, to start using ELDs.

How do I determine if an ELD device meets the federal mandate requirements?

ELD manufacturers must ensure their products conform to certain technical specifications (such as connecting to the vehicle engine to automatically record driving time), certify their ELDs and register them with FMCSA.

What ELD options are available?

While the ELD mandate requires devices to gather a limited amount of data, some ELDs collect much more. They can record information such as vehicle performance parameters, speed, hard braking and rapid acceleration. Some ELD solutions give office personnel real-time visibility of vehicle location and driver duty status. With this data, you can manage your equipment more efficiently.

Do you have a plan for employee training?

It’s important to be transparent throughout the process of implementing new technology, especially since drivers are already leery of more company and government control.

Driver acceptance is one of the biggest obstacles to a successful roll out. Make sure you communicate the safety, operational and convenience aspects as you train employees across your organization – office personnel as well as drivers. And be sure to create an ELD policy for owner-operators, if you use them.