e-log shift

Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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Out-of-service conditions related to ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated out-of-service criteria include those related to electronic logging devices. None are new OOS conditions. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current OOS conditions having to do with the hours of service, namely having no log book, having no previous seven days of logs and presenting a false log. All require putting the driver OOS for 10 consecutive hours.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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Interactive map of the intrastate ELD mandates as of June 2017

This interactive map shows information on progress all lower 48 states (and Alaska) have or haven't made in adopting the federal electronic logging device regulations for intrastate haulers. Click through your state for more.

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Is it necessary for an ELD to ‘support’ intrastate hours rules?

The short answer: As a matter of regulation, no. The electronic logging device mandate is written in a manner that is more or less agnostic to the hours of service rule a particular driver is operating under. Nonetheless, say ELD providers, rule-set support can be helpful.

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The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

States failing to adopt an e-logging mandate. Hours of service regs differing from the federal rule. ELDs missing state-specific features. For the intrastate driver required to use e-logs, the change could get complicated.

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ELDs: How much does compliance with mandate cost?

While the $1,000-plus onboard systems with expensive ongoing costs in maintenance and subscriptions haven’t gone away entirely, many inexpensive options exist, even among dedicated units.

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How to turn your smartphone into an ELD

Though some providers such as ERoad, iGlobal and DriverTech now offer dedicated units of their own, the vast majority of growth has been “bring your own device” units capable of being paired with an operator’s smartphone or tablet.

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Modern ELDs do more than track hours of service

From built-in dashcams to scanners and transportation management software (TMS) system integration capabilities, electronic logging devices do more, often a lot more, than merely provide hours of service functionality.

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ELD guide: How the two basic types of logging devices work

BYOD (“bring your own device”) systems allow buyers to purchase their own hardware for the driver interface, such as an owner-operator using an app on a personal Android- or iOS-powered smartphone. The other prominent type is a dedicated ELD unit, which has been around in various forms for some years.

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