Many choices, some at low cost, for meeting mandate

By Todd Dills

Since we published the previous version of this guide in the April Overdrive, electronic logging device options have continued to proliferate. That’s evident in our best attempt at a comprehensive collection in the quick-comparison chart below and in the most current updated form at this link.

There are now dozens more options from vendors offering a variety of hardware and software to owner-operators and fleets. Many of them are new to trucking.

Weighing options for complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate that takes effect Dec. 18 won’t exactly be an easy pill for anti-mandate partisans. But it might be a little easier to swallow when seeing that whatever your needs, there’s a vendor offering it, many of them at a surprisingly reasonable price point.

Since April, new players have emerged that sell hardware and offer ELD functionality without the monthly fee, among many others that offer a variety of ancillary functions. Most devices take the opposite approach to pricing. They lock users into monthly subscription fees, typically assessed on a per-power-unit basis.

As new players in the ELD market continue to emerge, we’ll continue updating a version of the chart that you can find online at this link.

Exemptions from the mandate are few. Some changes to the most significant exemption, for trucks running pre-2000 engines, are explored below. Otherwise, you’re exempt only if you don’t run beyond the short-haul air-mile radius for more than eight days in any rolling 30-day period. A 90-day enforcement delay for agricultural haulers — aimed principally at livestock haulers but potentially applying to a greater subset of trucking operations — had been announced at press time. Further details were pending. Stay tuned for updates.

Among ELD-capable systems with unique extra utility for small fleet owners is iGlobal’s Edge MDT module with a built-in scanning device and a cellular mic that functions like a CB in a private network among a fleet’s users equipped with the device.

Choosing a unit for your operation

By Todd Dills

If you’re an independent owner-operator with only one truck, you’re likely to gravitate to a baseline-compliance electronic logging device without a lot of the bells and whistles that are available in fleet-management-focused systems.

Still, you can benefit from some additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking more automated and easily reportable. If you manage more than one truck or are poised for growth, simplified dispatch tools in some programs might help you scale your operation.

As you’re making your decision, query any vendor about these issues:

SUPPORT. The final rule specifies an eight-day timeframe for repairing/replacing a malfunctioning ELD. Does the provider stock the kind of hardware inventory to meet such a quick turnaround? How are replacements/repairs handled? Who’s responsible for shipping charges?

For carriers needing more than eight days to replace any ELD, the rule also spelled out a process for requesting more time. It involves contacting your state’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration division office and making your case.

FMCSA REGISTRY. The ELD rule requires using an ELD self-certified by the manufacturer as meeting the rule’s specs and listed on FMCSA’s ELD registry. Since our April guide, most makers old and new to the market have certified. For any that haven’t, ask about their plans for certification before investing in their product. If they don’t have a plan, be skeptical of the ability to use the device beyond the end of 2019.

To postpone ELD compliance for two years, you could instead invest in current-generation Automatic Onboard Recording Devices (AOBRDs). These meet the fairly minimal requirements (compared to the ELD specs) of CFR 395.15, which are grandfathered through Dec. 16, 2019. AOBRDs offer some key differences from ELDs, particularly in the amount and specificity of data required to be collected and rules on edits. Generally, AOBRDs allow administrator accounts to edit logs without driver approval, and do not require a record of edits to be displayed at roadside — though they are still required to preserve a back-office trail of edits.

Some providers, Gorilla Safety among them, offer the option to run a device in AOBRD mode, which grants company back-office staff the ability to edit logs without driver approval. Also, that mode doesn’t support the electronic data transfer options required of ELDs, among other differences.

To use an AOBRD through 2019, you must install the device prior to the ELD enforcement deadline of Dec. 18, 2017.

Pa.-based Landis & Sons owner-operator Mike Landis retired a 1988 Peterbilt cabover this year in favor of this 1999 362, after he purchased the unit from a retired owner-operators who’d ordered it brand-new – it fetched $17,500, a good price, Landis says, considering its engine was an all but brand-new factory-reman 1999 Detroit Series 60, and exempt from the ELD mandate. The rig is pictured here on Constitution Ave. between the White House and Washington Monument, where Landis joined a group of demonstrators in solidarity with protests against the ELD mandate.

Mid-game engine ruling creates winners, losers

By Todd Dills

Owner-operator Randy Carlson of Minnesota was late to hear the news of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s policy reversal of sorts regarding the pre-2000 exemption to the electronic logging device mandate.
When a talk with Overdrive informed him of a significant change made in July – that enforcement would look at the engine year rather than the truck chassis model year – Carlson said it “sounds like it’s a good day for me.”

Carlson’s 2001 Freightliner Classic chassis is powered by an older, fully mechanical Caterpillar. With the pre-2000 model-year exemption tied exclusively to the model year of the truck, he’d have been required to invest in an ELD workaround to keep that truck in compliance or back-fit his finely tuned mechanical engine within a pre-2000 cab/chassis to keep running it legally after the mandate.

Even with his good fortune, there’s been a cost for Carlson. It comes from the indecision the agency has shown on the exemption, particularly with this recent move after so long – a full year and a half – holding that the truck’s model year would determine the exemption.


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In spring this year, Carlson located a 1996 Freightliner powered by a same-year Detroit Series 60. He paid $4,500 for it, then more to get it in shape.

“I was going to maybe drive that one,” he adds, in the interim until he could find a pre-2000 cab/chassis to go with his mechanical Caterpillar engine. “I’m probably not going to do that now” in spite of the near $7,000 investment he’s made in the 1996 unit.

He can rest a little easier, he says, but not so anyone out there who “had a 1999 truck who bought a 2003-’04” engine to put in, Carlson says.

The FMCSA website’s FAQs (frequently asked questions) note that drivers are not required to carry documentation in the truck that confirms the engine’s model year, but notes that federal regulations require motor carriers to keep all documentation on engine changes “at the principal place of business.”

Nevertheless, to avoid undue lingering red tape with law enforcement, owner-operators qualifying for the exemption by virtue of engine model year would do well to carry such documentation if it’s not visibly, clearly stamped on the engine. That’s the situation for Carlson, who says he’s likely to get a printout from Caterpillar to carry, especially considering his truck is a 2001 model.

Other anti-ELD mandate owner-operators among Overdrive’s audience were sitting similarly pretty after the midsummer announcement of the change. The multitudes of owners who’d bought trucks from Fitzgerald Glider Kits or another maker in the last several years stood a good chance of now being exempt from the mandate as well.


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That is no small number of trucks. Reporting in 2016 in Overdrive showed glider production had ballooned from around 1,000 units in 2007 to more than 10,000 in 2015. However, it wasn’t long after the announced exemption change that Overdrive began hearing reports of owners having trouble getting the appropriate year documentation.

Mike Crenshaw, a representative at a Western Star dealer, told of a customer who’d bought a glider built elsewhere and simply could not determine from the builder the original serial number, which would enable easy lookup of the manufacture date.

Fitzgerald parts representative James Hawn, however, said his company hadn’t run into similar snags. He said last month he’d been getting calls daily for some time about this issue, particularly when the original serial number on a factory-reman engine wasn’t obvious to the owner.

But with the vehicle VIN in hand, he said it’s an easy lookup process for his company, particularly on trucks built in the last several years by the maker.

A Nashville, Tennessee-based service rep for authorized Detroit distributor Clarke Power Services also noted in October he’d put in many a call on behalf of glider owners to Fitzgerald himself, looking for an engine serial number. “I help people every day” with this issue, he says.

“When Fitzgerald builds the truck, they attach a tag for a readable serial number. They can also just call me with that, and there’s no issue at all. I print out the basic sheet on the motor and show the in-service date and just scan it and shoot it over to them.”

Then, they’ve got the documentation they need to prove they’re exempt from the ELD mandate.

For others, it’s not been so easy. Emissions rules require engine makers to re-serial the block of any remanned engine not built expressly to replace another already-running engine. In that process, original serial records are virtually destroyed, and reman serial numbers issued show only the date of remanufacture.

For owners of such situated engines, given an unknown original in-service date for the block, the safe play may be to run ELDs if the reman date shows year 2000 or later. If you’re willing to roll the dice to avoid them and believe you have appropriate documentation other than the serial number/build sheet to prove the particular original model year of the block, know that in situations where engine year is not clear, FMCSA is instructing roadside to kick those cases back to the agency for further investigation.

Owner-operator Dave Marti’s 2015 389 glider.

Dave Marti, a small fleet owner-operator hauling fuel in tankers in and around an Illinois home base, owns a 2015 Peterbilt 389 powered by a factory remann Detroit Series 60, a glider put together by Fitzgerald. While he’s already running e-logs given the company his small fleet is leased to requires them of its contractors, he located the bolted-on plate Fitzgerald attached to his engine showing the original serial number. He had no idea from what year exactly the engine came, just that it was built per the reman factory information plate to 1998 EPA emissions specifications.

The Clark Power rep, who preferred not to be quoted by name, looked the number up in Detroit’s system. “The original in-service date for that engine was December 28, 1999,” he said, three days ahead of the ELD exemption cutoff. “That might be worth a little something extra to somebody” should Marti ever plan to sell it, he added. “I’ve been on both sides of the game on this thing. [The ELD mandate] is going to be a headache for everybody in the long run – a necessary evil that we’ve all got to deal with.”

Here’s hoping more weren’t in the situation that’s now a reverse of Carlson’s prior quandary. Early this year in his search for an ELD-exempt unit, Carlson ran across a private party in Missouri selling a 1997 or ’98 model-year “Freightliner Classic extended hood like my 2001.” But the for-sale rig, which would’ve been exempt according to FMCSA’s original terms, was powered by “a newer Detroit in the 2003-’05 range. If anybody’s” bought that truck thinking they’d avoid the ELD mandate, “they’re not going to be happy campers” given FMCSA’s change.

A high cost for regulatory indecision indeed. Under the new policy, the need to use an ELD or not would follow the engine model year, not the truck’s, and they’d need to run electronic.

1995-1999 model year trucks continue holding value at auctions

Owner-operator Tim Klaus’ 1997 e-log-exempt International – one of two exempt trucks he owns, in addition to a2009 Freightliner Cascadia he utilizes for semi-frequent runs to California hauling bulk rock. For those looking to run older units, he suggests maintaining two to ensure necessary utilization – “one to run, and one for a spare.” And: Maybe even a third “for parts” if you can afford/store it.

Since the December 2016 issue of Overdrive, where we last examined data from’s survey of auction prices for truck-tractors around the nation, trends seen then have continued as pricing for pre-2000 models on average has held. A comparison between 1995-1999 model year trucks’ average auction prices versus the same for 2000-2004 model years showed both averages getting closer together since the ELD mandate’s announcement.

Looking all the way back to October 2014, before the ELD mandate and its pre-2000 exemption (now tied to the engine year, not the truck chassis model year) was announced in December 2015, there was just a single month in which the 1995-1999 average auction price exceeded that for 2000-2004 models. In the two years since, that’s happened three times, and several months have been very close in average auction price for the model groupings.

High variation according to equipment condition is the reality in the auction and private-party markets for trucks of that age. Wagner, Okla-based independent owner-operator Buck Hartley in October was assessing potential for “upgrading” his 2009 Kenworth to a 1994 Peterbilt that a bank in his area “had under a repo,” he said. “The gentleman at the bank handling it is supposed to be calling me.” The Peterbilt, powered by a fully mechanical engine, judging by the pictures Hartley had seen when we talked “looked awful rough. They’re only asking $5,000 for it.”

As others in similar situations have done, Hartley estimated he might put as much as $20,000 grand in it if he went that route. “It’d pay for itself eventually,” he said.

Conversely, Landis and Sons owner-operator Mike Landis of Pennsylvania earlier this year found what might be the truck of his dreams in a 1999 Peterbilt 362 cabover powered by an “all but brand-new reman Detroit engine,” he says, just as it came time to more or less retire his 1988 362. The 1999 rig, with slightly more than 1 million miles on the odometer, had been under the ownership of a single owner-operator for the entirety of its life, a man who maintained it well. Landis did put some work into it on its own, though, sandblasting the frame and doing “some brake work,” rebuilding the front end and more, including plenty of polishing and paint buffing.

Missouri-based owner-operator Tim Klaus suggests that to get utilization out of a vehicle with such age for appropriate profitability, an owner-operator might do well “to have two — one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.”


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He told the tale of his 1997 International 9300, which he “paid $7,500 for in 2010. Paint, tires, and a few minor repairs made a pretty solid truck, for short-haul. Then the O-rings on the cylinders failed — $6,000 repair. Then an injector failed — $5,000. Then it started getting a whirring noise in the rears — $6,300, rebuilt both rears. Then it started missing out again. Cam, rockers and the right injectors — $9,800. All the time this truck was in the shop or sitting, my 2000 Freightliner FLD was ticking along like the energizer bunny and paying for all the repairs on the ’97. On these old trucks, it’s an investment, not an expense.”

Along comes the ELD mandate, likewise California’s diesel-emissions regs – with which Klaus needed to comply to adequately serve a direct bulk-rock customer in the state. “I picked up a 2009 Cascadia,” a former Walmart fleet truck, “in the slump of the truck auctions for a song,” he says. “I paid less for this truck than I paid for my first cabover in 1984. Shined it up, new tires, fixed the minor problems and six months later put it on the road. All I have to do is plug up the ELD and its ready” come next month. “All this time I was switching back and forth from the International to the Freightliner to get the use out of my investment.

“I’m a lot closer to the end of my trucking career than the beginning” in 1978, Klaus notes. “I’ve seen a lot of changes — hours of service, drug testing, CDL — and made it through. This ELD mandate is just another bump in the road. If they overturn the ELD mandate, I’ll still have a nice truck to drive , with two spare trucks. If not, oh well.”

ELD Specifications

By Todd Dills

In addition to logging, the electronic logging devices listed in the chart below allow for electronic driver vehicle inspection reports. Most include options for messaging and back-office unit tracking. Ancillary features listed are not comprehensive in most cases. Some features may require further investment in services and/or hardware. Many systems include features enabled by the connection to the engine’s electronic control module, including the capability of integration with a variety of transportation management software systems.

Unless otherwise noted, costs in this chart apply to a one-truck operator independent of a larger fleet, buying aftermarket. Volume discounts often apply. Many providers offer lease options for hardware with prices bundled into service packages.

Some systems are “bring your own device” (BYOD) products, where smartphone or tablet software is paired with a device that connects to the ECM. For such systems, associated costs exclude the cost of the mobile device unless otherwise noted. Associated data plan charges also are not included.

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Provider A1 ELD Apollo Solutions AT&T Fleet Complete ATS Fleet Management Solutions BigRoad Blue Ink Technology Blue Tree Systems CarrierWeb Cartasite Continental Coretex Dispatching Solutions DriveELD DriverTech Eclipse Software E-Log Plus ELD Solutions EROAD Fleetmatics FleetUp Forward Thinking Systems Garmin International GeoSpace Labs Geotab Gorilla Safety Gorilla Safety GPS Insight HOS 247 HOS Reporter Hutch iGlobal ISE Fleet Services J.J. Keller KeepTruckin Konexial Linxup Load Logistics M2M in Motion Magellan Maven Machines MiX Telematics Mobile Awareness Mobile Warrior Navistar Nero Global Tracking Omnitracs Omnitracs One20 Pedigree Technologies Pegasus TransTech PeopleNet PrePass Quartix Rand McNally Rand McNally Rand McNally Simple Truck ELD Spireon Stoneridge Switchboard Teletrac Navman Telogis Trimble TruckX TruxTrax Utech Zed Connect Zonar
Device Name A1 ELD Apollo AT&T Fleet Complete ELD ELD ABW w/ ATS e-Track Certified DashLink ELD BIT ELD BT500 CarrierMate DriveTime VDO RoadLog Coretex DRIVE DSI eLogs DriveELD DT4000 Rev 7 RapidLog ELD-200 E-Log Plus ELDS EROAD ELD REVEAL LogBook ELD FleetUp Field Warrior Garmin eLog HG100 Geotab GO Prime8 ELD Flex AOBRD ELD-2000 HOS 247 ELD & ELD Connect Atlas Mercury Edge MDT / Journey8 tablet eFleetSuite Encompass KeepTruckin My20 Linxup ELD Load Logistics TMS M2M018 Magellan HOS Compliance Maven ELD MiX Rovi MobileTRAQ ELD iDDL OnCommand Connection Nero Global Tracking MCP/IVG XRS F-ELD ELD Chrome Transflo ELD T7 eDriver Logs PrePass ELD Electronic Logging from Quartix DC200 TND765 ELD50 Simple Truck ELD FleetLocate Compliance EZ-ELD Switchboard Mobile Director Drive Telogis WorkPlan FieldMaster Logs XELD TruxBox ELD GPSTab ELD Edition Zed ELD Zonar Logs
Type of Device BYOD | Android | or dedicated unit BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS | tablet option available BYOD | Android BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android Dedicated unit | two options, Win-CE (5700) and Android (7000) OS BYOD | Android, iOS | or paired with ruggedized tablet Dedicated unit Dedicated unit Dedicated unit or BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS apps coming soon Dedicated unit BYOD | Android mobile device or Windows laptop BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) | or paired with ELP-branded Samsung tablet BYOD | Android or paired with dedicated tablet Dedicated unit BYOD | Android BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) w/ Field Warrior app | or paired with dedicated Garmin Fleet series BYOD | Android, iOS (also compatible with dēzl GPS navigators) BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS | hard mount options available BYOD | Android, iOS | hard mount options available Dedicated unit BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) or “ELD Connect” dedicated unit BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated unit Dedicated units Dedicated unit BYOD | Android, iOS | or paired with dedicated J.J. Keller Compliance Tablet BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated tablets | Android, iOS options BYOD | Android tablets BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) Dedicated unit | BYOD select Samsung devices BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated unit BYOD | Android (iOS coming Feb. 2018) | or paired with dedicated tablet BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android | or paired with dedicated Android tablet Dedicated units BYOD | Company- certified Android devices BYOD | Android, iOS Cab-Mate Open: BYOD, Android | Cab-Mate Connect: Dedicated unit | Cab-Mate One: All-in-one plug-and-play BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated units BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android tablets BYOD | Android | or paired with TND tablet Dedicated unit BYOD | Android | or paired with TND tablet BYOD | Android, iOS | tablet options available BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android (iOS coming soon) Dedicated unit BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated unit BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android, iOS BYOD | Android BYOD | Android, iOS Dedicated unit | Zonar Android tablet
Initial cost $69 BYOD, $195 dedicated $0 with lease, $75 to purchase ECM-link $0 $99 (includes first month of service) or $199 (includes first year) $0 with lease $295 $0 with lease/purchase over 3-5 years $749, lease options available $0 with lease, $600 approximately with dedicated tablet $700 or $0 lease option $200 and higher $0 for rental option, $199 for BYOD, $495 for dedicated tablet $0 $Starting at $699 $299 $169 in BYOD configuration, higher with tablet $0 with 3-year hardware lease $0 with monthly plan $0 $0 with lease $0 with hardware lease $250 $0 with one-year service commitment, otherwise $129 $170 $175 to purchase, $7 monthly to lease 0$ $650 for ELD-2000 and GPS tracking device combination; rental: $150 set-up fee BYOD: $0 with one-year service commitment, otherwise $69 | Dedicated: $149-$218 $0 w/ 1- or 2-year plan, $50 refundable deposit w/ monthly plans $475, lease options available $499 and up, depending on configuration $575, lease options available $0 with BYOD option $0 with hardware lease $0 $100 with contract, $250 without $499 for adaptable engine relay $0 with lease-purchase $849 for dedicated Magellan bundle | BYOD varies $180 $0 with lease $200 for BYOD configuration, more with dedicated tablet $0 with lease, $175 $120 $0 with hardware lease, $200 or higher without $799 and up depending on model, lease options available $0 with hardware lease option $170 $0 with lease, $399-$799 for dedicated unit, $299-$399 for BYOD solution $99 for hardware/harness, $0 with long-term contract $0 with lease option up to $2,000, depending on capabilities $135 $79-$119, depending on available promotions $399, custom options available for larger fleets $699, custom options available for larger fleets $149 $0 for BYOD, $10 for tablet with 200 MB subsequent data allowance $0 with lease $149 $250 $0 with lease $0 with lease option up to $100 and more $0 with monthly plan $0 $0 $0 with lease, $200 to purchase ELD plug $200 Varies according to fleet size and options chosen
Ongoing lease or service fees per truck Monthly: $17-$43, depending on options Monthly: $15-$40, depending on options Monthly: $25 and higher Monthly: $15 Monthly: $15 per user, $10 per truck; $15.60 per user/truck for first 15 months for for 1-2-truck O-Os $0 Monthly: $20-$55, depending on options Monthly: $31 and lower Monthly: $15-$30 $0 for logs, DVIR, IFTA miles Monthly: $42 and higher Monthly: $24 with rental, otherwise $18-$28 Annually: $99 Monthly: $30 and higher, depending on options Monthly: $15-$35, depending on option package Monthly: $19 Monthly: $20 and higher in BYOD, $50 and higher dedicated Monthly: $35-$60 depending on options Monthly: $46 Monthly: $25 and higher Monthly: $10-$40 depending on device type $0 Monthly: $17 Monthly: $20-$35 approx. Monthly: $12-$24 Monthly: $10 Monthly: $35 and higher with ELD and GPS device purchase; Rental monthly: $60 also includes service and installation BYOD — Monthly: $17-$23, depending on options | Dedicated — $31-$37 Monthly: $10-$18 Monthly: $15 and higher, depending on options Monthly: $25 and higher, depending options and configuration Monthly: $24 Monthly: $11 (or less with multi-driver discounting) Monthly: $20 for service Monthly: $20, or $10 with three-year commitment Monthly: $30-$50, depending on options Monthly: $25 and higher Monthly: $18 and higher $0 while under contract for Magellan device | BYOD varies monthly with service bundle Monthly: $30 Monthly: Varies with service plan/bundle Monthly: $17-$19 with IFTA, DVIR, Canada rulesets; $22-$24 with more fleet functions Monthly: $15-$30 Monthly: $20 and higher Monthly: $20 and higher Monthly: $23 and higher Monthly: $23 and higher $0 Monthly: $20 and higher Monthly: $18 and higher, depending on plan selected Monthly: $30-$60 for service, more with lease if applicable Monthly: $13 with bypass service, $15 ELD only Monthly: $19.20-$22.20/month (or $4/month on top of InfoPlus tracking system subscription) Monthly: $25 and higher Monthly: $20 and higher Monthly: $15 and higher Monthly: $19 and higher Monthly: $28 and higher Monthly: $15 | Annually: $150 $0 Monthly: $45 and higher depending on options Monthly: $36 including hardware lease and up Monthly: $60 and higher, depending on options Monthly: $15-$21 per-truck, unlimited drivers Monthly: $20 with one-year commitment, $25 month to month Monthly: $20 $0 Varies with service plan/features
Other capabilities beyond logs IFTA, truck routing, navigation, dispatch IFTA, AOBRD/ELD operating modes, signature capture, proactive notifications, back office integration, Canada/California/oilfield support Customizable for fleet management functions such as dispatching, engine diagnostics, geofencing, driver behavior reporting/management and optional custom integration from Fleet Complete Store IFTA, optional close support software. ELD ABW otherwise is a baseline compliance device. ATS provides e-Track Certified software that powers it. Document capture, sharing, back-office dispatch geared to small fleets IFTA, fault code reading, maintenance features available Wi-Fi hotspot, driver scoring (in performance, safety, and compliance), navigation, jobs workflow management, reefer temperature monitoring Driver/truck performance and engine diagnostics/preventive maintenance reporting, in-cab scanning, navigation; road segment speeding available at additional cost IFTA; work order dispatching; option to pair with driver safety features, scorecards, GPS tracking, notifications, and additional fleet management tools Built-in thermal printer, real-time data transfer, fuel consumption, engine diagnostics, driver scorecard, integrated dispatch for small fleets Driver behavior monitoring, EMS data, vehicle service manager, reefer monitoring, HD vehicle tracking GPS tracking, transport & order management, smart forms, alerts, geofencing, IFTA, device events, more Baseline compliance device with limited added features, proactive compliance warnings Critical-event video recorder; truck safe navigation; TMS integration, workflow and messaging; engine diagnostics; IFTA reporting; custom reporting on 200+ vehicle metrics Special pricing for current log-audit customers, IFTA, route tracking, phone lock, three-tiered compliance warnings IFTA, maintenance alerts, oilfield capable, auto-backup to cloud storage account, supports up to 6-driver slip seat IFTA, driver communication, geofencing, engine diagnostics, custom alerts, 100+ reports, third-party software integrations Electronic weight-mile tax, IFTA, IRP record-keeping; driver behavior reporting/management; maintenance, fuel and other management functions; geofencing and retrospective event tools; TMS integrations Work Optimization, over-the-air updates, IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, route optimization Patented fuel waste analysis, e-maintenance, engine diagnostics, IFTA, geofencing, voice-over HOS, driving and vehicle alerts, complete trip history, full fleet management solution Geofencing, maintenance tracking, driver scorecards, IFTA, systems integration, truck-specific navigation, live-streaming cameras, signature/image capture, custom digital forms, mobile timecard verification, custom reporting and alerts, roadside assistance program IFTA, local transfer of logs via USB/Bluetooth during inspections, in-device storage, quick-glance compliance Maintenance resolution/tracking, paperless manifests and barcoding, dispatch, time-card functionality, route logging, signature capture, detention tracking/billing, mapping IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards and coaching, safety/risk management functions, data integration for management, IOX-expansion, more custom add-ons from Geotab Marketplace Fleet management portal, user/vehicle list details, driver alerts, integrated AOBRD option, short haul and e-log settings available for blended fleets; “Fleet Xpress” package adds IFTA, fuel consumption reporting, document management, custom policies/procedures, admin/manager alerts; “Extreme” adds patented eDVIR maintenance module, accident reporting, mechanic mobile app, mobile document management system Available to install only prior to Dec. 18 ELD deadline — AOBRD only. Fleet management portal, user/vehicle list details, driver alerts, short haul and e-log settings available for blended fleets IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, routing, hierarchy functions for larger fleets, suite of tailored GPS tracking solutions IFTA; compliance monitoring; document management; vehicle diagnostics; third party access for shippers, brokers and accountants; custom integrations with dispatch, routing and load boards Two-in-one AOBRD and ELD; IFTA; 9-Pin, 6-Pin, OBD connector options; support for all state rulesets and exemptions; English, Spanish and French language versions; optional fleet management functions Wireless and satellite tracking options, IFTA, engine diagnostics, maintenance management, compliance/safety systems, tire pressure/trailer monitoring, signature capture, Canada/U.S. oilfield & utility service vehicle support, scorecards, geofencing, push-to-talk, navigation, more Edge MDT features ruggedized built-in scanner. Journey8: tablet paired with a wireless dongle to the ECM (optional scanner). 8- and 10-inch screens, a la carte pricing for options, IFTA, driver scorecards/settlements, engine diagnostics, push-to-talk cellular, TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod), more. IFTA data collection, compliance mapping, customizable Optional IFTA reporting, navigation, engine diagnostics, driver qualification, drug & alcohol management, accident tracking, training, recordkeeping IFTA, idle-time tracking, engine diagnostics, geofencing, driver scorecards, TMS integrations (TMW, McLeod) IFTA, simple install, control tower, dashboards, fuel options, navigation/mapping, patent-pending GoLoad truckload freight-matching AOBRD/ELD and reporting capabilities, IFTA, tracking/fleet management options IFTA, dispatch/load functions, engine connection easily transferred from truck to truck, engine diagnostics, lane analysis, customizable for small fleet management IFTA, engine diagnostics and other management capabilities, dashcam with critical-event capture and deliver, driver scoring, trailer tracking, mobile device management/lockdown capabilities, customizable depending on customer needs IFTA, refined GPS, other functionality depending on configuration IFTA; 1-second telematics; hard braking, speeding other automated/customizable alerts; driver safety scoring; patented fatigue/distraction monitoring; California labor law tools IFTA, geofencing, maintenance tools, driver/vehicle utilization tools, fuel/engine monitoring, journey management, integrated video cameras, distracted and fatigued driving monitoring, collision avoidance, mobile apps for driver gamification/work flow IFTA tracking, reporting, record-keeping; Fleet functions include landmarks, route history, geofencing, idle time, pop-up & email notifications IFTA, touch-free driver ELD gauge, dispatch/load functions, document capture, time card and expense tracking with integration to accounting, DVIR w/ custom checklists by vehicle, real-time back-end admin portal for office, other custom settings Vehicle location tracking, geofencing, harsh braking acceleration, idle reporting, breadcrumb trails; error help and alerts of violations; IFTA; advanced vehicle diagnostics Engine diagnostics, fuel management, IFTA data collection, alerts and reports, geofencing, driver scorecards, maintenance module, more Engine diagnostics, mobile-based weigh station bypass, IFTA, in-cab scanning, truck navigation, geofencing, custom mobile forms, TMS integration, idle time tracking, video recording, simple installation, more Base service plan includes engine diagnostics and fuel-purchase and maintenance functions. Premium package includes IFTA and navigation with oilfield capability Base functionality for logs and DVIR, roadside mode password-protected IFTA, engine diagnostics standard. Expandable and customizable with fleet management functions, including dispatch, forms, job management, maintenance, tires, seatbelts, trailer tracking, temperature monitoring, TMS integrations, more. 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Product Roundup

By Dean Smallwood

BigRoad DashLink ELD

Over 480,000 drivers and 30,000 fleets trust BigRoad to achieve regulatory compliance.

The plug-and-play DashLink ELD connects to the BigRoad Mobile App on the driver’s device via Bluetooth, making it transferrable between drivers and trucks. Together, these solutions display real-time risk notifications and create logs that inspectors love.

DashLink is an AOBRD and ELD in one! Take advantage of the AOBRD extension by installing DashLink before December 18, 2017. AOBRDs offer more flexibility, giving drivers time to get comfortable with engine-connected logging before moving to ELDs. Transitioning to an ELD is as simple as a free software update.

1-2 truck fleets that purchase a DashLink by December 18, 2017 on a one-year contract get an additional 3 months free! If purchased via the link provided below, they’ll also get a $25 gift card.

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Compliance Assurance Services TruLog

Compliance Assurance Services’ TruLog is a mobile app for electronic logging device compliance that meets all FMCSA requirements. The ELD easily plugs in to the electronic control module, which communicates with the app on a smartphone or tablet and transmits required data to update hours of service information that is stored securely and shared easily with safety investigators and regulatory agencies. The user-friendly app has a sleek design that’s simple to use and easy to read for both the driver and the safety investigator. The information includes easy-to-understand updates on mileage, fuel and GPS location. The app’s tools provide advanced functionality such as electronic DVIRs, automated maintenance work orders and accident reporting. It is designed for fast image and file uploading, including bills of lading and photos. The app’s multi-user capability allows owner-operators to manage two accounts, one as a driver and one as a supervisor.

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Connected Holdings’ HOS Reporter

HOS Reporter is a two-in-one driver-friendly compliance device for owner-operators and small fleets. It includes electronic logging device and full AOBRD options that provide e-logs under older regulations that allow for editable logs and less data sent following stops, meaning added privacy and possibly fewer citations. It also offers electronic DVIRs and automated IFTA data logging. The subscription includes an easy-to-install GPS device for the truck’s 6-pin, 9-pin or Volvo-Mack data connector. To use the software, download a copy from Options include HOS Reporter-Bluetooth, the lowest-cost option that sends information using the driver’s smartphone and data plan; HOS Reporter-Bluetooth/Cellular, which sends information over cellular networks using the driver’s smartphone; and HOS Reporter-Bluetooth/Cellular and Tablet, which sends information over cellular networks using the company’s dedicated tablet. The initial cost is $0, with an ongoing monthly fee of $15 (two years prepaid) or $18 (one year).

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Continental VDO RoadLog

VDO RoadLog has a built-in thermal printer that provides an instant hard copy that resembles a traditional paper logbook grid for an inspection officer to review. A paper printout eliminates technical issues involving transferring log data that otherwise might lead to drivers handing over their personal cell phones to an officer or having the officer climb into the cab to review an electronic logging device screen. VDO RoadLog ELDs work with VDO RoadLog Office, an online fleet management tool for automated compliance reporting designed for fast, secure data transfers and automatic online record backup. The product also helps automate IRP and IFTA reporting, as well as pre-and post-trip inspections.

VDO RoadLog is designed for easy installation and use and is available without monthly fees or contracts. Optional features include Driver/Vehicle Track & Trace, Load & Trip Management, VDO RoadLog Office Advanced and VDO RoadLog Office Premium.

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DriveELD’s low-cost mobile application and web dashboard is designed for complete mandatory FMCSA documentation of hours of service compliance. DriveELD maximizes drive time and reduces fines and human error by eliminating paperwork and keeping drivers and fleets updated from pickup to drop-off, which leads to faster DOT inspections, reduced audit times and elimination of violations. Features include easy HOS logging; duty status recording; log creation, editing and certification; and DVIR reports. The compact connector installs directly to the J1939 port and connects wirelessly to the DriveELD app to interface with mobile devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth without interfering with cellular connectivity. The connector comes in various versions to support customized needs, and all hardware is fully tested before it leaves the factory to provide cloud-based storage for all electronic logging device data. The system costs $99 per year.


Geotab Drive

Geotab Drive is a FMCSA-compliant solution for monitoring hours of service, DVIRs and driver identification. The app syncs data between the Geotab Go plug-in device and a tablet to provide automatic duty status changes, violation alerts and end-to-end inspection workflow, all in one user-friendly platform. Geotab Drive is compatible with the company’s Go 6 and Go 7 devices, IOX-USB and Android or iOS. In addition to electronic logging, Go’s capabilities include IFTA data collection, engine diagnostics, driver scorecards, safety/risk management functions and data integration for management; more custom additions are available from the Geotab Marketplace. The initial cost for the FMCSA-registered device is $170, and the ongoing lease or service fee per truck is about $20 to $30 per month.


Omnitracs MCP, XRS

The Omnitracs Enterprise Services platform on the Intelligent Vehicle Gateway is compatible with all MCP models and Omnitracs applications, with flexible connection and integration options. The product offers engine diagnostics, mobile-based weigh-station bypass, IFTA accounting, in-cab scanning, truck navigation, geofencing, custom mobile forms, idle-time tracking and integration with transportation management software systems. Driver-friendly features include a large self-dimming screen, intuitive alerts and hands-free functionality.

The company’s BYOD (bring your own device) line of XRS products is available on Android and Windows Mobile devices and, in addition to electronic logging device compliance, is customizable for fleet management functions, dispatch, forms, maintenance, IFTA accounting and more. The XRS platform is compatible with Omnitracs applications and most TMS platforms.


Pedigree Technologies Cab-Mate One

Pedigree Technologies launched Cab-Mate One as the most affordable and easiest plug-and-play electronic logging device to install (five minutes). The Cab-Mate One is the third addition to the company’s FMCSA-certified ELD Chrome offering, built on the award-winning, intuitive and reliable OneView platform.

The offerings are developed using customer feedback and real-life applications, not just compliance restrictions. This means Android-ready ELD Chrome offers FMCSA compliance with options for expandability into a full suite of comprehensive business management tools, from basic ELD to equipment tracking; and tire pressure, tank level and temperature monitoring, just to name a few.

Monthly fees are as low as $22. The Cab-Mate One runs as low at $399 each when purchasing 100 or more units; $0 with lease. In addition to the ruggedized all-in-one plug-and-play Cab-Mate One, ELD Chrome also offers a BYOD Android option, the Cab-Mate Open; and a dedicated unit, Cab-Mate Connect.

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Pegasus TransTech Transflo ELD T7

Pegasus Trans-Tech’s Transflo ELD T7 packs a lot of power in one affordable punch. It’s a BYOD solution – smartphone or tablet – that is easy to use and available for Android and iOS. At less than 3 inches, the device is durable and compact. Plug in and activate in minutes without a mechanic or special tools.

The Standard ELD Plan includes hours of service compliance, DVIRs and IFTA reporting. The premium Fleet Telematics plan adds detailed truck maintenance and engine performance data, as well as driver behavior insights. The hardware is available for less than $99, with monthly subscriptions starting at $18. The device is available for purchase from Transflo, Transflo channel partners and Pilot Flying J, Love’s and TA Petro travel stops.

The product integrates with the rest of the Transflo Mobile suite. You can manage not only HOS but also loads, dispatch chat, weather and routing, document scanning, settlement statements and more.

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PrePass ELD

From the providers of PrePass weigh station bypass service comes PrePass ELD, a streamlined, simple solution to comply with the electronic logging device mandate. PrePass ELD is certified to track hours of service and records only the data required by law. It can be used with existing mobile devices and takes seconds to install: Download the application, plug the OBD device into the truck’s diagnostics port, and PrePass ELD begins tracking movement and driver hours-of-operation metrics. It also includes web-based reporting through a convenient cloud-based central management portal.

As part of the PrePass family of services, PrePass ELD includes the same high standards for data privacy and customer support that has made PrePass one of the industry’s most trusted providers. The cost of the PrePass ELD app per truck is $14.99 per month and $12.99 per month when added to the weigh station bypass service.



TruckX XELD is a simple and affordable platform designed for owner-operators and fleets. The plug-and-play device takes seconds to install. It connects to a truck and talks via Bluetooth to a driver’s phone or tablet. The TruckX XELD app requires almost no training. Use of phones or tablets allows flexibility and portability among trucks.

The app makes it simple to handle roadside inspections, DVIRs and log updates. It displays hours of service information, and with alerts and notifications, drivers can take appropriate action to avoid costly violation fines. They also can upload documents through the app, such as bills of lading.

The system takes care of all the administrative tasks for small fleets, allowing them to track trucks and otherwise manage vehicles. IFTA reports are generated every quarter.

There is no charge for the hardware; just a small monthly fee. TruckX will cover the device throughout its service.

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UTech GPSTab ELD Edition

GPSTab ELD Edition provides a powerful suite of tools to help you manage your fleet and comply with the latest FMCSA regulations (AOBRD option coming soon). The company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee with no contract and an “If Repealed” buy-back program and free software option for 2017.

Features include live GPS tracking, location sharing, document scanning, driver scorecards, IFTA accounting, messaging, flexible reporting, detention hours tracking and telematics. Features will be added continually based on customer feedback.

The ability to share live shipment locations with customers reduces unnecessary tracking-related correspondence. Tracking intervals from five seconds to one hour supply fleet owners with accurate, relevant information for better management. Users can monitor current location, speed, miles traveled, route selection and other driver activities. Alerts provide drivers with information necessary to prevent violations. Proof of detention time and document-scanning functions help drivers get paid faster.

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Zed Connect Zed ELD

Zed Connect’s Zed ELD is a BYOD Bluetooth-ready compliance solution for the iOS and Android operating platforms. Zed’s Bluetooth adapter is compatible with 9-pin J1939 diagnostic ports – both Type 1 (black/gray) and Type 2 (green) – and uses multiple levels of security to connect to Zed’s mobile app to capture the required electronic logging device data for FMCSA compliance. For drivers, Zed ELD offers daily certification, hours of service tracking, duty status records and DVIR reporting for DOT inspections to maintain compliance. It also offers routing and navigation, including real-time updates on road conditions, closures and construction. For fleets, the solution also offers route management, GPS tracking, DVIR documentation and a dashboard. ZED intends to use its open platform to develop additional services. The device is designed for easy installation, and the initial cost is $200 with no ongoing monthly fee.

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