What Exactly Is an ELD and Why Do We Need It?

An ELD – also known as Electronic Logging Device – is an electronic hardware that attaches to the engine of a commercial motor vehicle for the sole purpose of recording driving hours.

Previously, paper logs or automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) were used for HOS tracking. Due to the inconsistent data left for enforcement personnel to review created the ELD mandate of December 2017.

  • Image by Overdrive Magazine via [Mid America Trucking Show 2018] (copyright-free)

In an effort to improve the safety and accuracy for commercial motor vehicles, the FMCSA mandated that all truckers – solo and fleet drivers – be compliant by having an ELD – electronic logging device – attached to every truck heading on the road.

Although, you are not required to use test procedures, FMCSA intends to use specific procedures to confirm compliance of an ELD if validation are needed or desired. The development of a training manual – per service contract – will ensure that all ELDs are tested using the same procedures, as well as a verification process which will ensure sufficient results to evaluate ELDs properly.


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