Electronic Logging Device

The ELD Final Rule is Now in Effect. What Can We Expect?

The ELD Final Rule is Now in Effect. What Can We Expect?

What can we expect with the ELD final rule in effect? Out-of-service enforcement for ELD violations began on April 1, 2018. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, state and local law enforcement safety officials will check the following ELD related items when conducting a roadside inspection:

  • Is the device appropriately synchronized with the commercial motor vehicle?
  • The ELD must display the records of duty for the past seven days.
  • Each commercial motor vehicle with an ELD installed must have an information packet containing an instruction sheet in the truck at all times. The instruction sheet must describe the storage and how to retrieve the information for said ELD.
  • Each commercial motor vehicle must have spare paper logs to record the driver’s duty status and other related information for a minimum of eight days. These paper logs will be used as a backup if the device is inoperable.
  • The driver must be able to demonstrate the use of the device for law enforcement.
  • The ELD must be able to display, transfer, or print a copy of the driver’s records of duty at the time of inspection.

Roadside Inspection Responsibilities

Web Service and the Email Transfer Method:

ELD Final Rule


Driver’s Responsibility: Driver invokes the email process on ELD device, then he or she then enters the SI/badge code provided by the safety official. The ELD device attaches the file to the email and sends the email to the address provided to the ELD vendor during the registration process.

Safety Personnel’s Responsibility: Provides SI/badge code and retrieves the ELD data transferred by the driver through web services.

As a Result of Technology, We Can Use The Bluetooth Transfer Method:

Driver’s Responsibility Ensures the safety official’s device is discoverable on the ELD. Then, the driver must enter the Bluetooth code provided by the safety official. The driver inputs the unique code and transfers the file from the ELD to web services.

Safety Personnel activates Bluetooth on his or her device and ensures the ELD device is discoverable. Provides Bluetooth code and the unique code to the driver for the ELD to send data from web services.

And, finally the USB 2.0 Transfer Method is Another Option:

Driver’s Responsibility: Downloads ELD data to self-encrypting USB provided by the safety official.

Safety Personnel’s Responsibility: Provides self-encrypting USB device to the driver, retrieves data from the USB device through eRODS.

For the latest ELD updates, please visit https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/elecronic-logging-devices

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