GotQuestions? ELDs and Telematics

ELD Mandate

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Q. Recently, because of a hardware failure, I had to replace the ELD in one of our fleet’s trucks. What do I need to do to make sure that driver’s records are up-to-date?

March 29, 2018

A. In the case of replacement — because of a hardware or other failure — or equipment reset, it’s required that...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. During the course of the week, my drivers switch trucks several times. We’re using two different ELD solutions from different providers that are incompatible with each other, so there’s a high prob

March 29, 2018

A. It’s the responsibility of the fleet and the driver to make sure that all of the record of duty status (RODS) information required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), including hours of service (HOS) data, is available for review during a roadside inspection...

Tags: HOS, FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I know that my drivers are supposed to have supporting documents on board. What information should be in these documents?

March 29, 2018

A. The rules for the contents of supporting documents have been clearly defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They must include the following four elements...

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If a driver operating from Canada or Mexico is stopped for inspection by U.S. authorities, how must the driver verify his or her compliance to the ELD rule?

March 5, 2018

A. Drivers operating in the U.S., who are subject to the ELD rule, must record all of his or her time operating in the U.S. on an ELD, and...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. In case of an ELD malfunction correcting itself after a driver has reconstructed his or her RODS, must these reconstructed records be presented during an inspection?

March 5, 2018

A. Yes, the driver must present both the reconstructed records and the ELD data...

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is it possible for a fleet to set up two accounts for the same driver reflecting both exempt and regular status?

March 5, 2018

A. No, the ELD rule clearly prohibits having multiple accounts for one driver. Instead...

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve heard that there’s a new waiver for rental trucks? Is that true?

January 31, 2018

A. Yes, that is true. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a waiver...

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:58 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I have an AOBRD that has just become inoperable, but is still under warranty. Can I replace it with a new, working unit?

January 31, 2018

A. Yes, if your AOBRD is still under warranty and became inoperable after the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline, then you can replace it with...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I operate a fleet that’s based in Canada and regularly do business in the U.S. Do I need an ELD when my drivers are working in the U.S.?

January 31, 2018

A. Yes, drivers who work and drive in the U.S. for Canadian or Mexican companies must...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. On the new ELD system is there a limit on the number of miles per year to be exempt from ELD logs or is it just the 150 Mile radius?

January 16, 2018

A. There are exemptions to the ELD rule, however...

Tags: FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I haul gas locally within 150 mile radius and go home every night. Do we have to have electronic logs?

January 16, 2018

A. You may be exempt if...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What would be the cost for ELDs for a 40-50 truck fleet?

January 16, 2018

A. Geotab uses a reseller network exclusively...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is it possible to have 3G Data on a GPS device or Smart Phone/tablet inside a Truck (but not both for a complete ELD solution)? It looks an overkill if I am forced to have 3G data on both devices.

January 16, 2018

A. While we can’t comment on other manufacturers directly....

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. 10-hour rest period. Is it okay for the company to wake you up during the 10-hour rest period to tell you about your next load?

January 16, 2018

A. Great question! The FMCSA clarified this in an FAQ...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve looked and could not find anything about the decals for the sides of the vehicle. I would like to make my own decals. What do I need to put on the decals to make sure I am in compliance?

January 16, 2018

A. ELD decals are not required from the mandate...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I have a 2000 model year truck with a specially ordered factory installed 1999 model year engine. Do I need an ELD or would I be exempt?

January 16, 2018

A. The FMCSA has clarified this in an FAQ . From the FMCSA...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. We haul fertilizer from a retailer to farm locations, or frequently grain at harvest time from the farm to the elevator, all within 150 miles of our primary location. Will we need ELDS?

January 16, 2018

A. The FMCSA has recently exempted the agriculture industry from the mandate for 90 days (from December 18th) to review...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If I have a short term lease customer with a non CDL will they be required to utilize a ELD? Do you have a list of ELD exceptions to reference outside searching the website?

January 16, 2018

A. We do have a blog post that lists common exemptions, but there are a large number of them...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. E Log Exemptions, I know engine model year 2000...Is that the stamped date on a motor or the model date on the truck? Thank you. Example: Truck is dated 2000, engine is 1999.

January 16, 2018

A. The FMCSA has clarified that it is indeed the engine year, not model year. From the FMCSA...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Does a local truck with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 lbs need to have an ELD?

January 16, 2018

A. You may be able to use a short haul exemption as outlined in CFR 395.1. This would depend on the nature of your business and how far the trucks operate. Please refer to the FMCSA website or your local DOT department for more details on your specific ELD requirements.

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Thanks for your summary of the ELD malfunctions. Very informative. As a follow-up question, if a tablet is lost or broken, how is the driver notified that he/she must cutover to manual logs?

January 16, 2018

A. In this case, the driver would need to understand...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How are companies going to restructure routing of drivers so that a driver is not out in the middle of nowhere when his ELD says to shut down?

January 16, 2018

A. Great question, we would recommend...

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How will you stack the trucks when 20000 run out of driving time at the same time and truck stops and rest areas are full now?

January 16, 2018

A. This is a comment that we have heard from many drivers and fleets...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Our fleet consists of 25 passenger shuttle buses and 2 school buses. Will we be required to use ELD on our shuttle buses or school buses?

January 16, 2018

A. There are many factors that dictate whether or not you will need an ELD...

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Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is required of the ELD office administrator as far record keeping is concerned? Is he/she required to do daily reporting? Weekly? I understand that you must keep six months of ELD records.

January 16, 2018

A. There is some day-to-day maintenance that is recommended such as...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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