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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...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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....

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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. 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...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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 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 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. If I have a AOBRD do use paper logs or just have to show them the device?

January 16, 2018

A. You can find more details about using a grandfathered AOBRD in CFR 395.15...

Tags: ELDs, AOBRDs

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...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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

Q. Are there any exemptions for companies that manufacture CMVs Trucks & Buses? If so what are they? Are there exemptions for testing a truck or bus for manufacturing companies of CMVs?

January 16, 2018

A. You may be exempt from ELD’s based on the drive-away-tow-away exemption...

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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)

Q. Does a truck weighing less than 26000 lbs and staying within the 150 air mile radius need the ELD device?

January 16, 2018

A. You may be exempt if you remain within 150 air miles of your home location...

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

Q. How do I know if my drivers or vehicles may be exempt from having to use or be equipped with an ELD? Can you tell me all of the exemptions under the rule?

December 7, 2017

A. There are a number of ELD recordkeeping exemptions and exceptions that may affect certain fleets...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:15 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve heard that ELD violations aren’t going to count against CSA scores. Is this true?

December 7, 2017

A. This is true at least during the first months after the ELD mandate comes into effect. The federal government recently announced that drivers cited during roadside inspections for not complying with the ELD mandate after the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline will receive a “no points cite” that will not affect the safety measurement system that feeds into the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. While there will be no points assessed with these initial citations, the fines associated wi

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can drivers operate an ELD-equipped truck even if they aren’t required to track their RODS with an ELD?

December 7, 2017

A. Yes, drivers can operate an ELD-equipped truck and still use their exemption...

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is an ELD provider required to notify its fleet customers if its ELD solution has been removed from the FMCSA’s ELD registration list due to non-compliance?

November 14, 2017

A. No, ELD providers are not required to notify its customers their devices have been removed from the ELD registration list due to non-compliance...

Tags: Regulations, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. During a roadside inspection, is it required to have unassigned driving reports available?

November 14, 2017

A. Yes, it is required that the inspected driver’s profile and the unidentified driver profile be available as separate reports during a roadside inspection...

Tags: Regulations, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is driver harassment in the context of the ELD mandate, and how is it addressed?

October 16, 2017

A. In the context of the ELD mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines harassment as an action a fleet takes toward one its drivers that it knew...

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. ELD records can be “edited” and “annotated” according to the rule, what’s the difference?

October 16, 2017

A. According to the FMCSA’s technical specifications, an edit is a change to an ELD record that doesn’t overwrite the original record...

Tags: Drivers, FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If a driver can’t transfer ELD data electronically to an official at a roadside stop, will the driver be ruled out of compliance?

October 16, 2017

A. No the driver will not be ruled out of compliance in this situation...

Tags: Drivers, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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