GotQuestions? ELDs and Telematics

Q. What is the key information that ELDS will be required to collect?

August 3, 2017

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A. There are questions surrounding what data electronic logging devices (ELDs) will automatically record while a vehicle is being driven.

Under the ELD mandate, an ELD will be required to record the following information:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Engine hours
  • Vehicle miles

The ELD will also collect identification information about the driver, authenticated user, and motor carrier.

When the vehicle is in motion, location data will be recorded at 60-minute intervals. Data will also be recorded when the truck is turned off and when the engine is shut down. It will also record at changes of duty status for personal use or during yard moves.

Location data will be recorded according to latitude and longitude, and not street addresses, within one mile of the truck’s actual location. The data does have to show the approximate distance and direction of an identifiable location, such as a nearby city or town with a state designation.

The ELD will automatically go into driving mode and begin recording once the vehicle is moving at 5 miles per hour.



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Scott Sutarik

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Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.


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