How Do ELD Devices Work?
Because of the ELD Mandate, ELDs are now mandatory for truck drivers. However, if you have a limited understanding of these devices and how they function, it can be difficult to find the best devices to invest in. There are many excellent options on the market today, and with this information, you’ll be able to find the best solution for your needs.
What Is An ELD Device?
“ELD” stands for “Electronic Logging Device.” This technology records and monitors driving time when a commercial vehicle driver is on the road. Other information, like the distance that’s been traveled, is logged as well. ELD Features: Looking more closely at these devices’ features can give you a better understanding of how they operate. The FMCSA requirements say that all ELD devices need to be in line with certain standards. The manufacturer that produced the device must be properly certified with the FMCSA, and the device needs to be in line with technical specifications. ELD packages are available in several different formats, such as all-in-one packages or packages that allow you to use your own compatible device.
ELD devices are designed to improve safety and provide more accurate information about driver behavior on the road. Some of the primary functions these devices offer are:
* Automatic time logs
* Internal synchronization with the engine’s control module
* Location logs
* Electronic data transfer
* Official safety reports
How Do ELD Devices Work?
One of the most common questions people have about ELDs is how they function. Many ELDs rely on cloud computing. These devices are equipped with a vehicle traffic device, fleet management software, and a mobile app that is able to send and receive data.
The devices are designed to record data on driver activity and information about the vehicle’s operation. While commercial drivers have long been required to keep logs, these devices ensure that the logs are accurate and that drivers do not go beyond the maximum amount of hours they are permitted to drive.
Can Drivers Edit Logs?
Editing a log is more difficult with an ELD than it would be with paper logs. With that said, drivers and authorized individuals can make edits to records when necessary. When doing this, specific guidelines need to be followed. Edits should only be made if a driver forgets to update logs and provide information. For example, if a driver takes a break and doesn’t change their status to Off Duty, the internal log will need to be edited to reflect this break.
When edits are made, the original driving record is not erased. This means that drivers can correct inaccurate information, but they can not edit logs to hide that they were in violation of driving regulations.
Because ELD is now a requirement, it’s important to have a strong understanding of these devices and how they work. Learning more about ELD will allow you to select the best devices for your fleet, and it will also enable drivers to use these devices safely.