There is one question that many people are asking these days: “Are you ELD Compliant?” While the answer may seem clear cut, it is a bit more complicated due to ELD self-certification.
What Does ELD Self-Certification Mean?
It’s important to note that electronic logging devices (ELDs) are not certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), but by the manufacturers themselves.
ELD compliance is based on self-certification. The FMCSA requires that device manufacturers register their own ELDs and certify that they conform to the technical specifications in the ELD final rule.
This means that even if a manufacturer shows up on the Registered ELDs list, there is still the possibility that the solution may not fully comply with the FMCSA’s technical specifications. The FMCSA can remove non-compliant ELDs from the list if it chooses to do so.
Why Aren’t There More Vendors on the Registered List?
If you go to the FMCSA’s website, the list of registered ELD devices is not as long as you might expect. You also might notice some of the more recognizable names are missing. The reason for this is that the technical requirements for an ELD are complex. Cautious ELD providers are taking the time to properly test and verify their solutions before self-certifying.
Is Geotab Drive Registered?
Today, Geotab is not yet registered because we are waiting on more details about requirements around the transfer methods to law enforcement officers. Since we don’t have all the information at this point for a proper certification, we’re taking the prudent approach and waiting for the answers before taking the next step.
Geotab has committed to becoming ELD compliant prior to the required dates.
When Will Geotab Drive Be Registered?
One of the major reasons we are not listed pertains to the communications method for the driver’s logs. The logs must be able to be transferred to the DOT or other authorized safety officials in one of two methods.
- Option 1: The solution must transfer log data via both USB 2.0 and Bluetooth.
- Option 2: The solution must transfer log data via both Wireless Web Services and Email.
Geotab has chosen the second option, which is wireless web services and email. We wanted to choose the most reliable and secure option to ensure the quality we strive to uphold. Additionally, if we choose this method it would constrain the type of mobile device that the driver could use for his/her logs due to the mobile device would have to have a USB port.
Before any vendor, including Geotab, can transmit the driver’s logs via wireless web services and email, the FMCSA must have their eRODS software system up and running. eRODS (Electronic Record of Duty Status) is the system which will be used by inspection officials to process information provided by drivers and verify Hours of Service (HOS) compliance.
Unfortunately, the FMCSA eRODS software system is still in development and is not prepared to receive logs yet.
It is anticipated that the FMCSA will have their eRODS application ready sometime this summer. Geotab will as quickly as possible develop the requirements to communicate with the eRODS application once the FMCSA provides the necessary information that is needed to communicate with their application.
How to Make the Right Decision for your Fleet
For the reasons mentioned above, you should be cautious about selecting a vendor solely based on a whether they’re listed on the website.
We encourage everyone to do their homework and do their own investigations with the ELD vendor being considered to ensure they meet both your requirements and those of the FMCSA. Fleet compliance is extremely important and it’s just not worth taking a gamble.
Do you have more questions about ELDs? Learn more at www.geotab.com/eld
For more ELD tips, read these recent blog posts:
Making the Jump: Switching ELD Providers
ELD Rollout Checklist: Tips for a Successful Implementation