What You Need to Know About FMCSA’s New Electronic Logging Device Rule

May 4, 2017 Daven Stanley

What Is It?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires drivers who currently complete Hours of Service (HOS) paper logbooks to switch to electronic logging with approved electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 18, 2017

Who Needs to Comply?

The ELD mandate applies to most drivers who are currently required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS).

What Is Required for Compliance?

  • Your driver must immediately present all log information for the previous 7 days plus the current day if a roadside inspection is requested by law enforcement.
  • Your device must be able to electronically track your driver’s HOS and synchronize with the engine data to automate driving events based on vehicle movement.

How Does Electronic Logging Benefit You?

Even if you’re not required to follow the ELD mandate, you may still want to switch to electronic logging. Companies with electronic logging systems have experienced:

  • Increased productivity. Fleets that use electronic logging devices reported a 12% reduction in crashes and decreased speeding and harsh braking incidents. *
  • Decreased cost. On average, companies reported a 25% decrease in fuel costs and a 30% savings in unproductive idling. *
  • Better prioritization. ELDs help dispatchers know when they need to assign the next driver based on cycle time, which keeps companies compliant with HOS.


  • Your driver uses paper logs for no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
  • Your driver is driving a vehicle manufactured before model year 2000.
  • Short-haul exemption can be used if your driver:
    Has fewer than 12 hours of duty time.
    Has fewer than 11 hours of drive time.
    Takes at least 10 consecutive hours off between shifts.
    Stays within a 100-mile radius from where they start/stop their shift.
HCSS eLogs Solution

Our eLogs solution keeps you compliant and gives you additional benefits, including:

  • Instant connectivity with Bluetooth LE (BLE) technology
  • Easy-to-install GPS units
  • Drivers can:
    Report hours
    Track shifts and co-drivers’ logs
    Record shipping documents
    Conduct pre- and post-trip Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR)
  • Works with other HCSS products to:
    Populate your time cards with accurate equipment hours in HeavyJob
    Automate your preventative maintenance scheduling with odometer readings in Equipment360
    Know where to send your fuel tanks using FuelerPlus with accurate fuel levels
    Schedule your assets effectively in HCSS Dispatcher by using actual location

*U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, April 2014. “Evaluating the Potential Safety Benefits of Electronic Hours-of-Service Recorders Final Report.” Retrieved from https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2010-0167-0900

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