Recently TruckSpy launched our very own Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and we experienced first hand what it takes to make sure the TruckSpy Trucker ELD meets the minimum technical requirements to be certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The FMCSA is responsible for certifying ELDs and ensuring that they meet minimum performance and technical standards. The agency regularly audits ELDs and can revoke certifications if they do not meet these standards, so the news that three ELD providers have been revoked by the FMCSA in the last few weeks is quite a surprise.
The three ELD providers are: One Plus ELD (now known as 1 PL Logs), the ELD ONE and the Nationwide ELD. All three have been placed on the Revoked Devices list for failing to meet the minimum technical requirements for ELDs. Drivers are required to stop using the revoked device and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.
As the trucking industry continues to embrace technology, ELDs have become an essential tool for commercial trucking fleets. ELDs are used to track and record a truck driver's hours of service (HOS), ensuring that they comply with federal regulations and avoid penalties. However, it seems that not all ELDs are created equal, and it's important for fleets to to do their due diligence when choosing an ELD provider.
Another concern is that the ELD is used for more than just Records Of Duty Status (RODS). The data collected is also used for GPS tracking for trucks, IFTA mileage calculation, telematics, and for some DTC codes. So, the affected carriers are more than likely experiencing a serious level of disruption to operations which can lead to increased costs and decreased fleet efficiency.
When choosing an ELD for your truck fleet, it's essential to prioritize finding a serious ELD provider to partner with and using only FMCSA-certified devices. Not only will this ensure compliance with regulations, but it will also improve fleet safety, improve operations for fleet managers and avoid potential penalties.