things to consider:

The FMCSA has outlined a basic list of functions that all ELDs must provide, the primary function being the automatic recording of HOS logs. However, ELD systems in the market 
 today come with lots of value added functions. Understanding these functions can be critical for an organization investing
in ELD devices. A good ELD system will not only help with compliance, but also identify other areas in which costs can be saved, thus improving the bottom line.

Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR): The FMCSA mandates that drivers record the roadworthiness of their vehicles before each trip. This requires drivers to go through a check list of inspection points. An ELD allows drivers to perform this inspection checklist through the display, which is then uploaded to the cloud.

State Mileage: For motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction, it is required to file a quarterly fuel tax report detailing fuel use in each state. An ELD system will capture this data and create the reports automatically.

Driver Safety: ELDs have vehicle hardware which can report on driver behavior such as speeding, harsh maneuvers, idling and utilization of the vehicle. Choosing a solution that does this can help monitor driving trends which in turn can help encouraging good driving habits, increasing safety for the driver and other commuters on the road.

Vehicle Diagnostics: An ELD solution can offer real-time and retrospective reporting on fuel, carbon, odometer and fault codes. This allows organizations to be proactive in setting up maintenance plans and helps avoid costly downtimes due to unforeseen vehicle problems.

Fuel Efficiency: By monitoring driver behavior and idle time, an ELD solution can identify trends which help organizations to encourage good driving habits in turn leading to better fuel efficiency in their fleets.

Who must comply?

Q & A

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Are we FMCSA Compliant?

Effective December 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will require Commercial Motor Vehicle(CMV) operators to use Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Wondering if this mandate applies to your fleet? Trimble stays ahead of the industry curve ensuring we understand the new regulations and how to stay in compliance. The law applies to all interstate Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) as defined by the Department of Transportation that are required to maintain logs, which would affect those currently using paper logs, logging software or automated onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). In addition to trucking and busing, this can include fleets with box trucks, passenger vans, and even some heavy-duty pickups. A good rule of thumb is any vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of over 10,001 pounds is likely impacted by the new mandate.

AOBRD Certification

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Is it easy to use?

Can your drivers become familiar with it quickly?

Is there sufficient support and training materials?

Is it certified?

Is it registered on FMCSA’s Portal, displaying version & software?

Can the system offer easy access to 6 months data?

Can the system provide other values beside compliance?

Monitor other safety factors and driving behavior

Monitor fuel utilization, data for fuel tax report and information on excessive idling

Provide vehicle health data

Navigation and scheduling/dispatch


why use fieldmaster logs?

  • 14.8% of HOS violations are the result of how drivers enter information into their logs. FieldMaster Logs also makes it easy to complete driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIR), which ensure vehicles are safe to operate and compliant with strict Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. The DVIR tool quickly walks drivers through a checklist before taking the vehicle on the road to ensure tires, brakes, mirrors and other vehicle parts are functioning properly.
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