5 Tips to Ensure Smooth Roadside Inspections After the ELD Deadline

The ELD compliance mandate is now in full effect and the Federal Motor Carrier Association (FMCSA) is reminding motor carriers and drivers that enforcement has begun. 

Fleets without a fully functional ELD will be considered out of compliance with Hours of Service regulations. As per the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), drivers will be asked to complete their delivery and park the vehicle until an ELD is installed 

Here are five tips to help ensure your fleet of drivers has smooth ELD roadside inspections: 

  1. Ensure your driver knows how to identify the device as an ELDAt roadside stop, the first question will likely be, do you have an ELD?  Make sure drivers know the name of the ELD provider and can point to the indicator on your screen that says ELD. It is unlikely inspectors will have the complete list of FMCSA-registered ELDs, so having the information available is a good start. 
  2. Ensure you have logs available for the previous seven daysYour ELD should provide you with the last seven full days of ELD formatted logs as well as the current 24hour period. If the driver has had the ELD for less than 7 days, ensure they have printed AOBRD logs that should be available for inspection. AOBRD logs are expected to be in printable format. 
  3. ELD compliance demoHave all the required documentation. The mandate requires that the user manual and Cab Cards are readily available in either printed or electronic format, as well as seven days’ worth of blank logs, in case of a malfunction.  
  4. Know how to mount and unmount the ELD ScreenThe mandate requires the ELD screen to be accessible to the inspector from outside the vehicle. Make sure drivers know how to remove the ELD screen from its mounting bracket and securely remount it for safe use after inspection. 
  5. Know the file transfer mechanism the ELD supports. The driver may be asked to transfer ELD logs to web eRODS for further inspection with the web eRODS tool. The mandate requires ELDs to be able to transfer files by BluetoothUSB, or telematics transfer option that allows email or web service or both. Drivers need to know what type of file transfer the ELD device supports and how to access it when askedIf sending by email, the ELD is pre-configured to send log files to the appropriate contact as set by the FMCSA, so there is no need to manually input an email address 

For more on ELD, read our Compliance and Transition Made Simple Q and A or book a demo for our future-proofed ELD solution that drivers love.  


Scott Stofer

Scott Stofer is Director of Product Management at ORBCOMM, where he’s responsible for the product lifecycle of fleet safety solutions, as well as ELD mandate and Hours of Service compliance for the US and Canada. Scott has over 10 years of IoT and telematics experience, including web and mobile software development, as well as the design and deployment of wireless networks for NASCAR to collect racing data. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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2 comments on “5 Tips to Ensure Smooth Roadside Inspections After the ELD Deadline
  1. Avatar Art Biddulph says:

    How does this apply to an Ownwer operator with 1 truck . How does this apply to Construction ,Oiland Gas, Logging?

    • Avatar Cait Power says:

      Hi Art, thanks for taking the time to comment. ELD rules apply to carriers and drivers that are subject to HOS rules. You can find more info directly on the FMCSA site. I hope this helps!

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