Ask Safety: With New ELD Rules, what can we expect from inspectors?

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Out-of-service enforcement for electronic logging device (ELD) violations began on April 1, 2018, and drivers may be experiencing the effects of the change already. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), state and local law enforcement safety officials will check the following ELD-related items when conducting a roadside inspection:

  • The device must be integrally synchronized with the commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

  • The ELD must display the records-of-duty (RODS) for the past seven days, plus the current day.

  • Each CMV with an ELD installed must have on-board an information packet containing an instruction sheet describing, in detail, how data may be stored and retrieved from the recording system. The on-board information may be any electronic device, (including ELDs) or hard copies.

  • Each CMV must have a spare paper log to record the driver’s duty status and other related information for a minimum of eight days.

  • The driver must be able to demonstrate the use of the device.

  • The ELD must be able to display, transfer, or print a copy of the driver’s RODS at the time of the inspection.

The table below outlines the driver’s and safety official’s respective responsibilities for transferring ELD data during a roadside inspection.

Driver's and safety Table

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Call to Action

  • Train drivers on the methods for providing ELD data to safety officials.

  • Ensure each vehicle equipped with an ELD has a spare paper log.

  • Create a system for drivers to communicate ELD transfer issues to operations staff, and to share solutions with the rest of the fleet.


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