ELD LOGBOOK APP -
FMCSA Approved Electronic Logbook
Our Device is DOT compliant and listed in FMCSA’s ELD approval list.
Voice-based ELD status changes
Our ELD logbook app provides voice recognition for making status changes.
Optimize Loading Operations
Matrack ELD provides tools to keep Fleet Managers up to speed on loading/unloading procedures from start and end.
IFTA FUEL TAX
Our hardware provides warning notifications ;
when fuel levels drop below the set threshold
FMCSA APPROVED ELD KEY SPECIFICATIONS
|4G LTE Characteristics||3G UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA Characteristics|
|LTE Cat. 1|
LTE Power Class 3
3GPP Release 9
Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)
|WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA Power Class 3|
3GPP Release 8 HSPA
HSDPA Category 24
HSUPA category 6
|Class B Digital Device||Class B Digital Device|
|LTE: Quad band, 700 (Bd12) / 850 (Bd5) / AWS|
(Bd4) / 1900MHz (Bd2)
|UMTS/HSPA+: Triple band, 850 (BdV) / AWS|
(BdIV) / 1900MHz (BdII)
|SMS: MT/MO||SMS: MT/MO|
|+/- 2.5m CEP|
|27 seconds (Typical)|
|1 second (Typical)|
|9 – 40V|
|250 mAh Rechargeable, Secondary Lithium Ion Battery|
|3.35” x 3.1” x 0.8” (8.5cm x 7.9 cm x 2.0 cm )|
|-30°C to +75°C (-20°C to 60°C with internal battery option)|
|1 second (Typical)|
|12 pin micro-fit (OBD II, J1939, J1708, Single Wire CAN)|
|24 pin micro-fit connector|
|5 Digital Inputs, 1 Analog Input, 3 Outputs,|
1-Wire Bus (2), RS232 (2), Garmin™, Bluetooth®
FLEET MANAGEMENT PORTAL
THE TRUSTED SOLUTION FOR
WHAT MA-ELD CLASSIC OFFERS YOU?
ELD SYSTEM FEATURES
DOT Log Transfer
Real Time Trackng
Idle Time Tracking
Advanced Violations Warning
Ambient Engine Temperature Reporting
High Value Load/Equipment Tracking
IFTA Fuel Tax
ELD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
FMCSA or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has listed the major differences between the older e-logs/AOBRD and the modern ELDs here. Both technologies require to be plugged into the vehicle to retrieve important data. However, ELDs are more advanced, and document more information. They also allow for transfer of data during roadside inspection.
Another difference is in presentation of data as laid down by FMCSA. The newer ELDs can present data about driving hours, change of duty of a driver, and more in graph and grids. This wasn’t possible with older AOBRDs.
One of the biggest and most important difference between the two technologies is the records of edits. AOBRD allowed drivers, operators and others to make changes in the records that weren’t documented. To make the data authentic and accurate, ELDs allow edits, but also retain the original data. ELDs keep a track of who made the edits and when. This prohibits any discrepancy in the data collected, and makes drivers and operators accountable.
As per the mandate, the ELDs are required to automatically record data at preset time interval, regarding the following:
- Location Information
- Engine Hours
- Vehicle miles
- Driver identification information
- Information on authorized users
- Motor carrier
Some ELD providers also offer integrated fleet management system, which allows to document more information like speed of the vehicle, driving violations, and performance of the vehicle. However, these elements are not required for DOT compliance, but are valuable in optimizing the fleet operations by best possible use of available resources.
According to FMCSA, real-time tracking of CMVs is not necessary under ELD rule. Although, it has several benefits for the carriers. With the help of real time data, carriers can plan a better route and make most of the 11-hour driving window. There are various other ways carriers can improve their business functions through real-time tracking. However, FMCSA does safeguard driver’s interest, and prohibits using real time data as a means to harass or violate a driver’s personal boundaries.
ELD has a complete set of steps to determine whether a CMV is in driving or non-driving status. When a CMV is moving at a speed of more than 5mph (which is a preset threshold as per FMCSA), the ELD is automatically prompted to consider the vehicle to be in driving status.
Once the speed of the vehicle comes down to 0mph, and stays at that speed for more than three consecutive seconds, the ELD automatically switches to non-driving status.
In case the driver has changed the status to driving duty, and the vehicle has not moved for more than five minutes, the ELD prompts the driver to confirm the correct status. If the driver fails to set a proper status, ELD automatically changes the driving duty status to an on-duty not driving one.
ELD can be used on any wireless or smartphone device as long as they meet the technical specifications as mentioned in the ELD rule. More importantly, the device must be able to access the vehicle’s engine to retrieve the data. FMCSA has a list of certified devices that are compliant to the rule and can record data accurately. It is best to check the list before buying any device, as many GPS-enabled smartphone or other mobile devices are often not accurate in documenting the distance travelled. You can find the FMCSA approved list of ELD providers here.
If you own a motor carrier company or are a driver in USA, you are required to maintain records of duty status (RODS) through Electronic Logging Device. However, if you happen to belong to any of the following, you are exempted from the rule:
- You operate under short-haul exceptions and use time cards.
- You use paper logs for 8 or less days during a period of 30 days or a month.
- You operate for drive-away/tow-away unit.
- Your vehicle’s engine model is older than 2000.
- You drive a property-moving vehicle, rented for less than 8 days.
Under 100-mile radius or short- haul exemptions, a driver can use time records instead of electronic logging device if the following conditions are met:
- The driver has travelled within a 100-mile radius of the work reporting location.
- The driver has been released from duty for a 8-10 hour break from the work reporting location within 12 hours
- The driver accurately mentions the duration of hours of service, along with time of start and end of driving shift in the time records.
- In case driver travels beyond the 100 mile radius, he/she will be required to fill out the paper log for that particular day. However, if this happens more than 8 times throughout a period of 30-days, the driver will be required to use ELD for further travel.
According to FMCSA, the ELD records location data in following situations:
- When the vehicle is on the move, ELD records location data at every 60-minute interval.
- When the driver starts and shuts off the engine.
- When the driver changes the status of duty.
- When the driver uses the vehicle for personal work or for yard moves.
The location accuracy recorded by ELD is about 1-mile radius for on-duty period, and 10-mile radius when the driver is using the CMV for personal purposes. The latter is to safeguard driver’s privacy.
The ELD reads the location data in longitude and latitudes, and converts it into geo-location data. This information gives an approximation location information of the nearest city or town, along with state abbreviation.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a drive-away/tow-away operation means transportation of an empty vehicle (with more than one set of wheels on the surface of the road):
- Between different facilities of the manufacturer of the vehicle
- Between the facilities of the manufacturer and dealer/buyer
- Between dealership and buyer/ lessee
- To repair facility after a major accident or failure of an important vehicle component.
- By saddle mount or tow-bar.
If a vehicle is being driven away or towed away due to any of the above situation, the ELD rule does not apply to such operation.
As per the mandate, all vehicles with AOBRD are required to shift to ELD before 16th December, 2019. But as the deadline is closing in, it is advisable to make a switch as soon as possible. This will allow you to choose an ELD, its implementation, and training.
Before opting for any ELD, it is vital that you research all available options and choose the one that best suits your requirements. You will also need some time to train yourself, your employees, and other people involved in your business in understanding the working of this new technology. According to FMCSA, if a CMV is found using ABORD after the deadline of December 2019, a fine will be levied on the same, and they will be put out of service.
Having two different electronic logging systems can make collection, representation and sharing of data difficult. For example, a driver using ELD can send files to authorized person for roadside inspection. However, a driver using AOBRD will be required to explain why the old technology is being used. Also, the driver will have to send the records to the officer within 48 hours, which delays the entire process of inspection.
Another issue that can arise due to use of two separate technologies is when a driver using AOBRD drives a vehicle with ELD, and vice versa. It will be challenging for the drivers to keep transitioning between the two.
After December 2019, AOBRDs will become redundant. Therefore, shifting to ELDs for a standardized and streamlined operation will be beneficial.
|Travel within 100 air-mile radius||Exempted|
|Travel beyond 100 air-mile radius for less than 8 days in a period of 30 days||Exempted|
|Travel beyond 100 air-mile radius for 8 or more days in a period of 30 days||Use ELD|
Also, a vendor/manufacturer is not required to notify its change in status to any of its clients.
FMCSA also has a checklist about things to consider while choosing an ELD vendor. You can find it here.
Choosing the best ELD is completely dependent on how well a carrier does a market research and can identify the red flags. There are some ELD vendors who are acquiring authentication certificate from third-parties, although this is not really required by the FMCSA. This is a step taken by vendors to ensure the clients about the productivity and efficiency of their product.
Another way you can ensure that data transfer will be compatible is to do a self-test. Ask the vendor to send you a document through the ELD, and if you can read it, you can opt for the device. Because unless it can transfer readable data, the ELD cannot be considered compliant, even if the vendor is registered with FMCSA.
FMCSA gives an example for further and easier understanding. A carrier may edit “off-duty” status to “on-duty not driving” status and record annotation stating the reason as “driver logged training time incorrectly as off-duty”. The edit thus made will then be sent to driver for his/her approval.
So basically, edits are the changes made to the original ELD records by authorised user, while annotations indicate the reason for such change. Annotations can also be used by drivers to indicate the start and end of a personal use of commercial vehicle like yard moves, and other special categories such adverse driving conditions, oilfield operation, etc.