The ELD Mandate doesn’t change existing rules, it does require more stringent enforcement of those rules.
Key Points To Know About The ELD Unit
-You need to know that you have an ELD unit if an officer asks and how to properly use the device.
-When an officer asks to view your logs-first certify them then switch the unit to “Inspector Mode”
-If the officer asks you to send your logs, you will need to enter the email address and the code provided by the officer.
-You need to be able to show the officer the user’s manual, located electronically in “Driver Training” and the IVG cab card, located in your permit book.
-You need to know where your 8 days of blank logs are located in your permit book.
-You must report all malfunctions to the safety department within 24 hours.
-All ELD malfunctions must be repaired within 8 days.
-If your ELD stops working, you can only be on paper logs for 8 days.
All Drive time is recorded
-Drive time cannot be edited by anyone. This includes Personal Conveyance and Yard Movements.
-If the truck is moved during a break, it will affect your break. You may need to restart/redo the break.
-Seconds count!! Wait one full minute after your break has finished before moving the truck. Moving too soon may cause you to retake/restart your break.
-Elog units are very sensitive to touch. Double check your entries each step of the way before moving on.
Unassigned vehicle activity
-Should only occur when the truck is in the shop-driver has logged out
-If you notice that your logs are not reflecting driving, please log out and log back in again, accept the time.
-If refusing the unassigned driving-annotation and comments must be entered or it will be added to your time.
Logging in, Logging out and verify logs
-Logs must be certified every day, failure to do so can result in the inability to edit logs and are also subject to CSA points.
-Be aware of what you are agreeing to when certifying, once certified, you cannot edit any certified status.
-Certify and log out when your truck goes into a shop, even at a terminal. If a technician drives your truck, it cannot be removed from your time if you haven’t logged out.
-When logging back in, select Active Driver, even though it looks as if it is selected.
-Be sure to use the proper alphanumeric combinations. For example-the letter “O” cannot be used in place of the number “0”.
-Your logs should always be on Central Standard Time-this is the time zone of DTL’s main terminal.
Driver facing changes
-Teams and trainer/trainee situations will need to be more diligent at making sure the correct “Active” driver has been selected, due to the drive line not being allowed to be edited.
-The unit will ask for Load info or trailer info periodically, even if you have previously entered it. You will need to enter it again. If you did not have a load, N/A is acceptable to enter.
-Always make sure all of your load info is in the system as required, do not assume it automatically transfers everything for you.
-All duty status changes now require an annotation or remark to be entered. You must select a remark or free form type one in.
-Time limit of 30 minutes per day or 25 miles is allowed (midnight to midnight)
-Cannot be used to further the load in any way. If it is not for a “Personal” reason, then it’s not PC.
-Engine must be on, parking brake released, remark entered for PC to work.
-Affects your clock, it is an on duty status.
-is for use on Private property only. Not in a truck stop, no access to the public on the property.
-Once you’ve reached 5 mph, drive line is activated. Distance is not relevant.
-Once you stop, default status is on duty and will leave you in the on duty status until you change it.
-Always check your logs before you get out of the truck and before you start your day. You may have been on duty for the past three days of home time.
-If you certify on duty for several days, you cannot use paper logs and keep going-you must wait until the back office can correct your logs.
Driver link to obtaining their logs
-Drivers are able to obtain their logs for records or tax purposes from this link.
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Jeff Crissey is Editior of Commercial Carrier Journal