Electronic logs, Will It Happen? And When?

The upcoming Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate has been upheld, and many believe the mandate will make it to its debut December 18th, 2017.


The Federal government has taken steps to require the logistics industry to make the transition from paper logs to electronic logs. With all of these regulations it can seem overwhelming for anyone from an owner operator to a carrier company with hundreds of trucks. In addition to ELD’s truckers are managing Hours of service (HOS), and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMSCA’s) safety scores.

Research has shown that as technology advances, more and more drivers on the road are being distracted by electronics. However, it has been proven that the integration of ELD’s with data sharing services would actually increase the safety of the drivers and motorists on the road. This type of data sharing is coined “Big Data” by the industry and has become a huge part of the tech sector.

By incorporating specific applications into the ELD’s researchers will be able to gather all the information logged daily, which is in the hundreds of million of miles, to improve safety. Much like Tesla does with their autonomous systems.

Tesla is similar to many of these ELD companies, especially Omnitracs, through taking the necessary steps to reduce incidences like collisions and heavy braking by analyzing this data and applying it to updates and future technologies. This data is pulled directly from your trucks diagnostic port and sent to the cloud.

Everyone knows that driving long-haul will take you through many places that have little to no reception. With our solution, you never have to worry about losing hours or miles. The software is intelligent enough to automatically buffer the data until your truck is back in adequate cellular coverage, where it will then upload the stored information.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outlined the rule impacts for carriers and drivers:


Carriers and Drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline:

  • Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than December 18, 2017.
  • Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS (automatic onboard recording devices)
Prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than December 16, 2019.


In conclusion, the mandate is real and it is inevitable. There are many more ways to increase productivity and cut costs by embracing this technology. For more information on the solutions we offer visit us HERE to see pricing and much more.

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