FAQ: ELD HOS Facts & Features

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Does TrackerSystems Offer a Certified, Registered ELD

Yes we do. For hardware, we sell the Geometris Heavy Duty Truck Tracker with a J1939 plug in cable. And, we’ve partnered with another company for the Hours of Service software component that runs on an android device. The rules guiding Hours of Service compliance are specific to industry and States. That’s their bailiwick. We’re focused on the GPS Tracking solution. In any case, for both Hours of Service and Tracking, you only have to talk to one vendor, that’s us.


What is an AOBRD?

An electronic logging device (ELD) is the most recent term to define an electronic device that is capable of recording a driver’s driving hours and duty status.

This term has gone through changes over time:

  • AOBRDs – Automatic On-Board Recording Device – a term that has been around since 1988. Its still a part of the current FMCSA regulations.
  • EOBR – Electronic On-Board Recorder – a term that was in play as part of earlier regulation discussions. Replaced by ELD in 2012 as regulations were revised
  • ELD – Electronic logging Device is the newest, official term. It was created in 2012 with the MAP-21 bill.

What is MAP-21?

In 2012 Congress passed the MAP-21 Bill. Also known as 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century. This law mandated the new rules for ELDs and their use by companies and drivers.


What happened in 2015?

In December of 2015, after court cases and reviews, FMCSA release their final rules regarding the adoption of the ELDs. Along with this regulation, a timeline of adoption was specified.


What is the timeline?

  • “Awareness & Transition” – February 16, 2016 thru December 18, 2017 – Drivers and carriers should prepare to comply and may voluntarily use ELDs
  • “Phased-In Compliance” – December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019 – Carriers & Drivers can use AOBRDS that were installed prior to December 18, 2017, or Certified, registered ELDs following rule publication December 16, 2015
  • “Full Compliance” – After December 16, 2019 – All Motor Carriers & Drivers must use certified ELDs

What is an ELDs

An Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is a piece of hardware that integrates with the vehicle’s computer and records driving hours and software running on a tablet computer that monitors the data feed and allows drivers to change and update their current status. The software also allows the driver to print hour logs and provide them to DOT inspectors.


What is a ‘Certified, Registered ELD’

As part of the Map-21 act, regulators at FMCSA developed a series of tests that a manufacturer must pass to be referred to as ‘Certified’. After passing the test, the manufacturer is required to register the results with FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). TrackerSystems is registered under the Vistrack Geometris entry (here, sort by ‘Company’).


What about Location Tracking

With regard to location, there are restrictions to the level of detail the ELD can save. So the ELD/HOS system is not a GPS Tracking Device and you usually won’t see maps in the ELD/HOS system.

As an owner you can choose to capitalize on the GPS included in the ELD hardware. This data is passed separately to TrackerSystems servers and supports the tracking functions like over idle, over speed, deliver and routing that we provide as part of the tracking system.


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