November 13, 2017

If you are a commercial driver or deal with fleets in any capacity, then you are familiar with the ELD mandate. Designed to make a safer work environment while simultaneously tracking and managing RODS (records of duty status), the Electronic Logging Devices mandate must be implemented by December 18, 2017 if there is no existing AOBRD (automatic on-board recording devices) in place. If you already implement an AOBRD the ELD is still mandatory, as they are not one in the same, but your deadline for compliance is much farther away, at December 2019.

The ELD must be synchronized directly with a vehicle engine for automatic recording of driving time. No more handwriting your Hours of Service on a log sheet. It will also monitor engine power, vehicle motion, total miles driven, total engine hours, vehicle speed and location. The ELD is more advanced than AOBRDs, capturing data at more integral points like engine power on/off, change in duty status, yard moves, etc. but most importantly the ELD will automatically transfer RODS data to FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and monitor its own diagnostics and malfunctions. The FMCSA has listed technical specs on their website to show the difference between an ELD and AOBRD.

There are some exemptions to the ELD Rule. If you are currently required to maintain RODS than the rule applies to you. If you are a commercial truck or bus or if you are a Canada- and Mexico-domiciled driver, the rule applies to you. However, if you use paper logs a maximum of 8 days in a 30-day period, you are exempt. Drivers of commercial vehicles manufactured before 2000 and Towaway¹ drivers are also exempt.

You can go to for FMCSA’s list of registered ELDs. Sites like also provide reviews and ratings of a plethora of ELD products, but don’t run out just yet. While the FMCSA pushed for a paper free data solution they did not want to burden drivers or fleets with unreasonable costs to upgrade. Your smartphones and tablets may also work if they meet the FMCSA’s requirements including a hardwired connection to the vehicles engine

Padholdr has built numerous relationships with a large variety of fleets outfitting Prius' to Peterbilts. Not only do we have holders for a vast majority of tablets and iPad’s, but we have an extensive collection of mounts for all your electronic mounting needs. If you don’t see a holder for your device, contact us. We offer custom design services to get your fleet to the next level.
If you are still using paper logs, ELD’s must be installed and drivers and staff must be trained by 12/18/2017.

¹ Driveaway-towaway operations are not required to use an ELD, provided the vehicle driven is part of the shipment 

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