As of April 1, 2018, full enforcement begins for the ELD Mandate. Carriers and drivers will be expected to fully comply with U.S. electronic logging regulations. Please read this post for important information on ELD roadside inspection procedures with Geotab Cloud ELD.

How to Present HOS Logs at Roadside Inspections

When a commercial vehicle driver goes through a U.S. roadside inspection they are expected to show their record of duty status for the previous 7 days to the officer. There are several ways of presenting hours of service (HOS) logs. Geotab Cloud ELD (Geotab Drive) offers three methods.

Three Methods of Presenting Logs with Geotab Drive:

  • Web Services (Preferred method of FMCSA)
  • Email
  • Display option (Presenting the logs off the tablet)

Tip 1: It is mandatory at all times to have instructions on how to use Geotab Drive in the cab for the driver and officer to reference.  

See Also: ELD Data Transfer Options for Geotab Drive

What Is the DOT Officer Expected to Do?

When an enforcement officer pulls over a driver for a roadside inspection they are expected to:

  • review the driver’s previous logs to determine if they are in violation, and
  • check that their ELD is malfunctioning.

It is the officer’s responsibility to determine if the driver is in violation. Geotab Drive will not display violations to the officer when using any of the three methods outlined above.

What Are the Driver’s Rights?

In some cases enforcement officers may ask for a specific method to review the logs, such as the email method. If the driver is not able to transfer ELD data electronically at roadside, they can fall back on another method, either printout or showing the ELD display.

Tip 2: The Display option is an accepted method that a driver can use during an inspection.

Upcoming Changes to Geotab Cloud ELD for Roadside Inspections

On the Geotab 1802 software/firmware release, we are introducing a whole new workflow on what to do during a roadside inspection called Inspection Mode.

In this new mode, if any of the transfer methods fail, Geotab Drive will direct the officer to the display option with a disclaimer.

Geotab Drive ELD Inspection Mode

There is also a new warning displayed to the officer when they attempt to leave “Inspection Mode” that they need to hand the mobile device back to the driver. This is to help prevent officers from looking at other places within the app they shouldn’t be on.

Geotab Drive ELD Inspection Mode confirmation pop-up

Tip 3: If you have questions about roadside inspections, please call your local Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) field organization. Go here for Field Office contact info.

ELD Compliance by State

While ELD enforcement has varied across the U.S., with some states leaving the decision to issue tickets up to officers, as of April 1, full enforcement will be in effect. After this date, the FMCSA states that trucks and buses will be placed out of service, if they are subject to the rule, but stopped at a roadside inspection and found to not have an ELD.

Geotab Analysis of ELD Data Transfers
We conducted a big data analysis of Geotab-connected vehicles to review the distribution of successful ELD data transfers over the past 90 days. The heat map below shows a higher number (in red) in the Northeast and southern regions, as well as Texas and California.

heatmap of successful Geotab ELD data transfers 90 days

Author: Jobin Thayilchira, ELD Engineer