Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are an important tool to help commercial vehicle operators comply with federally  mandated hours-of-service regulations that improve safety and ensure drivers are well-rested. They help foster a safer work environment for drivers and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share data on driving and off-duty time.

As with any vehicle system, ELDs can experience malfunctions and data diagnostic events during the normal course of operation. These can include loss of power to the ELD, lack of engine synchronization, timing errors, positioning malfunctions, and more.

Should an ELD malfunction occur, drivers must — among other things — note the occurrence and provide written notice of the malfunction to the motor carrier within 24 hours. Similarly, motor carriers must correct, repair, replace, or service the malfunctioning ELD within eight days of discovering the condition or a driver’s notification to the motor carrier, whichever occurs first; and require the driver to maintain paper record of duty status (RODS) until the ELD is back in service.

When these errors occur, who is ultimately responsible within the fleet — maintenance or operations? The short answer is “it depends.”

Attend this session and learn from our panel of experts when ELD malfunctions should fall within the responsibility of the maintenance department, operations or both.

S.12 Onboard Vehicle Electronics Study Group