Per section 4.1.4 of the technical specifications of the ELD Rule, “(a) An ELD must be capable of separately recording and retaining ELD data for each individual driver using the ELD, and (b) An ELD must provide for and require concurrent authentication for team drivers.” This means that an ELD must allow for more than one driver to be logged in at a time, to account for team driver scenarios.
In section 395.26(d), the ELD rule also requires that, while the vehicle is in motion, the ELD must record intermediate log events when there has been no change in duty status for the previous hour. This requirement does not specify a driving status, and thus applies to all duty statuses. Therefore, when more than one driver is logged in to an ELD, any intermediate log events recorded must be associated with each authenticated driver, including inactive drivers (authenticated drivers in the off-duty, sleeper berth, or on-duty not driving).
To be considered a compliant ELD, your device must be able to authenticate team drivers and must record intermediate log events for all authenticated drivers while the vehicle is in motion. To assist safety officials in interpreting these intermediate log events, FMCSA recommends including an annotation at the time drivers switch driving duties (i.e., the active driver removes oneself from driving duties by selecting the appropriate duty status and the team driver assumes the active role of driving).
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Access real-time information summarizing the validation status of files that have been transferred by your customers from your devices to the FMCSA eRODS Web Service, as well as detailed tracking of any errors in file structure to be remedied. To access the report for your device(s), log into the ELD Provider Portal, go to “Manage Your Devices,” select a device and click on “Data Transfer Summary” at the top of your device detail page.
Other Recommended Steps
- Read and understand the technical specifications in the ELD rule.
- Run your ELD output files through FMCSA’s File Validator.
- If your device supports telematics, use the Web Services and email test procedures provided by FMCSA to ensure your device is able to successfully transfer files to the Web Service. Full details are in the ICD/Web Development Handbook in the ELD Provider Portal.
- Check the safety official view of test files you have successfully submitted via the test procedures, or successfully run through the FMCSA File Validator, and compare them to your ELD display. Log into the ELD Provider Portal for more details.
- Consult the ELD Technical Specification Frequently Asked Questions.
If you still have questions, contact ELDTech@dot.gov for assistance on resolving your technical issues.