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List of ELD units and rules

What brands of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are available?

I've done some searching to find all the available ELD units and came up with a list. If you happen to know of more, please feel free to add them in your comments so that I can update the list for everyone else.

This list consists of 2 types of ELDs. One being Dedicated ELD Units and the other being Logbook Apps for smart devices. This is just a general list of providers and is in now way in any particular order regarding quality. It is strictly for your viewing and research.

Dedicated ELD Units: Logbook Apps for Smart Devices:

Omnitracs BigRoad

Keep Truckin Keep Truckin

Workwave Simple Truck ELD

Teletrac Navman Sable Express

Automile Samsara






Telgis Compliance

Rand McNally



VDO Roadlog

What is required of ELDs?

An ELD must be able to Transmit data using wireless Web services and email,

or transfer data locally using a thumb or flash drive and Bluetooth.

ECM data or ECM connectivity data must be captured when the engine is powered on.

The ECM is not required to be directly connected to the ELD. The ECM and ELD may be connected by serial or Control Area Network communication protocols. Hard wiring to the J1939 plug and Bluetooth connectivity are examples of methods of recieving the data from the ECM or Vehicle data bus.

Driver editing must be accompanied by annotation.

ELDs must be certified and registered with FMCSA

Logs produced by an app on smartphones, tablets, or computers do not have to be printed and signed by hand any longer. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that digital logs can be signed electronically and sent to the Carrier you work for. If a driver can apply an electronic signature to the logs, they do not have to be printed. If a printed log is requested by an officer, drivers must be given the opportunity to print them during the inspection. Drivers must turn in or submit all their supporting documents to their motor carriers and motor carriers must retain not more than 8 supporting documents for each 24-hour period that a driver is on duty. Drivers have no later than 13 days after receiving the documentation to submit to the carrier. A Carrier must keep ELD records for 6 months.

Who is required to use ELDs?

Carriers and drivers who are normally required to use paper logs or logging software must install and mount an ELD device by December 18, 2017.

Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS before the compliance date must install and mount and ELD by December 16, 2019

ELD Exceptions:

Drivers who don't use paper logs or logging software more than 8 days during any 30-day period.

Driveaway-towaway drivers (transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease, or repair).

Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

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