ELD Switch 101: Checking if your ELD is compliant
Welcome to ELD Switch 101, a five-week series where we’ll cover a wide array of important topics concerning the mandatory switch from AOBRD to ELD.
Before even thinking about setting up your ELD solution, there’s a plethora of research that you have to do to ensure that you find an ELD that is FMCSA compliant.
It is certainly worth checking to see if your ELD is certified by the FMCSA, as you’ll want to avoid receiving a citation for a violation that could have easily been prevented.
You’re going to want to start by going on the FMCSA website, and then going on the Equipment Registration page and clicking on “Visit the new ELD Providers landing page.”
When you do that it’ll take you to the FMCSA’s dedicated ELD information website, where you can find more facts and information on how ELDs work and how you can make the switch from AOBRD.
Once there, you have to click on the tab that says “ELD Providers” on the far left side of the menu and click on “View ELD List.”
This will take you to a list of ELDs compiled by the FMCSA, which includes Registered ELDs and Revoked ELDs. If you don’t see your particular ELD in the Registered section, you can also try to find it in the Revoked section. There, you’ll find that the device did not meet ELD technical specifications or if the device is Self Revoked, it could mean that the company went out of business or their version was no longer needed.
You can and should also use the “Search” bar at the top left of the menu bar to quickly find the specific ELD or company you’re looking for.
The list of Registered devices that the FMSCA provides will include the device name, model number, software version, ELD identifier, and the company that it's from. So, once you’ve found your device, you’re in the clear.
All providers on the market should also continuously inform the FMCSA of any major changes or enhancements to their products, ensure the security of their devices, and work with carriers to quickly resolve any technical malfunctions or issues.
Now that you know whether your device is compliant or not, did you feel like the process was simple or should the FMCSA make the process easier? Let us know in the comments or on social media for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card. The winner of the giveaway will be selected at the conclusion of this series on Oct. 11.
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