CDL Driver Log Books for Commercial Vehicles
CDL driver log books are a vital tool for carriers and drivers. It is important to purchase the right ELD solution to make sure driving operations can carry on efficiently. So, which CDL electronic logbook should carriers and owner operators choose? Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing an ELD solution:
- Reviews from real users. It can be extremely helpful to see what other users think of the product you are about to purchase. You can find them on the Google Play Store or App Store.
- Easy to use. Hard to use technology rarely makes a successful solution. The need for extensive training and unintuitive design tend to discourage drivers. Carriers can gain a lot from simple, easy-to-use systems.
- Reachable customer support. It only takes a few minutes to call the support line on the website and get a sense of the provider. Try getting in touch with someone from customer support before you make a purchase decision.
- Android and iOS compatibility. Some providers require proprietary hardware for drivers to use as a part of the ELD system, so drivers cannot use their own tablet or smartphone. This often represents an additional cost and leaves the carrier stuck with this particular provider. It helps to check for compatibility with your own devices, whenever possible.
- Flexible contracts. Providers often try to get customers to commit to their product for extended periods of time ranging from 3-5 years. In matters of technology, a lot can change in that time, so it might be better to look for more flexible terms.
- Experience. ELDs are highly complex. Make sure the provider you choose is dependable and experienced, and that they can be a partner in improving your business.
When you do choose a solution, remember to check that they are on the FMCSA list of registered ELD solutions to avoid compliance issues.
HOS247 Is a Leading CDL Electronic Log Book Provider
The team at HOS247 is known for providing reliable CDL electronic log books for truckers and being engaged with the user. Our solution sets itself apart by offering some key advantages:
- Top-rated customer support. We have assembled a dedicated team ready to assist you every day of the week in several languages, including English, Spanish, Russian, and Polish.
- User friendly: HOS247 hardware has fast and straightforward installation and the app has a shallow learning curve to get things up and running in no time.
- Flexible options: Plans can be customized according to your needs. HOS247 has a two week policy if you wish to return the equipment with a full refund. You don’t have to worry about contracts.
- Extra features: GPS Tracking and IFTA mileage calculations are available.
HOS247 makes sure the electronic logbook runs like clockwork at all times so you can carry out operations efficiently.
GPS Tracking for a Complete Solution
To improve safety and monitoring of truck drivers, a GPS Tracking feature is available with your HOS247 ELD, allowing for real time visualization of operations. Our CDL driver log books also offers additional features that translate into practical benefits for carriers:
- Live updates with real time visibility of the whereabouts of CDL drivers.
- Technology that can pinpoint specific addresses to optimize operations.
- Driver availability layout, HOS, specific vehicle details such as speed, direction.
- Ensure schedule compliance.
- Track driving times, mileage, idle time, among others.
- Reduce liabilities by notifying drivers of incoming violations.
Hours of Service Rules for Semi Drivers
All drivers under hours-of-service regulations are required to remain within a certain amount of driving or on duty time set by those specifications. They must also keep RODS according to CDL logbook regulations, this is an accurate record of working hours available for inspection on behalf of FMCSA or law enforcement officers. This information is reflected on CDL driver log books.
A commercial driver’s license is required to operate vehicles that fit into any of the following categories:
- Weight: 10,001 pounds or more, as gross vehicle weight or gross combined weight equal to or greater than 10,001 pounds.
- Passenger vehicles: Designed for transporting 16 passengers or more (driver included) or 9 paying passengers or more.
Drivers themselves must abide by several rules regarding compliance, safety and accountability. The FMCSA conducts a program for surveillance of every commercial motor vehicle operator’s compliance with highway safety regulations, which include the following rules:
- 11 hour limit rule: Do not drive for more than 11 hours after a period of 10 consecutive off duty hours.
- 14 hour rule: Under no circumstance may drivers proceed to a 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, which must happen after 10 consecutive hours off duty. The 14-hour period cannot be extended by taking off-duty time.
- 30-minute break rule: Drivers must take a 30-minute break after they have driven for 8 consecutive. The break can include time spent on-duty but not driving, off-duty, or in the sleeper berth.
- 60/70 hour rule: The limit for cumulative driving time over 7/8 consecutive days is 60/70 hours on duty. If drivers wish to restart a 7/8 consecutive day period, they can do so by taking 34 consecutive hours off duty or more.
- Off-duty hour split rule: If they choose to, drivers may split their required 10 hours off-duty period if one of the off-duty periods is at least 2 hours long at least (in or out of the sleeper berth) and the remaining one is at least 7 consecutive hours of sleeper berth time. Sleeper berth pairings must always add up to at least 10 hours.
CDL driver log books are programmed to support all these rules and time limitations.
Differences Between Paper Log Books and Electronic CDL Driver Log Books
Regulations from the DOT state that CMV drivers must keep a commercial vehicle log book for their service hours. Driver RODS can be kept on paper or using an electronic logging device. CDL electronic log books are directly connected to the engine, so the truck updates driving hours for you while a paper record needs the driver to do it manually. In the event of an ELD malfunction, drivers required to use elogs are required to notify their carrier and keep RODS on paper until the electronic logbook can be repaired or replaced.
The US law requires the use of electronic logging devices to record HOS and RODS status by most commercial drivers. Some drivers exempt from using CDL driver log books include:
- Drivers who operate within a 150 air-mile radius (short-haul exception).
- Drivers who keep RODS for up to eight days during a 30-day period.
- Drive-away-tow-away operations (when the vehicle being driven is part of the delivery).
- Vehicles with engine models older than the year 2000.
Logbook Must Support HOS Exceptions
The HOS247 elog solution has integrated hours-of-service requirements into its ELD to notify carriers of compliance issues in advance. It makes sure drivers take their 30 minute breaks, driving limits, berth use, among others. It also supports exceptions such as:
- The 30 minute break exception (for short-haul drivers). Drivers limited to operations within the 100 or 150-air mile radius may forego the 30 minute break rule.
- The 16-hour short-haul exception. Extension of driving time beyond the 14-hour window to 16 hours for one time within a period of seven consecutive days.
- Adverse driving condition exception. In face of unforeseen driving conditions, driving time can be extended by two hours. This only applies if the condition was unknown when the driving began, including weather conditions or accidents on the road.
- Direct emergency assistance exception. Emergency situations can justify lifting restrictions until they are resolved. Note that this exception must be supported by a declaration of emergency from a federal authority such as the President, state governors or FMCSA.
Both big carriers and small owner-operators are subject to the Electronic Logging Device rule and need an ELD solution to operate legally. This requirement became law in 2016 with an implementation date of 2017. An additional exception was made for
Since the ELD mandate was enforced in the US, it has led to confusion among carrier companies and truck drivers. More than the urgency to switch to an electronic logging system, carriers are now looking for a versatile device that