What is DVIR?

A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (or DVIR) allows drivers to complete and submit daily vehicle inspections via an in-vehicle tablet. They replace paper inspection reports while retaining compliance.

What is CSA?

Improving highway safety can take more than one form — improving vehicle safety in crashes, installing collision barriers — but prevention is always better than mitigation. Based on that idea, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration introduced the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative.

What is DOT compliance?

DOT compliance refers to meeting the standards established in each of several DOT areas of oversight. Violation of any one of them can lead to serious consequences, and commercial motor carriers are regularly monitored to ensure they remain in compliance.

What is GPS fleet tracking?

Today’s satellite global positioning system, or GPS, is the basis for a technology popular with commercial motor vehicle operators in asset management — which can include vehicles, equipment and personnel.

What is HOS?

Hours of service (HOS) is a term referring to the number of hours that a commercial motor vehicle driver may work per day, or week, or other period as mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

What is Telematics?

Telematics, in its broad definition, refers to remote communications (telos is a classical word meaning long distance) and informatics, a combined term based on information and automatic or automated.

What's an ELD?

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, or, more commonly referred to as MAP-21. This bill outlined the criteria for highway funding, included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs).
In its simplest form, an electronic logging device—or ELD—electronically records a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper logbooks some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines an electronic logging device (or ELD) as “technology that automatically records a driver’s driving time and other aspects of the hours-of-service (HOS) records.”

What’s the ELD Rule?

According to the FMCSA, the ELD rule will “improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.”

Will the ELD Rule Affect Your Fleet?

The short answer is “yes.” Basically, the ELD rule applies to all CMV carriers operating across state lines. Also, drivers who maintain 8 or more days of duty status logs (out of 30 days) will require an ELD. However, there are exceptions for drivers who aren’t required to keep records of duty status (RODS), as well as drivers who use:

1. RODS for not more than 8 days during any 30-day period
2. Vehicles older than model year 2000
3. Driveaway/towaway vehicles — as long as they are part of the shipment

How Much Time Do You Have?

There are two specific implementation deadlines:

By December 18, 2017:
All affected motor carriers and drivers must use either an ELD or AOBRD (automatic on-board recording device).

By December 16, 2019:
All motor carriers and drivers subject to the rule must use only ELDs. For more information on compliance, please visit the FMCSA’s website.


1. ELD is definitely a big deal because it impacts how you run your daily business. If you currently are tracking Hours of Service (HOS) on paper logs, this affects you. FleetMinder can help ensure you get real benefits for your operations and your drivers as you transition to new technology.

2. Our LogBook solution is compliant with 49 CFR 395.15 and is designed to remain a compliant solution for new and existing customers as the industry transitions to the ELD Final Rule.

3. Our mobile app approach makes it easy to stay current with changing regulations like ELD on a platform your drivers already understand.