What is an Electronic Logging Device?
ELD stands for “Electronic Logging Device“.
This is a piece of FMCSA-certified electronic hardware that records commercial vehicle driving hours. The ELD also enables the driver to monitor their current status, and logs can be printed out as required by DOT Enforcement Inspectors. (DOT stands for “Department of Transport“).
Electronic logging devices have been referred to as Automatic On-board Recorders (AOBRDs) and Electronic On-board Recorders (EOBRs). These devices mainly electronically record a driver’s activity in order to log their Hours of Service (HOS), also called “Record of Driver Status” or RODS. “ELD” is now the preferred term for these devices.
ELDs, including the EZ-ELD, are connected to back-office fleet management software which can submit real-time driving logs back to base.