TruckingOffice ELD (electronic logging device) is in development now

December is right around the corner.  We’ve got the government mandate to get an electronic logging device (ELD) into our cabs by then.  TruckingOffice ELD is now in the works.

Why Are We Working on a TruckingOffice ELD?

If you use TruckingOffice Trucking Management Software, you know that we are committed to giving truckers the best value in trucking management software.  We’ve focused our modules to trucker’s needs – not what some accountant says they need or a programmer thinks that a trucker might want.  We’ve got a trucker on the line in every discussion about our software development.  We talk to truckers every day about how they use TruckingOffice software and ways to improve it.

We want that same focus on our ELD application.  We’re putting a lot of effort into the project to make it simple and easy to use.

We’ve got a vision of how this app will work:

  • Streamlined
  • Efficient
  • Effective

What more do you want?

Our Goal:  DOT Compliant

Have you seen the DOT rules and regulations about the ELD?  Here’s the link, just in case you need something for insomnia… but it’s 126 pages of triple column government-speak.  You sure you want to read that?

We didn’t either.  But we’ve been going through it to determine what a program needs to be to be compliant.  Why is this important to us?  Because it’s important to truckers.  Buy a program now that isn’t compliant with the DOT standards and it doesn’t matter.  It will matter in December.

We don’t want you to buy a product now and discover that you’ve wasted your money. So we’re putting in the time to determine the minimum standards.

What Do We Know Right Now?

The basics we know right now are that we have three sources of data going into the ELD:

  • The truck via mechanical link
  • The driver
  • GPS signals.

The data can be read by

  • The driver
  • Law enforcement
  • Fleet manager or owner-operator.

That seems pretty simple.  Why did the government have to write 126 pages?

We’ll let you know.  We’re still reading.

But if you’re thinking about December and what you’re looking for in your cab, keep us in mind.