If you drive a truck in the US, you know what an electronic logging device (ELD) is and, more importantly, you know what the ELD mandate is. This 2012 law established that every commercial driver in America is required to record hours of service through electronic logging devices, starting December 16th, 2019.
After that date, drivers that do not have a compliant ELD may receive a citation and even be placed out of service (OOS) for a period time. Subsequently, it's pretty important to know exactly which of these devices actually helps you stay within the regulations for your vehicle.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has a list of approved ELDs that will keep you covered. However, the administration is constantly updating the list, most notably removing formerly compliant devices off of it. That's where we're here to help.
In this guide, we'll cover all the ELDs that have been removed from the FMCSA Approved Devices List in 2023, so you can stay compliant throughout the year.
ELD ONE (TMS ONE)
To kick off the year, TMS ONE's ELD ONE device was removed from the FMCSA Approved Devices list on January 31st, 2023.
According to the press release from the FMCSA, the company failed “to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A.” After a little digging, we found those requirements state that “the display must be reasonably viewed by an authorized safety official without entering the commercial motor vehicle” (CMV).”
Nationwide ELD (Nationwide Technologies)
Just a few short days later, Nationwide Technologies and its Nationwide ELD was removed from the Approved Devices list as well on February 3rd, 2023.
The Nationwide ELD was removed from the list for the same reason as the ELD ONE, with the company failing to meet the requirements set forth in regard to a safety official's ability to view the ELD without entering the vehicle.
ORS device (ONE PLUS ELD)
Not to be outdone, ORS PLUS ELD and its ORS device were also removed from the FMCSA Approved Devices list on February 8th, 2023.
You're not going to believe it, but the ORS device was removed from the list for the same reason as the devices above. The company did not meet requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, so you'll have to find a new ELD in the next 60 days or risk penalties.
All-Ways Track ELD (All-Ways Track)
There was a bit of a lull between the next ELD removed from the FMSCA Approved Devices lists, but All-Ways Tracks ELD from All-Ways Track joined the fray when it was removed on March 27th, 2023.
We're a perfect four for four so far, as the All-Ways Track ELD was also removed from the list for failing to comply with regulations stating the display needs to be reasonably visible without entering the motor vehicle.
What to Do If Your ELD Is No Longer Compliant
If you've just discovered that your ELD has been removed from the FMCSA Approved Devices list, don't panic. The administration allows for drivers to get a new device within 60 days of removing a particular device from the list, so you have two months to get a new one.
We've done a lot of research on the best ELD options in 2023, so feel free to check out our guide and keep up with news on Tech.co for more updates about the ELD mandate.