Opinions On ELDs Please??

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Judy H.'s Comment
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ELDs are now a mandate. Any owner operators out there with an opinion on what program or App (smartphone App) they are using for this?? Thanks

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Big Scott's Comment
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I'm not an O/O, however, in my first week or two in my truck, I was on paper. I had so much trouble with that that I found an app called KeepTrucking. I believe they have a module that can make you compliant. At every truck stop you can find modules to make you compliant. Most companies were already on ELDs before the mandate.

Buster's Buddy's Comment
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Another vote for the KeepTruckin app. I’m currently driving Class B. My company uses logbooks so I started using the app since it so much easier for me. They have a module to make it compliant.

For the record my company has 2 divisions, one that requires logs and one that is exempt. I primarily drive for the exempt division, but occasionally get pulled over to the other side if needed. In which case I need to have a log of all of my driving. KeepTruckin allows me to email my logs. The company is now scrambling to get the 90 vehicle fleet ELD compliant.

As an aside, I’m back on truckingtruth.com because I am returning to OTR. I have great home time since I switched to Class B. The thing is my only family is my dog, Buster. While I spend less time at work, I also spend substantially less time with Buster, since I can’t bring him along like I could in the semi. I’m excited to get back out on the open road. A recent trip down to LA proves that Buster is too.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

PJ's Comment
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I ran the keep truckin app for a year before the mandate. I loved it. They have the module for full ELD complainace. I never used the module so I don't know if it had glitches or not. My company has 8 trucks required to keep logs. My boss decided to go with the big road app and module. We started before the mandate so we can do either aobrd or eld. Big road has some issues we are finding. One truck last week it showed he drove 235,000 miles in one day. It also has been switching to the drive line on some trucks as soon as the brakes are released without the truck moving. Mine seems to be working at the moment, but you just never know when it may glitch. Also They told us it was full ELD. It is on android devices not apple. On apple it shows it is aobrd. I was asked after the fact to work with our IT guy since I am the only driver here that has ever used electronic logs. It's a work in progress for sure. If we don't get things smoothed out before too long I will recommend we switch to the keep truckin app and hardware. I hope this helps. Have a safe day

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Keith G.'s Comment
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I use the Garmin Log/Nav system you can find at 99.99% of truck stops which was pre-installed in my truck. Fairly simple and easy to use, just input driver ID, PW, trip #, and trailer. Done.

If I wanna change statuses I just click a status icon, and pick from On Duty, Off Duty, Drive, Sleeper Birth, or Haz weather.

Easily edit any errors besides drive time, if need help my company dispatch can fix on the spot by phone.

To me, it's fairly easy and does not bother me. Only problem is the unit does not have a day/night filter. So it's bright as all hell at night.

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