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A.D. Transport - SR
A.D. Transport Express
American Central Transport
American Central Transport - CD
Anderson Trucking Service - SR
Anderson Trucking Services
Atlas Van Lines
Averitt - DSS Local
Averitt - DSS OTR
Averitt - Shoe Carnival Flex
Averitt - Shoe Carnival Flex Student
Averitt Express, Inc.
Averitt-Nissan Canton Switcher
Barr-Nunn Transportation - Company Drivers
Barr-Nunn Transportation - OTR Solo
Barr-Nunn Transportation - Teams
Barr-Nunn Transportation Established Teams
Barr-Nunn Transportation OTR & Regional
Bay & Bay Transportation - CD
Bengal Transportation
Bennett Motor Express
Big M Transport
Blair Logistics Inc
Bohren Logistics - CD
Bohren Logistics, Inc
Boyd Bros. Transportation, Inc. - SR
Bridger Transportation
Carrier One - Owner Operator Flatbed
Celadon Driving Academy
Celadon Specialized Fleet
Celadon Trucking - CD
Celadon Trucking - Flatbed
Clark Transfer
Covenant Transport
Cowan Lease Purchase
Cowan Lease Purchase S.R.
Crete Carrier Corp
CRST Expedited
CRST Expedited - California
CRST Expedited Plus
CRST Malone
CRST Van Expedited
CRST Van Expedited Pro
Crum Trucking
Dart Transit - Company Drivers
Dart Transit Company
Davis Express
Decker Truck Line, INC
Dedicated Delivery Professionals
E.L. Hollingsworth
Estenson Logistics
Flex Logistics
Florilli Transportation
Fort Transfer Mid-West
Fortrans Inc.
Forward Air Transportation Services
Frito Lay Jonesboro Driver
George Hildebrandt
Go To Transport
Groendyke Transport
Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc.
Heritage Dedicated Services, Inc.
Hill Brothers
Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc
Hogan Transports
Hoge Motor Company
Hub Group Trucking
Hyway Trucking
Iowa 80
Island Transportation Corp.
Island Transportation Corp. Mechanic
J & R Schugel
J.B. Hunt Transport
Jim Palmer Trucking
K&B Transportation
Knight Transportation - Columbus Student
Knight Transportation - Indy
Knight Transportation - Indy Student
Knight Transportation - Memphis Student
Knight Transportation - Memphis Teams
Knight Transportation - Nashville Student
Knight Transportation - Northwest Student
Knight Transportation - Southwest Student
Koch Company Drivers
Koch Trucking
Koch Trucking Marine
Landstar Crosson
Logan Trucking
Loudon County Trucking
Magnum Express, Inc.
Marten Transport
Marten Transport - Regional/OTR
Maverick - Dewitt, IA
Maverick - Orangeburg, SC
Maverick Priority Division
Maverick Transportation
McLane - Portland
McLane Cincinnati
McLane Cumberland
McLane Findlay
Melton Truck Lines
Mercer Transportation
Milan Supply Chains
Milan Supply Chains - Virginia
National Freight Inc
National Strategic Transportation
NTB Trucking
Olsen and Fielding Mayflower
P&S Transportation
Panther Premium Logistics - Cargo Vans
Panther Premium Logistics - Straight Truck
Panther Premium Logistics - Tractor-Trailer
Paschall Truck Lines - Lease
Paschall Truck Lines - Students
Penske Logistics Corporation
Perfect Timing Transportation
Poly Trucking Inc
Prime Inc.
Prime Inc. - SLC Technician
Prime, Inc. - Student
Quality Companies - Kelle's Transport Service (KTS)
Quality Custom Distribution - Florida
Quality Custom Distribution - North Carolina
Quality Custom Distribution - Virginia
Quest Global
Quest Global OO
R B Browns Trucking
R. E. Garrison
R.W. Earhart
RAS Delivery Services
RE Garrison-Birmingham
Roehl Transport - Regional
Roy Miller Freight Lines
RWI Transportation
Schneider National
Seaboard Transportation
Smith Systems Transportation
Southern Pines Trucking
Southern Refrigerated Transport
Southern Refrigerated Transport- Student
Star Transportation
Summitt Trucking
Super Service Recruiting
Super Service Training
Swift Transportation - Experienced
Swift Transportation - Recent Grads
Swift Transportation - Students
TGL Logistics
The Waggoners Trucking Company
TransAm Trucking
Transcarrier Inc
Transco Lines, Inc.
Tri-State Expedited
Tyson Foods - Diesel Mech
US Xpress
US Xpress - Local CD
US Xpress - PRO
US Xpress - Recent Grad
US Xpress Dedicated
US Xpress OTR Regional Dedicated
US Xpress Students
Venezia Transport
Venezia Transport- LPG/ASP
Veriha Trucking
Vernon Milling Company
Watkins & Shepard
Weinrich Truck Line, Inc
Wellborn Cabinet
Werner - Nationwide
Werner - Northeast
Werner Midwest
Werner Southeast
Werner West
West Side Transport
West Side Transport - Dedicated
Western Express CD
Western Express Company Driver
Western Express Recent Grads & Students
Western Express Students
Whiteline Express
WTI Transport
XPO Logistics, Inc.
Zeller LLC
Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices
Everything You Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices
February 7th, 2017
Road Blog

Truck drivers are excellent at being prepared. You are prepared to take a load at a moment’s notice. You maintain your paperwork in preparation for a DOT inspection at any time. You prepare your route before you drive that first mile on a delivery. You are prepared when you apply for a trucking job with a company like Bridger Transportation or Quest Global.

So you might as well go ahead and prepare for the possibility of e-logging devices in December 2017. Yes, there is still a chance that the Trump administration will reverse the e-log mandate, but it’s getting slimmer by the month. To help you prepare we’ve covered everything you need to know about purchasing, installing and using these devices.

How E-Logs Work

Electronic logging devices will keep track of your hours of service. They will replace paper log books. Everything regarding your on duty, off duty, and on duty but not driving time will be monitored using the e-log system. It will transmit the data at any time to law enforcement, the DOT and/or the FMCSA.

When getting an e-log device for your truck it must be able to connect to the truck engine in order to record when your rig is rolling. On your end you’ll receive an updated graph chart that tells you how many hours you have for driving and resting left in the day.

Where to Buy Electronic Logging Devices

Based on a search for e-log devices there are several companies making these devices. However, when you go to a place like Amazon to search for them it’s a jumble. There are plenty of car tracking devices, but these are aimed at spy gear rather than truck drivers. Also most of these units do not track the hours of service logs that are mandated for truckers. Instead they only track your route.

So where do you go to purchase an e-log device for your big rig? Here are some suggested companies online that state they are FMCSA compliant:

  • VDO RoadLog ELD is sold by three online vendors: Ryder Fleet Products, Wheeler Bros., and PartDeal. The price ranges from $500 to $575.
  • Garmin dezl 760 is sold by several online retailers including Walmart and eBay, and it is priced from $270 to $380.
  • Garmin Fleet 670 can only be purchased via fleet management partners, making it ideal for trucking companies but not for independent drivers.
  • JJ Keller Elogs cost $250 for the device, but then you are also required to pay $209 a year for an Encompass subscription that monitors your logs.
  • Rand McNally HD 100 logging device sold online is about $300.

Using an App

Can you use your smartphone to monitor your electronic logs? Sort of. You can only use an app to read and submit information. You are required to have a tracking device attached to your engine. So even if you can find a free app for an e-log system you are still going to have to pay for a monitoring device.

For example, Rand McNally has released the HD 100 app on iTunes for Apple users. However, to use this app you have to purchase the Rand McNally HD 100 logging device, which is about $300. Garmin also has an app, this one called the Forward Thinking for Android users. It functions based on movement and logs you as on duty for your hours of service. As part of the Forward Thinking system it functions with the Garmin dezl 760 device.

Subscription Plans Necessary

Now that you have paid about $400 for an electronic logging device, that’s not the last of it. You will also need to have constant wireless connectivity. This requires signing up for yet another wireless service with a company like your cell phone provider. It is reportedly going to cost about $40 a month just to pay for the internet service for electronic logs.

Rounding Up the Figures

Adding everything up that you will need to shell out for an e-log system, we have:

  • $270 to $600 for an e-log tracking device
  • $0 for most apps
  • $40 a month/ $480 a year, ongoing, for wireless service

That is a cost of no less than $750 a year for the first year, with expenses ongoing. Of course as with anything electronic you’ll need to get an update or upgrade in a year or two. So in reality you’re looking at an ongoing expense of $500 or more a year just for the e-log system. Compared to the buck or two for a paper log and an ink pen, this is definitely costing truckers and trucking companies a lot more money in the long run. Is the savings worth it? It is for the FCMSA and DOT apparently.

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