Fleets who have been tracking the progress of the ELD mandate over the years agree that the top question about the final rule published December 2015 is, “How is it different from what we expected?” For one, the methods by which the data collected by the ELD would be transferred to law enforcement changed, in part due to commentary from organizations like Omnitracs who actively participated in the review and commentary period.
The two transfer methods that were eliminated include:
- QR Code
- Transfer Jet
During the commentary period, Omnitracs submitted that these methods would likely translate to higher costs and be difficult to implement for all parties involved – from the driver, to the supplier, and to the enforcement agency itself.
Instead, the ELD final rule established that the final technical methods for transfer of the eRODS file to enforcement would be categorized according to two “base methods”:
- Base Method One: Telematics Approach – Transfer via Web Services or Email Attachment
- Base Method Two: Peer-to-Peer Approach – Transfer via USB 2.0 or Bluetooth Local Network
Each ELD supplier is to select a base method and support both technologies within that approach.
Enforcement, on the other hand, is to select one technology to support from each base method. It is important to note that the technology chosen by enforcement can vary from state to state. Colorado, for example, may choose Telematics/Web Services and Peer-to-Peer/Bluetooth. North Carolina may choose a different combination. When asked, the system is designed so that the driver will indicate whether the device operates under the Telematics or Peer-to-Peer transfer method, and enforcement specifies which technology within that method it supports.
Navigating the ELD final rule can be a daunting task. To learn more, check out this free HDT webinar, “What You Know (And Don’t Know) About the ELD Mandate,” available for viewing on demand.