A to Z: Electronic Logbook Devices for Your Nevada Trucking Business

Tracking and storing Records on Duty Status (RODS) is no longer a choice, it’s also a mandatory law now. Based on FMCSA’s announcement issued in December of 2015, all professional truck drivers and businesses are required to start using Electronic Logbook Devices (ELD). The deadline for integration was December 2017, so if you haven’t checked off this point yet, read on, we can help you understand the process and kickstart the integration.

First things first, an Electronic Logbook Device is a piece of technology that can be installed in every truck and commercial motor vehicle your business employs. In short, its main function is to record data on the performance of your trucks and drivers.

An ELD will help you track, record and analyze key information about the operations of your Nevada trucking business. Here’s what you can expect your ELD to accomplish:

  • Access the truck’s engine to determine if it’s in action or not;
  • Let your drivers select any one of the following modes: On Duty, Off Duty, or On Duty Not Driving;
  • Your drivers and operators can always refer to the Record of Duty Status to determine the number of hours your drivers have been On Duty in a day;
  • If needed, you can use your ELDs to share information with the law enforcement officers, using USB, Bluetooth or a wireless web service.

To make sure the device corresponds to all the legal requirement, your ELD needs to come from a certified provider.

Take advantage of ELDs to save up

Trucking businesses in Nevada spend massive amounts of paper and hours of administrative work to complete tasks that can now be handled by the ELD. By adopting this technology, you can make your own contribution to the environment surrounding us, and you can simplify the process that requires excessive amounts of paperwork and correspondence.

ELD Exemption Cases in Nevada

Before you start renovating your tracking practices, check if your drivers or business are eligible for exemption from the law. To be exempted, one of the following points needs to apply to you:

  • Your trucks are using engines manufactured before 2000.
  • You are a tow truck driver that is only transporting the commercial motor vehicles and does not own them.
  • Maintaining a Record of Duty Status is not required for you. Typically, drivers hauling 100 air-miles or 150 air-miles fall into this category.
  • If the time period you are required to record is less than 8 days in a 30-day period.

Contact us if any of these points apply to your business. Our team will help you evaluate your business in regards to ELD requirements and find out if you can apply for exemption from the rule.

The cost of ELDs for Trucking Businesses in Nevada

Cutting costs is always great news, but how much will you have to spend on acquiring and installing the ELDs? Prices vary depending on providers and your preferences. However, the range starts from $165 per truck and goes up to $832. Avoiding the extreme highs and lows, you can settle in the average of $495 for a single ELD for a single truck.

So, are you ready to talk about ELDs for your business? Call us for a consultation, our experts will be happy to help you evaluate your business and decide on the right Electronic Logbook Device for your trucks.