The ELD Mandate

5 Steps to Ensure a Compliant Fleet

  1. Check if your fleet is affected using our fact sheet below
  2. Pinpoint the requirements of your fleet – roaming across network boundaries, high data transfer rates, mission-critical service etc.
  3. Ensure that your connectivity provider can offer the rates you need for IoT communications
  4. Get an ELD-certified device designed to handle all your requirements as simply as possible
  5. Integrate the device with your fleet, install the ELD application, and familiarize your entire team with ELD devices for a smooth transition

PodM2M can ensure wholesale data rates with major US operators such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint, with a package designed for ELD use and to fit your budget.
Our IoT data SIM cards enable you to get up to speed with the new regulations, while only paying for the data you need to stay on the road.

To take full advantage of ELD devices, drivers must be able to access the information they collect in real time, and have an internet connection they can rely on to securely transmit data to a central server or management platform. At PodM2M we have been perfecting our mission-critical connectivity since 1999, and utilize our long-standing operator relationships to offer nationwide coverage and wholesale rates designed for IoT applications. These relationships also allow us to cross network boundaries, keeping you connected to the best signal wherever you are.

Pod Recommends

With the 2G sunset rolling out throughout the US, and 3G sure to follow, fleet enterprises must choose carefully when selecting their connectivity to avoid additional and unnecessary costs further down the line.
As ELD systems need to transmit data efficiently regardless of the network carrier, location, or transfer speed of your device, managers need a reliable connectivity method that can connect to the same bandwidth wherever they are, and send data back to HQ without interruption or delay.
Because of this, PodM2M recommends a 4G LTE connection for ELD devices, to provide ubiquitous coverage across the US and North America, a stable bandwidth that will support IoT communications without being ‘refarmed’ for faster alternatives, and one that can reliably send data across the country with limited risk of data loss or service delay.

What is the ELD Mandate?

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate is a U.S. federal regulation that requires operators of commercial vehicles and heavy machinery to electronically log Record of Duty Status (RODS) as well as vehicle operation and hours of service (HOS) data.

Who does it affect?

Any operator who is legally required to track HOS.
Any vehicle (including construction vehicles) weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
Interstate commercial vehicles currently required to keep RODS.
Vehicles equipped with hazmat placards.
Passenger vehicles with more than 8 or 15 passengers (depending on class).

Most common exemptions:

Short-haul drivers with a timecard exception (those who operate within a 100 mile radius)
Non-CDL freight drivers operating within a 150 mile radius
Drivers who use paper RODS for 8 or fewer days in a 30-day period
Vehicles with engines manufactured before 2000

For the full list of exemptions see the FMCSA website:

Why is it being enacted?

To prevent driver fatigue, a major cause of traffic accidents, by ensuring HOS limits are not exceeded. ELDs will prevent an estimated 26 deaths annually and save over $1 billion in paperwork.

When does this apply?

The ELD Mandate went into effect in February 2016, but drivers must be compliant by December 18, 2017. From then until December 16, 2019, drivers can also use Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDS) installed prior to December 2017. After December 2019, all drivers must use certified, registered ELDs.

What do you need?

Certified ELD software (
Reliable internet connection
Device to install application (can be a tablet or smartphone)
Device to read onboard computer and send data to the application