is gps tracking required with ELD?

Does the ELD Mandate Require GPS Tracking on Trucks? Yes & No

Well that wasn’t terribly helpful!

Let’s do better.  The FMCSA electronic logbook device (ELD systems) rule requires that the devices in the cabs of trucks that will be used to replace paper logbooks have GPS tracking installed in them.  However, there are differences from this level of GPS tracking and the type of tracking done in traditional fleet tracking.

Traditional Fleet Tracking

With traditional fleet tracking, I can tell you which bay a truck is parked in at a distribution center.  The level of accuracy with the GPS tracking devices in common use in fleet tracking allows fleet managers and owners to tell what lane a truck is occupying and the direction of travel as well as speed.

FMCSA Rule and GPS Tracking

Under the FMCSA rule, the actual ELD system suppresses this level of accuracy from the GPS tracking function of the system and will only report a “within about 10 miles” level of accuracy.  This is intended to give the truck driver some additional level of privacy.

Putting the two together

Does the ELD mandate prohibit the ability for fleet managers to use GPS tracking at a more accurate level as they have traditionally?  No.  Fleet owners and managers can still take advantage of GPS tracking for their fleets for other purposes.  They just cannot use the exact device used for ELD mandate compliance to achieve this level of accuracy.  So, you can expect fleet tracking system providers, like Rhino Fleet Tracking, to offer ways to achieve both functions in one system.  This way, the fleet owners will still be able to get updates on deliveries, watch out for safety violations, and much more.

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