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Can an electronic logging device (ELD) provider pass the one-minute boot time rule by requiring the driver to power on the device (or an app) prior to starting the engine?

FMCSA-ELD-395-Q055(2022-03-10)

 

Question: Can an electronic logging device (ELD) provider pass the one-minute boot time rule by requiring the driver to power on the device (or an app) prior to starting the engine?  

Guidance: Yes. If the ELD is an application on a separate device, the driver must understand that manual power must be on and the ELD application launched prior to starting the vehicle so that the device can recognize the engine start. Failure to start the application would result in the driver operating without an ELD, which would be in violation of the ELD rule.

Contact Info: FMCSA ELD Information, 1-800-832-5660 or ELD@dot.gov.

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Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way.  It is intended only to provide information and clarity regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. 

Regulatory Topic: ELD Guidance
Effective Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Issued Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022