Countdown to ELD: Your Final Checklist for Compliance

December 14, 2017

The first deadline for ELD Compliance is just a few days away. Are you ready? If you're still taking the final steps to prepare, rest assured that Samsara has you covered with a modern, easy-to-use ELD solution and a step-by-step checklist to make sure you’re fully compliant by the FMCSA's December 18th deadline.

Follow these steps to ensure that you’re ready for day one of ELD compliance:

1. Find an ELD solution

Before focusing on how to use your ELD, make sure you have devices set up and installed in all of your vehicles. If you’re still looking for a solution, Samsara has ELDs in supply, so reach out to sales@samsara.com today to get compliant! Remember, if you’re planning to use AOBRDs, they MUST be installed before December 18th and you will have to use ELDs in any new vehicle if your fleet grows.

2. Print required in-cab materials

The ELD mandate requires that each vehicle has two documents - a user manual and driver instruction sheet - available in every cab. With Samsara, you can easily print your own cab kits online here or request cab kits that can be mailed for free from your sales rep. Put all the materials in your ELD-compliant vehicles to make sure you’re not caught off guard during your first DOT inspection!

3. Update DOT & Carrier information

The ELD mandate now requires that your DOT number, Carrier name, and address are up-to-date. With Samsara, you can avoid form and manner violations by updating carrier information in the dashboard using these simple steps.

4. Enter drivers’ license information

Driver’s license information is required for every driver. The good news is Samsara’s dashboard allows you to edit driver information all at once with our bulk update tool. Update driver data before the deadline with these steps.

5. Train your drivers

Once the setup logistics are complete, make sure your drivers know how to record their Hours of Service (HoS). This series of short videos (in English AND Spanish) can help your drivers get up to speed.

6. Know where to find help

At Samsara, we have an extensive online knowledge base and a live support team based in California who can answer any remaining questions you have. Our head of customer engagement also put together this comprehensive training video covering the ins and outs of our ELD solution:

We know regulations can feel like a burden, so we’ve built a solution that is affordable and easy-to-use. If you’re still looking for an ELD provider, we’ve got you covered. Sign up for a free trial today. If you already use Samsara, reach out to support, and we’ll happily walk you through any open questions that you still have.

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