ELD – News

Car haulers, this subject already sounds pretty familiar to every motor car carrier that’s thinking long term in the industry.

Here are some insights you need to know directly from FMCSA about the ELD rule:

ELD is used by commercial drivers with the requirement to prepare:

  1. HOS  – Hours of service
  2. RODS – Records of duty status

ELD will need to also be certified and registered with FMCSA, along with having supporting documents for drivers/car carriers required to keep in the truck.

So, beginning on December 18, 2017, a driver using an ELD must have an ELD information packet onboard the commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Speaking about it, an ELD can be on a smartphone or other wireless device if the device meets the ELD rule’s technical specifications.

Data Storage:

For six months, a motor carrier must keep both the ELD Records of

  • hours services data
  • a back-up copy of that data on a separate device

The car carrier must ensure that these records are stored securely to protect driver privacy.

An ELD automatically records the following data elements at certain intervals:

  • date
  • time
  • location information
  • engine hours
  • vehicle miles
  • identification information for the driver
  • authenticated user
  • vehicle
  • motor carrier

Location data must be recorded by an ELD at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, driver powers up and shuts down the engine, change duty status, and indicates personal use or yard moves.

Also, keep in mind that an ELD must automatically switch to driving mode once the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is moving up to a set speed threshold of five miles per hour. As a result, the in-motion state must not be configured greater than five miles per hour. The vehicle will be considered stopped once its speed falls to zero miles per hour and stays at zero miles per hour for three consecutive seconds.

Guess what else?

The ELD must convert automatically captured vehicle position in latitude/longitude coordinates into geo-location information that indicates the approximate distance and direction to an identifiable location corresponding to the name of a nearby city, town, or village, with a State abbreviation.

Engine synchronization CMV – ELD

An ELD must be integrally synchronized with the engine of the commercial motor vehicle (CMV). Engine synchronization means monitoring engine operation to automatically capture the engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hour

Vehicle performance? Not really.

Yes, the ELD rule allows but does not require, warning or notification to drivers when they are nearing their HOS limits.

Data export from ELD

Since all ELD data file output will be a standard comma-delimited file, a driver may import the data output file into Microsoft Excel, Word notepad, or other common tools. A driver will also be able to access ELD records through a screen display or a printout, depending on the ELD design.

Bluetooth Feature

If the driver is using a “local” ELD with Bluetooth capabilities, the authorized safety official will activate Bluetooth on his or her computing device and the driver will initiate the Bluetooth electronic transfer of the data from the driver’s ELD to the safety official’s computing device.

The official will provide a Bluetooth pairing code for the driver to enter into the ELD for the data file transfer.

Here’s a cool list you can review – ELD’s Compliant List

The plug-in device to your truck’s ECM communicates the relevant data to software on your smartphone — the software enables the log to work, likewise electronic pre-trip/post trip inspection reports.

The ECM plug-in communicates with your smartphone, as with many others, over Bluetooth, and guiding smartphone apps are currently available on both iOS and Android platforms. Administration of the data is done through a web-based software program users create a unique account.

Most ELDs pair an engine-connected relay with another device, often an operator’s smartphone or tablet, hence the common BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) designation.

For such devices, some contain a cellular connection within the engine-connected relay, some don’t.

For those that don’t, generally, extra costs incurred for data-plan charges on a smartphone are not reflected here.

Just a quick overview for car haulers:

We’re covering just new industry information so that every single car hauler out there can read it and get a general idea – for full in depth explanation of specific cases feel free to visit FMCSA for sure.


Happy car hauling 

CarShipIO Team 

Until next time


ELD – Basics of Electronic Logging Device

In the auto transport industry, there’s been a lot of development and research in the transport industry about ELD.

ELD stands for Electronic Logging Device.

Take a look at more history insights about the ELD last years:

This means serious preparation as independent owner-operators is likely to gravitate to a baseline compliance device. They can benefit from additional functions such as IFTA data collection, making mileage tracking automatic and easily reportable.

The exceptions to ELD requirements will be the following:

  • Old model trucks (from 1999)
  • Drivers in drive-away businesses
  • Drivers operating under the timecard exception rule – short-haul 100 – 150 miles specifically.
  • Drivers who keep logbook but work less than 8 days in 30 days

The core basics of the display of an ELD are:

  • Driver First Name and Last Name
  • ELD Username
  • ELD Malfunction Status
  • Total Engine Hours
  • Miles for each driving period
  • Data Diagnostic Status for the authenticated driver

The specific data recorded is:

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Engine Hours & Vehicle Mileage
  • Speed & Distance
  • Driver Login
  • Vehicle Identification & Authorized Carrier Identification

All events are recorded:

  • At start & finish
  • When changing the duty status
  • Once per hour why vehicle is operating
  • At the start & end of personal use or yard time

On FMCSA if you search for more information you’ll clearly see this the Phase 3 – full compliance phase with the punch line that after December 16, 2019, all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations. So after that FMCSA advice is to take advantage of their specific training like classrooms, webinars.

So far for general info of ELD – that’s it. We are always keeping an eye behind the curtains to see where the industry goes so we are going to keep everyone updated with our research.


As always happy car hauling and until next time.

CarShipIO Team

Car Hauler Guide to make & save money



So you want to learn how to make & save more money as a car hauler?

Imagine what would be like making additional $ on top – from 7 strategies we have discovered that works for the majority of auto transport professionals.

Here there are the strategies on how to make & save more money as a car hauler:

  • Organization
  • Less Paperwork
  • Efficient Invoicing
  • Follow-up and Updates
  • Analytics
  • Trip Planning
  • Minimize False Claim Damages

Let me guess you want to get to that X amount net profit monthly?

Use & Practice Organization   

Top 1 is to have a functional system or create a system based on best practices that will give the opportunity to manage easily your top 4 business growing factors or revenue streams.

In the car hauler business the top 4 things that will bring you revenue are:

  • Drivers  –   having great relationships with these people will represent a critical factor for your business to grow, also assign loads and dispatch it in the easiest ways possible for them, with detailed notifications and support on the trip
  • Trucks  –  the core equipment that is key to the economy of every car haulage company needs to manage the maintenance, oil, suspension, service records, the inspection, insurance
  • Trailers –  hauling 10 cars  with different weights and dimensions, VIN codes, models needs technical organization and also professional loading and unloading
  • Load –  if you own this part right here you will skyrocket the revenue you currently make on your loads you deliver, you can check out List of Top Load Boards for Car Haulers in our recent blog post

Minimize Paperwork

How can you make more money by minimizing paperwork?

The principle is extremely easy to grasp in every type of business “Time is Money’’.

If you manage to save only 1 hour a day by eliminated the huge amount of paperwork you do every day, you will literally save more than 300 hours per year, that’s 12 business days.

Sounds good to save 2+ weeks per year to produce some more money in that time and not do much of your boring paperwork! Extra 2 week Paid Vacation? Heck Yea!!!


In your car carrier business, timing will realize a lot of value. When you send that invoice as soon the load is delivered, you will have a greater chance of having all the necessary information about getting paid, as you have all the information you need right there and will not have to go back and look for that invoice in your paper files, or under the seat, glove box, your pet’s bedding, wherever else? Also making your terms and conditions as clear as possible to the customers is of much help, but at the same time include all of the pertinent details in the document necessary to that customer. Being able to invoice as you delivery can help you get paid 12 days faster on average, so maybe you can skip dropping 3-5% on that money factoring company just by implementing the right strategy using the best tools. Think what you can do with Free 5% a year BONUS? Many 1 trucks, 3 car haulers start saving $3000+ a year, just by solving this issue.

Follow-up and status update

One of the weak links in car haulage is following-up! Why? Because they don’t know what to say.

A lot of confusing questions appear such as ‘’ when I need to call?’’, ‘’ what to ask?’’, ‘’who do I need to call?’ Organize your call list, have a basic script for calls, commit to your follow-ups and be extremely timely and persistent with them. Updating and following up as soon as possible is one of the top practical advice to get the fastest results possible and set your company apart from a sea of “rookies” who lose repeat business by not following up.

If you don’t want to follow-up with customers you won’t stay connected and you will loose business.

Knowing your numbers – analytics 

To make more money, you need to have a clear financial target. You always need to know where is your company in terms of expenses, revenue, net profit, revenue per mile, revenue per vehicle mile and other metrics to get you to the point you want to be. Also by knowing your numbers, you are identifying your top weak points and problems and your strongest links, that way you will consider which problems you need to solve in your day-to-day operation.

Reverse engineer on how many vehicles you need to ship on weekly basis to get to that monthly net profit.

Trip Planning

Optimal route planning sometimes is neglected because of the variety of delivery destinations and time it takes, due to complexities and delivery windows.

Every car hauler needs a map system allowing them to view an address and locate that destination and route more easily, even with multiple intermediary stops.

Tools like navigation, map dragging, zooming, detailed and always up-to-date is fundamental to such a system. A good combination of the truck capacity planning and route optimization will reduce fuel and toll charges. Planning your Trips ahead considering best routes, stops, bridges, time windows, vehicle characteristics and more can literally mean if you will make it break it on the trip, or be able to make it home to your loved ones that Friday afternoon after being done with all your car deliveries on time.

Minimize false damage claims

The main thing to do is to take pictures of every dent or scratch on the body, interior, wheels and glass before you load the car on your trailer.

That way you will truly minimize the false damage claims, by presenting that you have inspected the car with the pictures from all angles.

Another way is selecting your customers, shippers, dealers based on professionalism and rating in their service and the relationships they have previously formed.

Focus on these things as your car shipping company grows and let us know how they changed your results.

Hoped it helped and thank you very much for reading CarShipIO blog.

Until next time!

CarShipIO Team