Starting December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will require drivers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to automatically collect hours of service (HOS) records. More details on the final rule are available on the FMCSA Website.
No, you can create an account and add your drivers without devices. Drivers will manually enter their hours of service and you will be able to see if they understand the app, produce logs with good form and manner, and are keeping up with DVIRs. Once you and your drivers are comfortable with the system you can purchase devices to be compliant with the FMCSA mandate.
The driver is responsible for maintaining their HOS logs. The BIT ELD will work on any truck and record the necessary data for the ELD mandate. As long as a driver has a device they will be compliant with any truck the device can plug into.
The BIT ELD can be connected to the diagnostic port in most vehicles with a 6-pin or 9-pin connector.
Yes, a driver will be able to enter DVIRs in the app and you will be able to see the results on your homepage at no additional cost.
Yes, you will be able to know how many miles a driver drove in any state. The app will also allow the driver to enter their fuel receipt data. This will be a small charge of $10/month per truck for the service.
Yes, the device will be able to pick up any fault codes thrown by the truck and let you know what caused the issue.
When you buy the BIT ELD you own the ELD. You pay no monthly cost for service for HOS compliance.
There is a 1-year warranty on the device. If it breaks or stops working send it in and we will get you a new device within the 7 day window the FMCSA gives you to correct the problem and get a new ELD for your vehicle.
Yes, the app will handle Canada's HOS regulations.
We are currently in production with our ODB-II solution that will work with medium duty vehicles. It is set to be available in Winter 2017.
No, you will not pay a monthly charge for keeping electronic logs. Once you get the adapter you will have the bare minimum requirements for the FMCSA mandate.
According to the FMCSA mandate CDL Requirements
All ELD manufactures will require the driver to enter their CDL information to help prevent drivers from making multiple accounts. This helps to verify the uniqueness of the account and is only used for that purpose.
The BIT ELD adapter plugs into the diagnostic port of the vehicle. This plug is directly connected to the vehicles ECU and will get all of the data needed for the FMCSA mandate from there.
The BIT ELD will only record when the truck is in motion and when it is stopped. The only duty status that the device will use is "Driving" and "On Duty Not Driving". All other duty status changes need to be made by the driver as needed.
Yes, the app supports team driving. The co-driver will have full access to the app while the driver is driving. The driver's account will be locked out while the truck is in motion for safety purposes. If drive time is accidentally logged on the co-drivers account the driving team will be able to swap the drive time to the other user.
You can unplug the BIT ELD dongle to free the diagnostic port for maintenance. This will not affect the ELD or your data. Remember to plug the device back in when maintenance is done.
The BIT ELD transmits vehicle data to the driver's mobile device through a Bluetooth connection. The mobile device uploads that data to Blue Ink Tech's server so that it can be accessed through the app or website.
If your device is set up to automatically update its apps you will always have the newest version when it comes out. If you you can update as follows:
For Apple devices, open App Store > Updates and press the Update button beside the Blue Ink Tech app
For Android devices, go to the Google Play store and select the Blue Ink Tech app update
The app allows you to view and edit logs for today plus the past seven days. The FMCSA requires us to store your data for at least 6 months.
No, the platform does not support geofencing at the time.
Yes, you can suggest edit for your drivers logbook. They will have a chance to review your suggestions and can accept or reject your suggestion.
Under the FMCSA mandate the exact location is not needed and provides added privacy to the driver. The FMCSA instructs ELD manufactures to display location information in this way.
Yes, if you forget your password we will send a password reset email to the email address you provided so you can retrieve your logs and other data.
No, the FMCSA states that you can use a bluetooth connection to retrieve data from the ECM
For more information see the FMCSA website
Click on the menu icon in the top-left corner of the app. Select "Roadside Inspection". All of the required data will be displayed on the screen.
The FMCSA is still working on setting up its emails and data delivery services. Transferring data using the procedures required by the new ELD mandate will not be possible until the FMCSA has implemented these services and email accounts.
The BIT ELD device can be connected to the diagnostic port in most trucks. The 9-pin connector meets SAE J1939 and the 6-pin connector meets SAE 1708 and J1587 standards for serial communications in heavy-duty vehicles.
A USB port on the BIT ELD allows for possible future firmware updates.