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UPDATED: PIT Group to measure, certify ELD compliance

Posted: October 31, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

ATLANTA, GA – Montreal-based PIT Group says it plans to offer independent compliance testing of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as fleets prepare to meet the new U.S. mandate for the devices by December 2017.

PIT Group director Yves Provencher says his organization will follow the latest version of the ELD Test Plan and Procedures issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“In advance of the ELD mandate in the U.S., a growing number of suppliers are self-certifying ELDs,” said Provencher. “But suppliers that come to us for ELD verification will differentiate themselves in the market because our testing is thorough and unbiased, and it will cover the most up-to-date requirements in the ELD rule.”

Provencher added that ELD providers can earn a certificate of verification from PIT Group to show fleets and driver customers.

PIT Group testing for ELD verification will follow FMCSA’s ELD Test Plan and Procedures related to the U.S. ELD rule, including but not limited to Chapter 1: User Accounts, Inputs and Vehicle Interface; Chapter 2: Data Processing, Monitoring and Recording, and Chapter 3: Outputs and Data Transfer.

In addition to the FMCSA ELD functional requirements, PIT Group will also perform an operational evaluation for vehicle interface, mobile ELD units; driver interface and operation; back office application (motor carrier), and roadside enforcement.

Earlier in October, EROAD, a provider of electronic tax, compliance and commercial services, including electronic IFTA, Oregon Weight Mile Tax, driver and vehicle analytics, and real-time fleet tracking, announced it will be the first supplier to provide the PIT Group with an ELD solution for independent testing and verification.

“We know how much compliance matters to our customers, which is why EROAD follows rigorous internal testing procedures and protocols for our tax and compliance solutions,” said EROAD COO Jarred Clayton. “We are going one step further by adding PIT Group’s independent testing and verification to assure carriers that the ELD they have chosen is best in class and compliant.”

“PIT Group’s expertise in vehicle technologies, telematics and regulatory requirements made it uniquely qualified to demonstrate the feasibility and value of independent testing and verification,” stated Clayton. “They understand fleets. Having worked with fleet managers and manufacturers to provide and select the best technologies for the past eight years, they know it’s about more than just meeting technical specifications. What matters most is ease of use and how it can help the business overall.”

Fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified Electronic Logging devices in the U.S. Carriers already using ELDs have until December 2019 to comply with the rules.

PIT Group is also a key player in the development of a similar Canadian ELD standard. 

While carriers can outsource such tests, they are still ultimately responsible for complying with the regulations, says Duane DeBryune, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokesman.

You can see the final ELD rule here.

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