During Roadside Inspection in the US, the Safety Inspector will ask for the data transfer of the last 7 or 8 days of driver records from an ELD.
The data transfer can be done with different methods:
- RoadLog Solo: USB or Bluetooth Transfer
- RoadLog Advanced and Premium: Wireless (web services) transfer or USB or Bluetooth Transfer
For USB data transfer, the inspector will need to provide an authorized USB device and their Safety Inspector Code.
For Bluetooth data transfer, the inspector will need to provide an internet hotspot via Bluetooth and their Safety Inspector Code.
For Wireless (web services) transfer, the inspector will provide their Safety Inspector Code.
The driver will enter the Safety Inspector Code in the “comment field” as shown in the instructions below.
- Wireless Roadside Inspection
- USB Roadside Inspection
- Bluetooth Roadside Inspection
- Paper Roadside Inspection
Should any of the methods above fail, printing the driver’s logs is a legitimate data transfer method. Extract from the rule:
4.9.1. Data Transfer
During Roadside Safety Inspections (c) The ELD must provide an ELD record for the current 24-hour period and the previous 7 consecutive days as described in section 188.8.131.52 either on a display or on a printout.
VDO RoadLog Compliance with FMCSA ELD Rule
The VDO RoadLog electronic logging system has been sufficiently tested, under the conditions in which it will be used, to meet or exceed the requirements of section 49 CFR Parts 385, 386, 390, and 395 Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents; Final Rule of the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in effect at the time of its manufacture.
VDO RoadLog Compliance with Data Transfer Requirements of the ELD rule.
Extract from the rule:
4.9.1. Data Transfer During Roadside Safety Inspections
(b) …To meet roadside electronic data transfer requirements, an ELD must do at least one of the following:
(1) Option 1—Telematics transfer methods. Transfer the electronic data using both:
(i) Wireless Web services, and
(ii) Email, or
(2) Option 2—Local transfer methods. Transfer the electronic data using both:
(i) USB2 (incorporated by reference, see § 395.38), and
(ii) Bluetooth (incorporated by reference, see § 395.38).
For roadside inspection purposes RoadLog with software version 11.02.00 or higher can provide the following options for electronic data transfer:
- USB and Bluetooth for model part numbers 3290-10100100 and 3290-10100101, or
- Web Services, USB and Bluetooth for model part numbers 3290-20100100 and 3290-20100101
The ELD rule also requires an ELD to generate a compliant report on a printout or on a display as a backup if the electronic data transfer does not work.
All models of VDO RoadLog ELD provide the means to generate a compliant report on a printout.
VDO RoadLog ELD is currently listed in the FMCSA directory available at:
Documents required in the vehicle during at a Roadside Inspection:
- VDO RoadLog Quick Start Guide version 3.0 or newer. This document includes the Roadside Inspection Instructions as well as malfunctions and data diagnostic events reporting instructions.
- A supply of blank driver’s records of duty status graph-grids sufficient to record the driver’s duty status and other related information for a minimum of 8 days.
Disputing an incorrect citation
In order to dispute an incorrect citation the operator should do so through the DATAQ system at https://dataq.fmcsa.dot.gov