ELD compliant with IFTA?

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    CT Brooke Logistics Bobtail Member

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    hi everyone, i have been reading a lot about ELD systems both here and via google search. It appears that an ELD does not have a capability to log IFTA miles? I seem to find secondary software that can do this but no direct ELD that does. Does anyone have any experience with this? Do you still log your IFTA on paper or some other system?
     
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    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Many are said to work correctly, but some don't and we still keep track separately even though what we have is supposed to.

    I don't trust it, myself.
     
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    Makeajump Light Load Member

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    My TransFlo ELD does IFTA logging. The system was $149.00 upfront which was refunded to my Love’s Rewards Card, for the device which came with a wire / plug harness. It was a painless plug and play installation then $20.00 per month which is also refunded same way each month. So it is pretty much free for a 6 month period. The IFTA logging and all the rest of it works great!
     
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    CT Brooke Logistics Bobtail Member

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    have you ever kept a paper log and checked it to what the ELD shows?
     
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    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Yes, I'm not really impressed by the accuracy, either.

    Might stem from inaccurate compilation of location, for instance, giving a location in Michigan to locate a point in Indiana.

    Only used 1 so I can't say that is normal for all of them.

    Employer requires odometer reading at state borders, we do the same paper work except RODS. I keep paper as a journal. Unsigned, unless needed in place of ELD per that rule.

    Every couple of weeks I get a message of a degrade due to the device not connecting to the cloud for over a certain period of time, it needs a 3g connection, it's hard wired and uses no phone or tablet to read.
     
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    Justrucking2 Road Train Member

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    Log it on paper, I use a sheet that I found on the IFTA website. Only accurate way I have found to log those miles. I use one sheet a week, at the end of the month I record those miles. Takes all of the pain out of losing a computer file or a hard drive failing. And you have real hard copy records.
     
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    Thanks for the responses! My boss is a fan of technology and as we look to buy new trucks he wants to make sure they are equipped with the latest and greatest. One of his questions were about the ELD ability to log IFTA. I have seen units that do it, not convinced its a replacement for paper yet.
     
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    I would not trust an ELD to track IFTA miles. Have the drivers record it on paper. These programs aren’t worth spit on these ELD units. If the program screws up, it can get very costly. I was leased to an outfit that relied on the computer to figure the IFTA miles, never correct, and one of the main reasons I quit them. They passed their screw up on to us, the lease ops. $640 quarterly IFTA charges! But that is what the computer said! BS.
     
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    I agree, don't use the ELD for IFTA. Especially, if your ECM is not calibrated with the dash. Stick with paper or utilize an actual Telematics service. And, I'm saying this, as an "ELD and Telematics Supplier."

    The location function is normal. This is by design.
    Per the mandate: The location listed (while on-duty) is a 5-mile radius around the truck, with a proximity to the nearest municipality, with a population of 5K or more. The radius extends to 10 miles, while in an Off Duty Status. Keep in-mind, this is typically going to be bouncing off of Cellular Towers. If the signal from one tower is not "up to par" at that exact moment, it will pull from the next one. So, the locations being recorded may fluctuate, even if you're in the same position.
     
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    Not real useful for locating without a map with a set of. dividers and a scale.
     
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