A common misconception is that drivers have zero ability to edit logs with an ELD, which isn’t entirely true. The ELD rule aims to improve transparency of driver logs and provide a systematic process for legally editing log books.

Who can make edits to a driver’s logs?
Drivers can make direct edits to their electronic log, and authorized carrier personnel can make log edit suggestions.

What log edits are drivers allowed to make?
Drivers have the option to review and edit logs at any time. If a driver feels that a certain entry is not correct, he or she can amend the log. The amendment must be accompanied by an annotation indicating the reason for the edit to ensure accuracy.

What log edits are fleet personnel allowed to make?
Fleet managers can make log edit suggestions to a driver’s log. For example, if a driver mistakenly records on-duty, non-driving hours as off-duty, a fleet manager can make a log edit suggestion. The edit remains pending until the driver certifies the change.

Why are drivers given the ultimate power on log edits?
The final decision to approve or reject a log edit rests with the driver. According to the FMCSA, allowing drivers to make the final call on edits will limit possible issues that may arise regarding driver harassment.

What are the limitations for editing logs with an ELD?
Although ELDs allow drivers to make edits, there are limitations. The system will maintain the original log record alongside any edits made by individual who them. Additionally, there is certain information that cannot be edited at all. The following data points can not be adjusted by either driver or authorized carrier staff:

• An intermediate log.
• A driver’s login/logout activity.
• CMV’s engine power up/shut down.
• ELD malfunctions and data diagnostic events.
• Drive time