Editing Drivers Logs – What the ELD Mandate is Expected to Say

Some professional truck drivers look at the upcoming ELD Mandate with dread and confusion, but there are a few things in the regulation that will be welcomed with enthusiasm. High on that list are rules related to editing drivers logs, a subject that has been somewhat contentious.

Read on—and breathe a sigh of relief.

Where things stand right now

Currently, 395.15-compliant AOBRDs must record:

  • Who edited the RODS
  • When it was edited
  • What it looked like before edits were made
  • Why changes were necessary

Many truck drivers have worried that their e-logs could be edited without their knowledge.


Editing driver logs -- Image of a man erasing a whiteboard

This assumption is incorrect and the ELD Mandate aims to further refine the process for legally editing driver log books.

What’s to come with driver logs?

The ELD mandate will give drivers more power to approve or reject corrections and adjustments before they’re made final.

That means any and all edits must remain in a pending state until the driver accepts them. Additionally, all drivers must have access to their logs through the ELD, as well as the web.

Drivers—get your “red pens” ready

Truck drivers will now be able to make full annotations to their daily logs, allowing them to record more detailed information. This will become especially helpful when encountering situations where trucking regulations are a bit ambiguous.

To find out more about electronic driver log editing, the upcoming ELD mandate, and to hear answers to other questions about trucking regulations, check out our webinar with Tom Cuthbertson, Omnitracs VP of Regulatory Compliance.