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ELD Mandate Update: How to Install Your Geotab Device

By Alyssa Rinehart on December 11, 2017

With the ELD Mandate quickly approaching, it is necessary to make sure that you and your drivers are properly prepared. If you are looking for an electronic logging device, look no further! Here at Quality, we have partnered with Geotab, a leading telematics company, to bring you an ELD device from a company you have come to know and trust. Geotab has manufactured a device called the Geotab GO7 to evolve and grow with your fleet, along with other changes and regulations in the future while still being affordable for fleets of all sizes.

If you are unfamiliar with the upcoming mandate, the ELD rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and in turn, accurately track faster, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. The mandate was first published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015, this was considered Phase One of the mandate. Phase Two, officially going into effect on December 18th, 2017 or self-certified and have registered with the FMCSA. Phase Three, set to go into effect after December 16th, 2019, where all drivers and carriers are subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA.

The ELD simplifies compliance by eliminating long-term paper logs, in doing so, results in a significant cut back in the most common violations, since drivers will always have an accurate up-to-date log on file. With electronic transfer capabilities, inspections go significantly faster and easier, meaning you’re back on the road in no time. And ELDs even store additional useful information, such as location, speed, and engine date, which helps both carriers and their drivers in legal litigation.

If you have purchased a Geotab device and you are not able to get your truck into a shop to get it installed, below are the steps of how to properly install your Geotab device:

  1. Locate the diagnostic port usually found under the dashboard on the driver’s side. With a screwdriver, remove the screws from the port to release the port from the plate. With one end of the 9-Pin T-Harness, connect to the diagnostic port that has just been removed. Zip tie the connection to make it secure.
  2. Connect the GO device to the 16-Pin end of the harness tightly. You will hear six beeps along with a momentary flash from the red, blue, and green LEDs.
  3. [With the vehicle parked outdoors to locate satellites and vent exhaust fumes], turn on the ignition. The device will beep as each one of the LEDs lights up. Red indicates ignition detection, green indicates cell connection, and blue indicates GPS latch. Wait for all three LEDs to come on.
  4. Secure the GO device to the harness with a zip tie. Coil the harness and the GO device and zip tie up under the dash to a permanent location. To ensure quality of data, the device must move in any way under the dash.
  5. Next, take the remaining end of the 9-Pin harness and place in the original port location and screw in place. The installation is complete.

If you are still in need of an ELD device or are interested in purchasing a Geotab device, visit our site here, give us a call at (844) 806-1880, or send us an email at eld@qualityco.com.

 

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