ATLANTA — PIT Group, an engineering and research group for the North American trucking industry, said it will offer testing and verification of electronic logging devices.
The independent, unbiased testing will follow the latest version of the Electronic Logging Device Test Plan and Procedures issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“In advance of the ELD mandate in the U.S., a growing number of suppliers are self-certifying ELDs,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “But suppliers that come to us for ELD verification will differentiate themselves in the market because our testing is thorough and unbiased, and it will cover the most up-to-date requirements in the ELD rule.”
A spokesman for the FMCSA said the regulation requires that the manufacturer self-certify the ELD.
“That would not preclude a carrier from hiring another firm to do the testing for them, but they would still be responsible for the end result,” FMCSA spokesman Duane DeBruyne said. “Many of FMCSA’s regulations regarding motor carriers work this way. The carrier remains responsible. They can ‘hire out’ the work, but to FMCSA the carrier is solely responsible.”
FMCSA has no program certifying organizations that offer testing and verification of ELDs.
“An ELD provider that has a certificate of verification from the PIT Group can provide its fleet and driver customers with the assurance that their product has been independently verified,” Provencher said. “PIT Group’s expertise in testing ELDs can also benefit trucking companies by helping ensure that company drivers and owner-operators are only using a fully verified ELD.”
Provencher said the PIT Group’s testing for ELD verification will follow FMCSA’s ELD Test Plan and Procedures related to the U.S. ELD rule, including but not limited to Chapter 1: User Accounts, Inputs and Vehicle Interface; Chapter 2: Data Processing, Monitoring and Recording, and Chapter 3: Outputs and Data Transfer.
In addition to the FMCSA ELD functional requirements, PIT Group will also perform an operational evaluation for vehicle interface, mobile ELD units; driver interface and operation; back office application [motor carrier], and roadside enforcement.
Last month, EROAD, a provider of transport technology and services, including automated solutions to manage and pay road user charges to meet regulatory and compliance obligations, and to provide a range of commercial services, announced it will be the first supplier to provide the PIT Group with an ELD solution for independent testing and verification.
Announcing the relationship, EROAD COO Jarred Clayton said, “We know how much compliance matters to our customers, which is why EROAD follows rigorous internal testing procedures and protocols for our tax and compliance solutions. We are going one step further by adding PIT Group’s independent testing and verification to assure carriers that the ELD they have chosen is best in class and compliant.”
Clayton said PIT Group’s expertise in vehicle technologies, telematics and regulatory requirements made it uniquely qualified to demonstrate the feasibility and value of independent testing and verification.
“They understand fleets. Having worked with fleet managers and manufacturers to provide and select the best technologies for the past eight years, they know it’s about more than just meeting technical specifications,” he said. “What matters most is ease of use and how it can help the business overall.”
Under FMCSA regulations requiring the use of Electronic Logging Devices, fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs. Carriers already using ELDs have until December 2019 to ensure compliance.
PIT Group is also a key player in the development of a similar Canadian ELD standard, according to Benoit Vincent, senior researcher at the PIT Group.