Since the regulation of using ELD has been mandated by FMCSA in December 2017, it is crucial for companies to record all movement of their trucks recorded along with the driver(s) who is driving the vehicle. However, when a truck is being driven without having a driver successfully logged in it is called Unassigned Driving Time.
It is the responsibility of the driver and the motor carrier to reassign the unassigned driving time. Motor carrier can assign the unassigned driving with an explanation. The explanation must include the reason as to why the driving was reassigned.
If there is unreasonable amount of unassigned drive time, FMCSA may consider the driver or motor carrier an imminent hazard. It is highly advisable for the motor carriers and drivers to keep unassigned driving time as minimum as possible.
Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA/MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.