It is possible for a trucking company to have more than one driver assigned to a single unit. When a vehicle is operated by team (2 drivers) and both drivers access their respective accounts by taking turns it is called ‘switching’.
The drivers must use their own accounts for logging their respective logs. It is the responsibility of drivers to make sure they are using the correct active account for recording their electronic logs. In order to successfully switch between two accounts, it is important that each driver is logged in with the correct credentials. When one drive is not driving, he/she should make sure that they are logged in and their status is ‘Sleeper Berth’.
Majority of ELD’s now display the active driver on top of the screen in a different colour. They also show the remaining Driving time and ON- Duty time for the current shift and cycle. This display makes it easier for drivers to plan their shifts more efficiently. Below, is a link of FMCSA document showing steps on how to ‘add a co-driver’ and ‘switch driver’ in ELD’s
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.