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What’s New in Geotab Drive & ELD — Version 1902

Last updated on April 24, 2023 in Updates by Our Project Management Specialists | Geotab |  6 minute read

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A summary of Geotab ELD and Geotab Drive updates.

Welcome to our latest summary of updates in Geotab Drive and Geotab ELD.


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General updates

Offline Mode Support for Geotab Drive

When users are out of a wireless coverage area, they can use the IOX-USB hardware to create local Duty Status Logs in the Drive App. Each Vehicle will require a custom parameter to use this functionality, which can be easily added in MyGeotab. Currently, Offline Mode support is only available for Android devices running Drive App version 4.1.5 or later. Offline Mode is a Beta feature and should be used with caution while performing tasks related to regulatory compliance. If you have any feedback you wish to share regarding this feature, please email:

Added shipment information to the Duty Status Logs page

Users can now view shipment information added during log in, directly on the MyGeotab Duty Status Logs page under Activity > HOS > Duty Status Logs.


Added an Unregulated defect type

In addition to "Critical" and "Minor," "Unregulated" has been added to defect types. An unregulated defect is not associated with federal compliance requirements and does not pose a safety risk to the driver. Unregulated defects can include interior faults such as a malfunctioning microwave in the sleeper berth, or cosmetic faults such as damage to the vehicle’s paint or fleet logos.

Geotab Drive update Defects list

Changed UI button naming conventions in the Drive app

For consistency, we have changed the naming convention of UI button text to sentence case, for example: “Edit part” and “Add defect.”

Success Password Change message on the Drive App

When a user changes their password in the Drive App, a message displays confirming the password has been successfully changed.

Password change Drive app

Added a message prompt to confirm whether or not the driver wants to apply the Adverse Driving Conditions exemption

To avoid selecting the button in error, drivers are now prompted to confirm whether or not they want to apply the Adverse Driving Conditions exemption. Once selected, the exemption cannot be reverted.

Adverse driving exemption

User Experience Improvements on Vehicles and Ruleset Page

When selecting from a long list of vehicles or rulesets, the Done button is displayed at the bottom of the screen versus the bottom of the list, preventing users from scrolling all the way through the list to click Done. Likewise, the No vehicle button is displayed at the bottom of the screen as soon as the user begins scrolling.

Geotab Drive UX improvement buttons

Hours of Service (HOS) updates

Added a link to the Trips History page in HOS logs

As a time saver, users can now click the location pin on the HOS logs page to view the Trips History. Previously, users needed to go to the Maps page and look up the vehicle.



Canadian HOS Ruleset is now out of Feature Preview

The Canadian Ruleset (Canada Cycle 1 and Canada Cycle 2) is now out of Feature Preview.


Canadian HOS only: 24 hrs of consecutive OFF duty needed after every 14 days (Cycle 1 and Cycle 2). 24 hrs of consecutive OFF duty needed after every 70 hours (Cycle 2)


For Cycle 1 and Cycle 2, no driver shall drive unless the driver has taken at least 24 consecutive hours of off-duty time in the preceding 14 days. If a driver continues driving without taking 24 hour off duty, the following violation displays: Driving without 24-hour consecutive off-duty in the preceding 14 days.

For Cycle 2, Drivers should have a maximum of 70 hours cumulative on-duty hours since their last 24 hours off-duty. If the driver continues driving without taking 24 hrs off, the following violation displays: Maximum 70 hour(s) on-duty since 24-hour consecutive off.


A countdown feature has also been added to the Drive App for drivers approaching their 24 hours off duty requirement.

Canadian HOS - Adverse Driving South of 60°N

When the Adverse Driving Conditions exemption is enabled for vehicles operating south of latitude 60°N (along the southern border of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Canada), the following changes are made to daily requirements and HOS availability:

  • Daily rest requirement decreases by two hours
  • Daily off requirement decreases by two hours
  • Daily driving available increases by two hours
  • Daily duty available increases by two hours
  • Workday driving available increases by two hours
  • Workday duty available increases by two hours
60th parallel - Map of Canada

Improvements to the Canada start of day logic

The logic for the Canadian HOS “Start of Day” has been improved for drivers crossing borders into different time zones.

Create an Audit Log when an ELD Transfer Occurs

When transferring HOS logs using MyGeotab or the Drive App to FMCSA, an ELD Data Transfer audit log is created in Administration > System.

Abbreviations for HOS Logs instead of exclamation (“!”) mark

For better readability, the HOS logs are now referenced by abbreviation vs. exclamation mark (“!”). Examples are:

  • Engine Power Up — EPU
  • Engine Power Shutdown — ESD
  • Ruleset Change — RSC
  • Malfunction and Diagnostics — COMP
  • Adverse Weather — AW
  • Situational Driving Clear — SDC
system log abbreviations update

New option added to the HOS Availability Page

To make it easier for Administrators to manage drivers, Geotab has added a new option to the HOS Availability page. The display option, Show only drivers in violation will show drivers in active violation of their current HOS requirements. A limit of 500 users is displayed when searching by group.

show drivers in violation

HOS Availability page auto-updates every minute

The HOS Availability page will have a new auto-update button. The button will be disabled by default, but when pressed it starts refreshing every 1 minute. For Administrators, this can serve as a central page for monitoring the availability in near real-time.

Improvement to HOS Availability Page

For better visibility, the HOS Availability Report legend now displays in list view only, and no longer in report or advanced views.

Improvement to the “Prevent driver access to shared data” option

When Prevent driver access to shared data is toggled to Yes, drivers cannot view other driver’s violations or availability.

Added an “Ignore” feature to Duty Status Logs

Administrators can now choose to ignore Duty Status Logs. Ignored Logs will still be displayed on inspection reports and will still be transferred to the FMCSA; however, they will not affect HOS availability, or violation calculations. This is helpful in cases where a driver has made a selection in error, and wishes to make a correction.

Ignore feature Duty Status Logs

Added duration to the default Duty Status Logs Report

Two new columns, "DutyStatusFromPreviousPeriod" and "DutyStatusDetailDuration" have been added to Data sheet in both the HOS Driver Logs Template, and the Advanced HOS Driver Logs Template. The new columns correspond to the hidden columns "Status From Previous Period”, and “Duration" columns in the Report sheet. These columns calculate the duration of Duty Status Logs within a 24-hour window, which is especially helpful in cases where the logs continue past midnight.

Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting (DVIR)

New security clearances for DVIR certification

The following new Security Clearances have been added to ensure only designated users can perform and certify DVIR inspections:

  • Perform DVIR inspections
  • Mark DVIR logs as certified
DVIR clearances

Improvements to the DVIR defects repair workflow in the Drive App

Drivers now have the ability to repair and remark on individual defects in the Drive App. For example, they can click to mark as “Repaired” or “Not necessary” and add a comment.



Improvements to the DVIR defects repair workflow in MyGeotab

The DVIR Report is now sorted by devices, trailer and date/time to match how they are displayed in the Drive App.

Individual defects repair

Improvements to the DVIR Reports

The DVIR Report is now sorted by devices, trailer and date/time to match how they are displayed in the Drive App.

Added ability to create, select and assign multiple DVIR defect lists to members of a Group

DVIR users can now select defects from multiple lists for a single asset.

DVIR Defects list

Administrators can also assign defect lists to a Group, making it available to all members of that group. The default vehicle and trailer defect lists have been removed from the System Settings page.

DVIR group setting

Improvements to the DVIR page in MyGeotab

The UI text on the DVIR page has been changed to “Sort by: Asset”, the Defects button has changed to “Defects List”, and the default sorting order is now Device > Trailer.

Geotab Drive SDK updates

DVIR Updates

Users using the API to set "repairby" and "certifyby" properties in the DVIR logs, must specify the previous repairby/certifyby properties. This also applies when setting driver, device and trailer properties as well.  


For more information on DVIR updates: 1902 DVIR API Updates

Changes to DutyStatusLog Object

Each Duty Status Log now has an initial edit date/time property which represents the creation date of the log. As a result, the HOS graph will only highlight user modified logs in yellow.

Changes to DutyStatusAvailability Object

The DutyStatusAvailability object will only use “userSearch” as the search parameter. This object will have new properties such as “Is16HourExemptionAvailable,” “IsAdverseDrivingExemptionAvailable,” and “IsOffDutyDeferralExemptionAvailable” which have boolean values.

New Objects have been also been added: “DaySummary,” “WorkdaySummary,” “CycleSummary,” “DeferralInfo,” and “RestInfo”

Removed custom code for TextMessageBridge when adding devices and users

Geotab has removed the custom code for adding devices, users and ParentMessage from the “Add message” API request.

Previous update

Looking for the last update summary? Read: What's new in Geotab - Version 1901.

Learning resources

For more info on SDK updates, please visit the MyGeotab SDK What’s New page.


For more information, please consult the Geotab Drive page on the Geotab Marketplace for the Driver manual and Compliance and Implementation Guide. Download Geotab Drive from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.


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Bradley Travis, Solutions Specialist
Duy Trinh, Product Support Specialist
Heather Holmes, Technical Writing Manager
Mehant Parkash, Product Engineer

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