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What’s new in Geotab — Version 1901

Published on March 14, 2019 in Updates by Grishma Sawant |  4 minute read

What's new? Read a summary of the latest Geotab Drive, ELD and MyGeotab updates, as well as database updates and report enhancements.

Welcome to What’s New — a must-read summary of recent Geotab Drive and MyGeotab updates for Authorized Resellers and Geotab Users.


Resellers: Review this post for important changes affecting your customers and note any recommended actions. If you have suggestions for improvement, please leave a comment below.


Geotab Users: To verify your version: go to MyGeotab > Administration > About and check the build number, (e.g. 5.7.1901.xxx release/2019-01).


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Geotab Drive Updates

New ruleset

Alaska 34–hour restart has been added to available rulesets.


Improved UI for shipment section

We have updated the Geotab Drive interface for attaching shipment




Saved annotations

The Geotab Drive app now remembers previously entered annotations and will offer them as suggestions on future entries.

New prompts and notifications

  • A notification will remind drivers to make manual logs when the tablet moves out of coverage range
  • Drivers are now prompted to do an inspection when attaching and detaching trailers within the app

Audit logs when skipping the login/logout prompts

An audit log is now created when a user skips the prompts to claim unassigned logs, verify unassigned logs, or perform DVIR. These logs can be viewed in MyGeotab, in the Audit Log section, under the following types:

  • DVIR inspection
  • Skip workflow: HOS log verification
  • Skip workflow: unassigned HOS log claim

Improvements to the compliance print report

Four new entries have been added to the compliance print report:

  1. Home Terminal Address
  2. Ruleset
  3. Plate number of Vehicle and Trailer
  4. Co-Drivers (Name, ID, License state, License number)

Changes to the DVIR report setup

  • DVIR reports can now be run by device, trailers, or both.
  • The addresses of DVIR inspections are now available on the Advanced Excel report.
  • DVIR log ID information can be found in the Default and Advanced DVIR reports under the Data tab, and is called “DVIRLogid”.

ELD updates

HOS log transfer improvements

Error messages during HOS log transfer are more descriptive. When possible, the full error from FMCSA will be displayed. The error messages will also identify the driver as well as any missing fields that need to be filled.



The Shipper Name and Commodity is now provided to the FMCSA in the ELD transfer if the Document Number is not provided.

HOS updates

Notifications regarding minimum rest requirements for Canadian HOS

There is now a pop-up when the driver tries to leave Sleeper Berth or Off-Duty status without completing the minimum break time.

New filter for unassigned Yard Move logs

A new filter has been added in the Options for the Duty Status Logs page to choose only Yard Move for unidentified drivers. These logs can also be bulk annotated. This option only appears if a driver has not yet been selected.

HOS-related rules additions (Feature Preview)

Users with “Feature preview” enabled under their settings will be able to use new rules under the Compliance category:

  • Yard Move Exemption (also called UPS Exemption): prevents users from being kicked out of Yard Move when doing an ignition cycle. Users will still be kicked out of Yard Move if they go over 20 mph or leave a specified zone.
  • Pre/Post-Trip DVIR Missing: Identifies drivers who begin or end their work day without performing inspections. Duration and distance thresholds can be customized when setting this rule


HOS availability page improvements

  • Colored icons now indicate drivers approaching their limits
  • A dropdown menu has been added to let users view logs, send messages, view recaps, and view violations
  • Now shows date/time of last status change

Additional prompts for administrators when modifying logs

  • Warning messages now appear when attempting to remove drivers, vehicles, or trailers.
  • When a log edit is performed, a message will now appear that explains a driver sign-off is needed to finalize the changes.
  • Users who try to delete devices or trailers will now be notified that doing so will also remove any associated HOS and DVIR records.

Improved logic when a driver disassociated with a vehicle

When a driver is disassociated from the current vehicle, multiple logs will be made depending on the current status:

  • PC/YM/WT -> OFF/ON log for vehicle
  • Situational driving clear
  • OFF/ON log for no vehicle
  • D/SB/OFF/ON -> OFF/ON log for no vehicle

The driver will then be switched to “no vehicle” and the following notification will appear:



Lock screen changes

  • Notifications of upcoming violations will be automatically dismissed after 20 seconds when the screen is locked. A top warning bar will still be visible after the notification is dismissed.
  • Improved overall display of the lock screen to increase readability during the day

Rest requirement when changing Canadian HOS rulesets

Drivers now need to complete a cycle reset when trying to change from Canada 7-Day Cycle 1 ruleset to Canada 14-day Cycle 2 ruleset.

SDK updates

  • Sunsetting support for SendEmail API. This is for security. No longer available in API documentation.
  • Device: Active from/to:
    • The device property ActiveTo will automatically be set to max date (2050-01-01) to denote that it is active.
    • To account for differences in Client machine time vs Server machine time, we are allowing users to set the value of ActiveTo to a max window of 24 hours in the future (i.e. Current Time + 24 hours). In this situation we are considering it to be historical/archived.
  • DVIRLog: Added Location property.
  • SecurityIdentifier: Added ViewBusinessIntelligence, ActiveTrackingClearance.
  • SecurityRole: Added EmailSent, SkipHosVerify, SkipHosClaimUnassigned, SkipDvirInspect.

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

Fleet Industry Trends report — coming soon

MyGeotab users will be able to get industry insight, right alongside their other vehicle and driving data, in the upcoming Fleet Industry Trends report.


The fleet, fuel, idling and safety trends are based on aggregated data from a global network of connected vehicles. By default, the tab will be visible for all users except those with “Nothing” and “Driver App” clearances. Stay tuned for more details to come.



Example fuel consumption trend chart from the Fleet Industry Trends report in MyGeotab

User interface (UI) enhancements

MyGeotab login page update

The login page for MyGeotab has been updated to separate the username and password to cater for SAML users.

Auto-update option

It is now possible to toggle automatic updating on the Messages page. This feature will be expanded to other pages in future updates.



Search Bar update

The Search Bar in MyGeotab is now able to perform multiple searches at once. Additional search items need to be separated by a comma. Up to 400 items at a time can be searched for in this manner.



Feature preview items display

Feature preview items are now visibly identified with a flask icon (for example the filter button above).

User account policy changes

Administrators can now set password expiry requirements in System Settings under the User Account Policy tab.

User lockout feature

Administrators can set a user lockout policy that will lock a user out of the system for the specified period of time if they exhaust all login attempts during a set time frame. This feature prevents passwords from being repeatedly guessed and helps improve overall account security.

Active Tracking notification update

Vehicle Edit page to clarify that users cannot reverse the subscription to ProPlus by turning the Active Tracking setting off again.

Other UI changes

  • Updated the VIN decoder to have added support for model year 2019 vehicles and improved decoding for non-North American vehicles.
  • The Trips History page now displays the driver’s first and last name.
  • Simplified the user interface for purge settings by removing the purge frequency option.
  • Added information about purging private data in the confirmation page.

More changes


Added new and revised diagnostic codes. See list of codes here.



  • Improved Brazilian Portuguese and German language translations.
  • The built-in rules in the exception report are now translated from English to the user’s preferred language in the reports.

Learning resources

Looking for a previous update? Read the 1804 Updates summary post here.


Learn more about Geotab Drive, MyGeotab, and the Geotab GO telematics device by consulting these resources:

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