What Every Trucker Should Know About the AOBRD to ELD Transition

The latest news from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regarding electronic logging is that AOBRDs will no longer comply. If you are a truck driver or fleet manager that has dependent on an automatic on-board recording device, you are going to have to switch over soon. The only permitted method for recording hours of service is an electronic logging device or ELD. If you have been waiting for the transition, here is everything you need to know to make this happen expediently.

AOBRD Deadline for Compliance

The use of automatic on-board recording devices has been permitted ever since the ELD mandate went into compliance on December 18, 2017. However, for trucking carriers and owner operators that were already using electronic logging devices called AOBRDs, they were allowed to continue running with these. Until now. The new deadline for any remaining fleet managers and truck drivers using AOBRDs is December 16, 2019. This deadline is for you to switch over to and electronic logging device.

What’s the Difference: AOBRD to ELD

Both the automatic on-board recording devices and electronic logging devices use satellite tracking to record data for driver behavior and equipment use. What is the biggest difference between an AOBRD and an ELD? You cannot transmit data to the FMCSA or Department of Transportation using an AOBRD.

You are required to use an ELD to be able to send driver data directly to the FMCSA and DOT. The primary reason why the ELD mandate was passed was to prevent tampering with hours of service data when logging driver records. Since the records are sent electronically and instantly, drivers and companies are less likely to make edits without authorization.

Transitioning to an Electronic Logs for Truckers

The changeover to an ELD from an AOBRD will require purchasing a new electronic logging device. Check with the FMCSA to find Registered ELDs that are self-certified by the manufacturers. These devices are expected to be FMCSA compatible for recording driver logs. Here the FMCSA also provides valuable information for you to look at before you make a purchase.

Click on an ELD and you will see an image, user manual, contact info for the manufacturer, and details regarding certification and application. You can get a good idea of what kind of device you want to purchase beforehand while being able to compare features. Plus, since these devices are all self-certified with the FMCSA, you are in good shape for compliance by December 2019.

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For more information on how to obtain working capital to help you pay for new electronic logs for truckers for your fleet, check out ENGS Commercial Capital.