If you are still using AOBRDs instead of ELDs, you have until Dec 16, 2019 to switch and remain compliant. However, you should start much earlier than the deadline.

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate allowed drivers to continue using AOBRDs until December 16, 2019. Since AOBRDs offered more flexibility than ELDs, many motor carriers decided to use AOBRDs until the deadline.

There are no actual numbers available yet, but it is believed that many drivers in the trucking industry may be using an AOBRD because of the flexibility it offers.

To put things into perspective, 44% of the Motive customers are operating in the AOBRD mode and only 56% operate in the ELD mode.

If you have been using an AOBRD, you will have to switch from the AOBRD to ELD mode (if your device permits) or procure a new FMCSA-registered electronic logging device before Dec 16, 2019.

In either scenario, extensive driver training will be needed to ensure compliance after the deadline.

The time to switch is now

If many drivers are still using AOBRDs, the industry may see another “transitioning” period by the end of this year. Underestimating the amount of training that drivers will need is an issue that the industry may face.

Drivers only familiar with AOBRDs will require training on how ELDs differ from AOBRDs, how ELDs function, how to use an electronic logging device, what paperwork they must retain after Dec 16, 2019, and more. Drivers may also need to learn how to log in and out of the device, and use edits or annotations with ELDs.

Will that transition be seamless?

It depends on how early you start.

First, driver training will be crucial , from operating ELDs to understanding the different regulations. Second, if your logging device isn’t capable of switching from the AOBRD mode to ELD mode, you will need to purchase a new FMCSA-registered ELD.

The ELD mandate was implemented country-wide on Dec 18, 2017. Those who waited until the last moment experienced busy customer support lines and last-minute delays in receiving ELDs. This put their compliance status at risk.

Differences between ELDs and AOBRDs

If you have been operating in the AOBRD mode, you should get familiar with the ELD mandate requirements.

A few notable differences between ELDs and AOBRDs are:

  1. Reclassification of drive time — With AOBRDs, driving time can be reclassified as yard move or personal conveyance. However, you cannot reclassify drive time with an electronic logging device.
  2. Reassignment of driving time — Fleet managers can reassign driving time to any driver in the fleet at any time. With ELDs, driving time can be only reassigned to a co-driver.
  3. Unidentified trips — Drivers operating in the AOBRD mode may not have to transmit an output file during roadside inspections. This is required when a driver is using an ELD.
  4. Speed threshold for triggering drive time — According to the ELD mandate, drive time is triggered when a vehicle travels at five miles per hour or more. AOBRDs do not have a defined speed threshold. For instance, Motive allows AOBRDs users to choose what speed should trigger a driving event, anywhere between five and 15 miles per hour.

Get ready now

Although the Dec. 16, 2019, deadline is a few months away, it is better to start now. Carriers who wait until the last moment may face unexpected delays.

Switching at the last moment may put your compliance status at risk and compromise your fleet’s safety level and CSA scores. To ensure you remain compliant and run your operations smoothly, you should develop your strategy, start driver training, and switch to ELDs now.

Motive AOBRD users can easily switch to the ELD mode whenever they want.

In your Compliance Settings panel, just change the compliance mode from AOBRD to ELD.

If you have any questions, call us at 844-325-9230.