ELD Mandate: Switching from AOBRDs to ELDs
With the final deadline for the ELD Mandate looming at the end of the year, it’s time to start thinking about AOBRDs.
AOBRDs, or Automatic On-Board Recording Devices, were one of the two options for fleets at the ELD Mandate’s initial implementation. Like ELDs, these devices replaced paper records for driver statuses and hours of service. Though the electronic recording capabilities allowed their use under the ELD Mandate, many AOBRDs lack the full features required under the new rules. As a result, fleets are required to phase out their AOBRDs and install compliant ELDs by December 16, 2019.
As we move into April, the time needed to effectively make this switch is growing shorter. If your fleet is currently using AOBRDs or you’ve just begun your transition, use these tips to guide your switch from AOBRDs to ELDs.
1. Know your devices
While this transition is a big project, the devices you use may make it easier. Some AOBRDs are designed to easily switch to ELD mode, saving you the trouble of overhauling your fleet. For others, however, the upcoming deadline requires a complete replacement of your devices. Before you start, check with your AOBRD provider to fully understand your devices and the process you’ll need to follow.
2. Train your drivers
Having an ELD on-board isn’t enough. Drivers are responsible to know how to use their devices and what to retrieve for inspections. Without proper training, you may face fines and issues — even if you’re otherwise compliant. As you transition your fleet, show your drivers what your ELDs can do and how to use them successfully and confidently. Teach them which paperwork needs to be on-hand and what to expect from inspections. Stress the differences between devices and how knowledge of one doesn’t mean proficiency in the other. For a successful transition from AOBRDs to ELDs, make sure everyone is prepared and informed.
3. Start now
With around nine months between now and December, the next deadline may seem far away. As we learned before the previous deadlines, however, many other fleets are thinking the same. With so many people waiting until the last minute to phase over, a substantial backlog of orders will grow for each ELD provider and installer. If you wait to transition your AOBRDs, you may not be able to meet the deadline as planned. Instead, start planning and acting now to save yourself stress and money later.
Have you transitioned from AOBRDs to ELDs? What are your thoughts on this next ELD Mandate stage?