As of today, fleets have just three weeks to make the switch from Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Many fleets have already made the switch over the past months, but some are still holding out. Any hopes for a delay were officially crushed last month, however, when the FMCSA confirmed that the deadline wouldn’t be extended past December.
For fleets with AOBRDs, this means a mad scramble to prepare your fleets and drivers for new technology and an often-difficult transition. If you’re still running AOBRDs in your vehicles, here’s what you need to know and do before December 16, 2019.
1. Take the AOBRD to ELD transition seriously
After the deadline, the FMCSA will be giving out fines and out-of-service penalties to any vehicles found using AOBRDs. Unlike the ELD deadline, there is no expected soft enforcement period for this transition. Highway inspectors are expecting to find ELDs in every vehicle and interact with drivers who are proficient in their use
2. Do your research
Does the ELD offer the functions you need? Will it work in remote locations? How much support does the provider offer? Compliance is a priority, but functionality is equally important. With such limited time, you’ll want to focus on large providers who can quickly fill your order and deliver your ELDs. Your devices can be a powerful asset to your fleet if you find the right option, so find the solution that will support your vehicles and team for years to come.
3. Plan your transition
With so little time left, it can be tempting to rush through the implementation process. Many fleets have found that the transition can take up to a month, so time is your greatest challenge. Your ELDs will have significant effects on your drivers and operations, however, so you need to put time and care into your transition. As you find and install your devices, offer thorough training and resources to fully prepare your team. Work with your provider to understand your solution and ensure the best results. Meeting the deadline only to fail in the use of your ELDs can be just as harmful to your operations and fleet, so make this a worthwhile investment.
Are you ready for the AOBRD to ELD transition?