Q. I have an AOBRD, why do I need an ELD?
A. Technically you do not need to switch your automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) to an electronic logging device (ELD) until December 16, 2019. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks equipped with AOBRDs that meet the requirements of CFR 395.15 have two additional years to meet the ELD rule.
While you are given two additional years, you may want to consider beginning to make the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs gradually between now and the December 2019 deadline.
How to Start:
- Create a plan for transitioning from AOBRDs to ELDs.
- Inform your drivers of the plan and consider involving some of them in the device selection process.
There are a variety of ELD models to choose from and it is a good idea to start the evaluation process early to find the ELD that is best suited for your business. Develop a list of questions and criteria: https://www.geotab.com/blog/switching-eld-providers/ to help you selected an ELD supplier. This will allow you to compare the various options available to you.
In addition, you want to make sure you allow enough time for implementation. It will take some time to install the new devices properly. Transitioning slowly eliminates a surge of installation work in the days immediately prior to the deadline.
Then you will need to train your drivers so they fully understand how the ELD operates. With AOBRDs, drivers only have to show enforcement officials the device's display. They do not have to transfer data. ELDs require them to be able to transfer data and they will need training in the proper way to do that.
Once the devices are installed and drivers are trained on proper usage (https://www.geotab.com/blog/eld-rollout/), take time to test them to ensure they are operating properly and to resolve any problems before you implement in the field.