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Got Questions? AOBRD to ELD Transition

Q. A colleague and I were discussing AOBRDs and enforcement. Since we only need to keep six months’ worth of logs — what do we do during an audit once it’s more than six months out from the original compliance date?

A. If your fleet is currently equipped with an AOBRD and you’re looking ahead to the December 2019 deadline, one thing you can do is print the driver’s log for every truck equipped with an AOBRD, and place it in a file marked “AOBRD evidence” or in some other way that will make it readily identifiable to an auditor that there is proof you were in compliance prior to the ELD transition period. If you choose not to record or copy the AOBRD logs, you may need to rely on your AOBRD vendor to provide proof of install records or receipts to auditors that you were, indeed, in compliance and using an AOBRD prior to the ELD transition date in December 2019.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Scott Sutarik from Geotab

Associate VP, Commercial Vehicle Solutions

Scott Sutarik is the Associate VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

Scott Sutarik is the Associate VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

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