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Got Questions? AOBRD to ELD Transition

Q. We were equipped with AOBRDs before the ELD Rule first went into effect, so my fleet is still using them under the AOBRD grandfather clause. I’ve added a few trucks recently. Can I add additional AOBRDs to the fleet?

A. Per guidance released early in 2018, carriers covered by the AOBRD grandfather clause can add additional AOBRDs to their fleet provided that they install ELD-capable devices using AOBRD compliant software. The ELD devices have to have the capability to be updated so they’re ELD compliant at the transition phase on Dec. 16, 2019. With less than a year left before you’ll have to transition to a fully compliant ELD, a better option to consider is starting the transition process now and begin adding ELDs to your new assets. The sooner you start, the better the chance that you’ll be in compliance come December.

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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Got Questions? AOBRD to ELD Transition, Questions?

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Q. I know training should be factored into ELD implementation, but is it really as big a deal as everyone seems to be making it?

Q. Yes, it is crucial that your drivers and your back office staff understand how to use your ELD solution. If it is apparent to roadside inspectors that your drivers do not know how to operate their ELD, they will, in all likelihood, be issued a citation. Back office staff could net your operation a citation as well if, in the event of an audit, it’s clear they don’t know how to use your solution. Training should include, but not be limited to...

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Q. We've done a good job over the past couple of years with getting our tractors equipped with telematics and being in ELD compliance. I really need a way to keep tabs on my trailers to keep them up and running — can telematics help me with that?

A. It certainly can! Telematics has evolved over the years from simply tracking assets to helping to keep them up and running. Your focus on maintenance is a good business decision, since maintenance is one of the biggest costs associated with...

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