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Got Questions? AOBRD to ELD Transition

Q. We’re in the process of making the transition from AOBRDs to ELDs. I think we’re going to make it in time for the deadline, but, if we don’t, will we have a grace period on enforcement like fleets did in 2017-2018?

A. The short answer is no. There is every indication that the FMCSA will be enforcing ELD compliance from day one on December 20, 2019.


If you have any questions about whether you’ll meet the deadline, discuss it both with your legal department and your provider so you can develop strategies for meeting the deadline and remaining in compliance.


Keep in mind, the consequences of violations can be quite severe—as much as $10,000 per violation with multiple violations common, the driver and the vehicle put out of service, and the likelihood of an audit, which could result in additional violations.

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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