The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which was put into action almost two years ago, will take full effect on December 16, 2019, which is the AOBRD deadline.
When the ELD mandate was introduced, an April 1, 2018 deadline was set to switch over to an ELD. The only exception was for those carriers that were using automatic onboard recording devices, also known as AOBRDs, on or before December 17, 2017.
Many have either started the switch or already made it long ago, however if you have not started, you should start now as the process is not as seamless as one might think.
Why is it important to switch from AOBRD to ELD now?
Carriers that have not updated their AOBRDs may run into some challenges, including training drivers to use ELDs and teaching office employees how to transfer logs.
Certain parts of the process can take longer than expected, as well as the potential for suppliers to run low on ELDs or take longer to fix glitches if too many attempt to switch at once.
It may also be difficult to get all drivers into a training class or webinar at the same time. In addition, it will not be a one-time training session. ELD training will need to be ongoing for all drivers, as mistakes will be made, and issues will arise.
Any difficulties may be answered on the FMCSAs ELD rule FAQ section.
What issues are drivers having?
Continuous education of drivers will be necessary. One area that drivers are running into problems with in the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs is unassigned drive time.
The issue comes in when a driver on the road rejects the unassigned drive time, which causes it to enter into the unassigned driver account in the admin system. This forces the company to assign it to a specific driver or explain why it couldn’t be assigned, with no other option.
With AOBRDs, users could create a generic driver account for road tests or yard moves; pretty much all the odd miles that show up in a fleet.
How do you install and train truck drivers on ELDs?
ELD install tips
If you need to manage the installation of ELDs on a large fleet of trucks, some good steps to follow include:
- Run a daily report and determine which trucks were in the yard and which ones are coming to the yard.
- Then, send a firmware update from your computer to a specific ELD unit.
- Then, go out to the truck, allow the firmware to download.
- Follow the automated installation steps on the tablet.
- Reboot the tablet two or three times and cycle the engine a few times.
- Test drive the truck ensuring everything was downloaded properly and you are finished.
ELD training tips
Drivers will need to be trained on ELDs, so a few tips in training them to make the process more seamless are to:
- train drivers one-on-one as often as possible.
- ensure drivers know how to log into the system.
- point out any visual changes and emphasize the sensitivity of the ELD.
- emphasize that—before doing anything with the truck—the driver must know how long they have been off duty, as well as how many hours they will be working that day and week.
- perform daily log audits and contact and train drivers with issues.
- be repetitive.
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
What ELD should you use?
A few reasons why we chose Pedigree include:
- their excellent price point that we at CNS could stand behind.
- their dedicated team of technicians looking to improve efficiency and streamline the customer’s operation.
- their knowledge on DOT rules and regulations to keep you and your ELD running smooth.
- their “OneView” platform and infrastructure was far greater compared to the competition.
- the ability to manage our client’s use of ELDs and offer them customer support directly.
If you have any questions, call (888) 260-9448 or email at email@example.com.
At CNS 2019 Compliance Conference John Irwin CDS, Chief Executive Officer from Compliance Navigation Specialists discussed AOBRD transition to ELD. “The deadline is fast approaching which is December 16, 2019. Don’t wait until the last minute to make the switch. It will take some time to change your units out. Also it will take you time to learn a new system. Understanding the difference between them is key.” said John Irwin. Below is the chart that was shown in Mr. Irwin’s slides.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the following reminder about ABORD requirements.
If you are permitted to use an AOBRD, it must follow all Federal AOBRD regulations.
All AOBRDs must meet the standards outlined in 49 CFR 395.15 and must be operated with the following features at all times:
- Integrally synchronized with the operations of the commercial motor vehicle in which it is installed
- Record engine use
- Record road speed
- Record miles driven
- Record date and time of day
If your AOBRD does not meet the standards outlined in 49 CFR 395.15, you are in violation of 49 CFR Part 395 and may be cited for 395.8(a)(1), failing to use the appropriate method to record hours of service data, and your driver placed out-of-service.
To assist companies in transitioning to the ELD rule, FMCSA permits motor carriers that had automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) installed and in-use prior to the December 18, 2017, ELD Compliance Date to continue using these devices through December 16, 2019. If you are looking to be compliant with the ELD mandate and want a reliable ELD solution check out Pedigree’s Cabmate One.