In the commercial trucking industry, all operators will be required to comply with the electronic logging mandate. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) had extended the compliance deadline for a couple of groups of drivers. This includes those commercial truck drivers who were utilizing automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) before the ELD mandate went into effect. Learn more about how many drivers are affected by the upcoming compliance deadline of December 16, 2019.
About AOBRD Rules
When the FMCSA ruled that all drivers must use an electronic logging device to record hours of service over the road, one device was already being utilized. The AOBRD was the forerunner to ELDs in that these devices recorded data for drivers for electronic logging. However, an AOBRD is not designed to track equipment and transmit data directly to the FMCSA.
The reason why truck drivers with an AOBRD were allowed to operate until the end of this year involves their ability to electronically record data. According to JJ Keller and Freight Waves, there are anywhere from 30 to 75 percent of drivers are using AOBRDs at this time. All the same, as of December 2019, all AOBRD operators will be required to use the ELD for monitoring driving times and off-duty hours.
Choosing an ELD
If you are one of those owner-operators or fleet managers who is transitioning to an ELD, it is important to start the process now. Begin with the FMCSA Choosing an Electronic Logging Device Checklist and the list of Registered ELDs to determine if the device you are selecting is approved by the government. This way you are compliant with the FMCSA guidelines. Also, be sure to include a mounting device for your ELDs to ensure that your drivers are safe when operating a big rig.
How to Find a Quality Mounting Device
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