ELD Mandate: FMCSA Clarifies AOBRD Use After April 1

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In a few days, driving a commercial vehicle without an electronic logging device will leave a vehicle out of commission and the driver unable to drive legally. After April 1, the final phase of the ELD mandate goes into effect, and all drivers are required to use e-logs to track hours of service (HOS).

Prior to the ELD mandate, paper logs and automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) were the two primary ways of recording HOS. Since the ELD mandate, paper logs have become obsolete in terms of keeping track of HOS, but drivers using AOBRDs have been left in a grey area. There has been much speculation as to whether the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will accept AOBRDs as acceptable means of recording HOS and for how long. Luckily, the FMCSA recently released a definite clarification on AOBRDs after the April 1 deadline for the ELD mandate.

AOBRDs After April 1

According to the FMCSA, motor carriers that installed an AOBRD before December 18, 2017 may install and use a new ELD-capable device that runs compliant AOBRD software. This exemption runs until December 16, 2019. After Dec. 2019, AOBRDs will be considered obsolete and all drivers will be required to use an approved ELD in compliance with the FMCSA ELD mandate.

Get Compliant With the ELD Mandate Today

If you’re using an AOBRD or simply haven’t complied with the ELD mandate, Konexial’s telematics technology will have you in full compliance without breaking the bank. Don’t keep putting compliance off — although new deadlines seem to be appearing every day, e-logs will soon be required for every driver in the United States. Give yourself peace of mind by purchasing your ELD today.

Telematics Technology from Konexial

The My20 ELD and My20 Tower are designed to help you make the most of your drive. With interfaces designed for simplicity and features designed for power, ELDs from Konexial work harder so you don’t have to. From real-time fuel information to dynamic load matching software, the My20 ELD and My20 Tower ensure you’re making the most of your miles every time you get behind the wheel. Contact us today to learn more.

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