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FMCSA encouraging carriers to begin transition to ELDs now

AOBRD grandfather provision expires on December 16, 2019

Posted April 16, 2019

Motor carriers have until December 16, 2019, to transition their fleets from automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) to electronic logging devices (ELDs), but carriers and drivers are encouraged to begin the process now to avoid any unforeseen delays.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is trying to help carriers avoid violations, fines, or drivers being placed out of service if they are not in compliance with the transition by the December date. Fleets that had AOBRDs installed in their trucks prior to December 18, 2017, were granted two-year provisions following the ELD compliance date.

Beginning December 16, motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule must be using self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA.

To ensure the transition goes smoothly, carriers are encouraged to take the following steps well ahead of the deadline:

  • Contact AOBRD provider to discuss options for transitioning to ELDs;
  • Research the self-certified, registered ELDs on the market;
  • Update device software and hardware, if necessary, to ensure that by December 16, all devices meet the minimum requirements of the technical specifications in the ELD rule;
  • Train employees, including drivers and administrative staff, on how to use the ELDs to record, certify, manage, and transfer driver logs.

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