Editor’s Note: KeepTruckin customers currently operating in AOBRD mode can switch to ELD mode by December 2019 by simply changing one setting in the KeepTruckin Dashboard – no hardware replacement or software updates required.
The ELD mandate has been in effect for over seven months now. However, many carriers and owner-operators are still using AOBRDs instead of electronic logging devices (ELDs). According to the ELD mandate, a motor carrier that installed an AOBRD before December 18, 2017, can use it and stay compliant until December 16, 2019.
AOBRDs record less data and are not as restrictive as ELDs. Following are four ways an AOBRD can make your life easier.
1. Reclassify driving time
According to the ELD mandate regulations, fleet managers and drivers are not allowed to reclassify drive time. AOBRDs do not have this restriction.
Therefore, if you are using the KeepTruckin ELD in AOBRD mode, you can reclassify drive time as personal conveyance or yard move at any time.
2. Reassign driving time
AOBRDs also allow fleet managers to reassign driving time to any driver at any time. However, you cannot do that with ELDs.
According to ELD regulations, fleet managers can only reassign driving time to a co-driver.
3. AOBRDs are not subject to the output file requirement
The ELD mandate also requires that drivers should be able to transmit an output file to DOT inspectors during an inspection. The output file contains all the raw data from the vehicle — including unidentified trips — that a DOT officer can view to analyze the hours of service and the use of the ELD.
Unlike electronic logging devices, AOBRDs are not subject to the output file requirements. Also, unidentified trips are not required to be resolved.
4. Drive at a higher speed without triggering drive time
The FMCSA requires that an ELD must create a driving event when a vehicle is traveling at 5 mph or more. However, the regulation for AOBRDs does not have a defined speed threshold.
The vehicle motion threshold determines the vehicle speed that puts your driver in drive time. For example, if you select 10 mph, your driver will enter the drive time status when the vehicle reaches 10 mph.
KeepTruckin customers can take advantage of the greater flexibility that the AOBRD regulation affords by selecting any speed between 5 mph and 15 mph to trigger a driving event.
If you have any questions about the KeepTruckin ELD/AOBRD solution, call 844-325-9230. To learn more about our products and our limited-time special offer for AOBRD users, click here.
Disclaimer: This information is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, legal or other professional advice. You should not act or refrain from acting based on any materials presented or made available by KeepTruckin without first obtaining advice from a licensed attorney.