July 26, 2018

4 ways an AOBRD can make your life easier

4 ways an AOBRD can make your life easier

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.

This means that fleets now have the freedom to switch vendors without sacrificing the flexibility of an AOBRD system.

The KeepTruckin AOBRD solution is available to fleets that installed an AOBRD before December 18, 2017. To help fleets switch to the KeepTruckin ELD/AOBRD solution, we have introduced a Buyout Program.

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.

A recent update by the FMCSA also allows motor carriers that had installed an AOBRD before December 18, 2017, to install and use a registered ELD-capable device that can run an AOBRD compliant software 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 driving events — 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 driving events 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.

Vehicle Motion Threshold in KeepTruckin

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.

What’s next?

The KeepTruckin AOBRD solution is available to fleets that installed an AOBRD before December 18, 2017. To help fleets switch to the KeepTruckin ELD/AOBRD solution, we have introduced a Buyout Program.

Through this program, we will provide qualified carriers who switch to KeepTruckin with a buyout credit to help cover the cost of switching contracts.

Try the KeepTruckin Buyout offer today.

If you have any questions about the KeepTruckin ELD/AOBRD solution or the KeepTruckin Buyout Program, call 855-434-ELOG or email support@keeptruckin.com. Our 24/7 customer support is always available to help you.

 

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