Time Is Running Out! Now is the Time to Transition from AOBRD to ELD

eld mandate deadline on calendar

If you still use automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) in your trucks and ignored the big changes from the ELD mandate, time is almost up. The grace period for grandfathered AOBRDs ends December 16, 2019. While it may feel like you still have plenty of time, it’s better to transition to an ELD system now rather than wait until the deadline. Let us be clear on this – time is running out. If you want your fleet to remain compliant, you need to have a plan in place to transition away from your AOBRD to an ELD. Here’s what you need to know. 

Avoid Unnecessary Mistakes

Technically, during roadside inspections, information can be gathered from both ELDs and AOBRDs with few problems. Until, of course, you factor in human error. Inspectors visually look at an AOBRD display while the information is digitally transmitted from an ELD. If a driver provides the wrong information from an AOBRD, an unwarranted citation could be given. At the same time, inspectors are people too and back office errors, duplications, and managing two separate technologies can lead to mistakes that result in fines. 

Make the Transition Easy on Yourself

AOBRDs might use outdated technology, but the transition doesn’t have to be difficult. By making the switch now, your drivers can learn the new technology and system before they’re required to. This gives you time to work out any kinks and get everyone trained. Instead of scrambling on December 15, 2019, you can slide into the compliance date knowing that everyone in your fleet has an ELD and knows how to use it properly.

Experience the Benefits of ELDs Sooner Rather Than Later

While navigating a new system has its challenges, the benefits of ELDs outweigh any temporary annoyances. Your AOBRD is a horse and buggy compared to the smooth running machine of a good ELD.

  • Easier roadside inspections
  • Better HOS compliance
  • Lowered fuel costs
  • Fewer accidents
  • Safer drivers

All of these things save you money and time and boost your company’s bottom line. 

Get More Features Now

The cost to transition to an ELD doesn’t have to be overly expensive, but it’s also important to remember that you get what you pay for.

Here’s the information you have access to with the typical AOBRD:

  • Date and Time
  • Engine Use
  • Road Speed
  • Miles Driven
  • Locations Covered
  • Duty Status

And here’s what you can get with a high-quality ELD service:

  • Date and Time
  • Engine Power Status
  • Vehicle Status
  • Miles Driven
  • Locations Covered
  • Engine Hours
  • ID of Driver/User
  • ID of Vehicle
  • Duty Status
  • Repair and Maintenance
  • Fuel
  • Fleet Documents
  • Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR)
  • Logbook
  • Accident Reports
  • Driver Behavior
  • Advanced Telematics

Bring your fleet and your drivers into the 21st century and transition from your old AOBRD to an ELD system from Gorilla Safety. You’ll be amazed at what you can do and how much better your fleet will run once you make the switch.