Can you tell the difference between an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) and an electronic logging device (ELD)? At first glance, it is difficult noticing the difference between the two.
With yesterday’s (December 18, 2017) deadline, the ELD mandate is in full effect. It also marks the start of the grandfather period, which gives fleets that have already deployed an §395.15-compliant AOBRD until December 2019 to implement ELDs across their driver base.
This means that—for the next two years—the U.S. trucking industry will have a mix of AOBRDs and ELDs in operation. This has the potential to lead to confusion, from drivers to roadside inspectors.
To help relieve some of these potential mix-ups, longtime PeopleNet customer Southeastern Freight Lines has started to label in-cab displays across their fleet, noting them as either an AOBRD or an ELD.
“Our concern was that confusion around AOBRDs vs. ELDs would slow down roadside inspections and potentially lead to unnecessary citations,” said Bill Brown, Manager of Fleet Telematics for Southeastern Freight Lines. “By labeling our in-cab displays, our drivers and inspecting officers can easily identify what device is in the truck and carry out the inspection accordingly.”
As with any new regulation, there will be a learning curve for everyone involved, including fleets and the enforcement community. The ELD mandate is no exception. Take this opportunity to examine ways you can help your organization, from drivers to back office personnel, better transition to this new era in our industry; even with something as simple as a sticker.
Looking for additional help navigating the ELD mandate? Check out our ELD Resource Page to stay informed on the mandate and how PeopleNet can help all parts of your fleet be better, safer and greener.