On December 16th, 2019, all AOBRD (automatic onboard recording device) users will need to make the switch to ELDs if they still haven’t. Many drivers and companies have been reluctant to make the switch because AOBRDs offer more flexibility relative to the stricter ELD rules implemented by the FMCSA. The main difference is that drivers are able to essentially “bend” their actual driving time, among other things, at the end of the day, similar to what could be done on paper logs. However, there are a few big problems looming for AOBRD users. Here’s why you should make the switch to ELDs as soon as possible:
AOBRD’s are a major pain when audit time comes around:
It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year: the annual safety audit. AOBRD-using carriers and owner-operators alike are scrambling to get their logs in order. Because AOBRD’s make it easy for drivers to distort their logs, it becomes an incredible pain for carriers to deal with that once audit time rolls back around. This, on top of the fact that DOT officers and those who conduct the safety audits are cracking down more heavily on drivers and their electronic logs, causes unnecessary stress and wastes time for carriers.
Why an ELD will help:
ELD’s, by law, make it so drivers have a lot more difficulty when they try to change their hours to run longer days. We do understand that some extra money from running longer hours is nice, until a DOT officer inevitably figures out what the driver is doing and puts them out of service. In this case, the risk far outweighs the reward for a driver using an AOBRD.
You can start training your drivers to avoid violations before the mandate begins:
The transition from AOBRD to ELD can be a lot to handle, especially for the more technologically-challenged drivers. If you want to make absolutely sure that your drivers won’t be running in violation with an ELD, then you should get that transition going as soon as possible. If you wait to move to ELD’s until right before the mandate, there’s a good chance that the switch will be rushed and drivers won’t have an ample amount of time to get accustomed to the new software and rules.
Why you should choose Drive ELD when you make the switch:
Drive ELD, while already inexpensive at $99 a year, is incredibly easy-to-use with a remarkably low learning curve. Along with its simplicity, Drive ELD has unparalleled round-the-clock customer support that’s here to help drivers whenever they do need help with their apps, or to help dispatchers with any of their back-office needs.