With the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate now more than a month old, many fleets are still interpreting the complexities of the final rule, particularly as it relates to the grandfather clause.
As the mandate states, fleets that use automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) today have an additional two years to implement ELDs. However, per the grandfather clause, if a fleet were to add any trucks in those two years, they must use an ELD, not an AOBRD. This scenario of a “mixed fleet” — consisting of both AOBRDs and ELDs — can pose safety and operational challenges, both for drivers as well as critical back office integrations.
Recently, the FMCSA granted a waiver that gives our customers who integrate their existing AOBRDs to fleet management and safety systems up to three months, until March 18, 2018, to continue to install ELD-compatible devices running AOBRD software on any truck added to their fleet. This additional time gives our customers the ability to ensure their ELD data can seamlessly integrate with other back office software. These system-to-system integrations include dispatch, fleet maintenance, payroll and safety software.
This waiver allows fleets to continue to purchase ELD-ready hardware devices and operate them on AOBRD software until March 18, 2018. This also means that if customer that qualifies for the waiver adds a new vehicle to their fleet between now and March 18 and installs it as AOBRD, that unit will be able to continue to function as an AOBRD until December 18, 2019.
This is an unprecedented time in our industry’s history and as a pioneer in providing safety and compliance solutions, we want to make our customers’ transition to ELDs as seamless as possible. Our top priority at PeopleNet is and always will be to ensure that enabling safer fleets should be simple, not burdensome. It is also important to note that PeopleNet’s ELD is registered with the FMCSA and remains self-certified and fully compliant with the ELD mandate.
For more information on the mandate, visit our ELD Resource Page for additional details.