New Survey Reveals How Close 80% Of AOBRD Users Plan To Cut ELD Enforcement Deadline

Little Rock, Arkansas – A new survey reveals 80% of those using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) to log their hours-of-service (HOS) plan to wait until the second half of 2019 to make the switch to an electronic logging device (ELD).

The survey by CarrierList, commissioned by Freightwaves, interviewed 230 customers with 51% reporting having fewer than 19 trucks. A whopping 40% of respondents said they are still deploying AOBRDs instead of ELDs.

The deadline to make the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs is December 16, 2019. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has allowed those who used AOBRDs prior to the December 17, 2017, soft enforcement deadline to continue doing so until the upcoming hard enforcement deadline.

Approximately 51% of the survey participants said they plan to adopt ELDs in the 4th quarter of this year, while almost 29% said they plan to bite the bullet in the 3rd quarter. As to whether the switch is expected to diminish productivity, almost 54% said they don’t expect the transition to cost them.

 

However, about 38% do expect a slight or significant decrease in productivity as a result. In a recent exclusive interview with Transportation Nation Network (TNN), David Owen, president of the National Association Of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC) weighed in on the upcoming AOBRD deadline.

Owen, who says NASTC now has more than 11,000 members with the average carrier running between 14 and 15 trucks, wants to see the FMCSA continue to allow the use of AOBRDs instead of ELDs. “It would thrill me to no end if we just quit all this foolishness of trying to exempt everybody from this ELD mandate. Just stop at the AOBRD level and be done with it,” Owen commented.


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He argued that the more exemptions FMCSA continues to dole out, the more it reveals the flaws in the law. “It speaks volumes about the weakness of the rule making that everybody under the sun thinks they should be exempt from the mandate,” Owen contended.

“It would thrill me to no end if we just quit all this foolishness of trying to exempt everybody from this ELD mandate. Just stop at the AOBRD level and be done with it.” – David Owen, president of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies

Owen told TNN he believes this idea “does have a chance” since the FMCSA is currently in the process of reforming HOS rules. However, he said if the FMCSA was really serious about improving safety the agency should allow the use of AOBRDs and “do away with the 30-minute break to let drivers manage their own risks.

 

Owen expressed these two actions would have a dramatic impact on improving safety. “You would see accidents, fatalities and property damage go way down,” he said.

Many experts agree that AOBRDs do offer some advantages over ELDs and the FMCSA just might recognize this as well. We expect an announcement from the agency soon on its HOS reforms.

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