Switching from AOBRD to ELD

If you’re still using the older style of electronic logs called AOBRDs, you have until December 16th, 2019 to switch to a true ELD. This may just mean changing some settings on your current device, or it may mean getting an entirely new system. Contact us if you need some help making that decision.

Although they both record hours of service, there are a lot of differences between AOBRDs and ELDs. Here are some of the most important changes to be aware of:

  • Driving status kicks in at 5 mph
    With AOBRDs you could configure the system to put you into “Driving” status at almost any speed or distance you want. With ELDs, the unit MUST switch to Driving status as soon as  you hit 5 miles per hour.
  • Driving time cannot be edited
    With AOBRDs the driver or the carrier could make edits to the Drive line. With ELDs any Driving time recorded by the device cannot be changed, removed, or shortened. This may cause problems if you drive during a rest break and forget to enable Personal Conveyance first, so be careful! If accidental driving is recorded, the only thing you can do is annotate the log with a note explaining what happened.
  • Drivers must approve carrier log edits
    With ELDs any log edits made by the carrier must be approved by the driver before taking effect. Carriers and drivers will need to work together to make sure that valid edits are approved, and rejected edits are explained.
  • Drivers can edit their own logs
    Some AOBRD systems allowed drivers to edit their own logs, and others did not. With ELDs, drivers must be allowed to make their own log corrections. Of course drivers still can’t edit Driving time (see above), but they can make any corrections needed to their log otherwise.
  • All unidentified driving must be recorded
    If the vehicle is driven with no one logged in, ELDs record the movement as “Unidentified Driving”. The ELD will show the driver any unidentified movements when they next log in, and ask the driver to either claim or reject that activity. In the back-office, the carrier is responsible to reviewing unclaimed segments of unidentified driving, and assigning them to the proper driver.
  • Logs can be sent electronically to safety officers during an inspection
    The ELD mandate also gave DOT officers a new computer system called eRODS. ELDs are able to electronically send logs to this system during an inspection, so that the officer can review the logs on their own device. Drivers need to know how to send their logs in this way, and they must at all times carry an instruction booklet that explains how to do the transfer. If the electronic transfer methods are not working, the officer may ask to look at the ELD itself. The driver must be able to hand the ELD’s screen out of the truck for the officer to review.


There is a lot more to consider when switching from AOBRDs to ELDs, but those are some of the highlights. If you have questions or need help, feel free to contact us. KeepTruckin has also created this helpful online presentation that goes into much more detail on the switch from AOBRD to ELD.

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