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September 2019

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T he day of the electronic log- ging device mandate's first enforcement deadline, Dec. 18, 2017, was no different than any other day for one large group of carriers. That was those using what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cat- egorized as an automatic onboard recording device. Instead, the most important date for these fleets has been Dec. 17, 2019, when all carriers must use technology that meets the new ELD requirements. Many fleets and one- truck owner-operators with author- ity have delayed the transition. When Overdrive and CCJ sur- veyed fleets and independent owner- operators with authority in June, almost half of respondents in the 100-plus truck fleet group reported they were continuing to use AOBRDs. Other fleet sizes show fewer holdouts. Many fleets have legacy systems that will require a discrete software update or hardware upgrade plan to make the transition with their current technology provider. In the June survey, 31% of respondents who continued to use AOBRDs noted that they planned to stick with their provider. Many of those same owner- operators and fleets (43% cumula- tively, according to survey results) are using devices that can be run in AOBRD mode and then switched to ELD mode when the grandfather period is over in December. Only 6% of survey respondents planned to go to a different provider. Nearly one in five AOBRD users remained uncertain of their provider plans. J.J. Keller expects increased customer interest as the deadline approaches, says Keller's Rebecca Brown. "The reasons for their inter- est vary — meeting the coming deadline, the end of a contract, curi- osity to see what other systems have to offer, and general dissatisfaction with their current provider." Nussbaum Transportation, hav- ing used AOBRDs since 2005, began its ELD transition in May 2018, later replacing all AOBRD hardware and software in its 430-truck fleet. The Hudson, Ill.-based truckload carrier switched to Geotab because it offered "a very open interface" that would support its needs in the back office and mobile strategies, says Jeremy Stickling, vice president of safety and human resources. The company chose a platform with a plug-and-play Go device that installs in the vehicle and connects wire- lessly to an Android tablet display. In 2018, Schneider chose a mul- tivendor tablet-based approach to avoid being dependent on a single vendor for electronic logging and telematics. "The tablet is an exten- ELDs' FINAL SHIFT Part 2 Next month: How the sunset of 3G networks will impact ELDs, and the regulatory risk of poor ELD customer support. Goodbye, AOBRD ELD BUYERS GUIDE Max Heine Unlike an AOBRD, an ELD will automatically record nondriving activities above 5 mph on the drive line unless they're specified otherwise. That and other previews from carriers that have made the transition are explained in this ELD Buyers Guide for operators facing the deadline or others looking to change providers. BY TODD DILLS AND AARON HUFF

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