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AOBRD to ELD: Be Prepared Before the ELD Mandate’s Grandfather Clause Expires

AOBRD to ELD: Be Prepared Before the ELD Mandate’s Grandfather Clause Expires

By RAM Mounts

May 8, 2019

Countdown to ELD Extension for Grandfathered AOBRDs
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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re aware of the last big ELD mandate compliance deadline: December 16th, 2019. For commercial vehicle drivers, that’s when automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) will no longer be accepted for recording a driver’s record of duty status (RODS).

Previously, fleets that were equipped with AOBRDs before December 2017 were grandfathered in for two years. But that two-year extension is set to expire soon. Remember: if your vehicle or fleet isn’t setup with an electronic logging device (ELD) yet, you also need to account for installation and driver training time.

AOBRDs vs ELDs: What’s the Difference?

It’s true that both AOBRDs and ELDs are made to record a driver’s hours and status. But ELDs have several advantages, including:

  • Location information is recorded at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, and when the driver starts and shuts down the engine, changes duty status, or indicates personal use/yard moves
  • Enables notifications of driver hours of service (HOS) warnings
  • Synchronization to the vehicle’s engine is better defined
  • Automatic duty status updating

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Why RAM® Mounts for ELD Mandate Compliance?

When it comes to mounting and securing your preferred ELD, you can trust RAM® to have a solution – no matter what device you’ve chosen. Check out some of the reasons to choose RAM® below, don’t miss this customer case study, and get in touch with our team if you have any questions.

  • Upgrade using your existing RAM® components – several fleets already have existing RAM® ball mounts in the cab, meaning you can save money by choosing from compatible components instead of purchasing an entirely new setup
  • Complete ELD bundles – with the ELD Mount Builder and ELD bundles for top devices, it’s easy to get everything needed for compliance
  • Ruggedize consumer devices IntelliSkin® with GDS® Tech protective sleeves safeguard against the frequent docking and undocking of consumer devices in the most demanding settings
  • GDS® Ecosystem – utilize IntelliSkin® and GDS® Docks to keep devices charged and protected, then choose from a wide variety of accessories like GDS® Audio speakers that are loud enough for nearly any cab
  • Scalability – when the time inevitably comes to upgrade devices, simply replace your RAM® device holder or change the top cup of your GDS® Dock
  • Warranty – RAM® offers a lifetime warranty on mounting components, as well as a 1- to 3-year warranty on IntelliSkin® and electronic products

RAM® Mounts ELD Fleet Solutions Catalog

With the recently refreshed ELD Fleet Solutions catalog, see top ELD solutions, vehicle mounts, and GDS® Docks:


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