AOBRD to ELD: Be Prepared Before the ELD Mandate's Grandfather Clause Expires | RAM Mounts Blog

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

By Bryden McGrath

May 8, 2019

Countdown to ELD Extension for Grandfathered AOBRDs


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

GDS® Audio™ speaker and vehicle dock featuring distinctive GDS® Green™ color

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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