The recent mandate of using ELD since December 2017 has made it essential for drivers and carriers to know the difference between AOBRD and ELD. The AOBRD (automatic On-board recording devices) are electronic or mechanical devices that record information about status of driver like distance traveled, driving speed, date and time etc. ELD’s (electronic logging devices) are similar and monitor miles driven, distance traveled, speed and engine use.
There are significant differences between these two devices. In terms of recording information the ELD records in detail the identification of the driver, vehicle information, malfunctions which are more than what AOBRD records. ELD allows limited changes and all changes of the driver status are recorded. Auto entries are created in ELD that automatically record the locations and status change of drivers.
There are also certain special driving options in ELD for drivers. These include yard moves and personal use options. These are selected by the driver. In case ELD is used, a detailed report of the driver duty can be sent electronically to officer when required. This option may not be provided in case an AOBRD is used.
Drivers must notify the officers at roadside whether they are using AOBRD or ELD. All carriers that started after December, 2017 are only allowed to use ELD’s and not AOBRD’s.
For further information on ELD, please visit https://aiksphere.com/e-log/
Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA/MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.