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Automatic On-Board Recording Devices

J. Ruble & Sons Truck Sales would like to remind its customers that the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will take effect on December 18, 2017. ELDs, which monitor truck movement through the engine, will decrease cheating on paper logs and improve trucker safety.

Commercial drivers required to prepare Hours Of Service (HOS) and Records Of Duty (ROD) reports will soon be mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA), to use ELDs. To be in compliance, ELDs must be certified by FMCSA. Along with certified ELD devices, drivers must also provide supporting documents. Supporting documents will include, for example, bills of lading, schedules, and payroll records.

If your rig already has a recording device, Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD) which meet specific requirements and have been installed prior to December 18, 2017, will be considered "grandfathered AOBRD" and can be used until December 16, 2019. Additionally, it is possible to transfer a grandfathered AOBRD to a replacement truck and remain compliant until 2019.

While there are very few exemptions to the mandate, older model trucks are not affected. According to FMCSA, "drivers of vehicles manufactured before the model year 2000 (as reflected on the vehicle registration)" will be exempt from the ELD mandate. In cases where the registration and engine years differ, the model year on the engine will be used to determine qualification for exemption.

The deadline is looming. Don't wait until the last minute to see what, if anything, you need to do to comply with the ELD mandate. And, if you are searching for a pre-2000 truck, contact us to check out J. Ruble & Sons Truck Sales' inventory today!


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