Entering Phase 2 of the FMCSA Regulation

After December 18, 2017, truck drivers are no longer allowed to use paper logbooks to track Records of Duty Status (RODS). AOBRDs or ELDs will be required. So what does this mean for you?


If your company uses Automatic Onboarding Recording Devices (AOBRDs), you have some leeway. According to the FMCSA regulations, as long as you install the AOBRDs before December 18, 2017, you may continue using them until December 16, 2019. After December 16, 2019, your AORBs will need upgraded to ELDs. Good news, in some cases this does not mean buying new equipment. Some AOBRD manufacturers are working on creating software updates to transition current AOBRDs into ELDs. Talk with your AOBRD manufacturer to see if this applies to you.

If you do not have an AOBRD or ELD installed in your truck, we recommend installing an ELD. Why install an AOBRD if you will need to replace it in a few years? It is more cost efficient in the long run to install an ELD from the start.


Phase 2 of ELD implementation begins December 18, 2017. After December 18, 2017, only ELDs may be installed – even though previously installed AOBRDs are still eligible for use. However, after December 16, 2019 only ELDs will be FMCSA compliant.

Make sure you are prepared for the December 18, 2017 deadline. The DOT will be ready to enforce the ELD Mandate by that date. From December – April 2018, the DOT will fine any carrier not compliant with the ELD Mandate. After April 1,2018, the DOT will start shutting down carriers for noncompliance.

Which Devices Keep You Legal?

Not all ELDs were created equal. In order to remain FMCSA compliant, your ELD model must adhere to the FMCSA compliancy rules and be registered on the FMCSA website. However, it is important to remember that the ELD manufacturers on the FMCSA website are self-certified. This means the FMCSA is not verifying manufacturers are actually following regulations.