Gorilla Safety’s mobile app now includes AOBRD integration, which the company says will aid fleets as they transition to meet the impending Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), fleets are required to operate with an ELD beginning Dec. 18. However, if fleets are using an AOBRD as of that time, then they will have two years to transition from it to the ELD. A grandfathered AOBRD, the predecessor to ELD, is a device that motor carriers installed and required its drivers to use before the new ELD compliance ruling was established and takes effect. Any fleet that installs AOBRD by the FCMSA deadline of Dec. 18 can continue using it for the next two years, until the final ELD deadline of Dec. 16, 2019. However, if the fleet purchases or places new vehicles into service during this two-year prior, those will require adherence to the new ELD mandate.
“The use of an AOBRD will help fleets over the long term so they can make the switch to ELD over time rather than having to do it suddenly,” said Mark Walton, co-founder and chief executive officer of Gorilla Safety. “An AOBRD will help bridge the gap between the current mandate timeframe of December 2017 and the final effective completion date in December 2019. Essentially, AOBRD reduces the restrictions and allows fleets to operate more freely while they transition to the new ELD requirements, and Gorilla Safety makes that all possible.”
“Gorilla Safety supports both the ELD and AOBRD in order to allow for a managed transition from one platform to another,” added Tommy Johnson, co-founder and president of Gorilla Safety. “Whenever a fleet wants to begin using the ELD, it will simply change the requirement in the settings for the driver within our mobile app. Gorilla Safety’s mobile app solution helps fleets easily and seamlessly manage not only the AOBRD and ELD process but also brings them all the capabilities needed for safely managing their vehicles. Offering both AOBRD and ELD assures that we are confidently bringing all the components necessary to safely manage fleets to our growing client base.”