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FMCSA extends 49 CFR 395 AOBRD options for carriers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate 49 CFR 395 rollout has met with mixed results.

So, one option for drivers has been to use an Automated On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) like the one from GeoSpace Labs, which provides modern technological features without the restrictions and reporting requirements of the full blown ELD.

Originally, drivers must have installed an AOBRD system into their cab prior to Dec. 18, 2017. However, the FMCSA relaxed that requirement, according to, and the FMCSA’s website.

Now, a driver in a fleet that deployed AOBRD’s prior to the December 2017 deadline can use an AOBRD, GeoSpace said.

Further, drivers currently using an AOBRD can switch providers.

“This is a huge win for drivers, as prior to this rule change they were stuck with their current AOBRD, and in many cases some high-profile providers misled drivers concerning the AOBRD functionality,” the company maintained.

Since the current economic outlook for 2019 is positive, drivers may choose to switch to a low-cost, no-monthly-fee AOBRD to position themselves for a lucrative year.

The Owner Operator Hours of Service System is one option. At $239 with no additional fees, and able to run in full AOBRD mode and provide every editing option allowed by the AOBRD regulations, this is a good tool for drivers who know how to keep a logbook and don’t want a computer making log entries they can;t correct.

Further, the system is provided by GeoSpace Labs, which has roots in the trucking community, supports Trucker Nation and is based in trucking-friendly agricultural states.

GeoSpace provides professional hours-of-service systems covering AOBRD, ELD and DVIR regulations, and includes the handling of different exemptions offered by the FMCSA, including 16-Hour Short-Haul Exception 395.1(o), Agriculture Exemption 395.1(k), 100 Air Mile Short-Haul Exemption 395.1(e)(1) and Vehicles used in oil and gas field operations 395.1(d)(2).

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