Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued revised guidance - HOS Reporter

AOBRD Extension

Did you hear?

The FMCSA revised its ELD mandate allowing drivers who previously purchased AOBRDs last year to continue to add AOBRD to new trucks they’ve added to their operations since! In fact, according to Eric Miller’s recent article featured March 20, 2018 5:30 PM, EDT in Transport Topics:

“…The FMCSA said that fleets using AOBRDs prior to the mandate can continue to use AOBRD software on any truck in their fleets, including new trucks that expand the size of their fleets.”

Since December, HOS Reporter has been flooded with many inquiries over the grandfather clause and requests for more flexibility. The FMCSA was also concerned on a couple of fronts:

  1. Carriers that opted to use AOBRDs in December would now be adding ELD to any additional trucks added to their fleet which could result certain advantages given the AOBRD exemptions and
  2. Creating confusion for regulators which could also result in less enforcement on the roads

It’s important to understand that the mandate’s deadline of 12/16/19 to convert over to a fully compliant ELD system still stands.

In the end, it’s great news for owner-operators looking for more flexibility and control over their logs as they begin to transition over to an electronic logging tool.

View Pricing for HOS Reporter Pro for ELDs and AOBRDs here

Getting Started

Join our Setup and Installation Webinar!

With so many HOS Reporter customers requesting assistance with setup and installation, we will host a webinar on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 15th, 16th and 17th each of which will include every setup and installation step necessary for administrators and drivers.

Our presenter will show every step and offer helpful information to make your setup and installation much easier. Please plan to attend one of these webinars.

HOS Reporter Setup and Installation for Administrators and Drivers occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you:


This webinar will include every step necessary to setup and install your HOS Reporter AOBRD E-Log account.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Your HOS Reporter Support Team

Join Truckstop.com's LIve ELD Panel Discussion - HOS Reporter

Truckstop’s Live ELD Panel Discussion


Join in the ELD panel discussion hosted by Truckstop.com to get the latest updates on the mandate itself and to ask industry experts questions.

When: Wednesday, November 1st

Where: Truckstop.com’s Live Facebook Event

Time: 11:00 am Central Time (9:00 am Pacific-Standard Time | 10:00 am Mountain Time | 12:00 pm Eastern Time)

Link: https://www.facebook.com/truckstopdotcom/videos/10154836358247051/

Set Reminder:Click the link above to set a reminder.

Special Offer: Sign Up for a Free Trial of HOS Reporter Pro today!

Featured on Truckstop's Marketplace - HOS Reporter

Featured On Truckstop’s Marketplace

This past September, Truckstop.com rolled out its new ELD marketplace. The ELD marketplace is designed to help carriers connect with Truckstop’s preferred ELD trusted solution providers. Last week, HOS Reporter was featured as one of Truckstops spotlight vendors.

HOS Reporter offers independent operators and small fleet companies a 2-in-1 driver friendly e-logging solution. Our solution is both an AOBRD and ELD in one package. For a limited time, drivers who purchase HOS Reporter will get 3 months free! Get Pricing >

3-Months Free - HOS Reporter

The Atlas in-vehicle device is more advanced than most in that it will store data related to driving events when a tablet or smartphone is not present. When the tablet is reconnected, the data is properly restored. This prevents loss of data and will reduce the number of citations for incomplete logs. HOS Reporter Pro has you covered.

We are also proud that we have virtually every federal exemption, all the state rules and exemptions, Canada and Mexico compliance, and even the Michigan construction season exemption. Many providers didn’t take the time to write code for the dozens of alternate rules. We also offer English, Spanish, and Canadian French versions.

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Two-in-One Driver-Friendly Compliance Solution - HOS Reporter

Two-in-One Driver-Friendly e-Log Solution

HOS Reporter’s two-in-one system provides drivers with a more flexible compliance solution amid mounting driver tensions over the FMSCA’s stricter e-Log mandate.

IRVINE, Calif., and BOISE, Idaho – June 28, 2017 – Independent owner-operators and small-fleet trucking companies can now use the certified, two-in-one Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) and Electronic Logging Device (ELD) system from HOS Reporter as a flexible, cost-effective logging tool to ensure compliance with the ELD mandate slated to take effect later this year.

The HOS Reporter AOBRD/ELD system is a simple, more adaptable solution to automatically record driver hours and generate logs for official use. Particularly unique is the system’s dual functionality that gives carriers the convenience and flexibility of using an AOBRD solution for the first two years during the mandate’s provisionary period, then enables them to use their existing hardware to upgrade to a compliant ELD solution afterward. Unlike standard ELD systems, the AOBRD system also:

  • Gives drivers the ability to make manual log adjustments that are not stored or transferred to authorized safety officials
  • Does not require device synchronization with the Engine Control Module (ECM)
  • Allows logs to be inspected individually by safety officials without the use of DOT eRODS software

“As we spoke and engaged with drivers around the country, it became apparent that many of them were apprehensive about the mandate and most of the concerns stemmed around control of driver logs,” said Craig Jolly of HOS Reporter. “Knowing that the ELD mandate provides a provision allowing the continued use of compliant AOBRD systems for the next two years, our team took an innovative approach in developing a two-in-one AOBRD/ELD solution. We’re excited about offering a solution that gives drivers more control while ensuring compliance.”

The DOT/FMSCA mandate takes effect on December 18, 2017, and requires all North American carriers to use ELDs to report hours of service, mileage and other key attributes. Under a provision in the mandate, drivers who implement an AOBRD system by December 18, 2017 may continue to use it for mandate compliance through December 16, 2019, when everyone will be required to transition to ELD e-Logs only.

Product Function and Highlights
The easy-to-install HOS Reporter AOBRD/ELD device (Atlas) satisfies the upcoming e-Log mandate requirements, while simultaneously allowing drivers more freedom to manage their hours-of-service. Plus, every HOS Reporter subscription includes both AOBRD and ELD functionality and is customizable and designed to fit the different needs of individual drivers:

  • Atlas BT: A basic compliance solution that works with the drivers’ existing smartphone/tablet and data plan as a cost-effective subscription option
  • Atlas BT + HOS Reporter Dashboard Tablet (Coming Soon): A complete compliance solution that includes its own data plan, customizable apps and fully ruggedized hardware suitable for years of use
  • HOS Reporter e-Log App: User-friendly mobile app available in Android at Google Play and iOS at the App Store

About HOS Reporter
HOS Reporter is dedicated to connecting independent owner-operators and small to medium-sized fleet companies with easy-to-use, value-driven Hours of Service (HOS) and fleet management solutions. Powered by innovative data, business intelligence and IoT solutions, all HOS Reporter products are designed to help trucking operations save time and money, reduce violations and satisfy mandate compliance requirements. A team of global IoT technology experts with more than 50 years of collective expertise in the GPS Telematics, Transportation and Fleet Management industries has deployed more than 3 million telematics units throughout North America. Hos Reporter has offices in Irvine California and Boise Idaho.

Visit HOS-Reporter.com to learn more about the DOT/FMSCA mandate, and how AOBRD Systems from HOS Reporter can help drivers satisfy government requirements.

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear OOIDA’s lawsuit

ELD Mandate Stands

If you didn’t hear, the U.S. Supreme Court will not be hearing OOIDA’s lawsuit challenging the DOT ruling that requires truck operators to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service. Read more about the ruling in OverDrive’s article published today by James Jaillet.

What does that mean to you? It means you need to comply with the original ELD mandate and its Dec. 18 compliance date.

But there’s a loop hole you can take advantage of. The mandate has a grandfather provision which allows for the continued use of AOBRD e-logs until December 16th of 2019. Under the ELD regulations, drivers have very limited abilities to edit their logs. Most larger trucking companies will want to adopt an ELD solution right away, but, if you’re not ready to jump on that bus, HOS Reporter has a solution designed specifically for you.

We have developed a new two-in-one driver friendly compliance solution that’s plug and play and it’s easy to use. It is designed to serve the unique needs of the owner-operator and small fleet trucking market. Smaller carriers and owner operators will greatly appreciate the log editing flexibility of an AOBRD. Click here to view pricing.

For those of you in need of a fleet management solution, HOS-Reporter has partnered with Global Telematics Solutions and is offering GTS Fleet at a 20% discount.

For more information visit GTS Fleet, call us at 855-487-9679, or email us at sales@gtsfleet.com.

OOIDA Supreme Court Appeal

OOIDA appeal to the Supreme Court

Don’t the mistake of waiting on the OOIDA appeal to the Supreme Court to decide on your E-log solution! Implement the easiest mandate compliant solution on earth and be ready.

Here’s what you need to know:
The US Supreme Court receives more than 8,000 requests for review every year. Of those, only about 80 are heard. This roughly equates to a one percent chance of any single request being heard by the Court. We will likely know whether the Court will accept the case sometime in June.

Generally, the Supreme Court gives priority to cases with differing opinions among the lower courts. If the lower courts have ruled in agreement (which they have), the chances of the Supreme Court hearing the case are very slim.

Once the court has decided on whether to hear a case, the petitioner (in the matter of ELDs it is OOIDA) will have 45 days to submit their written arguments to the Court for review. Once the petitioner has filed, the defense will have up to 35 days to respond.

The Court is next in session from the first Monday in October 2017 through the first part of June 2018, sometimes extending into July. The “Sitting” calendar of cases to be heard (and when) is usually released in mid-July. The Sitting Calendar for 2016 (the period we are currently in) is already set, so this case wouldn’t be heard before the next session which doesn’t begin until October.

The earliest the case could be heard is October 2nd with a decision possible before the mandate compliance date, but probably more like early January 2018 and again, only if it was the first case on the 2017 calendar, which again, is highly unlikely.

Of the last 10 decisions that have been rendered by the US Supreme Court, the shortest time for a decision has been 4 days and the longest was 158 days. The average is 83.3 days for these 10 decisions.

Also, should the OOIDA appeal be selected, there would typically be a minimum of 81 days before the case could even begin. But, the DOT and the FMCSA declined to respond to the appeal, so either the Court compels them to respond (a good sign that the case will be heard) or they don’t, which likely indicates that the case will not be heard. So, even If the appeal is heard (a 1% probability) the mandate would almost certainly take effect in December since the Court would almost certainly not yet have rendered a decision.