Making the HOS Ruling Work for You

Did you know that the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate has a grandfather provision for e-logging solutions installed before December 18th 2017? This provision applies to solutions known as Automatic On-Board Recording Devices or AOBRDs. If you’re looking for more flexibility and control, you do have options.

Here’s what you need to know:

AOBRDs provide automated e-logs that comply with an older set of regulations.

These older regulations allow you to edit your logs. The e-logs under AOBRD are delivered as PDFs which are not subject to electronic analysis by the officer receiving the logs.

With the new the ELD mandate, you’re still able to edit your logs, but the pre-edited information is also kept and transmitted for review. ELD logs are subject to electronic analysis. Keep in mind, you must be in full compliant with this new regulation by December 16, 2019.

Introducing the all-in-one solution - ultimate flexibility & control.

The HOS Reporter does just that. You see with HOS Reporter we offer a solution that has dual-mode functionality! Here’s how it works:

  • Log in with HOS Reporter’s AOBRD under the grandfather provision until December 16th 2019 - that’s two full years before the ELD mandate goes into effect!
  • Then our AOBRD will automatically transition into an ELD after December 16th 2019.

It gives you complete compliance on your terms, but you have to act before December 18 of this year because after this date, you will no longer be able to install AOBRDs.

5 miles pays for your compliance!

Not only is it one of the most affordable compliance tools on the market today, moving to HOS Reporter e-logs can save you time. No more manually logging your hours. It also speeds up your vehicle inspections so you can get back on the road sooner! It's almost like your personal assistant. It gathers the information needed for IFTA filings- eliminating IFTA headaches! Plus, you can add on other features if you want – anytime. Features like:

  • Automated vehicle maintenance reminders
  • Automated logging of detention time
  • Proof of destination arrival and departure time
  • Full fleet tracking and more!

Solution Finder

FMCSA’s ELD Mandate Timeline

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device rule — or ELD mandate – in December 2015.


AOBRD and/or ELD devices can be installed and used through 12/16/18.

The effective date of HOS Ruling is February 16, 2016 – 60 days after publishing the ruling.

All devices must be ELD compliant by 12/16/19.

Starting 12/16/18, only certified ELDs can be installed. AOBRD’s that were install before this can continue to be used until 12/15/19.

Quick Facts

Drive Times

  • Under the HOS ruling, CMV operators are limited to 11 cumulative drive hours within a 14-hour period – following a break of 10
    consecutive hours or more.
  • Drivers employed by carriers in “daily operations” cannot drive more than 70 hours within an 8 consecutive days.

Automating Inspections

  • The purpose of electronic logging devices is to replace paper logbooks. The system automates many of the manual processes that drivers do today such as logging hours of service.It does make roadside inspections go much faster. Truck drivers get back on the road more quickly because inspection officials can see areas of concern or verify compliance with HOS regulations at a glance.


  • The regulations behind the ELD mandate includes privacy provisions. The DOT will not know your every move. The regulation follows the same process as an audit of your paper logs, except that electronic driver logs save time and are more accurate.

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