ELD FAQ

What is an AOBRD?

An AOBRD is an Automatic Onboard Recording Device which is used to automatically record driving hours for driver records of duty. AOBRDs meet all the compliance requirements of the ELD Mandate going into effect December 18, 2017 if the AOBRD is purchased and installed on or before Dec. 18, 2017. All commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that are equipped with AOBRDs by this date will be allowed to use the device until Dec. 16, 2019 at which time, they can switch to an ELD. AOBRDs were introduced in 1988 and as result, they typically record and display less information than an ELD due to the technology limitations in the 1980's.

What is a "grandfathered" AOBRD?

A “grandfathered” AOBRD is a device that a motor carrier installed and required its drivers to use before the electronic logging device (ELD) rule compliance date of December 18, 2017. The device must meet the requirements of 49 CFR 395.15. A motor carrier may continue to use grandfathered AOBRDs no later than December 16, 2019.

Should I Purchase an AOBRD or ELD?

BridgeHaul's AOBRD gives you the flexibility to use the Bluelink device as an AOBRD now and switch to an ELD at a later date purely through an over-the-air software update. Drivers with an AOBRD are able to manually add/edit locations, do not need to submit an electronic output file to an officer at inspection, and are not required to show unidentified driving time recorded by the engine connected device. As a result of less requirements and added flexibility, many drivers are opting for AOBRDs in lieu of ELDs.

How much is the AOBRD?

BridgeHaul does not charge for the AOBRD hardware. We charge a simple monthly fee that is billed annually upfront. We aim to be the lowest cost solution in the market.

Is Your AOBRD Certified by the FMCSA?

The BridgeHaul AOBRD is 100% compliant with the FMCSA AOBRD 49 CFR 395.15. The FMCSA self-certified ELD list is ONLY FOR ELD devices so no AOBRDs are listed on that site. BridgeHaul is an AOBRD so it will not appear on the FMCSA certified ELD list. The FMCSA explains it HERE

Is it compatible with my truck?

BridgeHaul's AOBRD is compatible with all heavy duty CMVs. When you checkout, you will be prompted to select which connector you want included with the device. You will have the option of 6-pin, 9-pin, or 16-pin OBDII. Our green 9-pin is backwards compatible with black 9-pin vehicles.

How large of a data plan do I need on my mobile device?

Your phone or tablet will need to have a mobile cellular network connection with a data plan appropriate for where your vehicles travel. Our app utilizes data transfers consistent with other common apps but constant use of the GPS navigation feature will increase data needs. The amount of data will depend on how you are using your mobile device. BridgeHaul recommends a minimum 500MB plan. If you travel between the US and Canada you will need a data roaming plan.

Owner Operator FAQ

Is the mobile app really free?

Yes, the app is completely free for individual drivers who do not wish to utilize the app as an AOBRD/ELD. If a driver or carrier wishes to use the mobile app in conjunction with the AOBRD hardware, they may purchase an annual plan based on a monthly fee of $12/mo. Our goal is to build a loyal following of owner operators to help grow our network of trucks available to transport shipper loads. If a driver wants the ability to view a history of logs and keep track of invoices billed and paid, they can sign up for a carrier account and pay $12/month for each driver utilizing an AOBRD or ELD.

Is the BridgeHaul electronic logbook accepted by law enforcement?

Yes, BridgeHaul logs are compliant with FMCSA regulation CFR 395.15 AOBRD ruling. The carrier or driver will have the option to upgrade to an ELD at no additional cost after the ELD mandate goes into effect should they choose to do so.

What devices are compatible with BridgeHaul fleet management?

BridgeHaul’s mobile app currently supports all Android devices with Android OS version 4.4 or higher, and Apple mobile devices with iOS 8.2 or higher for the mobile app.

Is truck specific navigation available?

BridgeHaul currently does not provide truck specific routing on the mobile application but we are working with industry leading partners to provide a solution in the future.

Is the BridgeHaul mobile app an ELD?

BridgeHaul is an engine connected AOBRD that meets all the requirements of the FMCSA ELD Mandate according the § 395.15. There are some minor differences between an ELD and an AOBRD discussed in the ELD FAQ section but drivers who purchase an AOBRD before the December 18th, 2017 will be grandfathered in for 2 additional years to use an AOBRD instead of an ELD. AOBRDs are preferable for some drivers who want to be able to manually add locations and have bit more flexibility.

How large of a data plan do I need on my mobile device?

Your phone or tablet will need to have a mobile cellular network connection with a data plan appropriate for where your vehicles travel. Our app utilizes data transfers consistent with other common apps but constant use of the GPS navigation feature will increase data needs. The amount of data will depend on how you are using your mobile device. BridgeHaul recommends a minimum 500MB plan. If you travel between the US and Canada you will need a data roaming plan.

How do I get paid for delivered loads?

All payments for transported loads are made by BridgeHaul, a bonded and insured tech-driven brokerage. Once you sign up, you will be required to provide bank/contact details for automated electronic funds transfers or mailed paper check if you use the BridgeHaul app to find and haul loads.

Carrier FAQ

How long does it take to implement BridgeHaul and start managing my fleet?

Most customers can be up and running in less than an hour. Our cloud based technology eliminates the need to download software or install any hardware. Simply sign up for a free 30 day trial and invite drivers through the dashboard. Once drivers download the app onto their mobile device you will have access to all the fleet management features.

What is the implementation cost of BridgeHaul?

Zero. There are no upfront fees or activation costs. If you utilize our AOBRD or ELDs, you will be billed based on the plan you select and the number of devices you order.

Does BridgeHaul replace my existing fleet management system?

Yes, BridgeHaul is a complete fleet management solution. The BridgeHaul solution enables you to track your trucks real time, book loads, manage HOS and DVIR compliance, monitor customer feedback and see all of your BoLs and invoices in one place.

Is the BridgeHaul electronic logbook accepted by law enforcement?

Yes, BridgeHaul logs are compliant with FMCSA regulation CFR 395.8 Driver’s Record of Duty Status.On July 10th, 2014, the FMCSA released the following updated guidance:

Question 28: May a driver use a computer, tablet, or smartphone (that is not an Automatic On-Board Recording Device) to create, electronically sign, and store the record of duty status (RODS)?

Guidance: Yes. A driver may make manual duty-status entries to a computer, tablet, or smartphone program that is used to generate the graph grid and entries for the record of duty status (RODS) or log book, provided the electronically-generated display (if any) and output includes the minimum information required by § 395.8 and is formatted in accordance with that section. The driver must sign the RODS (manually or electronically) at the end of each 24-hour period to certify that all required entries are true and correct. If RODS have been electronically signed: 1. At the time of an inspection of records by an enforcement official, the driver may display the current and prior seven days RODS to the official on the device’s screen. 2. If the enforcement official requests printed copies of the RODS, the driver must be given an opportunity to print the current and prior seven days RODS (if required on those days) at the time of inspection. If an officer refuses to accept your electronic logs, refer them to the FMCSA’s
Regulatory Guidance Concerning Records of Duty Status Generated by Logging Software Programs. BridgeHaul enables drivers fax or email their logs for free from the app in case an officer requests a paper copy. In rare instances the inspector may require the driver to transcribe the electronic logs onto paper if the driver does not have a printer , so it is important to carry a spare paper logbook to avoid violations.

What devices are compatible with BridgeHaul fleet management?

BridgeHaul’s mobile app currently supports all Android devices with Android OS version 2.3.3 or higher, and Apple mobile devices with iOS 6.0 or higher for the mobile app. The fleet management dashboard is web based and is compatible with all PCs and Macs.

Is truck specific navigation available?

BridgeHaul currently does not provide truck specific routing on the mobile application but we are working with industry leading partners to provide a solution in the future.

Is the BridgeHaul mobile app an ELD?

BridgeHaul is not an engine connected ELD but has plans to integrate the mobile app with an engine connected device prior to any ELD mandates taking effect in 2017.

How large of a data plan should each driver have on their mobile device?

Your phone or tablet will need to have a mobile cellular network connection with a data plan appropriate for where your vehicles travel. Our app utilizes data transfers consistent with other common apps but constant use of the GPS navigation feature will increase data needs. The amount of data will depend on how you are using your mobile device. BridgeHaul recommends a minimum 500MB plan. If you travel between the US and Canada you will need a data roaming plan.

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