ELD's: What You Need to Know

Many of you might know, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) mandate to begin using Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) becomes effective December 18th, 2017. This rule is designed to create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share Records Of Duty Status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicles engine computer to record driving time and create a standard for Hours-Of-Service (HOS) compliance.

ELD Required for:

  • Commercial vehicle drivers who currently are required to maintain Records of Duty Status (RODS)
  • Equipment that weighs more than 10,001 pounds
  • All equipment that full under Hazmat loads
  • Commercial vehicle classes that carry more than 8 or 15 passengers

Are There Exemptions to the Mandate?

TRALA Exemption: ELD for Rental Equipment

The FMCSA has granted a documented Waiver to Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) members which will exempt all commercial rental vehicles from the electronic logging device (ELD) rule for “commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) rented for 8 days or less.” Drivers will continue to be subjected to hours-of-service (HOS) limits and must maintain a paper record (or comparable) of duty status (if required), a copy of the Waiver, along with a copy of the Rental Agreement.

Short Haul Exemption

CDL short-haul drivers operating within a 100 air-mile radius or non-CDL drivers operating within a 150 air-mile radius won’t be required to install an ELD. Note, if the short- haul exemption are not in compliance, you will need to keep RODS or an ELD for those days and for days that you use the 16-hour short-haul exemption.

Driveaway and Towaway Exemption

Drivers who are using the equipment for driveaway-towaway purposes and solely for the delivering equipment are exempt.

CDL drivers are exempt from logs / 30-minute breaks if they:

  • Stay within a 100 air-mile radius of base (a driver may cross state lines and still claim exemption)
  • Return to “base” at end of each day
  • Drive no more than 11 hours in a 12-hour span after a minimum of 10 hours off duty
  • Do not exceed more than 8 days out of any 30-day period

Non-CDL drivers are exempt if they:

  • Stay within a 150 air-mile radius of base
  • Return to base each day
  • For 2 of 7 days: Drive no more than 11 hours in a 16-hour span after a minimum of 10 hours off duty
  • For 5 of 7 days: Drive no more than 11 hours in a 14-hour span after a minimum of 10 hours off duty
  • Do not exceed more than 8 days out of any 30-day period

Operators of pre-2000 model-year trucks are exempt due to vehicle connectivity concerns and retrofitting costs. Exemptions are based on Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

 

Here is a link to the FAQ’s page by the FMCSA (Embed) https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/faqs