ELD Mandate: Exemption Qualifications

Understanding the ELD mandate has been a priority for many fleet managers and independent owner-operators since the mandate was announced. By now, most people have made the switch to electronic logging devices, but there are many important details within the mandate that need to be understood.

One of the most important details to know is the exemption rule, and when/who it applies to. Knowing which types of vehicles, and what weekly or monthly hour requirements demand the use of an ELD or not, will ensure that your fleet or truck are properly compliant to avoid possible violations. Once you are familiar with the FMCSA eld mandate and exemptions, you will want to make sure your ELD provider has optional exemption statuses built into the ELD app (such as short-haul, AG, split-sleeper, oilfield, etc).

Who is required to comply with the ELD mandate?

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate applies to almost every carrier or driver that is required to keep records of duty status or RODS. According to the FMCSA website, the rule also “applies to commercial buses as well as trucks, and to Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers.” If this applies to you or your fleet, then chances are that you will need to comply with the mandate.

Who is exempt?

While the mandate does appear to be all-inclusive, there are a few instances of exemption that should be reviewed:

  • “Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using time cards
    (sic); they are not required to keep RODS and will not be required to use ELDs.”
  • “Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.”
  • “Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, in which the vehicle being driven
    is the commodity being delivered.”
  • “Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.”

If any of these apply to you, then you may be exempt from the mandate. Visit the FMCSA website if you have any concerns about your inclusion in the mandate.

If, however, you are not exempt and are looking for an ELD solution for your truck or fleet, then look no further than the My20 ELD app from Konexial. The My20 app, powered by the patent-pending GoLoad service, is designed to help you make the most of your ELD by harnessing cloud technology and GPS data…putting the power back in the driver’s seat. 

Visit our website to learn more about the My20 ELD app.