Are you Exempt from the ELD Rule?
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has established limited exemptions to the ELD mandate, these are:
1.- Drivers who operate under short distance exemption can continue to use time cards. In this case, they must comply with:
- Start and return to the same location within 12 hours of service time.
- Do not drive more than 11 hours.
- Have 10 consecutive hours of rest between shifts.
- Keep your time clock function.
- Do not exceed a 100 mile radius from your initial location.
2.- Drivers who use paper RODS (Record of Service Status) for no more than 8 days of each 30-day period. This period is not restricted to a single month, it can be from December 15 to January 15.
3.- Road-to-road drivers who conduct driving or towing operations. That is, where the vehicle transported is the commodity itself: such as a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer where at least one set of wheels is on the road surface during transport.
4.- Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000: The year of vehicle registration will be checked specifically the year of the model on the engine to determine if it is exempt.
It is important to note that drivers whose base of operations is in Canada or Mexico must comply with the ELD rule when operating in the United States, unless they qualify under one of the excemptions listed above.
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