The upcoming ELD mandate by the FMCSA applies to most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). According to an estimate, the final ELD rule affects more than 3.5 million commercial drivers.

But it does not apply to everyone. There are also some exceptions.

The ELD mandate implementation deadline is approaching fast, it is only a few months away now. If you are wondering whether or not the ELD mandate applies to you, the following information can help.

The ELD mandate does not apply to:

  • Vehicles with pre-2000 engine models
  • Tow-away drivers
  • Drivers who aren’t required to maintain Record of Duty Status (RODS)
  • Drivers who maintain RODS for no more than 8 days in a 30-day period

Important notes:

  • Previously, the FMCSA said that pre-2000 vehicles would be exempt based on their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The agency has tweaked the exemption. Now, the exemption applies to vehicles with pre-2000 engines, regardless of their VIN. In other words, engines with the model year of 2000 or newer would require ELDs, despite being equipped on trucks with VINs older than 2000.
  • Short-haul drivers are not required to maintain RODS — except for days when they drive beyond the short-haul limitations set by the FMCSA. They are exempt for as long as they do not breach the short-haul limitation more than 8 days in a 30-day period.

For more detailed explanations regarding these ELD mandate exemptions, read the following articles:

If you are not exempt, you would need compliant electronic logging devices before December 18, 2017.

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