Editorial update December 2022.

The ELD mandate by the FMCSA applies to most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). At the time it was implemented, it was estimated that it affected more than 3.5 million commercial drivers, that’s all carriers and drivers who are required to maintain a record of duty status (RODS).

If you’re wondering if you qualify for one of the ELD mandate exemptions, the following information can help.

ELD mandate exemptions

The ELD mandate does not apply to:

  • Vehicles with pre-2000 engine models
  • Tow-away drivers
  • Drivers who aren’t required to maintain a 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 a 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 eight days in a 30-day period.

Exemptions: resources

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

If you are not exempt, compliant electronic logging devices have been required since December 18, 2017.

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