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3 groups who are exempt from ELD outside of FMCSA guidelines

By Janine Brownridge Back to Home on Dec 6, 2016

Digital changes are coming to the trucking industry in the form of electronic logging devices (ELD). With the approaching ELD mandate in just two weeks, different industries are seeking ways to bypass the law through various exemptions based upon specific industries. So far, livestock drivers and contractors have stated their claims to be exempt from ELDs. Read more about these industry exemptions below.

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Short-haul drivers and contractors

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states in their ELD exemptions list, drivers who drive for short distances don’t need to use ELDs to keep track of hours of service (HOS). Short-haul drivers, such as contractors, filed a petition to be exempt from the mandate. These drivers often fall into the category of utility service vehicles, which are already excluded from having to follow ELD rules. These vehicles may include dump trucks, flatbeds, water tankers and more.

Livestock/pork

One of the major initial concerns with the ELD mandate involves drivers who transport livestock. Those who need to use ELDs will have to abide by the HOS rules.With these rules, drivers can only have a total of 14 on duty hours with no more than 11 of those hours dedicated to actively driving. The problem arises when a livestock driver completes 11 active hours of driving and then must also rest for 10 consecutive hours.

The FMCSA now recognizes that drivers who transport agricultural products are exempt from having to use an ELD due to these complications. It’s hard to be confined by the HOS rules when having to transport live animals in possibly extreme weather conditions.

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Truck rentals and leasing

Like short-haul drivers and contractors, truckers who drive short-term rental trucks will not have to keep logs with an ELD. The FMCSA granted the request of The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) and these truck drivers are exempt from the mandate. Truck drivers who use short-term rental trucks for eight days or less still need to comply to the HOS rules and maintain paper logs for those days. A copy of the rental agreement and exemption notice should be kept by drivers to show to law enforcement.

Exemption request pending for small businesses

Recently, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) requested for another exemption: small businesses. The exemption would grant small business carriers a five-year extension free of ELDs. This is largely due to no reported at-fault crashes or unsatisfactory ratings for safety. The ELD mandate is largely controversial due to the thoughts circulating in regards to how these devices will affect small businesses. An exemption like this could help smaller businesses ease into the changes that come with ELD.

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The ELD mandate highlights the issue that many truck drivers and companies have with the HOS rules behind it. The conflict is apparent in the above exemption areas in which strictly logging HOS into an ELD can halt shipping progress of many important goods that are transported across the country. If you are still in need of an ELD solution with the quickly approaching mandate deadline, don’t hesitate to contact Linxup! Talk directly to an ELD expert today by calling 877-899-3039.