Who Needs to Comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule?

Not all commercial drivers are required to comply with the ELD rule. There are specific individuals who are exempt as occasional exceptions, but in general a majority of drivers and carriers who use ELDs must meet the requirements specified in the rule.

Maintaining Records of Duty Status (RODS) Papers

Most motor carriers and drivers who are required to maintain records of duty status (RODS) reports per Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a) must comply with the ELD rule.

This group applies to commercial trucks, buses, and Mexico- and Canada-domiciled drivers. In some cases, drivers might fall outside of the group required to follow the rule, but it’s important to know exactly when this is the case.

When There are Exceptions to the ELD Rule

For the most part, drivers who use traditional timecards do not need to maintain RODS or utilize ELDs in their operations. Some drivers don’t need to use ELDs, but these exceptions still need to adhere to the RODS requirements in 49 CFR 395. They are also required to prepare logs on paper by using an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), or through a logging software program when needed.

In general, drivers exempt from the ELD rule include drivers who use paper RODS for no more than 8 days out of every 30-day period, drivers conducting drive-away-tow-away operations in which the vehicle driven is the commodity being delivered, and drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.

Commercial drivers who don’t meet any of these exception parameters will typically be required to follow the ELD rule.

Can Drivers Operate Commercial Vehicles with ELDS Even if They Are Exempt?

Generally, all commercial drivers can drive CMVs with ELDs regardless of whether or not they are exempt from the ELD rule. Motor carriers can configure ELDs to show exceptions for drivers that are exempt, or use the ELD annotation to indicate exceptions.

Using Portable ELDs

In some cases, drivers required to use ELDs may want to use portable devices when possible. Drivers are permitted to use portable ELDs, but they must be mounted in a fixed position during commercial motor vehicle operation, and they also need to remain visible to the driver from a normal driving position at all times. Details regarding the rules surrounding portable ELDs can be found in the ELD Rule section 395.22(g).

Where to Find the Best ELDs

If you are required to comply with the ELD rule, you’ll want to make sure that your fleet utilizes the best devices. At TheTMS, you’ll find some of the most easy-to-use devices and systems available, with full mobile capabilities for effective communication. We can provide you with a complete solution that meets all of your needs, with low cost implementation, device flexibility, cloud storage, IFTA tax automation, and many other features.

With a solution from TheTMS, you’ll be able to benefit from one of the most efficient ELDs available anywhere. If you would like to learn more about how our solutions work, you can contact us today and request a free demo.

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