Are There Exceptions to the ELD Rule?


The ELD mandate affects millions of commercial drivers. If you are currently required to complete a RODS or HOS logbook, then it's likely the change to ELDs will affect you - however there are exceptions.

The FMCSA have allowed for the following exemptions:

  • Short-haul drivers: The short-haul exemption is for drivers who use the 100 air-mile radius exception or 150 air-mile radius (non-CDL short haul) exception - see Sections 395.1(e)(1) and 395.1(e)(2).
  • Driveaway-towaway operations: If the commercial motor vehicle being driven is part of a shipment (the truck is the product being delivered) an ELD is not required.
  • Pre-2000 vehicles: Vehicle models dated 1999 (based on the VIN) or earlier are exempt from the ELD mandate.

It's important to note that these exceptions relate to the ELD mandate not the HOS requirements as outlined in Regulation 395. In most cases, drivers are still required to keep a simplified time record showing the time they report for and are released from duty each day, and their total number of hours on duty.

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