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Joe DeLorenzo, director of the Office of Enforcement and Compliance for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) spoke to an audience at the Great American Trucking Show in late August 2018 about DOT Electronic Logbooks (ELD) requirements. He covered several aspects of ELD.Confusion about rules and exemptions for using ELD continues to surface in supply chain.

Of particular interest to those affected by the mandate that came into law April Fool’s day 2018 included DOT Electronic Logbooks rule compliance specifics.Mr. DeLorenzo addressed the ELD turmoil answering questions asked by those in attendance at the trucking show. The following highlights some of his shared information especially about exemptions to rule compliance. Rule exceptions include:

• Drivers not required to maintain a Record of Duty Status for more than 8 days in a 30-day period

• Drivers operating within 100-air-mile radius

• Drivers operating within a 150-air-mile radius for non-CDL freight drivers

• Drive-away, tow-away operations where the commodity being delivered is the vehicle itself

• On vehicles where the engine was manufactured before model-year 2000 or the vehicle was manufactured before model-year 2000.

• An ag exemption also exists. Drivers operating within 150 air miles of the source for ag commodities are exempt. The ELD rule begins only after the driver leaves that 150-air mile radius.

• Also, temporarily exempt from the ELD rule are AOBRDs. The exemption ends until Dec. 16, 2019.

“The number-one point of confusion on roadside inspections is whether the driver has an AOBRD or ELD,” he said, noting that drivers sometimes don’t know which device they have installed. “The more you know, the easier the inspection goes. Knowing right off the bat whether you have an AOBRD or ELD will make that inspection go easier.”

If your company needs further clarification about the ELD mandate, contact the FMCSA directly at 855-368-4200.

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