Exemptions to US ELD Rule include pre-MY 2000 Trucks; Driveaway/Towaway Operations

Posted on Mon, 2016-01-11 17:21
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The final version of the US Electronic Logging Device rule, effective February 16, 2016 (voluntary compliance), includes exemptions for commercial trucks older than model year 2000; driveaway/towaway operations (where the vehicle is a commodity being delivered); and drivers who produce paper copies of record of duty status for not more than 8 days in a 30-day period.

The exemptions for pre-MY 2000 trucks (as identified by the vehicle identification number) and driveaway-towaway operations were not part of the proposed rule (i.e., the original notice and the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking from 2011 and 2014), but were included by the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association in the final rule in response to questions received during the comment period prior to the final rulemaking, which was published December 16, 2015.

The final rule acknowledges that many older trucks have mechanically controlled engines (i.e., no engine control module), which would make it difficult to accommodate an ELD that meets the requirements of the rule. While it’s not impossible to retrofit older trucks to comply with the ELD rule, FMCSA concluded that retrofitting these trucks is too expensive and not practical.

Following are useful summaries of the rule for fleets and industry suppliers, provided as noted:

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