The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ELD Rule applies to commercial interstate truckers, including owner-operators and small carriers, who are required to maintain record of duty status (RODS) and HOS.
Who is exempt from ELD?
ELD Rule Exceptions
Driveaway-towaway drivers (were the vehicle driven is the commodity) or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer (at least one set of wheels of the vehicle being transported must be on the surface while being transported)
What makes a semi ELD exempt?
Vehicles Manufactured Before 2000
An ELD unit requires an engine control module (ECM), which is a device that older vehicles lack. Trucks manufactured before 2000 don’t have ECM. Therefore, a commercial vehicle’s engine manufactured in 2000 or earlier would be exempt from using an ELD.
Do Owner-operators need Elogs?
Do owner-operators need elogs? To be in compliance with the ELD Mandate, owner-operators who are not employed by a specific carrier will need to buy their own FMCSA-compliant electronic logbook.